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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 Older Readers - by Authors, M-Z
This section of 167 Most Important Books for Children includes classic and contemporary classics for older readers. You may check each title's location and availability in the library's catalog by clicking the title of the book.
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Betty MacDonald
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Patricia MacLachlan
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.
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Marianna Mayer
Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast.
Homer Price
Homer Price
Robert McCloskey
Six episodes in the life of Homer Price including one in which he and his pet skunk capture four bandits and another about a donut machine on the rampage.
The World of Christopher Robin
The World of Christopher Robin
A.A. Milne
All the poems from "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six."
The World of Pooh
The World of Pooh
A.A. Milne
The adventures of Pooh the bear and Christopher Robin and their friends. Contains the full texts of both "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner" with the familiar black-and-white drawings and eight new full-color illustrations.
The Borrowers
The 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.
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
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.
The Wonder Clock
The Wonder Clock
Howard Pyle
Twenty-four fairy tales, one for each hour of the day, including The White Bird, Bearskin, Which is Best, The Best that Life has to Give, and One Good Turn Deserves Another.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Barbara Robinson
The six mean Herdman kids lie, steal, smoke cigars (even the girls) and then become involved in the community Christmas pageant.
The Little Prince
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
Rootabaga Stories
Rootabaga Stories
Carl Sandburg
Forty-nine whimsical and humorous stories that introduce such characters as the Potato Face Blind Man, Henry Hagglyhoagly, The Green Rat, The Blue Wind Boy, and many others.
The Light in the Attic
The Light in the Attic
Shel Silverstein
A collection of humorous poems and drawings.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.
Heidi
Heidi
Johanna 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 an invalid girl in the city. Includes illustrated notes throughout the text explaining the historical backround of the story.
Abel's Island
Abel's Island
William Steig
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.
A Child's Garden of Verses
A Child's Garden of Verses
Robert Louis Stevenson
A collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of childhood.
Treasure Island
Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
A treasure map entrusted to young Jim Hawkins involves him in an adventure with pirates.
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins
Pamela Travers
The wind brings two English children a new nanny who slides up the bannister and introduces them to some delightful people and experiences.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain
The adventures of a boy and a runaway slave as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town on the early nineteenth century.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne
Retells the adventures of a French professor and his two companions as they sail above and below the world’s oceans as prisoners on the fabulous electric submarine of the deranged Captain Nemo.
If I Were in Charge of the World, and Other Worries
If I Were in Charge of the World, and Other Worries
Judith Viorst
Forty-one poems reveal a variety of secret thoughts, worries, and wishes.
Charlotte's Web
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.
Stuart Little
Stuart Little
E.B. White
The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.
The Little House in the Big Woods
The 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 when they get together with relatives or neighbors.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
By the time the velveteen rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.



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