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Classical Childrens Books

Children Reading Books

The Best Loved Books for Kids

Want to see your children reading great books? Our Classical Children's Book lists outstanding literature for children by literary themes. Also look for books grouped by age, people and places, or era in history.

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Inspire great readers with great books.

The best way to develop great readers is to find great children's reading books. And the halls of classic literature have the stories that inspire and entertain.

Gallant heroes and heroines, devious villains, action and suspense fill the well-worn pages - along with a desire to live life to its fullest.

And because readers are different, we have classified books according to many popular themes in classical literature. If they like one book in a category, they will probably enjoy others in that list as well.

Dog Stories

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Nothing warms the heart like a story of a loyal dog and a favorite child. Listed are some of the best known dog stories.

Horse Stories

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When they were a primary source of transportation, a horse was like a member of the family. Many of the classical horse stories recount tales of love and adventure.

Dragon Stories

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Frightening to friendly, these flying creatures stir the imagination. Read the adventurous tales about dragons from the middle ages.

Other Animal Stories

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Rabbits, raccoons, birds and other creatures have been the stars in best loved animal stories. Almost all children like animals which makes them favorite topics for children's reading books.

Tales of the Sea

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Sailing the high seas, traveling the world, dangers lurking on land and at sea fill ocean tales with excitement for adventure-loving readers.

Funny Stories For Kids

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If laughter is the best medicine, than our list of funny childrens' reading books will keep your young readers healthy.

Overcoming Disabilities

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It is encouraging to read stories of children overcoming disabilities. Their example and adventures motivate others to succeed in all circumstances.

Detective Stories

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Have a detective or law-enforcement fan in your house? Detective stories are filled with mystery and adventure. Kids love to read the clues and figure out who dun it.

Christmas Stories

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For many it is the most beautiful time of the year. This list of classic christmas stories shares best known tales of the holiday.

Christian Literature

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The selection of classic Christian literature provides children's reading books on faith and family. Most of these were written more than 100 years ago and continue to inspire and instruct.

Fables and Tales

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Fables are short stories that teach lessons on character. Often using animals and nature, books of short fables make great bedtime or after dinner stories for families.

Fairy Tales

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Fairy Tales are one of the oldest genres of stories. The presence of good and evil, wicked witches and dangerous trolls cause a suspenseful tale before the "happily-ever-after" ending occurs.

More Great Childrens' Reading Books

We hope this list of classic children's literature by themes helps you find the best books for your readers. But we have even more.

Classic Childrens Book Club

We have selected a variety of classic books for each grade between third and eighth grade for our Classic Children's Book Club. A range of different types of stories appeals to both girls and boys. By reading any seven books on the list, a reader can earn a classic literature certificate.

Literature through the Ages

Historical fiction and true stories from history are listed by era. This is a great way for kids to comprehend how the big events in history impacted the lives of the ordinary citizens.


Classical Children's Books

Literature by Era

Books by Historical Era
Ancient History
The Middle Ages
American Revolution
Thanksgiving History
18th Century Literature
19th Century Literature
Civil War Era Literature
Early 20th Century
Depression Era Literature
World War II Literature
Historic Fiction Teaches

Books by Grade

3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Classical Lit Book Club

Easy Books

Preschool Picture Books
Early Reading Books
First Chapter Books

Lit Unit Studies

The Jungle Book
Wind In The Willows
Little Women
Twenty and Ten
Shadow of the Pines
Wizard of Oz
Calico Bush
Benjamin West & His Cat
The Golden Goblet
The Golden Goblet

Literary Themes

Children's Book Themes
Animal Stories
Dragon Legends
Ocean Stories
Family Life
Overcoming Disabilities
Christmas Stories
Detective Stories
Christian Literature
Fairy Tales

Favorite Authors

List of Authors' Books
Charles Dickens
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Jane Austen

Favorite Book Series

Sets of Classics

People & Places

Tales From Other Lands
African American Lit
Native American Stories

Boy Reading and Dreaming
Favorite Boys Books

Girl Reading and Dreaming
Favorite Girls Books

Shadow of the Pines
In The Shadow of the Pines

Shadow of the Pines
All The Cities Of Gold

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