“Classics” in kids-books


Anne of Green Gables

by: L. M. Montgomery

An orphan girl finds happiness and security on a Nova Scotia farm when she is taken in by a kindly bachelor and his crusty sister. Beautifully filmed for television.

The Black Stallion

by: Walter Farley

Young Alec Ramsay is shipwrecked on a desert island with a horse destined to play an important part in his life. Following their rescue their adventure continues in America.

The Borrowers

by: Mary Norton

Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.

The Book of Three

by: Lloyd Alexander

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper to a famous oracular sow, sets out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil.

The Call of the Wild

by: Jack London

Transported from California to the subarctic climate of the Yukon, Buck is transformed from a domestic pet dog into a creature that reacts instinctively.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by: Roald Dahl

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

Charlotte's Web

by: E. B. White

The favorite story in which Charlotte the spider changes the life of a little pig and the girl who owns him can be seen as an animated feature film.


by: Johanna Spyri

A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for an invalid girl in the city.

The Incredible Journey

by: Sheila Burnford

After their owners move, three animals in an unlikely alliance survive hunger, hardship, and harassment as they journey hundreds of miles to rejoin their human family. Burnford's adventure will expand readers' insights into animal behavior.

The Jungle Book

by: Rudyard Kipling

Presents the three adventures of Mowgli, a young boy raised by the animals in an Indian jungle, as well as other animal stories and songs. Includes discussion questions and explanatory notes.

The Little Prince

by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Illustrator); Richard Howard (Translator)

An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

Misty of Chincoteague

by: Marguerite Henry

Two youngsters' determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.

My Side of the Mountain

by: Jean Craighead George

Sam must provide his own food, shelter, and clothing for a year when he runs away to his grandfather's undeveloped land.

Old Yeller

by: Fred Gipson

Left in charge of his pioneer family's Texas farm while his father is away, Travis is forced to grow up quickly with the assistance of Old Yeller, an unwanted stray dog. Animal and human interaction in this semidesert environment is strikingly portrayed.

Peter Pan

by: J. M. Barrie

The adventures of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

The Phantom Tollbooth

by: Norton Juster

A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

by: Kate Douglas Wiggin

Talkative, ten-year-old Rebecca goes to live with her spinster aunts, one harsh and demanding, the other soft and sentimental, with whom she spends seven difficult but rewarding years growing up.

The Secret Garden

by: Frances Hodgson Burnett

A ten-year-old orphan comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors where she discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

Sarah, Plain and Tall

by: Patricia MacLachlan

Papa's mail-order bride arrives, and Caleb and Anna hope she will make the prairie her home despite her homesickness for Maine.

Swiss Family Robinson

by: Johann David Wyss

When a Swiss couple and their four sons are shipwrecked on an isolated island, they adapt to their "New Switzerland" using many imaginative methods of farming and animal taming.

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle

by: Hugh Lofting

When his colleague Long Arrow disappears, Dr. Dolittle sets off with his assistant, Tommy Stubbins, his dog, Jip, and Polynesia the parrot on an adventurous voyage over tropical seas to floating Spidermonkey Island.

Where the Red Fern Grows

by: Wilson Rawls

A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.

The Wind in the Willows

by: Kenneth Grahame

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by: L. Frank Baum

Dorothy is transported by a prairie cyclone to the world of Oz, where she meets friends Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, sees the wonderous Emerald City and its ruling wizard, and defeats the wicked Witch of the West in her efforts to return to Kansas.