Classics of Children’s Lit

(Introductory post.)

  1. Perrault, Charles: Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals [Histoires ou Contes du Temps passé] (1697, France)
  2. Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, selections (1812, Germany)*
  3. Wyss, Johann David: The Swiss Family Robinson [Der Schweizersche Robinson] (1812, Switzerland)
  4. Hoffmann, E.T.A: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King [Nussknacker und Mausekönig] (1816, Germany)
  5. Pushkin, Alexander: Fairy Tales (1830-34, Russia)
  6. Yershov, Pyotr Pavlovich: The Little Humpbacked Horse (1834, Russia)
  7. Anderson, Hans Christian: Fairy Tales, selections (1830s-70s, Denmark)*
  8. Ruskin, John: The King of the Golden River (1841, England)
  9. Marryat, Frederick: The Children of the New Forest (1847, England)
  10. Afanasyev, Alexander: Russian Fairy Tales (1855-63, Russia)
  11. Ballantyne, R.M.: The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean (1858, Scotland)
  12. Kingsley, Charles: The Water-Babies (1863, England)
  13. Busch, Wilhelm: Max and Moritz (A Story of Seven Boyish Pranks) [Max und Moritz-Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen] (1865, Germany)
  14. Dodge, Mary Mapes: Hans Brinker, of The Silver Skates (1865, U.S.)
  15. Carroll, Lewis:
    1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865, England)*
    2. Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871, England)*
    3. Sylvie and Bruno (1889, England)
    4. Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893, England)
  16. Alcott, Louisa May:
    1. Little Women (Part One) (1868, U.S.)*†
    2. Little Women, Part Second [Good Wives] (1869, U.S.)*†
    3. Little Men (1871, U.S.)*
    4. Jo’s Boys (1886, U.S.)*
  17. Macdonald, George:
    1. At the Back of the North Wind (1871, Scotland)
    2. The Princess and the Goblin (1872, Scotland)
    3. The Princess and Curdie (1883, Scotland)
  18. Coolidge, Susan: What Katy Did (1872, U.S.)
  19. Swell, Anna: Black Beauty (1877, England)
  20. Spyri, Johanna: Heidi’s Years of Learning and Travel [Heidis Lehr-und Wanderjahre] (1880, Switzerland)*
  21. Ispirescu, Petre: Folktales from Romania (1880s, Romania)
  22. Collodi, Carlo: Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storio di un burattino [The Adventures of Pinocchio] (1883, Italy) ¤
  23. Pyle, Howard: Merry Adventures of Robin Hood of Great Renown in Nottinghamshire (1883, U.S.)
  24. De Amicis, Edmondo: Heart [Cuore] (1886, Italy)
  25. Wilde, Oscar: The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888, Ireland)
  26. Wilde, Oscar: A House of Pomegranates (1888, Ireland)
  27. Turner, Ethel: Seven Little Australians (1894, Australia)
  28. Kipling, Rudyard:
    1. The Jungle Book (1894, England)
    2. The Second Jungle Book (1895, England)
    3. Just So Stories (1902, England)
  29. Falkner, J. Meade: Moonfleet (1898, England)
  30. Grahame, Kenneth: The Reluctant Dragon (1898, England)*
  31. Grahame, Kenneth: The Wind in the Willows (1908, England)*
  32. Horwood, William: The Willows in Winter (1993, England)‡
  33. Nesbit, E.: The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899, England)
  34. Nesbit. E.: The Railway Children (1905, England)
  35. Salgari, Emilio: Sandokan: The Tigers of Mompracem (1900, Italy)
  36. Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900, U.S.)*
  37. Potter, Beatrix (England):
    1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit (1902)
    2. The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (1903)
    3. The Tailor of Gloucester (1903)
    4. The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (1904)
    5. The Tale of Two Bad Mice (1904)
    6. The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905)
    7. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher (1906)
    8. The Tale of Tom Kitten (1907)
    9. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (1908)
    10. The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies (1909)
    11. The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse (1910)
    12. The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)
    13. The Tale of Johnny Town-Mouse (1918)
    14. The Tale of Mr. Tod (1912)
    15. The Tale of Pigling Bland (1913)
    16. The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or, The Roly-Poly Pudding (1908)
    17. The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (1905)
    18. The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (1909)
    19. The Tale of Little Pig Robinson (1930)
    20. The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit (1906)
    21. The Story of Miss Moppet (1906)
    22. Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes (1917)
    23. Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes (1922)
