Best Classics Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 classics books for 4 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. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! (Classic Seuss)

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Feb 10, 1990
Number of Pages: 56
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Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

From the Hardcover edition.

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

2. Nancy Tillman’s YOU ARE LOVED Collection: On the Night You Were Born; Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You; and The Crown on Your Head

by: Nancy TillmanNancy Tillman
Release date: Oct 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 96
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You can now get Nancy Tillman’s greatest hits — On the Night You Were Born; Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You; and The Crown on Your Head – all packaged together in a beautiful gift box with a bonus picture frame featuring Nancy’s signature message, “You are loved.”

Perfect for the holidays, baby showers, or just because; this is a gift that will keep on giving.

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3. I Promise I’ll Find You

by: Heather WardSheila McGraw
Release date: Jul 02, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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A beloved classic continues to reassure children.

I Promise I’ll Find You is a moving story that parents will love reading to and sharing with their children again and again.

The fear of being separated from loved ones is a universal emotion. Consider a child who feels lost — wandering away from home, becoming separated in a crowd, or feeling frightened in a new and strange place?

I Promise I’ll Find You is a perennial favorite of parents and children alike; it’s like a comforting hug, a warm lap, a reassuring kiss, and the enveloping arms of a parent who pledges, no matter what happens: “I promise I’ll find you.”

In eleven warm and simple verses, Heather Patricia Ward delivers a timeless message of reassurance. Sheila McGraw’s imaginative illustrations show a devoted mother and an amusing dog as they search the world over for a lost child: at sea, in the city, over mountains, and even in outer space.

Together, parents and children will enjoy the gentle language and the calm, reassuring pictures of this thoughtful and important book.

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4. Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories

by: H. A. Rey
Release date: Jul 09, 2013
Number of Pages: 192
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Curious George is fascinated by the world around him and loves having new experiences. Curious little ones can find thirteen of George’s most exciting adventures in this treasury! March in a parade, take a ride in a rocket ship, and throw a surprise party with George—plus so much more. A padded cover and foil accents make this book perfect for gifting. And since each story can be read aloud in under five minutes, this book is just right for bedtime, story time, any time you’re feeling curious!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

5. Cupid and Psyche

by: M. Charlotte CraftKinuko Y. Craft
Release date: Jun 03, 1996
Number of Pages: 48
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Psyche is the most beautiful woman in the world, yet the oracle at Delphi foresees she will fall in love with a creature feared even by the gods themselves.

Magically, Psyche finds herself in a magnificent castle fitted with sweet music, attentive servants, and a charming but invisible host. Soon she falls in love with this man she has never seen, but in a moment of doubt she betrays his trust. To win back his love, Psyche must show that she is as brave as she is beautiful by performing three impossible tasks.

Perhaps the greatest love story of all, Cupid and Psyche is unsurpassed in its richness and drama. Marie Craft’s lively, suspenseful retelling of this classic Greek myth will appeal to young and old alike. And these legendary lovers have inspired forty lush luminous paintings by award-winning artist Kinuko Craft.

Lavishly illustrated and thrillingly told, here is a book to be treasured forever.

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6. Wise Bear William: A New Beginning

by: Arthur WootenBud Santora
Release date: Aug 21, 2012
Number of Pages: 44
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“Wise Bear William is one of the most delightful books for young readers ever! Adults will enjoy it as well.” – Phylicia Rashad

In Wise Bear William: A New Beginning, toys long forgotten in an attic discover that children are coming up to rescue them.

All wanting to be picked, each toy examines their own self-described shortcomings and turn to one another for comfort and advice. But the most important thing they discover is that as much as you fix things up on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.

With an emotional and surprising ending for all the toys, this heartwarming and timeless tale of love and friendship is destined to become a favorite of young and old for years to come.

“Heartfelt, winning and tender, Wise Bear William will become an instant classic for your child’s home library to be savored and shared in the years to come. I loved it. Highly recommended! Paws up!” – Constance Marks, Director of the award winning documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

“Wise Bear William offers such a beautiful glimpse into the world of our children, while reminding us about the important things in life – friendship, loyalty, and loving one another. This is a book that children and their parents will enjoy together.” – Dina Spiegel, Psy.D, Child Psychologist

“…a lovely, magical story, laced with hidden themes of acceptance, beauty coming from within and age as something to be cherished.” – Clay Littlewood, author of DWB: Tales of Soho and Goodbye To Soho

“Arthur Wooten has created a vividly imaginative world of talking toys that transports us to another time and place with the luscious illustrations by Bud Santora.” – Gregory G. Allen, Playwright/?Director of children’s musicals

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

7. South

by: Patrick McDonnell
Release date: Sep 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 48
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When a little bird awakens to find that all of his friends and family have gone south for the winter, it takes a surprising friendship with Mooch the cat to help him find his way. This is a wordless and profoundly moving story–by the creator of the beloved comic strip Mutts–that explores being lost and found, crossing boundaries, saying goodbye, and broadening horizons.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

8. Noodle

by: Munro Leaf
Release date: Apr 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 56
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The landmark collaboration of two of children’s books most beloved talents, Ludwig Bemelmans and Munro Leaf, available again!

Noodle is a little dog who’s very long from front to back and very short from top to bottom, which makes it hard for him to dig for bones. One day Noodle finds a wishbone, and the dog fairy arrives with a flip-flap of wings to grant him a wish: “What size and shape do you want to be?” Noodle asks all the animals at the zoo what he should wish for, only to discover he might just be perfect — exactly the way he is.

Originally published in 1937 by children’s book greats Ludwig Bemelmans and Munro Leaf, NOODLE is a classic with a quiet wisdom that continues to hold true today.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

9. Benjamin Dilley’s Thirsty Camel

by: Jolly Roger BradfieldJolly Roger Bradfield
Release date: Jul 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 64
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45th Anniversary Edition.

When it came to imagination, Benjamin Dilley was right up there with Einstein, Steve Jobs, and whoever came up with the idea for Disneyland. There wasn’t anything Benjamin couldn’t imagine, except maybe an honest politician or the idea of kissing a (ugh!) girl. Well, he could have if he’d wanted to I suppose but, gee, a guy has to draw the line somewhere!

Just about anything else was subject to his delightfully developed imagination, either in full color, black and white, 3D, with sound or without. As you will learn upon reading the story, this included a hippo dressed as an army general, a goat driving a sports car and a genie in (and out of) a bottle just to name a few.

Remember the days when you could do that? I still do it all the time, but folks seem to look at me a little strangely. They tend to say things like, “A little old for that kinda stuff, aren’t you, pops?”

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

10. Goldie and the Three Bears

by: Diane StanleyDiane Stanley
Release date: Jan 09, 2007
Number of Pages: 40
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In this spirited new version of a classic fairy tale, we meet a determined heroine with a mind of her own. Can she help it if everyone she invites over is too bossy or too boring or too snobby or too rough? What Goldie desperately wants is a friend she can love with all her heart. And one day, she finds one who’s just right.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

11. Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night

by: Carol RothValeri Gorbachev
Release date: Feb 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 40
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Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he cannot sleep, so he asks his friends Squirrel, Skunk, Porcupine, Bear, and Owl if he can stay with them, only to discover that his own bed is best.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

12. Little Critter: Just Critters Who Care (My First I Can Read)

by: Mercer MayerMercer Mayer
Release date: Oct 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Little Critter gives back!

When Little Critter® finds out one of his neighbors is in need, he and his friends rally together and volunteer their help. They soon learn community service is rewarding . . . and fun! Who can the Critters help next?

Just Critters Who Care is a simple story—perfect for emergent readers who are also learning about giving back to their community.

