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Important children's books written more than 50 years ago.

See also the Children's Picture Books and Children's General books topics.

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A. A. Milne
   wrote   
Now We Are Six
First published in 1927. Poetry for children; with thirty-five children's verses and illustrations by E. H. Shepard.
A. A. Milne
   wrote   
Winnie-The-Pooh
1926. No. 39 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000.
Alexandre Dumas
   wrote   
Three Musketeers
1844
Anna Sewell
   wrote   
Black Beauty
First published 1877. Full title "Black Beauty: The Autobiography of a Horse".
Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
   wrote   
The Little Prince
First published in 1943. Written by a French aviator.
Arthur Ransome
   wrote   
Swallows and Amazons
1936 , Also Pigeon Post,
Astrid Lindgren
   wrote   
Pippi Longstocking
Originally entitled Pippi Långstrump in the author's native Sweden. First four Pippi books were published in 1945-1948.
Beatrix Potter
   wrote   
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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
Beatrix Potter
   wrote   
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
1903. No. 36 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000.
Captain W. E. Johns
   wrote   
Biggles Learns To Fly
Carlo Collodi
   wrote   
Pinocchio
1891.
Carolyn Keene
   wrote   
Nancy Drew
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.
Charles Dickens
   wrote   
A Christmas Carol
Published 1843
Charles Kingsley
   wrote   
The Water-Babies
Aka 'The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby'.
Charles Perrault
   wrote   
Tales of Mother Goose
1729 (English)
C. S. Lewis
   wrote   
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
C. S. stands for Clive Staples
Daniel Defoe
   wrote   
Robinson Crusoe
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."
Dick Bruna
   wrote   
Miffy
Created in 1955.
Dorothy Kunhardt
   wrote   
Pat the Bunny
1940. No. 6 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000. A feeling, seeing, touching, and smelling book for toddlers
Dorothy Wall
   wrote   
The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill
First published 1939. Includes Blinky Bill, Blinky Bill Grows Up and Blinky Bill and Nutsy. About the adventures of a koala bear.
Dr. Seuss
   wrote   
The Cat in the Hat
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.
Dr. Seuss
   wrote   
Horton Hatches the Egg
1940
Dr. Seuss
   wrote   
Horton Hears a Who!
1954. Made into a movie.
Dr. Seuss
   wrote   
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
1957
Dr. Seuss
   wrote   
Yertle the Turtle & Other Stories
1958
E. B. White
   wrote   
Charlotte's Web
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.
E. B. White
   wrote   
Stuart Little
Published 1945
Edith Nesbit
   wrote   
Five Children and It
Published in 1902
Edith Nesbit
   wrote   
The Railway Children
Has so far been adapted six times for the screen. Published in 1906.
Eleanor H. Porter
   wrote   
Pollyanna
First published in 1913.
Enid Blyton
   wrote   
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair
First published in 1937
Enid Blyton
   wrote   
The Enchanted Wood
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).
Enid Blyton
   wrote   
The Magic Faraway Tree
Published 1943
Enid Blyton
   wrote   
The Naughtiest Girl in the School
First published 1940
Eric Night
   wrote   
Lassie Come Home
Published 1940. 'What's that Lassie? Something down the mineshaft?'
Esphyr Slobodkina
   wrote   
Caps for Sale
First printing 1940
Esphyr Slobodkina
   wrote   
Pinky and the Petunia
1959
Frances Hodgson Burnett
   wrote   
Little Lord Fauntleroy
First serialised in the St. Nicholas Magazine in 1885, and then separately published in 1886.
Frances Hodgson Burnett
   wrote   
A Little Princess
Released in 1905
Frances Hodgson Burnett
   wrote   
The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Manchester, England, but moved to Texas aged 16. First published 1909.
Frank L. Baum
   wrote   
The Wizard of Oz
Franklin W. Dixon
   wrote   
Hardy Boys
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.
Fred Gipson
   wrote   
Old Yeller
Published 1956.
Gertrude Chandler Warner
   wrote   
The Boxcar Children
Published 1942
Gertrude Crampton
   wrote   
Tootle
1945 No. 3 top selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Emperor's New Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Little Match Girl
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Little Mermaid
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Nightingale
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Princess and the Pea
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.
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Red Shoes
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Swineherd
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
Thumbelina
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Tinder Box
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen
   wrote   
The Wild Swans
Howard Pyle
   wrote   
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
1883
Hugh Lofting
   wrote   