    24. The Fairy Caravan (1929)
  38. Wiggin, Kate Douglas: Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903, U.S.)
  39. Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan (1904, 1911, Scotland)
  40. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess (1905, England)*
  41. Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden (1911, England)*
  42. Montgomery, L.M.:
    1. Anne of Green Gables (1908, Canada)*
    2. Anne of Avonlea (1909, Canada)*
    3. The Story Girl (1911, Canada)
    4. Chronicles of Avonlea [short stories] (1912, Canada)*
    5. The Golden Road (1913, Canada)
    6. Anne of the Island (1915, Canada)*
    7. Anne’s House of Dreams (1917, Canada)*
    8. Rainbow Valley (1919, Canada)*
    9. Further Chronicles of Avonlea [short stories] (1920, Canada)
    10. Rilla of Ingleside (1921, Canada)*
    11. Emily of New Moon (1923, Canada)*
    12. Emily Climbs (1925, Canada)*
    13. Emily’s Quest (1927, Canada)*
    14. A Tangled Web (1931, Canada)*
    15. Anne of Windy Poplars (1936, Canada)*
    16. Jane of Lantern Hill (1937, Canada)
    17. Anne of Ingleside (1939, Canada)*
    18. The Blythes Are Quoted (2009 – posthumous, Canada)
  43. Porter, Eleanor H.: Pollyanna (1913, U.S.)
  44. Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes (1914, U.S.)
  45. Colum, Padraic: The King of Ireland’s Son (1916, Ireland)
  46. Colum, Padraic: Legends of Hawaii (1922, Ireland)
  47. Lindsay, Norman: The Magic Pudding (1918, Australia)
  48. Lofting, Hugh: The Story of Doctor Dolittle (1920, England)
  49. Finger, Charles: Tales from the Silver Lands (1924, U.S.)
  50. Milne., A.A.: The World of Pooh (1926, 1928, England)∞
  51. Mukerji, Dhan Gopal: Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon (1928, India-U.S.)
  52. Kelly, Eric P.: The Trumpeter of Krakow (1929, U.S.)
  53. Kästner, Erich: Emil and the Detectives [Emil und die Detektive] (1929, Germany)
  54. Hergé:
    1. The Adventures of Tintin Reporter for “Le Petit Vingtième” In the Land of the Soviets (1929-30, Belgium)
    2. Tintin in America (1931-32, 1945, Belgium)
    3. Cigars of the Pharaoh (1932-34, 1955, Belgium)
    4. The Blue Lotus (1934-35, 1946, Belgium)
    5. The Broken Ear (1935-37, 1943, Belgium)
    6. The Black Island (1937-38, 1943, Belgium)
    7. King Ottokar’s Sceptre (1938-39, 1947, Belgium)
    8. The Crab with the Golden Claws (1940-41, 1943, Belgium)
    9. The Shooting Star (1941-42, 1942, Belgium)
    10. The Secret of the Unicorn (1942-43, 1943, Belgium)
    11. Red Rackham’s Treasure (1943, 1944, Belgium)
    12. The Seven Crystal Balls (1943-46, 1948, Belgium)
    13. Prisoners of the Sun (1946-48, 1949, Belgium)
    14. Land of Black Gold (1948–1950, 1950, Belgium)
    15. Destination Moon (1950–1953, 1953, Belgium)
    16. Explorers on the Moon (1950–1953, 1954, Belgium)
    17. The Calculus Affair (1954-56, 1956, Belgium)
    18. The Red Sea Sharks (1956-58, 1958, Belgium)
    19. Tintin in Tibet (1958-59, 1960, Belgium)
    20. The Castafiore Emerald (1961-62, 1963, Belgium)
    21. Flight 714 (1966-67, 1968, Belgium)
    22. Tintin and the Picaros (1975-76, 1976, Belgium)
  55. Ransome, Arthur: Swallows and Amazons (1930, England)
  56. Wilder, Laura Ingalls:
    1. Little House in the Big Woods (1932, U.S.)*
    2. Farmer Boy (1933, U.S.)*
    3. Little House in the Prairie (1935, U.S.)*
    4. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937, U.S.)*
    5. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939, U.S.)*
    6. The Long Winter (1940, U.S.)*
    7. Little Town on the Prairie (1941, U.S.)*
    8. These Happy Golden Years (1943, U.S.)*
    9. On the Way Home (1962 – posthumous, U.S.)*^
    10. The First Four Years (1971 – posthumous, U.S.)*
    11. West From Home: Letters of Laura Ingalls Widler, San Francisco, 1915 (1974 – posthumous, U.S.)^
    12. Little House in the Ozarks: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler: The Rediscovered Writings (1991 – posthumous, U.S.)^
  57. Snedecker, Caroline Dale: The Forgotten Daughter (1933, U.S.)
  58. Kassil, Lev Abramovich: The Black Book and Schwambrania (1933, USSR)
  59. Travers, P.L.: Mary Poppins (1934, England)
  60. Fortún, Elena: Celia novelista (1934, Spain)§
  61. Tolkien, J.R.R.: The Hobbit (1937, England)*
  62. Lakin, Lazar Yosifovych: The Old Genie Hottabych (1937, USSR)
  63. Atwater, Richard and Florence: Mr. Popper’s Penguins (1938, U.S.)
  64. Bazhov, Pavel: The Malachite Casket (1939, USSR)
  65. Volkov, Alexander Melentyevich: The Wizard of the Emerald City (1939, USSR)
  66. Volkov, Alexander Melentyevich: Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers (1963, USSR)
  67. Blyton, Enid: Five on a Treasure Island (1942, England)
  68. Saint-Exupéry: The Little Prince (1943, France)
