Children’s Classics

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I didn’t know what to do about those books most people are aware of. I would hate to omit them but then I would not want you to waste your time on something you already know. Then I thought that maybe some moms who came to the US from a different country will be in the same shoes as I was ten years ago. I had no idea about Harold and the Purple Crayon or Olivia until my kids were born. So, for all of you who would have to start from scratch, here are some pictures books you should not miss.

I have just found a 14-page pdf file listing children’s classics. I noticed that some of them are in my “Our Favorites” category and not here. Well, I really didn’t care when we read the books if it was a classic or a new book. Since I didn’t grow up here, it’s sometimes hard for me to tell which one is a classic and which one isn’t. I didn’t create this site to categorize every book we have read. I just want all parents to have books worth reading in one spot without having to click away on twenty websites or blogs.

Where the Sidewalk Ends
where the sidewalk endsThis is not a picture book but it is a great poetry book everybody knows. My kids love the poems. By the way, I had to include it here because Jim Trelease (author of The Read-Aloud Handbook) mentioned that if librarians and teachers had to name one book that disappeared most, it was this book.


Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple crayon

The Story of Ferdinand
The story of ferdinad

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
the complete tales of winnie the pooh

The Complete Adventures of Curious George
the complete adventures of curious george

The Little Engine That Could
little engine that could


Brave Irene (watch online here)
Brave Irene

Strega Nona
Strega Nona

Puff, the Magic Dragon
Puff the magic dragon

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If you give a mouse a cookie

Where the Wild Things Are
where the wild things are

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
alexander and the terrible..

The Little House
the little house

Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo

The Giving Tree
the giving tree

The Napping House
the napping house

Polar Express
polar express

Bear Snores On and other Bear books.
bear snores on

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
cloudy with a chance of meatballs

Miss Nelson Is Missing!
miss nelson is missing

Madeline (series)

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)
Beatrix Potter

The Biggest Bear
the biggest bear

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
very hungry caterpillar

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and other stories with the Pigeon.
dont let the pigeon drive the bus

The Frog and Toad
frog and toad

In the Night Kitchen
in the night kitchen

The Velveteen Rabbit
velveteen rabbit

Caps for Sale
caps for sale

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
the country bunny

Julius, the Baby of the World

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