Best Classics Books for 8 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 classics books for 8 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 Hobbit (Movie Tie-In 2014)

by: J.R.R. Tolkien
Release date: Oct 21, 2014
Number of Pages: 320
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Now a major motion picture

A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

“A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible.” —New York Times Book Review

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2. Bunnicula in a Box: Bunnicula; Howliday Inn; The Celery Stalks at Midnight; Nighty-Nightmare; Return to Howliday Inn; Bunnicula Strikes Again; Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow (Bunnicula and Friends)

by: James HoweC. F. Payne
Release date: Aug 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 1136
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Lock up your veggies and get out your garlic—the complete Bunnicula collection is now available as a boxed set!

Something wicked this way hops… Join Harold, Howie, Chester, and of course, Bunnicula for seven thrilling adventures—all together for the first time in one fur-raising boxed set!

This complete collection includes paperback editions of Bunnicula, Howliday Inn, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, Nighty-Nightmare, Return to Howliday Inn, Bunnicula Strikes Again, and Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

3. Loretta Mason Potts (New York Review Children’s Collection)

by: Mary ChaseHarold Berson
Release date: Jul 15, 2014
Number of Pages: 224
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Imagine how shocked you would be if, like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all these years, without knowing it, you’ve had an older sister, an “awful, awful, bad, bad, girl—Loretta Mason Potts.” Who? What? Wait! … But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast. Loretta (a glum gangly girl and so very very rude!) comes home and before you know it, Colin is secretly following her down a hidden tunnel that leads from a bedroom closet to an astonishing castle, where a charming and beautiful countess keeps court attended by a dapper and ever-obliging general, and in this world everybody loves Loretta (especially when she’s rude), so much so that they’re begging her to stay with them forever. What is the secret behind this mysterious other world and how does it connect to the many secrets in the Mason family? It’ll take a spellbinding, hair-raising adventure, involving not just Colin and Loretta but their mother and the rest of the family, to work that out.
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4. The Odyssey

by: Gillian CrossNeil Packer
Release date: Sep 11, 2012
Number of Pages: 178
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A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.

Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penelope, fights a different kind of battle as her palace is invaded by forceful, greedy men who tell her that Odysseus is dead and she must choose a new husband. Will Odysseus reach her in time? Homer’s epic, age-old story is powerfully told by Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and stunningly illustrated by rising talent Neil Packer.

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Children’s Books > Animals

5. Anatole

by: Eve Titus
Release date: Nov 28, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him…
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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

6. Old Granny Fox (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics)

by: Thornton W. Burgess
Release date: Jun 23, 2010
Number of Pages: 96
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Winter’s here, and there’s a carpet of deep snow covering the Green Forest and the nearby meadow — which means Reddy Fox and Granny Fox are having trouble finding food. Reddy, of course, is full of reckless ideas, such as getting into Farmer Brown’s chicken house in daylight.
Using the wisdom she’s acquired over the years, Granny overrules many of Reddy’s foolhardy suggestions, taking the conceit out of a youngster who thinks he knows more than anyone else. Granny also teaches Reddy quite a bit about patience, common sense, and resourcefulness.
A timeless fable by master storyteller Thornton W. Burgess, Old Granny Fox will delight youngsters with an entertaining story while teaching important lessons — in a painless and enjoyable way — about wildlife, the environment, and personal conduct.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

7. Moominpappa At Sea

by: Tove Jansson
Release date: Jul 28, 2009
Number of Pages: 224
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A Moomintroll is small and shy and fat, and has a Moominpappa and a Moominmamma. Moomins live in the forests of Finland. One day Moominpappa is feeling at a loss. He has no idea what to do with himself because it seems everything has already been done. So he takes his family off to start a new life in a lighthouse on a tiny, rocky island far out to sea. It’s rather quiet and lonely at first, but as they begin to explore their unusual surroundings the Moomins discover some funny and surprising new things about themselves.
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8. The Magical Land of Noom (Books of Wonder)

by: Johnny GruelleJohnny Gruelle
Release date: Apr 24, 1998
Number of Pages: 192
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Come on a high-flying adventure with Johnny and Janey as they travel from their own backyard to the mysterious enchanted kingdom they discover on the other side of the moon.
When Johnny and Janey build their Flying Machine out of some old boards and wooden spools, the last thing they expect is for it to actually take off! But that’s just what happens, and before they know it, they’re soaring high above the clouds on their way to the Magical Land of Noom.
Filled with such wonders as mushrooms that taste of ginger cake and flowing springs of lemonade, Noom seems like a paradise to the children. But the lemonade springs belong to the wicked magician Old jingles, who has kidnapped the beautiful Princess of Nite .
Setting out to rescue the princess and return her to her throne, Johnny and Janey are aided by the many friends they find in Noom, including the kind and gentle Soft-Voiced Cow, the spirited Fun Boys, and the exuberant Mr. Tiptoe and his miraculous umbrella. But can this intrepid band defeat the wily Old Jingles and all his tricks?
Johnny Gruelle — who introduced the world to Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, everyone’s favorite rag dolls — is the creator of this stirring, heartwarming tale. Filled with gentle wisdom and delightful whimsy, it is a wonderful introduction to the boundless imagination and loving spirit of Johnny Gruelle.

