Bestselling Classics Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling classics books for 5 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Going-To-Bed Book

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Nov 30, 1982
Number of Pages: 14
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Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this special anniversary edition of a Sandra Boynton classic.

The sun has set not long ago.
Now everybody goes below
to take a bath in one big tub
with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!

This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

This anniversary edition has an enlarged trim size and metallic ink on the cover, making this Boynton classic even more special.

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Children’s Books > Humor

2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

by: Bill Martin Jr.Eric Carle
Release date: Sep 15, 1996
Number of Pages: 26
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A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck–all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

3. Guess How Much I Love You

by: Sam McBratneyAnita Jeram
Release date: Oct 14, 2008
Number of Pages: 24
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“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

4. The Night Before Christmas

by: Charles Santore
Release date: Oct 11, 2011
Number of Pages: 44
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Wonderful new version of the classic poem every family should own. Lavishly illustrated by renowned artist Charles Santore, the critically acclaimed illustrator of The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, and others. An oversized heirloom edition with a four-page gatefold. Includes embossed and foil cover.

Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh. Many families read the poem every year, and now they have an edition to treasure. The cherished verse, faithfully reproduced here, is accompanied by Charles Santore’s lavish illustrations.

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Children’s Books > Classics

5. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) (Little Golden Book)

by: Rick BunsenGolden Books
Release date: Aug 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Children ages 3-6 will love to read this Little Golden Book retelling of the classic 1964 holiday TV special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. All of the other reindeer make fun of Rudolph and won’t let him play in their reindeer games because he’s different. But when Christmas is almost cancelled because of a huge snowstorm, Rudolph comes to the rescue with his wonderful shiny red nose.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

6. They All Saw a Cat

by: Brendan Wenzel
Release date: Aug 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 44
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A New York Times bestseller
?”An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel’s book feels like a game changer.” —The Huffington Post

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

7. The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Aug 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Hit the road reading with Dr. Seuss! Tucked inside this cute little blue box topped with a plastic handle and secured by a tuck closure are board book editions of the classic Dr. Seuss titles Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Ideal for the holidays, new mothers, and happy occasions of all kinds, this is a literacy-nurturing gift that babies can literally sink their teeth into!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

8. The Night Before Christmas (Little Golden Book)

by: Clement Clarke MooreCorinne Malvern
Release date: Sep 13, 2011
Number of Pages: 24
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This 1949 Little Golden Book edition of the famous poem, The Night Before Christmas, was a staple in the Golden Book line for many years. Recently found in the Golden Books archives, Corinne Malvern’s artwork for this title has been digitized and beautifully reproduced for today’s kids!

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

9. Dinosaur Dance!

by: Sandra BoyntonSandra Boynton
Release date: Aug 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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A brand-new board book about dancing dinosaurs from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton!

ZANG! BOP!
KIDDLY POW!
The DINOSAUR DANCE
is starting NOW!

Join Boynton’s lively prehistoric bunch as they get everyone’s tails shaking for a feet-stomping good time. Whether they dance the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery Quake, or just decide to Cha-Cha-Cha, young readers are sure to giggle along with these adorable creatures that are ready for a ROARING good time!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

10. I Wish You More

by: Amy Krouse RosenthalTom Lichtenheld
Release date: Mar 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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A New York Times bestseller!
Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

11. The Story of Ferdinand

by: Munro LeafRobert Lawson
Release date: Mar 31, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Soon to be a major motion picture!

