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167 Most Important Children's Books

Divided into two lists by age-level, these are classic and contemporary classic children's books that everyone will want to read. You may check each title's location and availability in the Library's catalog by clicking the title of the book.
Books for Younger Readers - by Authors, M-Z
This section of 167 Most Important Books for Children includes classic and contemporary classics for younger readers. You may check each title's location and availability in the library's catalog by clicking the title of the book.
George and Martha
George and Martha
James Marshall
Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog
Mercer Mayer
Tells in pictures a boy's unsuccessful attempts to catch a frog.
There's a Nightmare in My Closet
There's a Nightmare in My Closet
Mercer Mayer
At bedtime a boy confronts the nightmare in his closet and finds him not so terrifying after all.
Blueberries for Sal
Blueberries for Sal
Robert McCloskey
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.
Make Way for Ducklings
Make Way for Ducklings
Robert McCloskey
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
Anansi the Spider: a Tale From the Ashanti
Anansi the Spider: a Tale From the Ashanti
Gerald McDermott
In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.
Mousekin's Golden House
Edna Miller
A whitefoot mouse makes a home for the winter in a jack-o'-lantern discarded after Halloween.
Little Bear
Little Bear
Else Minarik
Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.
The Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
Clement C. Moore
Presents the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Arlene Mosel
When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Laura Numeroff
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.
The Church Mouse
Graham Oakley
A lonely mouse living in a church with only a friendly, sleepy cat for company devises a plan to get all the mice in town to move in with him.
Cinderella
Cinderella
Charles Perrault
In her haste to flee the palace before the fairy godmother's magic loses effect, Cinderella leaves behind a glass slipper.
The Little Engine That Could
The Little Engine That Could
Watty Piper
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of dolls, toys, and good food over the mountain.
Song of the Swallows
Song of the Swallows
Leo Politi
Sad when the swallows leave for the winter, young Juan prepares to welcome them back to the old California Mission at Capistrano on St. Joseph's Day the next spring.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter
Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.
Peter and the Wolf
Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Prokofiev
Retells the orchestral fairy tale in which a boy ignores his grandfather's warnings and proceeds to capture a wolf.
Curious George
Curious George
H.A. Rey
The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.
Henry and Mudge
Henry and Mudge
Cynthia Rylant
Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: By A. Wolf
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: By A. Wolf
Jon Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
The Nutshell Library
Maurice Sendak
Including: Alligators All Around; One Was Johnny
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.
Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hatches the Egg
Dr. Seuss
When a lazy bird hatching an egg wants a vacation, she asks Horton, the elephant, to sit on her egg--which he does through all sorts of hazards until he is rewarded for doing what he said he would.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss
The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway. Could Christmas be more than presents?
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss
Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Charles Shaw
Describes the different things a cloud appeared to be, from spilt milk to a bird, rabbit, or tree.
Caps for Sale
Caps for Sale
Esphyr Slobodkina
A cap peddler falls asleep under a tree while wearing all his wares, and when he wakes up he finds that they have been taken by mischievous monkeys.
London Bridge is Falling Down
London Bridge is Falling Down
Peter Spier
Illustrates the nursery rhyme and children's game about London Bridge falling down. Includes a history of the bridge and music score.
Many Moons
Many Moons
James Thurber
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's one wish.
White Snow, Bright Snow
White Snow, Bright Snow
Alvin Tresselt
When it begins to look, feel, and smell like snow, everyone prepares for a winter blizzard.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Judith Viorst
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
The Napping House
The Napping House
Audrey Wood
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.
Umbrella
Umbrella
Taro Yashima
Momo eagerly waits for a rainy day so she can use the red boots and umbrella she received on her third birthday.
Sleeping Ugly
Sleeping Ugly
Jane Yolen
When beautiful Princess Miserella, Plain Jane, and a fairy fall under a sleeping spell, a prince undoes the spell in a surprising way.
Harry, the Dirty Dog
Harry, the Dirty Dog
Gene Zion
When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.



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Books for Younger Readers - by Authors, M-Z
Books for Younger Readers - by Authors, A-L
Books for Older Readers - by Authors, M-Z
Books for Older Readers - by Authors, A-L