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9. Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic

by: Ursula Vernon
Release date: Mar 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 240
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Princess Harriet is nobody’s hamster damsel in distress! Book two of this series for Babymouse and Princess in Black fans is filled with even more action and twisted fairy tale fun

Princess Harriet has absolutely no interest in brushing her hair, singing duets with woodland animals, or any other typical princess activities. So when a fairy tells a very bored Harriet about twelve mice princesses who are cursed to dance all night long, she happily accepts the quest and sets off with a poncho of invisibility and her trusty battle quail. But when she arrives at the Mouse Kingdom, she discovers there’s more to the curse than meets the eye, and trying to help is dangerous business . . . even for a tough princess like Harriet.

From the creator of Dragonbreath, comes a laugh-out-loud funny new comic-hybrid series, bursting with girl power and furry fairy tale retellings.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

10. Treasure Of Green Knowe (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Green Knowe Chronicles)

by: Lucy Maria BostonPeter Boston
Release date: Apr 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 214
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. During his summer visit to his great-grandmother’s old mansion, Tolly learns about the house’s eighteenth-century inhabitants and becomes involved in a bygone search for lost treasure.
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Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy & Magic

11. Two Little Savages (Dover Children’s Classics)

by: Ernest Thompson Seton
Release date: Oct 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 320
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This is one of the great classics of nature and boyhood by one of America’s foremost nature experts. It presents a vast range of woodlore in the most palatable of forms, a genuinely delightful story. It will provide many hours of good reading for any child who likes the out-of-doors, and will teach him or her many interesting facts of nature, as well as a number of practical skills. It will be sure to awaken an interest in the outdoor world in any youngster who has not yet discovered the fascination of nature.
The story concerns two farm boys who build a teepee in the woods and persuade the grownups to let them live in it for a month. During that time they learn to prepare their own food, build a fire without matches, use an axe expertly, make a bed out of boughs; they learn how to “smudge” mosquitoes, how to get clear water from a muddy pond, how to build a dam, how to know the stars, how to find their way when they get lost; how to tell the direction of the wind, blaze a trail, distinguish animal tracks, protect themselves from wild animals; how to use Indian signals, make moccasins, bows and arrows, Indian drums and war bonnets; how to know the trees and plants, and how to make dyes from plants and herbs. They learn all about the habits of various birds and animals, how they get their food, who their enemies are and how they protect themselves from them.
Most of this information is not generally available in books, and could be gained otherwise only by years of life and experience in suitable surroundings. Yet Mr. Thompson Seton explains it so vividly and fully, with so many clear, marginal illustrations through the book, that the reader will finish “Two Little Savages” with an enviable knowledge of trees, plants, wild-life, woodlore, Indian crafts and arts, and survival information for the wilds. All of this is presented through a lively narrative that has as its heroes two real boys, typically curious about everything in the world around them, eager to outdo each other in every kind of endeavor. The exciting adventures that befall them during their stay in the woods are just the sort of thing that will keep a young reader enthralled and will stimulate his or her imagination at every turn.

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12. Freddy Goes Camping (Freddy the Pig)

by: Walter R. BrooksKurt Wiese
Release date: Dec 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 280
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Originally published between 1927 and 1958, the 26 classic books about Freddy the Pig are now going on to delight a sixth generation of children. Freddy the Pig, the “Renaissance Pig” (The New York Times Book Review) of Bean Farm, is back to thrill his fans of all ages in facsimile editions of these all-American children’s classics.

In Freddy Goes Camping, Mr. Camphor’s aunts, Minerva and Elmira, are staying with him, much to his disgust. “There’s two kinds of aunts,” he says. “There’s the regular kind, and then there’s the other kind. Mine are the other kind.” He enlists Freddy’s aid in an attempt to rid his house of the ladies, with the result that Freddy and his chums become entangled with some extremely unfriendly ghosts in an abandoned summer hotel. Freddy camps out, goes canoeing, and tosses flapjacks like a pro when he’s not mixing it up with the eerie Mr. Eha . . .