Ferdinand is the world’s most peaceful–and–beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf’s simple storytelling paired with Lawson’s pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand a true classic. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the book’s original publication with this beautiful and affordable 8×8 paperback edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

12. Hark! A Shark!: All About Sharks (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)

by: Bonnie WorthAristides RuizJoe Mathieu
Release date: Jan 08, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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In this latest installment of the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, the Cat introduces beginning readers to all kinds of sharks! From the smallest (the dwarf lantern) to the largest (the whale shark), the most notorius (the great white) to the most obscure (the goblin), the Cat explains why sharks have lots of teeth but no bones; how their tough skin helps them swim fast and stay clean (inspiring scientists–and bathing suit manufacturers!); how pores along the sides of their bodies help them sense prey; that they have more to fear from us than we do from them, and much, much more! Perfect for shark and Cat (in the Hat) fanciers, fans of the new PBS Kids preschool science show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! will sink their teeth into this new addition to the series!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Marine Life

13. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Classic Board Books)

by: Helen OxenburyMichael Rosen
Release date: Oct 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 36
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Now the very youngest readers can join in the fun with this Classic Board Book™ edition of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Full of delightful comedy and high drama, this tale of a brave family’s joyous romp through sweeping landscapes is sure to win new fans.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

14. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Book and Grinch (Classic Seuss)

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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A Grinch book and plush package perfect for holiday gift-giving!
 
Is there any better holiday gift than a copy of Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Yes! A copy of the book packaged in a sturdy gift box with a 14-inch tall, exclusively-available soft plush Grinch! Now children of all ages can read the story while they cuddle with the iconic character whose heart grows three sizes when he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Also included exclusively in this package is a 32-page paperback “Good Deed Journal.” Filled with simple activities and room for children to write and draw, it’s the perfect way to encourage children to grow their own hearts by helping others.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

15. The Poky Little Puppy (A Little Golden Book Classic)

by: Janette Sebring LowreyGustaf Tenggren
Release date: Apr 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 24
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The bestselling picture book of all time!

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world. . . .

The Poky Little Puppy was one of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, and went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. The story of a curious puppy, who digs holes under fences and who has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake, has delighted families for generations. it is, quite simply, an icon. Delightful to read aloud, The Poky Little Puppy is a cherished story that every child should know.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

16. Dr. Seuss’s Second Beginner Book Collection

by: Dr. SeussRandom House
Release date: Sep 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 288
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Want to give a gift that will make a lasting impression? This boxed set of of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Oh Say Can You Say?, Oh the Thinks You Can Think!, and I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!—is perfect for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, it will be cherished by young and old alike. Begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime—with Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss!

And if you want to make a REALLY BIG impression, consider gifting this along with a copy of our first boxed set of Beginner Books, Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection. The two sets combined include all ten Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

17. Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? sound book

by: Bill MartinEric Carle
Release date: Nov 08, 2011
Number of Pages: 24
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A new edition of this all-time favorite children’s tale to delight children and parents alike. Bill Martin’s playful story introduces a parade of rowdy zoo animals, all illustrated in Eric Carle’s instantly recognisable, clean, crisp style. A perfect addition to this fun, noisy tale is a ten button sound panel. As each new animal appears on the bright, colorful pages, children will love to find, then press the right button to hear the noises that the braying zebra, roaring lion, fluting flamingo and other amazing animals make.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by: Eric Carle
Release date: Oct 15, 1981
Number of Pages: 32
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THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

Carle’s classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
Mother’s Manual

“Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative…”
The New York Times Book Review

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

19. The Mitten, 20th Anniversary Edition

by: Jan BrettJan Brett
Release date: Oct 05, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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A bestselling modern classic that has been a family favorite for over 25 years.

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.

One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.

In her distinctive style, Jan Brett brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.

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Children’s Books > Animals

20. The Grinch’s Great Big Flap Book (Great Big Board Book)

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Sep 09, 2014
Number of Pages: 12
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A Christmas gift for Dr. Seuss’s youngest fans!
 
A board-book version of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! This super-simple, super-sturdy adaptation of the Good Doctor’s beloved holiday classic is perfect for his youngest fans. With a shortened rhymed text and over sixty Grinchy flaps for little fingers to lift, it’s an ideal introduction to the story and a perfect gift for toddlers and preschoolers. Now everyone in the family can have a merry Grinchmas!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

21. The Christmas Baby (Classic Board Books)

by: Marion Dane BauerRichard Cowdrey
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 34
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This beautiful retelling of the Nativity story that celebrates the timeless joy of Christmas and of welcoming a new baby into the world is now available as a Classic Board Book!

Have you heard? A baby is coming! Our baby is here?

When Mary and Joseph’s child was born, the good tidings spread from the animals in the manger, to the shepherds in the fields, to the kings in distant lands, and even to the angels in the heavens! Now every time a baby is born, we celebrate and people travel from far and wide to greet the new baby—because every new baby is a small miracle.

Filled with lyrical text and lush illustrations, this Classic Board Book is the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Baby

22. Bear Snores On (The Bear Books)

by: Karma WilsonJane Chapman
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 34
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Bear’s cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps in this classic book from New York Times bestselling team of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

23. Cranberry Thanksgiving (Cranberryport)

by: Wende DevlinHarry Devlin
Release date: Sep 18, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Every year Grandmother invited a guest for Thanksgiving dinner and allowed Maggie to do the same. “Ask someone poor or lonely,” she always said. Thanksgiving was Grandmother’s favorite day of the year. The cooking was done and her famous cranberry bread was cooling on a wooden board. But she wasn’t happy to find out Maggie had invited the unsavory Mr. Whiskers to dinner. Would her secret cranberry bread recipe be safe with him in the house? After a long absence this delightful 1971 classic is back. So is Grandmother’s secret recipe!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Thanksgiving

24. Classic Characters of Little Golden Books: The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Tawny Scrawny Lion, and Scuffy the Tugboat

by: Various
Release date: Jan 12, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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This beautiful boxed set brings together five of the all-time favorite Little Golden Books! The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, Tawny Scrawny Lion, and Scuffy the Tugboat. This classic collection in it’s own slipcase is perfect for gift-giving—and is great value, too!
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Children’s Books > Animals

25. Are You a Cow? (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra BoyntonSandra Boynton
Release date: May 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 16
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Embrace identity with this brand-new board book from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton!

Are you a COW?
Are you a DOG?
Are you a DUCK?
Are you a FROG?
     A clever chicken narrates a playful inquiry in this charming and hilarious story perfect for Boynton fans new and old. As readers answer the chicken’s questions, they’ll gain animal recognition skills as well as an important understanding: No matter who we are, it’s great to just be ourselves.
     From the author and illustrator of such bestselling classics as Moo, Baa, La La La! and A to Z, this cheerful, witty board book is sure to delight children and parents alike with Sandra Boynton’s trademark sense of humor.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

26. The Three Bears

by: F. Rojankovsky
Release date: Aug 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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This classic Little Golden Book edition of the famous folk tale has had many imitators, but none can measure up to the way illustrator Feodor Rojankovsky brought Goldilocks and the three bearsto life. Originally published in 1948, The Three Bears is now back in print for a new generation of fans.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

27. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

by: Jon ScieszkaLane Smith
Release date: Mar 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.
 
In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”
 
“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith’s simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”
Children’s Literature
 
“Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”
School Library Journal
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

28. Blue Hat, Green Hat (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Oct 11, 1984
Number of Pages: 14
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Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes in this Sandra Boynton classic.

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

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Children’s Books > Animals

29. The Little Red Caboose (Little Golden Book)

by: Marian PotterTibor Gergely
Release date: Mar 27, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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The little red caboose saves the train from sliding down a steep hill.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

30. The Jungle Book (Disney The Jungle Book) (Little Golden Book)

by: RH DisneyRH Disney
Release date: Jan 07, 2003
Number of Pages: 24
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YOUNG MOWGLI LOVES growing up in the jungle with his animal friends. But what happens when he is told that he must go live in the Man-village? Find out in this Little Golden Book retelling of the classic Disney movie The Jungle Book.

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Children’s Books > Animals

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