Top 12 Best Classic Books for Children

The wonderful classic books for children below are full of charm, excitement and humour, and have delighted generations of children. Discover much-loved characters and enchanting stories which are guaranteed to captivate young readers.

1. The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

This unforgettable tale stars Mole, who pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the world is a very exciting place. He comes to meet brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the pesky Mr. Toad, and they all set off on a thrilling adventure together. Charming and engaging, children will adore this delightful tale.

2. The Famous Five Series

Enid Blyton

This wonderful series has entertained children for generations with the exciting adventures of Julian, Anne, Dick, George and their dog Timmy. The daring group embark on all sorts of courageous quests, visiting thrilling places like Kirrin Island, caves and secret passageways, and uncovering all sorts of mysteries.

3. Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Based on Wilder's real-life childhood adventures, this brilliant series features a family in Wisconsin, who set up their home amongst Indians and wild bears. The books describe the way the different groups learn to live together in harmony, as well as what happens once the family leaves the prairie and Mary and Laura start school...

4. Winnie-the-Pooh

A. A. Milne

Winnie-the-Pooh is one of the most recognisable and adorable characters in children's literature, and your kids can discover him and all his friends with these lovely stories. Discover charming tales which celebrate the joy of friendship and feature all the familiar much-loved characters, such as Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin.

5. The Wombles

Elisabeth Beresford

These brilliant stories feature the Wombles of Wimbledon as they discover innovative ways to 'Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish' and recycle everyday goods they find on Wimbledon Common. With beautiful illustrations by Nick Price, they star classic characters like Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco, Bungo and more, and are great for teaching kids about caring for the environment.

6. Stig of the Dump

Clive King

First published in 1963, this classic children's novel features a truly enchanting adventure story. No-one believes Barney when he claims he's met a new friend. However, Stig is indeed real, but curiously lives in a dump. Together, the two boys embark on many an exciting journey. With unforgettable characters and a wonderful plot, this timeless tale of friendship is a captivating read.

7. The Jungle Book Series

Rudyard Kipling

The most famous story in this series was published in 1894. It features man cub Mowgli as he's raised by wolves in the Indian jungle and meets amazing creatures, such as Baloo the 'sleepy brown bear', the python Kaa, black panther Bagheera and terrifying tiger Shere Khan. Enjoy this and other short stories in this wonderful series.

8. Roald Dahl Collection

Roald Dahl

Discover Roald Dahl's marvellous, phizz-whizzing tales, such as The Twits, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more. Explore his wonderful worlds and quirky characters in his truly gloriumptious books, featuring his distinctive wit and spellbinding storytelling.

9. Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian

This illuminating, heart-breaking tale follows young Willie Beech, a deprived child who lives in London with his abusive mother. However, when war breaks out, Willie is evacuated to the countryside and taken into the home of Tom Oakley, an old man who turns out to be kind and loving. Willie also makes a wonderful friend in Zach, who loves to go cycling. But what will happen when Willie's mother demands he come home - and disaster strikes?

10. The World of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

This enchanting series of books features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. These tales have captivated young readers for generations, introducing youngsters to delightful classic characters like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and many more.

11. Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Follow Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they must face the hardest of times and pull together, whilst their father goes to fight in the civil war. Though they may be poor, their lives are rich with colour and fun as they play games, put on dramatic theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with vices, learn from mistakes, nurse each other, and get into all sorts of trouble. This stunning tale is sure to enchant young readers.

12. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

When Alice falls down a rabbit hole, she finds herself in a bizarre, unpredictable and magical land, filled with strange fauna and flora as well as quirky characters like the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts. Join her in this exciting world as she comes face-to-face with all sorts of crazy creatures and has marvellous adventures.

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    Stig of the Dump is a true classic. Nobody believes Barney when he says he's met a new friend. Stig is a real boy living wild in a dump, and together the two boys embark on many journeys of discovery.

    This wonderfully appealing and classic adventure story is one that children of all ages will enjoy reading. With its timeless appeal, unforgettable characters and an endearing tale of friendship at its heart, Stig of the Dump is simply enchanting.

    Still as fresh and exciting after over 50 years, this is a classic story to be shared and enjoyed time and time again.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh in Colour Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781405284332 - AA Milne
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    One of the iconic characters from children's literature, A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926 and continues to remain a favourite with children and families today.

    This slipcased collection includes four of the friendly bear's classic stories and all of the high-quality books feature E.H. Shepard's original illustrations in full colour.

    As well as Pooh bear, the heart-warming stories feature other iconic characters including Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin. Each book is funny, imaginative and celebrates the joy of friendship.
  • The Jungle Book Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509827213 - Rudyard Kipling
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    With the new Disney live-action/CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book proving to be one of the hits of 2016, now is the perfect time to rediscover Rudyard Kipling's book of short stories that inspired the animal adventure - and this collection includes its sequel and Just So Stories as well.

    First published in 1894, the most famous story in The Jungle Book follows man cub Mowgli as he's raised by wolves in the Indian jungle and comes face-to-face with incredible creatures including Baloo the 'sleepy brown bear', the python Kaa, black panther Bagheera and the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan. There are also many other short stories and poems to enjoy and The Second Jungle Book continues where this left off.

    Featuring Kipling's own illustrations, Just So Stories contains 12 magical tales that reveal how the camel got his hump, how an elephant got his trunk and how a leopard got his spots.
  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
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    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
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    A classic of children's literature, The Wind in the Willows is written by Kenneth Grahame and this edition features the beautiful original artwork from E.H. Shepard, the illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh.

    Mole pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the outside world is a very exciting place. On his travels he meets brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the rascally Mr. Toad and they all head off on an adventure together.

    A charming story from start to finish, this is a classic animal adventure full of iconic characters. A must for every child's bookshelf.
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    Little Women is the warm and touching tale of the four March sisters: sensible Meg, tomboy Jo, shy Beth and fiery Amy and the trials they face struggling to make ends meet while their father is away from home. This classic tale is perfect for reading aloud to youngsters or ideal for confident young readers aged 9+ to tackle independently.

    Little Women is narrated by Jo, who is fiercely independent and desperate to become a writer, but she and her sisters' ambitions are frustrated by lack of money and a series of misfortunes.

    Absorbing and inspiring, Little Women is a must-read classic that is guaranteed to make you laugh and cry.
  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
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    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection brings together all Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

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  • The Wombles Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9781408856765 - Elisabeth Beresford
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    Underground, overground, Wombling free, the Wombles of Wimbledon star in this six-book collection.

    Adorned with fresh and beautiful illustrations from Nick Price, Elisabeth Beresford's much-loved original stories follow the lives of the Wombles as they find novel ways to 'Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish' and recycle everyday goods they find on Wimbledon Common.

    With classic characters like Uncle Bulgaria, Orinoco, Madame Cholet and Bungo all featuring, this is a collection to be cherished by any young reader who wants to help the environment.
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
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    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect Christmas or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

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    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm
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    A beautiful Oxford Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's inspired fantasy Alice in Wonderland. This surreal story has truly enduring appeal and is a must-read book for all readers aged 9 and above.

    On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world, she meets some even stranger characters including a grinning cat, a rabbit with a pocket watch and a queen who plays croquet using hedgehogs and flamingos!

    Packed full of nonsense poems and songs, quirky characters and bizarre goings-on, Alice in Wonderland is a timeless classic!

    Please note this edition does not contain any illustrations.