20 Classic Children's Books Every Child Should Read

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.

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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

Caps for Sale

- Esphyr Slobodkina

Earl the Squirrel – Don Freeman

Frog and Toad are Friends

- Arnold Lobel

Frederick – Leo Lionni

Go, Dog. Go! - P. D. Eastman

Mop Top – Don Freeman

Mr. Popper’s Penguines

-Richard Atwater

Norman the Doorman – Don Freeman

Pippi Longstocking- Astrid Lindgren

The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be – Farley Mowart

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary

The Story of Ferdinand

-Munro Leaf

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter

The Terrible Terrier – Edith Battles

The Wind in the Willows

– Kenneth Grahame

Where the Sidewalk Ends- Shel Silverstein

So far, The Terrible Terrier is my students' favorite book. I've read it several times upon request. That makes my heart warm!

What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?

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