Children’s Classics

    I have been interested in exploring classic children literature for a while but I wasn’t sure how to get started. So, I’ve decided to create a list to help me on my way. Below are a list of classic children’s books, organized by date, that I would like to read. Most of the books on this list I got from either lists on Goodreads or on Wikipedia. A couple of these books I read when I was younger- the Little House Series, Black Beauty, Huck Finn, Call of the Wild, and a few others, but I want to revisit them which is why I have included them here.This is not a formal challenge; there is no time limit, but I would like to get to all of these eventually. A few of them are on my Classics Club list, so at least within the next five years I should have at the very least a few of them ticked off!
Aesop’s Fables by Aesop, c. 560 B.C.
Tales of Mother Goose by Charles Perrault. 1697
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defore, 1719
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift, 1726
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Rudolf Wyss, 1812
The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Kacob Luwig Karl Grimm, 1812
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffman, 1816
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, 1819
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, 1820
Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Vern, 1864
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, 1865
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 1868
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, 1870
Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll, 1871
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Vern, 1872
The Complete Hans Christian Anderson Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson, 1874
Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, 1876
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1877
Black Beauty by Anne Sewell, 1877
Heidi by Johana Spyri, 1880
The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, 1881
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, 1883
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 1884
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1888
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, 1889
The Happy Prince and Other Tales by Oscar Wilde, 1892
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, 1894
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 1900
The Complete Tales by Beatrix Potter, c. 1902
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, 1903
White Fang by Jack London, 1906
Anne of Green Gables Series by L. M. Montgomery, 1908
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, 1908
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1911
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, 1911
Pollyana by Eleanor H. Porter, 1912
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1912
The Story of Doctor Doolittle by Hugh Lofting, 1920
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Wiliams, 1922
Bambi by Felix Salten, 1923
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, 1924
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne, 1926
The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne, 1926
The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1932
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, 1934
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, 1935
National Velvet by Enid Bagnold, 1935
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans, 1939
Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, 1948
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, 1948
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, 1943
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1943
The Moomins and the Great Flood by Tove Jansson, 1945
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, 1945
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, 1952
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, 1953
The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris, 1955
The Once and Future King by T. H. White, 1958
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1960
James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl, 1961
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, 1961
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl, 1964
The Logan Series by Mildred D. Taylor, 1974
Redwall by Brain Jacques, 1986
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, 1986

5 Responses to Children’s Classics

  1. Mabel says:

    I adore this project!!! I’m currently (slowly) reading Aesop’s Fables. Love it. I didn’t realize The Mother Goose Tales were so old. I pretty much want to read everything above. Or else I recently read it. I’ve heard the Betsy-Tacey series is quite good too. And I just read the first Tarzan book. LOVED. 🙂 Just read To Kill a Mockingbird. Tonight I’m watching the movie. I’ve begun Robinson Crusoe. Charlotte’s Web was my favorite book as a kid! Hey, I just shned up my copy of The Swiss Family Robinson for a read soon. I didn’t know it was written in 1812. This whole time I was expecting something from the 1950s!!

    • hillarypat says:

      I am so excited about this little project of mine! When I was a child we had a book of some of Aesop’s Fables geared towards children which had wonderfully gorgeous illustrations- I recently came across is again and it really made me want to read through them. I only realized that the Mother Goose Tales were so old thanks to wikipedia- I never would have known otherwise! I’ve heard of the Betsy-Tacey series but I known nothing about them so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add them to my list but now that you mentioned them I think I might look into them a little bit more. And I completely forgot about Tarzan!! I definitely need to add it to the list! I love To Kill a Mockingbird and the movie is amazing too! I loved the Charlotte’s Webb and The Swiss Family Robinson movies as a kid so I’m excited to finally get around to reading the books they were based on! And I also had no idea the The Swiss Family Robinson was so old either! Clearly I need to start a project like this as I am learning new things about children’s literature all the time!

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