Classic Fiction for Children

A classic is a book with staying power: memorable characters and the power to touch many generations. The influence of classic books can still be seen in the writing of today. Some of the best-known and beloved classic titles appear on this list.

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A Cricket in Times Square
Artist/Author/Cast:
Selden, George; Williams, Garth (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Selden
Description:

In a New York City subway station, Chester Cricket and his friends try to rescue their human friend's struggling newsstand.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Artist/Author/Cast:
Carroll, Lewis
Call Number:
JF Carroll
Description:

Alice experiences unusual adventures after falling down a rabbit hole.

Anne of Green Gables
Artist/Author/Cast:
Montgomery, L. M.
Call Number:
JF/YP F Montgomery
Description:

Instead of the boy they requested to help around the farm, the Cuthberts get Anne, an imaginative, redheaded, orphan girl.

Black Beauty
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sewell, Anna
Call Number:
JF Sewell
Description:

A horse tells the story of his life.

Caddie Woodlawn
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brink, Carol Ryrie; Hyman, Trina Schart (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Brink
Description:

Meet redheaded Caddie, a pioneer girl who loves to have adventures with her brothers.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Artist/Author/Cast:
Dahl, Roald; Blake, Quentin (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Dahl
Description:

Charlie finds a gold ticket that lets him into a world of chocolate and fantastic inventions.

Charlotte's Web
Artist/Author/Cast:
White, E. B.; Williams, Garth (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF White
Description:

Wilbur, a runty pig, becomes a celebrity with the help of some very special friends.

Five Children and It
Artist/Author/Cast:
Nesbit, E.; Millar, H. R. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Nesbit
Description:

The last thing five children expect to find while digging in the sand is a Psammead--an ancient Sand-fairy!

Freddy the Detective
Artist/Author/Cast:
Brooks, Walter R.; Wiese, Kurt (Illustrator); Wiese, Kurt (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Brooks
Description:

Freddy the pig does some detective work in order to solve the mystery of a missing toy train.

Heidi
Artist/Author/Cast:
Spyri, Johanna
Call Number:
JF Spyri
Description:

Heidi has to leave her beloved grandfather to be a companion to the crippled child of a rich family.

Homer Price
Artist/Author/Cast:
McCloskey, Robert (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF McCloskey
Description:

Homer Price has quite a few adventures even though he is a small-town boy.

Little House in the Big Woods
Artist/Author/Cast:
Wilder, Laura Ingalls; Williams, Garth (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Wilder
Description:

Four-year-old Laura lives with her pioneer family in a snug log house in the Wisconsin woods.

Little Women
Artist/Author/Cast:
Alcott, Louisa May; Gray, M. E. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF/YP F Alcott
Description:

The story of four different and wonderful sisters growing up in New England during the Civil War.

Mary Poppins
Artist/Author/Cast:
Travers, P. L.; Shepard, Mary (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Travers
Description:

Magical Mary Poppins is the best nanny ever.

Peter Pan
Artist/Author/Cast:
Barrie, J. M.; Gustafson, Scott (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Barrie
Description:

The exciting adventures of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling in Never Never Land, the home of Peter Pan.

Pippi Longstocking
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lindgren, Astrid; Lamborn, Florence (Translator); Glanzman, Louis S. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Lindgren
Description:

The story of a nine-year-old redhead with superhuman strength who lives by herself in Villa Villekula.

The Borrowers
Artist/Author/Cast:
Norton, Mary; Krush, Beth (Illustrator); Krush, Joe (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Norton
Description:

The adventures of tiny people who survive by "borrowing" things from the owners of the mansion they live in.

The House at Pooh Corner
Artist/Author/Cast:
Milne, A. A.; Shepard, Ernest H. (Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Milne
Description:

Who can resist the adventures of Christopher Robin, his forest friends and most of all, Winnie-the-Pooh?

The Hundred Dresses
Artist/Author/Cast:
Estes, Eleanor; Slobodkin, Louis (Illustrator); Estes, Helena (Contribution by)
Call Number:
JF Estes
Description:

Wanda wears the same faded dress to school every day but claims to have a hundred dresses at home.

The Jungle Book
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rowe, John (Editor); Kipling, Rudyard
Call Number:
JF Kipling
Description:

The story of a boy who is reared by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.

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