Traditional Classics


Children's Literature

This illustration is by Howard Pyle from 1888 edition of Otto of the Silver Hand

Kay E. Vandergrift


Social History of Children's Literature Page  

Read or reread some of the titles that have achieved classic status in children's literature. As you read, consider whether these works are still of interest to and will appeal to today's young people or should be retained primarily as historical artifacts. Be prepared to justify your opinion in discussion with colleagues. Also consider how you feel about revised/rewritten versions of such classics. Wherever possible, I have provided a link to an electronic text version of the book.

Louisa M. Alcott. Little Women

Thomas B. Aldrich. Story of a Bad Boy [Only chapter 13]

Aesop. Aesop's Fables

Helen Bannerman. The Story of Little Black Sambo

James Mathew Barrie. Peter Pan

L. Frank Baum. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

John Bennett. Master Skylark

Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes

Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett. A Little Princess

Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Carlo Collodi. The Adventures of Pinocchio

Susan Coolidge. What Katy Did Next

James Fenimore Cooper. The Last of the Mohicans

Mary Mapes Dodge. Hans Brinker, or, The Silver Skates

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Hound of the Baskervilles

Alexander Dumas. The Three Musketeers

Kenneth Grahame. The Wind in the Willows

Lucretia Peabody Hale. The Complete Peterkin Papers

Joel Chandler Harris. Uncle Remus

Nathaniel Hawthorne. House of Seven Gables

Helen Hunt Jackson. Ramona

Charles Kingsley. Water Babies

Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book

Selma Lagerlof. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

Andrew Lang. Blue Fairy Book

Sinclair Lewis. Holiday House

Hugh Lofting. The Story of Doctor Dolittle

George MacDonald. At the Back of the North Wind

Capt. Frederick Marryat. The Children of the New Forest

A. A. Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh

L. M. Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables

Edith Nesbit. The Story of the Treasure Seekers

James Otis. Toby Tyler, or, Ten Weeks With a Circus

Eleanor H. Porter. Pollyana

Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Howard Pyle. Otto of the Silver Hand

Charles Reade. The Cloister and the Hearth

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards. Captain January

John Ruskin. The King of the Golden River

Anna Sewell. Black Beauty

Margaret Sidney. The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

Catherine Sinclair. Holiday House

Johanna Spyri. Heidi

Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

Frank R. Stockton. The Bee-Man of Orn and Other Fanciful Tales

Mark Twain. The Prince and the Pauper

Jules Verne. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Kate Douglas Wiggin. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

Oscar Wilde. The Happy Prince and Other Tales


Created September 20, 1995 and is continuously revised
SCILS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey