Fiction - Classic Children's
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Important children's books written more than 50 years ago.
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First published in 1927. Poetry for children; with thirty-five children's verses and illustrations by E. H. Shepard.
1926. No. 39 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000.
First published 1877. Full title "Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse".
First published in 1943. Written by a French aviator.
Originally entitled Pippi Långstrump in the author's native Sweden. First four Pippi books were published in 1945-1948.
1902. Many of her character names came from gravestones in West Brompton cemetery, west London. No. 2 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000
1903. No. 36 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000.
Published 1930 to present. Books written by a number of authors always usings the pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Numerous updates over decades to keep current with changing times. More than 200 million books sold world wide to date.
Aka 'The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby'.
C. S. stands for Clive Staples
First published 1719. The full title of the novel is "The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe of York, Mariner: who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an uninhabited Island on the coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pirates. Written by Himself."
1940. No. 6 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000. A feeling, seeing, touching, and smelling book for toddlers
First published 1939. Includes Blinky Bill, Blinky Bill Grows Up and Blinky Bill and Nutsy. About the adventures of a koala bear.
First Published 1957. The sequel 'The Cat in the Hat Comes Back' was published in 1958. Made into a film (2003) and a musical. One of the top 10 best-selling children's books of all time.
1952. One of the best-selling children's paperback of all time (7 million copies as of 1996); story of a barn spider and a pig named Wilbur.
Has so far been adapted six times for the screen. Published in 1906.
Published 1939. Follow on books in the series are: The Magic Faraway Tree (1943), The Folk of the Faraway Tree (1946) and Up the Faraway Tree (1951).
Published 1940. 'What's that Lassie? Something down the mineshaft?'
First serialised in the St. Nicholas Magazine in 1885, and then separately published in 1886.
Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Manchester, England, but moved to Texas aged 16. First published 1909.
Popular series of adventure/detective stories involving fictional teen brothers, Joe and Frank Hardy. Published in over 25 languages. Written by different authors under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon.
1945 No. 3 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000
A young girl proves she is a real princess by feeling a pea through a pile of mattresses. First published 1835. Also known as The Real Princess.
1942. No. 1 top-selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000
Aka 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up'.
1898. Originally published as a chapter in his book 'Dream Days'. Was made into a 1941 Walt Disney feature film with the same name. The story has also been set to music as a children's operetta by John Rutter.
Written on a farm in Missouri. First published in 1935.
First released in 1865. Psuedonym for British mathmetician and author Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dogdson. Lutwidge is German for Lewis, Carolus Latin for Charles.
Published 1872. Another title in the series is 'What Alice Found There'
First published 1868. Concerns the lives and loves of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War.
1954. First in a series of six books. The book was adapted for television in 1986 in the BBC production 'The Children of Green Knowe'. The books are now scheduled to be made into a feature film entitled 'From Time to Time'.
Won the Caldecott Award in 1954; one of five Madeline books
First book published in 1941. The series was written and drawn by the husband-and-wife team. Other "Original Series" books are Curious George Takes a Job (1947), Curious George Rides a Bike (1952), Curious George Gets a Medal (1957), Curious George Flies a Kite (1958), Curious George Learns the Alphabet (1963) and Curious George Goes to the Hospital (1966).
1947. Annual sales grew from about 1,500 copies in 1953 to 20,000 in 1970; and by 1990, the total number of copies sold was more than 4 million.
1953, illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina
1922. Aka. 'The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real'. Awarded the IRA/CBC Children's Choice award
The most famous creature ever to wear a duffel coat arrived from Deepest Darkest Peru in 1958
First published 1936. The best-known work by the American author, it tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights.
1958. Carnegie Medal in Literature 1958.
1938. Mr. Popper's Penguins was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1939.
First book of children's short stories published in 1922. About the young school boy William Brown.
A collection of poetry for children. The collection first appeared in 1885 under the title "Penny Whistles".
Published 1883. Originally serialised in the children's magazine "Young Folks" between 1881-83 under the title "The Sea Cook or, Treasure Island".
First published 1872. Follows the adventures of Katy Carr and her family, growing up in America in the 1860s.
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