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

13. A Christmas Carol: The Junior Novel (Disney’s a Christmas Carol)

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Sep 21, 2009
Number of Pages: 144
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The timeless tale of an old miser who must face Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come, is re-imagined by cinematic visionary Robert Zemeckis. The three Ghosts remind Scrooge of the man he once used to be, the cold truth of who he is today, and what will happen if Scrooge does not strive to be a better man for tomorrow! Set during the holidays, A Christmas Carol is sure to stand out as a classic holiday film for years to come
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14. Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat (Kingfisher Modern Classics)

by: Ursula Moray Williams
Release date: Sep 15, 2001
Number of Pages: 224
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With his bright blue eyes and sparky magical whiskers, no one could mistake Gobbolino for a kitchen cat, but that’s exactly what he longs to be. So, while his sister Sootica learns to turn mice into toads, Gobbolino sets off on a grand adventure to find a nice warm fire and a family to care for him.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

15. Goldie and the Three Bears

by: Diane StanleyDiane Stanley
Release date: Aug 14, 2003
Number of Pages: 40
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In this spirited new version of “Goldilocks,” we meet a determined heroine with a mind of her own. Goldie knows exactly what she likes — and what she doesn’t. Can she help it if everyone she invites over is too bossy or too boring or too snobby or too rough? What she desperately wants is a friend who is just right — someone she can love with all her heart. Then one day, Goldie gets off the bus at the wrong stop, walks to a nearby cottage to find help, and opens the door. . .

Diane Stanley, author and illustrator of Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter, once againtakes an old tale and gives it a fresh spin that is funny as well as perceptive. Readers will love accompanying Goldie on her up-to-date adventure and discovering the clever, heartwarming surprise at its end.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

16. Priscilla and the Sandman

by: Anders RosebergDanilo ParajesJ.L. PangierAshley Spilker
Release date: Oct 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 19
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Priscilla and the Sandman is a 32 page children’s picture book by Anders Roseberg.

After not wanting to go to bed night after night, Priscilla is told about the Sandman from her mother. In the turn of a page, she is visited by Mr. Sandman- an adorable, upright walking cat. With her stuffed toy Rabbit, the three of them wander off through the field of dreams toward the land of sweets. Priscilla learns that going to bed and having dreams can be more than exciting, it can be magical.

“Priscilla, if you want to have good dreams,
tell Sandman what you need.

Sugar crystals as the stars and a
moon that’s made of cheese.

Houses made of gingerbread
and peanut butter trees.

If you want to have good dreams,
come and follow me.”

Priscilla and the Sandman, is a rhythmic picture book where each line ends with the “Long E’ sound. The realistic imagery of the pictures will really pull kids into the magic of the book, making it a classic of all ages.

Authors note:
In 2014 I was blessed with a beautiful baby girl and, being the enormous Elvis fan I am,
I named that precious face Priscilla. I would often gently sway her in my forearms
faceup, gaze into her angel-like state, and make up songs and lyrics off the
top of my head. One day I was humming a little doo-wop melody while rocking her
to sleep and the foundation to Priscilla and the Sandman was born. All the lyrics I
sang to her are included in Priscilla and the Sandman, and then some.

Why the land of sweets?
Well, what else does a child dream about other than playtime and family? I don’t
advocate giving your child a bunch of candy and letting her scarf down on junk.
Instead, I want to show children what a vivid imagination can create. They needn’t
fear sleeping or be bothered about going to bed. They can dream big, and in their
dreams anything and everything is possible.

-Anders Roseberg

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

17. While Mrs. Coverlet Was Away

by: Mary Nash
Release date: May 02, 2002
Number of Pages: 157
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Book by Nash, Mary
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

18. Timothy the Christmas Mouse

by: Virginia Wright
Release date: Nov 18, 2015
Number of Pages: 46
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Join Timothy, a house mouse, on Christmas Eve, as he tries to survive a cold winter’s night, all alone in an old Maine farmhouse. To eat, he must venture out into a terrible snowstorm. Come along with Timothy and meet other interesting forest animals in this delightful children’s holiday story. 

 * Great Christmas Eve bedtime story! 

 * Buy Timothy the Christmas Mouse Coloring Book For Children, a holiday-themed companion to the storybook.

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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

19. An Enemy at Green Knowe

by: L. M. BostonPeter Boston
Release date: Apr 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 192
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L. M. Boston’s thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden in the English countryside, have been entertaining readers for half a century. Now the children of Green Knowe–both alive and ghostly–are back in appealing new editions.
The spooky original illustrations have been retained, but dramatic new cover art by Brett Helquist (illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events) gives the books a fresh, timeless appeal for today’s readers.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction

20. The Marguerite Henry Complete Collection: Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin; Black Gold; Born to Trot; Brighty; Brown Sunshine; Cinnabar; Gaudenzia; … San Domingo; White Stallion of Lipizza

by: Marguerite Henry
Release date: Oct 14, 2014
Number of Pages: 3056
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A horse lover’s dream come true, this exclusive collection of the complete Marguerite Henry catalog of beloved stories includes two Newbery Honorees and a Newbery Medalist.

