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Classic Books for Kids

Updated on September 13, 2014

Welcome to my Classic Children's Books Holiday Gift Guide!

Who wouldn't want to receive some classic books for kids as a gift? Children and adults alike love the pictures and the stories that are held within these wonderful, colorful packages. There's a wealth of topics classic children's books cover, and a wealth of emotions they tap into - some are funny, some are heartwarming, some are sad, and some are even a little scary!

Enjoy a nostalgic rush as you look through some of our personal favorites, and let us know if we've missed any good ones!

If you like the books here, you might also like my list of Christmas Kids' Books.

Image by stevendepolo on Flickr.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Fabulous Food-Based Fantasy Children's Book

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

I'm so glad this book is still available! It must be because it's simply amazing. I have to have read this book dozens of times in my youth. The images are quirky and wonderful, and the concept is unique: there is a land of people who don't have to worry about buying or preparing food, because the weather provides all they need! What hilarious consequences will result from "juice rain" and "mashed potato snow?" Find out in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs!


Love You Forever - Heartwarming Book For Kids About Mother Love

This is a book that my mother used to read to me often, and even as a young child the action of the story really meant something to me. The story starts out with the mother singing to her baby as he sleeps. As the child and the mother get older, the mother continues to secretly visit her son and sing to him, even after he's moved away. The twist at the end of the story brings me to tears. A wonderful story for a mother to let her children know just how much she loves them.

Ox-Cart Man - This Children's Book Has Lovely Pictures and Language

Ox-Cart Man
Ox-Cart Man

This book takes us back to a simpler time, a time when families lived off of carving broom handles and gathering goose down. Not only is it a good lesson on American history for young children, it's also an engaging story with gorgeous illustrations. You feel as if you are right there with the characters, tapping maple trees and picking apples.


Princess Furball - A Children's Book With a New Twist on an Old Genre

Another great story that I'm so happy to have found. This is a warm and engaging fairytale, similar to a retelling of Cinderella, but with a healthy dose of Scandinavian style. It's somewhat like a Hans Christian Anderson story in that respect. A young woman must use her wits to avoid an arranged marriage to an ogre and find her own place in the world.

Strega Nona - Piles of Pasta No Match for Strega Nona!

Strega Nona: Book & CD (A Strega Nona Book)
Strega Nona: Book & CD (A Strega Nona Book)

Apparently this is an ancient tale, but Tomie dePaola's illustrations give it a new life. The story features a witch (Strega Nona, a.k.a. "Grandmother Witch") who keeps her magical secrets close to her, and a mischeivious young man (Anthony) who wants the magic without any of the responsibility. When things get out of hand, Strega Nona saves the day, but not without teaching Anthony a lesson he won't soon forget!


Mr. Men and Little Miss Books - These Books Are Great for young and old alike!

These books by Roger Hargreaves are simple and delightful. Even now, in my relative "old age," I find pleasure in picking up one of these books. Mr. Messy is my favorite. I love the poetic quality of the lines, for example:

"'Neat and Tidy!' said Mr. Neat. 'Tidy and Neat!' said Mr. Tidy."

If you haven't experienced these books yet, they're definitely worth a look!

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales - Fairly Stupid Children's Book - and Fairly Funny!

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

One of the great spoof books, The Stinky Cheese Man takes a good look at some famous fairy tales... and turns them on their heads! Potentially offensive and definitely entertaining, this book will have your children and you laughing until you cry.


The Wild Christmas Reindeer - The Perfect Christmas Children's Book

Jan Brett, author of The Wild Christmas Reindeer, has a wonderful storytelling talent in addition to her enormous skill as an illustrator. Not only does she create an amazing illustration for each page of her book; she also creates a frame for each page, with tiny illustrations that seem to present something new every time you look at them. This author has written and illustrated many fine books, but this is definitely one of my favorites (perhaps because of my own Norwegian ancestry?)

Findus and Pettson Books - Norwegian Stories For a Great Read

This is another great set of books with little surprises in every picture. Originally written in Norwegian by Sven Nordqvist, a few of the books have been translated to English, which has greatly enhanced the literature landscape available to the English speaking population. In the books, the grumpy old Pettson and his cat, the excitable, accident-prone Findus, find themselves embroiled in remarkable adventures set against a beautiful Norwegian backdrop. The stories are clever and entertaining, and make sure you don't miss the little gnomes and trolls in the corners!

Goodnight Moon - An Iconic Classic

This book is one of the most classic children's books you can imagine. It makes for the perfect nighttime storybook, as the child follows along and says "goodnight" to a variety of things, including the moon.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      This a beautiful list and I'm glad you have included "Goodnight Moon".

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      @poutine: Good point! I've added it to the list!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Yes, you missed "Goodnight Moon".

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Nope. I think you covered all the best ones

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      Bought my daughter the complete Mr Men series, next is the complete Little Ms series, they're awesome, I used to read them when I was little. I even had a Mr. Bump toothbrush holder