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Children’s Books > Animals

13. Cinderella

by: Amy EhrlichSusan Jeffers
Release date: Sep 23, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Cinderella’s transformation from poor girl to princess never fails to captivate young ones, and this stellar retelling, exquisitely illustrated by Susan Jeffers, is a must for every library. When the original version of this book was published in 1985, Publishers Weekly called it “a treasure for all ages,” and The New York Times declared, “Fairy-tale aficionados will be mesmerized.” For this hardcover reissue, Susan Jeffers retouched her pen-and- ink and dye illustrations, making them even richer. Her brilliant artwork is showcased in a new interior design featuring a fifth-color gold border. Embossed gold foil type on the jacket of this large-format picture book trumpets the arrival of the girl who went from rags to riches.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

14. The Tooth Fairy Story (Fairy Village) (Volume 1)

by: Lisa M. GordonKate Solenova
Release date: Nov 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 46
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Have you ever wondered about the Tooth Fairy? Who is she? How does she get in and out of your home? And what does she do with the teeth? Most people believe that there is one tooth fairy who flies around the world every night collecting teeth and leaving gifts. Can you imagine one little fairy with all that work to do every night? Well actually, each and every family has their own tooth fairy that is assigned especially to them. This is why some children get coins, some get dollars, and some get other special presents. Each tooth fairy leaves her own special gift. And up until now, no one has ever known how they come into the house. Look inside Fairy Village and learn about all the special fairies that live there. Peek inside the Tooth Division, and then join Annabelle a very special Tooth Fairy on her first night with the family she was assigned to.
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Children’s Books > Classics

15. Knock Three Times! (illustrated)

by: Marion St. John WebbMargaret W. Tarrant
Release date: Jun 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 162
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Knock Three Times! by Marion St. John Webb

THIS story really begins with the arrival of a brown paper parcel addressed to Molly, but while the postman is bringing it along the road, there may be just time to explain about Jack and Molly’s birthday, so that you will understand why Molly sat down to supper wishing earnestly that silver bangles were considered useful and necessary presents.

Jack and Molly were twins, and this was their ninth birthday. Such a happy, exciting day it had been; it felt like a birthday all day long, so you can guess how jolly it was, and how special it made Jack and Molly feel. Little did they guess what a weird and mysterious end to the day was now approaching!

They had received a number of beautiful presents, and, to their unbounded joy, a fine new bicycle each from Mother and Father. But there was one particular thing that Molly had wanted for her birthday, and that was a silver bangle.

“Like Mother’s,” she had told Jack, “only silver. One that nearly slips off when I hang my hand down and that I have to push back up my arm—and it jingles.”

As there happened also to be one other thing that Jack wanted specially, a box of paints, the two children had decided some days ago to write to their Aunt Phœbe, who always remembered their birthday, and hint to her as delicately as possible what the most acceptable presents would be. It had been a forlorn hope for Molly, because Aunt Phœbe had fixed ideas about useless and useful presents. Probably she might consider a box of paints useful to encourage Jack’s artistic leanings; but a bangle——! Still, Molly sent her letter and hoped for the best.

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16. Young Masters: Heart Of A Lion (Young Masters Little Wisdom Series)

by: Bunny HullWendy WerrisKye Fleming
Release date: Oct 04, 2010
Number of Pages: 28
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How do children learn to live good lives? By learning to use the gifts with which they are born….In this sequel to the Parents Choice Award winning Little Wisdom Series Butaan, Phylos and EEtha travel over the sky and under the moon to learn about the powerful gifts born to the people of Earth – the secrets of the heart. Its the natural curiosity of these three Young Masters that lead our young readers to learn all about courage. What makes someone brave? Where does courage come from? This book includes a CD with an audio verion of the story narrated by actress Elayn J. Taylor, who reads as Saphinne one of the wisest sages in Earth’s magic garden. Also included are eight tracks of music by Grammy Award Winner Bunny Hull and Friends, along with bonus multimedia files for use on win/mac computers and mobile devices.and bonus multimedia files for use on win/mac computers and mobile devices. Perfect for classroom or home use! Little Wisdom books promote early literacy, self-development, social awareness and celebrate a world of possibility.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

17. Cinderella (Golden Kite Honors)

by: Barbara McClintockBarbara McClintock
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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In her most charming book yet, three-time New York Times Best Illustrator Barbara McClintock has created the Cinderella that every little girl will want to savor — over and over again.

