60 Classic Books Every Kid Should Read

 Hi Everyone! This post is all about the 60 Classic Books Every Kid Should Read! Punky and I love to read, and both have an extensive collection of books in our little home library. Many of the books on this list are ones that you’ll have either read yourself as a child or have had read to you by family members. A lot of the books on this list I hold near and dear to my heart. My favourite children’s book of all time is Where the Wild Things Are!

My brothers and I always loved receiving new books to read while we were growing up. I suppose that’s because my parents always made sure to read to us when we were young. As we got older, we’d read the same books so much that the pages were dog-eared, the spines were cracked and bent with overuse. You’d see finger smudges on the cover and pages from when we’d be reading while eating, because the story was too thrilling to put down. To be completely honest, I’m still the same way now as an adult. If I find a book that I love, I won’t put it down until it’s finished. I’ve spent many nights reading from the time Punky goes to bed until my eyes are so blurry that I can’t make out the words on the page.

I’m trying to instill the same love of reading in Punky. While I don’t really love the idea of him losing sleep while reading late into the night, I do love the idea of him getting completely lost in a story. I want him to experience the same joy, sadness, and yes, even heartbreak because he’s grown attached to the characters of the stories he’s reading.

The List

Below you’ll find 60 Classic books Every Kid Should Read. Some of these books are geared toward older kids, and that’s ok. Reading should be fun for everyone regardless of age or ability! Please enjoy the list!

Classics 1-20

Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak (1963)

Goodnight Moon – Clement Hurd (1947)

Charlotte’s Web – E. B. White (1952)

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein (1964)

The Cat In The Hat – Dr Seuss (1957)

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeline L’Engle (1962)

Winnie The Pooh – A.A. Milne (1926)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl (1964)

The Wonderful World of Oz – L. Frank Baum (1900)

James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl (1961)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Caroll (1865)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter (1902)

Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson (1955)

The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams (1922)

Corduroy – Don Freeman (1968)

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)

Matilda – Roald Dahl (1988)

Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie (1911)

Where The Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein (1974)

Classics 20-40

Treasure Island – Robert Lewis Stevenson (1882)

The Borrowers – Mary Norton (1952)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (1884)

Stuart Little – E.B. White (1945)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain (1876)

Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren (1945)

Harriet The Spy – Louise Fitzhugh (1964)

Are You My Mother? – P. D. Eastman (1960)

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling (1894)

Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932)

The BFG – Roald Dahl (1982)

Oh The Places You’ll Go – Dr Seuss (1990)

The Little Engine That Could – Watty Piper (1930)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr Seuss (1957)

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (1908)

The Chronicles of Narnia Collection – C.S. Lewis (1950)

Heidi – Johanna Spyri, (1881)

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-duck – Beatrix Potter (1908)

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle – Beatrix Potter (1905)

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin – Beatrix Potter (1903)

Classics 40-60

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (1869)

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling (1894)

Mary Poppins Collection – P.L. Travers (1934-1988)

The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien (1937)

The Lord Of The Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights – Howard Pyle (1903)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: A Tour of the Underwater World – Jules Verne (1870)

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – Howard Pyle (1883)

Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi (1883)

The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss (1812)

The Lorax – Dr Seuss (1971)

Green Eggs & Ham – Dr Seuss (1960)

A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond (1958)

Beauty and the Beast – Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve (1740)

Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe, (1719)

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl (1970)

Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Brothers Grimm (1812)

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (1861)

Princess and the Pea – Hans Christian Andersen (1835)

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Lewis Stevenson (1886)

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As you see above, the dates in brackets are the original publication date. Parents, please use your best judgement as to the appropriate age range that your children should be reading these books. Some of the books listed above are titles reserved for teenagers and up due to the complexity of the story and the content.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of 60 Classic Books Every Kid Should Read! If there are any books you think should be in our library, please let me know! I’ll be writing more must have book lists in the future.

Until Tomorrow,

One thought on “60 Classic Books Every Kid Should Read

  1. Mom says:

    This is an Excellent List of Books for people of all ages… even us old folks enjoy some of these! <3 Mom

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