I love books! Real books, not electronic books. There is something about the sound of a hardback book being opened. The smell and feel of the paper as you are turning the pages. Did I mention, I love books? Anytime I enter a thrift store, antique shop, or used bookstore I go to the children's books. I’ve bought vintage children’s books just because. Many times, it’s not because of a special memory, but because it drew me to it. There is something special about classic children's books.
20 Classic Children's Books Every Child Should Read
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Classic children’s books are my favorites to search out. If they are out of print, the quicker I try to snatch them up. Over the years, I have bought many used copies of William O. Steele books for my son. The Lone Hunt is still my favorite. While he is now 18 years old, I’m still on the hunt for a few hard to find books for his collection.
It’s hard to believe, books I read in the 70s are now classics. When I consider buying classic books, I buy nothing published after 1979. Call me strange, but for a book to be a classic, it should be older than me and I should have read it while in lower elementary school. Strange, I know!
When I knew I would teach kindergarten again, I wanted to buy some of my favorite children’s books from my childhood to read aloud to the class. I filled my cart at Amazon with almost 25 books but knew I’d be buying them a little at a time so I would have a new assortment to come in later on, and I could share the excitement with my students.
I didn’t place all of the following books in my cart because some are a little too old for my students, but they are still favorites of when I was growing up.
20 Classic Children's Books
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
The Borrowers – Mary Norton
Corduroy – Don Freeman