Poor Cinderella, who is relegated to a dingy garret room by her duplicitous stepmother and beleaguered by her nasty stepsisters, never gives in to hostility or revenge. Instead, this sweet heroine remains steadfast in her kind, gentle ways, and her generosity flows like a mountain stream. This tale of virtue rewarded is as charming and rich as any prince. McClintock’s warm, humorous, and lucious artwork that reflects the story’s French roots, coupled with her disarming text will insure that this book will be loved and cherished — happily ever after.

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18. Great Elephant, The: An Illustrated Allegory

by: Nik Ranieri
Release date: Aug 05, 2005
Number of Pages: 48
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Follow the adventures of Quinn, the mouse, who sets out to find his own spot in the great forest. A large rainstorm creates a rushing torrent of water that sweeps him away leaving him lost and alone. Remembering advice from his dad, he tries to seek out the Great Elephant for help.
Along the way he meets other forest animals who claim to know about the Great Elephant and, out of desperation; he follows some of their advice only to find he’s been led down the wrong path. In his greatest moment of need, will the Great Elephant hear his cry for help?
In the time-honored and classic style of fables that teach truth, the allegory of The Great Elephant arrives to be added to the treasury of storybooks for teaching children and enriching adults. And the truth beautifully and cleverly rising out of the story is the greatest of all truths—finding the way to God.
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Christian Books & Bibles > Literature & Fiction > Classics & Allegories

19. Henry Explores the Jungle

by: Dr Mark TaylorGraham Booth
Release date: Jul 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 48
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Originally published in 1968, Henry and Angus are back for another adventure!

Once Henry and his dog, Laird Angus McAngus (Angus for short), had gone hunting for bear. But that was in winter. Now it was summer and time to explore the jungle.

“We may find a tiger,” Henry told his mother.

“Well, don’t get eaten,” his mother said, handing him his lunch.

It was harder exploring the jungle than Henry had thought it would be. The grass was so high he could hardly see over it, and not all of the inhabitants were friendly.

Still, explorers are brave; when they find a tiger, they know just what to do. It is such moments of triumph that make exploring worthwhile, and make reading about it almost as good.

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

20. Little Critter: Just a School Project

by: Mercer MayerMercer Mayer
Release date: Jun 29, 2004
Number of Pages: 24
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Little Critter has chosen the best topic ever for his science project—caterpillars! Did you know that a caterpillar starts out its life as an egg? Or that a caterpillar eats leaves and flowers all day and all night? Join Little Critter as he plans, researches, and creates his project, all in time for this year’s big science fair.

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Children’s Books > Animals

21. Mrs. Murphy’s Marvelous Mansion

by: Emma Perry RobertsRobert Rogalski
Release date: Mar 15, 2006
Number of Pages: 32
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Mrs. Murphy’s snobbish neighbors see her peculiar home as a blemish in their otherwise perfect neighborhood. It looks so small they wonder how anyone could even move around inside. When THE VERY FINEST NEIGHBORHOOD CONTEST is announced, they are certain they will not win with her odd little house situated right in the middle of the block. It’s barely bigger than a cracker box! says Mr. Gold. It should be torn down! shouts Mr. Brown. But the neighbors are in for a great surprise when Mrs. Murphy invites them over for lunch. As they wander in astonishment through the Marvelous Mansion, each learns the error of making judgments based on outward appearances. Robert Rogalski’s outrageous artwork flows perfectly with Emma Roberts’ endearing story. Children will ask for this book again and again.
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22. Barn Sneeze

by: Karen B. Winnick
Release date: Apr 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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The wind went whoo-whoo. Cow sneezed, “Moo-CHOO. Moo-CHOO.” The hay blew. “Quack-CHOO,” went Duck. “Quack-CHOO. Quack-CHOO.” One night the wind blows through the barn and causes Cow to sneeze, which sets off a sneezy chain reaction. Each barn animal sneezes in turn, until a cacophony of sneezing fills the night, waking Sue in the farmhouse. Young children will delight in Karen B. Winnick’s humorous picture book that features a rhyming text and familiar animal sound words.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

