All Time Classic Books

A Bibliography by Grade Level

Suggested Reading from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Cooperation with the American Library Association

"This list of classic children's books published before 1986 was updated in part by members of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Young Adult Library Services Associations, which are divisions of the American Library Association. Maria Salvadore, a children's literature specialist, also provided advice and assistance." ALA --2004

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Call Number Author Title Synopsis
398.2 Aa Aardema, Verna Who's in Rabbit's House: A Masai Tale ; retold by Verna Aardema / illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon Rabbit has a problem; someone is inside her house and won't let her in.
398.2 Aesop Fables Short animal stories with a moral. Collection includes The Tortoise and the Hare, Androcles and the Lion. Use catalog for other titles.
F  ATW Atwater, Richard and Florence Mr. Popper's Penguins. The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
  Benchley, Nathaniel Sam, The Minuteman An easy-to-read account of Sam and his father fighting as minutemen against the British in the Battle of Lexington.
E  BEM Bemelmans, Ludwig Madeline Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis. Other titles include Madeline in London.
F  BLU Blume, Judy Freckle Juice Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.
398.2 BRO Brown, Marcia Stone Soup When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.
  Brown, Margaret Wise Goodnight Moon As a little bunny says goodnight to many familiar objects, the illustrations are progressively darker.
  Brunhoff, Jean de The Story of Babar, The Little Elephant Translation of: Histoire de Babar, le Petit Elephant. Young Babar, escaping from a hunter, goes to the city where he is befriended by a rich old Lady.
E BUR Burton, Virginia Lee Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Mike Mulligan proves that, although dated, his steam shovel is still useful.
  Carroll, Lewis Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The story of a little girl who falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
F CLE Cleary, Beverly The Mouse and the Motorcycle  
  Collodi, Carlo Adventures of Pinocchio A little puppet made by a woodcarver wanted to be a real boy. Was he up to the task?
E CRE Crews, Donald Freight Train Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
  Daugherty, James Andy and the Lion Andy was kind to a lion with felicitous results. An Aesop fable with a little twist.
398.2 DEP DePaola, Tomie Strega Nona: An Old Tale When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
E FLA Flack, Marjorie Angus and the Ducks A curious Scottish terrier decides to investigate the strange noise coming from the other side of the hedge.
E  FRE Freeman, Don Corduroy A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.
  Fritz, Jean The Cabin Faced West  
E GAG Gag, Wanda Millions of Cats An old man makes an unwise decision when he brings too many cats home to his wife. Awards: Newbery Medal Honor Book, 1929.
398.2 THR Galdone, Paul The Three Little Pigs Retells the fatal episodes in the lives of two foolish pigs and how the third pig managed to avoid the same pigfalls.
  Goble, Paul The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses  
F GRA Grahame, Kenneth The Reluctant Dragon An extract from Dream Days, first published in 1898.
  Gramatky, Hardie Little Toot He was just a little tugboat, but mighty deeds are done by little fellows with courage.
E HOB Hoban, Russell Bedtime For Frances Frances finds it difficult to go to sleep with the strange noises and menacing shapes that seem to fill her room after dark.
E JOH Johnson, Crockett Harold and the Purple Crayon A little boy uses a purple crayon to take a trip and return to his bedroom.
E KEA Keats, Ezra Jack A Snowy Day A little boy plays outside on a perfect snowy day.
E KRA Kraus, Robert Leo the Late Bloomer Leo is taking his time learning to do many things, especially read. Should his parents worry?
E KRA Krauss, Ruth The Carrot Seed A little boy plants a carrot seed but his family warns him that carrots are hard to grow.
E LEA Leaf, Munro The Story of Ferdinand A little bull didn't want to learn to fight; he preferred smelling flowers.
812 LEA Lear, Edward A Book of Nonsense There once was a man from Great Britain who could wrote as no one had written        He'd make up a rhyme                            and then spend his time                      making words he needed to fit in  
E LEV Levinson, Riki Watch the Stars Come Out  
E LIO Lionni, Leo Frederick Frederick is a mouse with special skills but the other mice don't quite get it, until....
PF LOB Lobel, Arnold Frog and Toad Are Friends Two friends, different but devoted, put up with each other's quirky habits.
811 LON Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth Paul Revere's Ride Longfellow told the tale of Paul Revere's ride so well that even though not "a man is now alive that remembers that famous day and year" the poem will teach us forever.
PF LOP Lopshire, Robert Put Me in the Zoo  
E MAR Marshall, James George and Martha  
E McC McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings A family of ducks takes up residence in Boston Commons and astonishes the busy downtown crowd.
398.2 McD McDermott, Gerald Anansi the Spider  
812 MIL Milne, A. A. Winnie-The-Pooh The original story of the little bear and his friend Christopher Robin and all the inhabitants of the 100-acre-wood.
PF PAR Parish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia Amelia Bedelia misunderstands the meaning of many words and lands in a confusing situation every time.
E PIP Piper, Watty The Little Engine that Could This little engine was all heart and he thought he could deliver the goods.
E POT Potter, Beatrix The Tale of Peter Rabbit Mischief is Peter's middle name, but he learns a sorry lesson.
E REY Rey, H. A. Curious George A very curious little monkey comes to America with the Man in the Yellow Hat.
F SEL Selden, George The Cricket in Times Square  
E SEN Sendak, Maurice Where the Wild Things Are A little boy goes off to a wild place where there is much gnashing of teeth and swinging through branches, but comes  home to a hot dinner just the same.
PF SEU Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat The quintessential mess-maker visits two children while their mother is away.
E SLO Slobodkina, Esphyr Caps for Sale The peddlar fell asleep and awoke to find the monkeys in the tree above had all his "Caps for Sale." How to get them back?
E STE Steig, William Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Sylvester didn't mean to do it, but he turned into a rock. His parents were frantic. Where was he?
812 STE Stevenson, Robert Lewis A Child's Garden of Verses The Land of Counterpane," "The Swing" and so many more gentle, lovely rhymes that are easy to remember and remind us of the past.
F TAY Taylor, Sydney All-Of-A-Kind-Family  
F THU Thurber, James Many Moons A princess wants the moon; who can give it to her? The king? No. The queen? No. The court jester? hmm
E UDR Udry, Janice May A Tree is Nice  
E VAN VanAllsburg, Chris The Garden of Abdul Gasazi  
E VIO Viorst, Judith Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Some days start out bad and get worse. This one was like that for Alexander.
E WAR Ward, Lynn The Biggest Bear Johnny goes hunting for a bearskin to hang on his family's barn and returns with a small bundle of trouble.
F WHI White, E. B. Charlotte's Web Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
  Yashima, Taro Crow Boy Chibi came to school from the countryside, not the village. He didn't say much but he learned and he taught his teacher important lessons of life.
E ZIO Zion, Gene Harry the Dirty Dog When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.
E ZOL Zolotow, Charlotte William's Doll William's father gives him a basketball and a train but these do not make him want a doll less.

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