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Classic Kids & Children's Books

By ThriftBooks Team • May 15, 2022

Classic Kids' Books

The imagination of a child is a place where the impossible is achievable and every day is an adventure. Classic children's books are beloved tales with a reputation for fueling kids' dreams over many generations.

It is within the best children's books of all time that kids begin to question their world and their role in it. They begin to imagine different places, people, things, and situations as they read classic kids' books. This early imagination becomes the springboard for children to grow up to be adults who truly make a difference in the world.

The Best Kids' Books of All Time

The very first novel that is considered to be a children's book is John Newbery's A Little Pretty Pocket-Book, published in 1744. It's the first book that was intended solely for children for the pure pleasure of reading.

Since then, thousands of classic children's books have followed, each one written with the intention of sparking the imaginations of little ones. If you're looking for the best children's books of all time, look no further! ThriftBooks has more titles than anywhere else at a fraction of the list price costs.

Classic Children's Books

The following are some of the best children's books of all time, all of which are available from ThriftBooks:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

First published back in 1962, A Wrinkle in Time is an award-winning children's book that is considered to be a classic. As a coming-of-age story about Meg, an awkward girl who needs to find the courage to save her father after he disappears, this book has been read by millions of children in classrooms and at home for generations.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

This all-time classic book for kids allows children to follow along as a very hungry caterpillar hunts for food. Children adore how they can watch as the caterpillar literally "eats" his way through the book. A copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are is an award-winning classic about Max, who dresses in his wolf suit and likes to run around the house, causing chaos. When his mother sends him to bed, he travels to an island where wild animals are. The animals name Max king and readers learn about his adventures as his world comes to life in this beloved children's bedtime story.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Few kids' classics are as renowned and beloved as The Velveteen Rabbit. In the nursery, stuffed animals ponder what it means to be real. This heartwarming story teaches children an endearing lesson about self-love and self-respect.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

For over 50 years, The Giving Tree has brought the story of a boy and the tree he loves to readers of all ages. The tree loves the boy and offers him all kinds of helpful things throughout his life: apples, tree branches, leaves, and more. After the boy returns when he is an old man, the tree gives him the greatest gift of all, and the tree is happy.

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

First published in 1947, Stone Soup is a story about hungry soldiers who outsmart greedy townspeople. The soldiers cleverly trick the people into giving them a feast. This timeless, amusing story that teaches a lesson about sharing is based on an old French children's tale.

Shop the Best Kids' Books of All Time at ThriftBooks

Whether you're searching for modern classics or you're interested in the old classics that have spanned generations, ThriftBooks has the largest collection of classic kids' books anywhere. Add to your collection with ThriftBooks today and read more while you spend less!

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