23. Best Read-It-Yourself Book Ever! (Giant Little Golden Book)

by: Richard ScarryRichard Scarry
Release date: Nov 15, 2000
Number of Pages: 192
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The lively stories in this collection, prepared with the guidance of reading experts, are for young children beginning to read on their own. These stories feature short sentences and words selected especially for young readers.
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24. Mouse’s First Valentine (Classic Board Books)

by: Lauren ThompsonBuket Erdogan
Release date: Jan 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 34
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Early one morning Mouse follows his sister around the house. She’s making something red and lacy and very pretty. What will it be? Find the answer in this sturdy board book edition of the New York Times best-selling picture book.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

25. Curious George Goes to the Beach with downloadable audio

by: H. A. Rey
Release date: Mar 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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Enjoy a day at the beach with Curious George! This storybook, featuring illustrations in the classic style of H.A. Rey, takes George on a sunny, seaside adventure. Everyone’s favorite curious little monkey tries lifeguarding (he loves the tall chair and binoculars), feeds some seagulls, helps a friend overcome her fear of swimming, and even makes a daring ocean rescue when the picnic basket gets swept out to sea!
 
This edition features a fill-in-the-blank word activity and downloadable audio so kids can hear the full story read aloud! Includes page-turn signals to guide early readers.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

26. Read with Dick and Jane: Go, Go, Go

by: Grosset &amp Dunlap
Release date: Sep 15, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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You’ll love revisiting a fond part of your childhood when sharing these classic Dick and Jane books with your students.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

27. Eloise Collector’s Set: Eloise Breaks Some Eggs; Eloise Has a Lesson; Eloise at the Wedding; Eloise and the Very Secret Room; Eloise and the Snowman; Eloise’s New Bonnet

by: Kay ThompsonHilary Knight
Release date: Oct 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 192
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Just in time for her 60th anniversary, Eloise fans are sure to adore this Ready-to-Read boxed set that includes six beloved stories!

Ever since Eloise burst onto the scene at the Plaza Hotel in 1955, fans young and old have been charmed by her many heartwarming and hilarious adventures. Now young readers can take home Eloise’s touching and time-honored adventures like never before! This beautiful carry-along boxed set is filled with six favorite Ready-to-Read tales including Eloise Breaks Some Eggs, Eloise Has a Lesson, Eloise at the Wedding, Eloise and the Very Secret Room, Eloise and the Snowman, and Eloise’s New Bonnet.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

28. Humphrey’s Bear

by: Jan WahlWilliam Joyce
Release date: Apr 14, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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A classic bedtime story, newly redesigned.

In Humphrey’s dream, his teddy bear comes to life and joins him on adventures by the sea. Featuring gorgeous illustrations by William Joyce, this loving story of Humphrey and his bear was inspired by the author’s memories of an old Steiff bear that belonged to his father.

Unavailable in hardcover since 1977, this edition features a newly designed jacket by William Joyce, new endpapers, and an updated reset interior text. Humphrey’s Bear is now available in both paperback and hardcover-perfect for introducing this bedtime classic to a new generation of readers.

A Christopher Award winner, 1987
A Redbook Top Ten Picture Book of 1987
An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice for 1988

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

29. The Little Mermaid

by: Parragon Books
Release date: Mar 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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This Parragon fairy tale classic picture book features revised text ideal for beginning readers along with vibrant new illustrations. Children will love to follow along with their favorite characters!
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30. The Roly-Poly Pudding

by: Beatrix Potter
Release date: Jan 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 78
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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.
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