Marguerite Henry’s detail-rich horse stories have been revered classics for years, and now all sixteen are available in one collectible paperback boxed set. Including some titles that were previously out of print, and others that have been awarded literature’s highest honors, this is a one-of-a-kind collection that will be cherished by any animal lover. The Marguerite Henry Complete Collection includes:

Benjamin West and his Cat Grimalkin
Black Gold
Born to Trot
Brighty of the Grand Canyon
Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley
Cinnabar, the One o’Clock Fox
Gaudenzia, Pride of the Palio
Justin Morgan Had a Horse (winner of the Newbery Honor)
King of the Wind (winner of the Newbery Medal)
Misty of Chincoteague (winner of the Newbery Honor)
Misty’s Twilight
Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West
Sea Star
Stormy, Misty’s Foal
San Domingo, the Medicine Hat Stallion
White Stallion of Lipizza

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

21. The Phoenix and the Carpet (Puffin Classics)

by: E. NesbitH. Millar
Release date: May 03, 2012
Number of Pages: 320
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It’s startling enough to have a phoenix hatch in your house, but even more startling when it talks and reveals that you have a magic carpet on the floor. The vain and ancient bird accompanies the children on a series of adventures through time and space which, magic being what it is, rarely turn out as they were meant…

This sequel to Five Children and It continues the magical adventures of siblings Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother.

Contains a lovely new introduction by Robin McKinley, bestselling US author of Pegasus.

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Children’s Books > Animals

22. Among the Forest People: With linked Table of Contents

by: Clara Dillingham Pierson
Release date: Jul 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 92
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‘Among the Forest People’ includes twenty charming tales about the everyday life of the forest creatures. The tales are told in such a manner that they seem realistic, and are not only entertaining, but educational.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

23. About Bugs (We Both Read – Level 2 (Quality))

by: Sheryl Scarborough
Release date: Feb 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 48
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Featuring 40 pages of amazing photographs and fascinating facts about the world of insects.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

24. Aladdin

by: Parragon
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 68
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Can Aladdin defeat the sultan’s evil advisor Jafar, save the kingdom, and win the heart of Princess Jasmine? Find out in this classic Disney storybook, beautifully illustrated on every page. It is sure to become a favorite in any beginning library and makes an excellent first reader for young children.
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25. Cinderella (Golden Kite Honors)

by: Barbara McClintockBarbara McClintock
Release date: Oct 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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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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Children’s Books > Classics

26. Clara Dillingham Pierson’s Complete Among the People Series: Among the Forest People; Among the Farmyard People; Among the Meadow People; Among the Pond People; Among the Night People

by: Clara Dillingham Pierson
Release date: Jul 03, 2015
Number of Pages: 354
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‘Clara Dillingham Pierson’s Complete Among the People Series’ features 99 charming tales about the everyday life of the forest, farmyard, meadow, pond and night creatures. The tales are told in such a manner that they seem realistic, and are not only entertaining, but educational.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

27. The Monster That Grew Small (Classic Stories)

by: Joan Grant
Release date: Aug 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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A young African boy named Miobi is frightened of the creatures that lurk outside his village. But after meeting a magical hare, he decides to tackle his fears head-on. When he climbs a mountain to defeat the monster that is terrorizing a distant village, he discovers that facing fears directly is the best way to overcome them.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Short Story Collections

28. Fiesta Femenina: Celebrating Women in Mexican Folktales

by: Mary-Joan GersonMary-Joan GersonMaya Christina Ill Gonzalez
Release date: Aug 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 64
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Fiesta Femenina portrays the courage and resilience of the feminine spirit through the stories of eight extraordinary Mexican women. From a goddess whose very being is the earth we walk on in “The Hungry Goddess,” to a clever female personification of the moon in “Why the Moon is Free,” these stories show how the feminine spirit touches many parts of Mexican culture, from the soil to the stars.
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29. Wonder Tales from Around the World

by: Heather ForestDavid Boston
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 155
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Traditional stories endure generation after generation because?although they are not literal?they resound in truths on a human scale. Folktales remind us of wisdom so elemental it is often lost in the rush of everyday life, so that “sometimes common sense makes no sense at all.”
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Children’s Books > Classics

30. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

by: Lewis CarrollOleg Lipchenko
Release date: Nov 10, 2009
Number of Pages: 104
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Whether it’s to add to a collection of classics or to introduce new readers to Alice, this handsome large-format edition is a must-have for all ages. Lewis Carroll’s original text is illustrated as never before by Oleg Lipchenko to create a spectacular gift book. Sure to transport everyone down the rabbit hole and into the extraordinary realm of Carroll’s imagination, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, invites all readers to join the tea party and take their chances with the Mad Hatter, the Mock Turtle, and the boisterous Queen of Hearts.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

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