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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

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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

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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

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Based on Wilder's real-life childhood adventures, this brilliant book features a family in Wisconsin, who set up their home amongst Indians and wild bears. The book describes 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

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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

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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

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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

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Rudyard Kipling

This famous story 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. 


8. Roald Dahl Collection

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Classic books to read to children

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Famous Five by Enid Blyton
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • The Wombles by Elisabeth Beresford
  • Stig of the Dump by Clive King
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Roadl Dahl Collection
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • The World of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter