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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.
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by A.A. Milne
All the poems from "When We Were Very Young" and "Now We Are Six."

The World of Pooh
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Shel Silverstein
A collection of humorous poems and drawings.

Where the Sidewalk Ends
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Robert Louis Stevenson
A collection of poems evoking the world and feelings of childhood.

Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
A treasure map entrusted to young Jim Hawkins involves him in an adventure with pirates.

Mary Poppins
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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
by Judith Viorst
Forty-one poems reveal a variety of secret thoughts, worries, and wishes.

Charlotte's Web
by 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
by 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
by 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
by 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.