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Classics of Children's Literature

The term classic means different things to all readers. For some of us the classics are those things we read or our parents read to us when we were very young For others, a classic is something that won an award or was made into a popular film. Keeping that in mind the following titles have been compiled from many different lists and points of view . Click on the book cover to find more information on location of the book in the Library and current availability.

Little Women
Louisa may Alcott
A chronicle of the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young ladies in nineteenth-century New England.

 

Book of Three
Lloyd Alexander
Taran, assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.

Tuck Everlasting
Natalie Babbitt
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing any older.

The Wizard of Oz
Frank L. Baum
After a cyclone deposits her in the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and a secret garden.
The Incredible Journey
Shelia Burnford
A doughty young Labrador retriever, a roguish bull terrier and an indomitable Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to make their way home to the family that they love.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

 

Ramona the Pest
Beverly Cleary
Ramona meets a lot of interesting people in kindergarten class, including Davy who she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to beg to be pulled.

 

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and fortell his future.

The Hundred Dresses
Eleanor Estes
In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive a tight-lipped girl teaches her classmates a lesson.

Harriet the Spy
Louise Fitzhugh

Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebooks, but when some of the students read the notebooks, they seek revenge.

Johny Tremain 
Esther Forbes

After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution.

Babe: The Gallant Pig
Dick King-Smith

A piglet destined for eventual butchering, arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog and discovers a special secret to sucess.

 

Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling

The adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves and the wild animals of the jungle and other stories.

The Wizard of Earthsea
Ursula Le Guin

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleased on world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis

Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Pippi Longstocking
Astrid Lindgren

Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
Patricia MacLachan

When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.

Winnie-the-Pooh
A.A. Milne

The story of a small boy, Christopher Robin, and his beloved bear.

Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make indelible impression on everyone around her.

Borrowers
Mary Norton

Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Robert C. O'Brien

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

Island of the Blue Dolphin
Scott O'Dell

Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson

The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virgina expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.

The Best Christmas Pagent Ever
Barbara Robinson

The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.

Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse
Anna Sewell

A horse in nineteenth-century England recounts his experiences with both good and bad masters.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth G. Speare

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

Heidi
Joanna Spyri

A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for and invalid girl in the city.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Mildred D. Taylor

A black family living in the South during the 1930's is faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.

Many Moons
James Thurber

Though many may try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.

The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf choose him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.

Mary Poppins
P.L. Travers

An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain

The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early nineteenth century.

Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

In 1872 Phileas Fogg wins a bet by traveling around the world in seventy-nine days, twenty-three hours and fifty-seven minutes.

Charlotte's Web
E.B. White

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte decides to help him.

A Sword in the Stone
T.H. White

A retelling of the Arthurian legend.

Little House in the Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder

A year in the life of two young girls growing up on the Wisconsin frontier as they help their mother with the daily chores, enjoy their father's stories and singing and share special occasions with their friends and neighbors.
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