  69. Lindgren, Astrid: Pippi Longstocking (1945, Sweden)
  70. Buzzati, Dino: The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily [La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia] (1945, Italy)
  71. White, E.B.:
    1. Stuart Little (1945, U.S.)*
    2. Charlotte’s Web (1952, U.S.)*
    3. The Trumpet of the Swan (1970, U.S.)*
  72. Goudge, Elizabeth: The Little White Horse (1946, England)
  73. Goudge, Elizabeth: Linnets and Valerians (1964, England)
  74. Jansson, Tove: Finn Family Moonmintroll [Trollkarlens hatt] (1948, Finland)
  75. Rybakov, Anatoly: The Dirk (1948, USSR)
  76. Henry, Marguerite: King of the Wind (1948, U.S.)
  77. Thurber, James: The 13 Clocks (1950, U.S.)
  78. Lewis, C.S.:
    1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950, Ireland)*
    2. Prince Caspian (1951, Ireland)*
    3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952, Ireland)*
    4. The Silver Chair (1953, Ireland)*
    5. The Horse and His Boy (1954, Ireland)*
    6. The Magician’s Nephew (1955, Ireland)*
    7. The Last Battle (1956, Ireland)*
  79. Rodari,Gianni: The Adventures of the Little Onion [Il romanzo di Cipollino] (1951, Italy)
  80. Gubarve, Vitali Georgievich: Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (1951, USSR)
  81. Taylor, Sydney: All-of-a-Kind Family (1951, U.S.)
  82. Norton, Mary: The Borrowers (1952, England)*
  83. Green, Roger Lancelyn: King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1953, England)
  84. Green, Roger Lancelyn: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1956, England)
  85. Sutcliff, Rosemary: The Eagle of the Ninth (1954, England)
  86. Boston, L. M.: The Children of Green Knowe (1954, England)
  87. DeJong, Meindertt: The Wheel on the School (1955, Dutch-U.S.)
  88. Juster, Norton: The Phantom Tollbooth (1961, U.S.)
  89. Dahl, Roald: Fantastic Mr. Fox (1970, Britain)
  90. L’Engle, Madeleine:
    1. A Wrinkle in Time (1962, U.S.)*
    2. The Arm of the Starfish (1965, U.S.)
    3. A Wind in the Door (1973, U.S.)*
    4. Dragons in the Waters (1976, U.S.)
    5. A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978, U.S.)*
    6. A House Like a Lotus (1984, U.S.)
    7. Many Waters (1986, U.S.)*
    8. An Acceptable Time (1989, U.S.)
  91. Cooper, Susan:
    1. Over Sea, Under Stone (1965, England)*
    2. The Dark is Rising (1973, England)*
    3. Greenwitch (1974, England)*
    4. The Grey King (1974, England)*
    5. Silver on the Tree (1977, England)*
  92. Nyblom, Helena: The Witch of the Woods: Fairy Tales from Sweden (1968 English translation, Sweden)
  93. Adams, Richard: Watership Down (1972, England)*
  94. Adams, Richard: Tales from Watership (1996, England)
  95. Babbitt, Natalie: Tuck Everlasting (1975, U.S.)*
  96. Paterson, Katherine: Bridge to Terabithia (1977, U.S.)*
  97. Jones, Diana Wynne: Charmed Life (1977, England)
  98. Jones, Diana Wynne: Fire and Hemlock (1985, England)
  99. Ende, Michael: The Neverending Story (1983, Germany)*
  100. Hamilton, Virginia: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales (1985, U.S.); illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
  101. Lindo, Elvira: Manolito Four-Eyes [Manolito Gafotas] (1994, Spain)

* Indicates a reread.
† Published in the U.S. since 1880 as a single volume titled Little Women
‡ A recent sequel to The Wind in the Willows
∞ Contains Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner
^ Nonfiction
§ I hope to read in Spanish
¤ I hope to read in Italian

Last updated 10.04.2016

10 thoughts on “Classics of Children’s Lit

  1. What a great list! And very international. I think I need to borrow some of your titles for my list. But there are lots of books listed here that I’d love to investigate. Dianna Wynne Jones is another author I’m leery of …….. my daughter read one of hers and really disliked it, but I know so many people who love her; she must have some good books, right? Now that you’ve added to my TBR list, I wonder how I’m going to figure out how to add more hours to the day!

    1. Thanks, borrow away! I made a deliberate effort to make it international, although–after difficulties I’ve had finding various translations this year (for other projects), I may need to check to see if some of these titles are actually available. I’ve read three Diana Wynne Jones titles (Howl’s Moving Castle and its two sequels), which I enjoyed, although I can see that she might not be everybody’s cup of tea.

    1. Thanks! I do have to go through it again and check for availability of some of the titles, as I just recently discovered that some are hard to get ahold of, especially books from other countries. Feel free to use it for inspiration for your own reading.

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