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
Newbury Medal 1923
Jack London
   wrote   
Call of the Wild
1903
Jack London
   wrote   
White Fang
1906
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
   wrote   
Grimm's Fairy Tales
1823 (English)
Janette Sebring Lowrey
   wrote   
The Poky Little Puppy
1942. No. 1 top-selling children's hardcover book of all time as of 2000
Jean De Brunhoff
   wrote   
The Story of Babar
1933
J. M. Barrie
   wrote   
Peter Pan
Aka 'Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up'.
Johann Rudolf Wyss
   wrote   
Swiss Family Robinson
1812 - 1813
Johanna Spyri
   wrote   
Heidi
First published in 1880.
John Bunyan
   wrote   
Pilgrim's Progress
1678
Jonathan Swift
   wrote   
Gulliver's Travels
1726
J.R.R. Tolkien
   wrote   
The Hobbit
1937
Jules Verne
   wrote   
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
1864
Jules Verne
   wrote   
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
1870
Kate Douglas Wiggin
   wrote   
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
1903
Kenneth Grahame
   wrote   
The Reluctant Dragon
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.
Kenneth Grahame
   wrote   
The Wind in the Willows
First published 1908
Laura Ingalls Wilder
   wrote   
Little House on the Prairie
Written on a farm in Missouri. First published in 1935.
Lewis Carroll
   wrote   
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
First released in 1865. Psuedonym for British mathmetician and author Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dogdson. Lutwidge is German for Lewis, Carolus Latin for Charles.
Lewis Carroll
   wrote   
Through the Looking Glass
Published 1872. Another title in the series is 'What Alice Found There'
Louisa May Alcott
   wrote   
Little Women
First published 1868. Concerns the lives and loves of four sisters growing up during the American Civil War.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
   wrote   
Anne Of Green Gables
First published 1908
Lucy M. Boston
   wrote   
The Children of Green Knowe
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'.
Ludwig Bemelmans
   wrote   
Madeline's Rescue
Won the Caldecott Award in 1954; one of five Madeline books
Margaret & H. A. Rey
   wrote   
Curious George
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).
Margaret Wise Brown
   wrote   
Goodnight, Moon
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.
Margaret Wise Brown
   wrote   
"Sleepy ABC"
1953, illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina
Margery Williams
   wrote   
The Velveteen Rabbit
1922. Aka. 'The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real'. Awarded the IRA/CBC Children's Choice award
Mark Twain
   wrote   
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Published 1876
Mary Mapes Dodge
   wrote   
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates
1865
Mary Norton
   wrote   
The Borrowers
Published in 1952.
Michael Bond
   wrote   
A Bear Called Paddington
The most famous creature ever to wear a duffel coat arrived from Deepest Darkest Peru in 1958
Munro Leaf
   wrote   
The Story of Ferdinand
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.
Oscar Wilde
   wrote   
The Happy Prince and Other Tales
1888
Philippa Pearce
   wrote   
Tom's Midnight Garden
1958. Carnegie Medal in Literature 1958.
P. L Travers
   wrote   
Mary Poppins
Published in 1934
R. D. Blackmore
   wrote   
Lorna Doone
1869
Richard & Florence Atwater
   wrote   
Mr. Popper's Penguins
1938. Mr. Popper's Penguins was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1939.
Richmal Crompton
   wrote   
Just William
First book of children's short stories published in 1922. About the young school boy William Brown.
R. M. Ballantyne
   wrote   
Coral Island
1857
Robert Louis Stevenson
   wrote   
A Child's Garden of Verses
A collection of poetry for children. The collection first appeared in 1885 under the title "Penny Whistles".
Robert Louis Stevenson
   wrote   
Kidnapped
1886
Robert Louis Stevenson
   wrote   
Treasure Island
Published 1883. Originally serialised in the children's magazine "Young Folks" between 1881-83 under the title "The Sea Cook or, Treasure Island".
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
The Jungle Book
1894
Rudyard Kipling
   wrote   
Just So Stories
1902
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
   wrote   
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Published 1892
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
   wrote   
The Lost World
1912
Susan Coolidge
   wrote   
What Katy Did
First published 1872. Follows the adventures of Katy Carr and her family, growing up in America in the 1860s.
Thomas Hughes
   wrote   
Tom Brown's Schooldays
1857
Tove Jansson
   wrote   
Comet in Moominland
Published in 1946
Ursula Moray Williams
   wrote   
Gobbolino, the Witch's Cat
First published 1943.
Virginia Lee Burton
   wrote   
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
1939
Walter Farley
   wrote   
The Black Stallion
First published 1941.
Walter Scott
   wrote   
Ivanhoe
1819.
Washington Irving
   wrote   
Legend of Sleepy Hollow
1819
Washington Irving
   wrote   
Rip Van Winkle
1820


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