,

Great Children's Books Written Prior to the 1950s

Harry Potter is amazing and all....but we're forgetting about some really great books that put people right off just because they're old.
1

by
4.29 avg rating — 877,248 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
2

by
4.15 avg rating — 1,053,471 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
3

by
4.13 avg rating — 1,989,798 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
4

by
4.06 avg rating — 519,929 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
5

by
4.19 avg rating — 253,780 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
6

by
4.21 avg rating — 292,261 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
7

by
4.28 avg rating — 3,470,925 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
8

by
3.99 avg rating — 200,532 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
9

by
4.14 avg rating — 187,258 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
10

by
4.34 avg rating — 305,935 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
11

by
4.01 avg rating — 188,318 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
12

by
3.99 avg rating — 420,791 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
13

by
3.92 avg rating — 862,739 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
14

by
4.20 avg rating — 232,425 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
15

by
3.98 avg rating — 262,451 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
16

by
4.04 avg rating — 321,416 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
17

by
4.20 avg rating — 278,528 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
18

by
4.02 avg rating — 126,263 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
19

by
3.90 avg rating — 25,166 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
20

by
3.84 avg rating — 452,153 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
21

by
4.25 avg rating — 206,084 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
22

by
3.86 avg rating — 25,627 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
23

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 33,607 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
24

by
4.37 avg rating — 86,784 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
25

by
4.15 avg rating — 58,249 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
26

by
4.06 avg rating — 47,186 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
27

by
4.01 avg rating — 57,019 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
28

by
4.32 avg rating — 1,787,263 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
29

by
4.29 avg rating — 348,657 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
30

by
4.18 avg rating — 108,945 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
31

by
4.19 avg rating — 52,314 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
32

by
4.13 avg rating — 12,846 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
33

by
4.18 avg rating — 10,848 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
34

by
4.29 avg rating — 246,250 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
35

by
3.99 avg rating — 82,959 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
36

by
4.10 avg rating — 47,166 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
37

by
4.19 avg rating — 72,257 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
38

by
4.28 avg rating — 106,165 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
39

by
4.07 avg rating — 25,999 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
40

by
4.04 avg rating — 485,996 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
4.11 avg rating — 17,774 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
41

by
3.87 avg rating — 58,629 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
43

by
4.27 avg rating — 26,198 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
44

by
3.87 avg rating — 34,093 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
45

by
4.35 avg rating — 65,451 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
46

by
4.01 avg rating — 36,566 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
47

by
4.01 avg rating — 86,450 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
48

by
3.99 avg rating — 30,619 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
49

by
3.98 avg rating — 42,291 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
50

by
4.03 avg rating — 128,650 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
51

by
3.83 avg rating — 8,223 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
52

by
4.16 avg rating — 28,503 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
53

by
4.04 avg rating — 22,565 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
54

by
3.67 avg rating — 46,016 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
55

by
4.15 avg rating — 53,450 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
56

by
4.09 avg rating — 37,770 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
57

by
4.07 avg rating — 8,986 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
58

by
4.02 avg rating — 10,835 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
59

by
4.12 avg rating — 34,653 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
60

by
3.98 avg rating — 24,545 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
61

by
4.07 avg rating — 383 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
62

by
4.06 avg rating — 24,239 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
63

by
4.07 avg rating — 63,632 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
64

by
3.98 avg rating — 74,265 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
65

by
3.89 avg rating — 391,083 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
66

by
4.01 avg rating — 50,702 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
67

by
4.12 avg rating — 79,957 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
68

by
4.36 avg rating — 89,872 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
69

by
4.19 avg rating — 8,513 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
4.15 avg rating — 11,658 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
70

by
4.12 avg rating — 128,855 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 174,718 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
72

by
3.95 avg rating — 37,982 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
74

by
4.15 avg rating — 16,623 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
75

by
4.23 avg rating — 7,054 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
76

by
4.06 avg rating — 9,368 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
77

by
4.06 avg rating — 21,998 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
78

by
4.28 avg rating — 152,348 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
79

by
4.18 avg rating — 22,500 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
80

by
4.09 avg rating — 37,578 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
81

by
4.08 avg rating — 8,911 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
82

by
4.23 avg rating — 45,012 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
83

by
3.84 avg rating — 9,711 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
84

by
4.16 avg rating — 19,782 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
85

by
3.87 avg rating — 2,696 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
86

by
4.10 avg rating — 30,253 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
87

by
4.02 avg rating — 7,532 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
88

by
4.01 avg rating — 10,141 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
89

by
3.89 avg rating — 17,585 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
90

by
3.87 avg rating — 20,777 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
91

by
4.24 avg rating — 24,893 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
4.16 avg rating — 22,332 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
92

by
really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16,525 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
94

by
4.12 avg rating — 18,715 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
95

by
4.28 avg rating — 40,827 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
96

by
3.96 avg rating — 69,303 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
97

by
4.21 avg rating — 16,392 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
98

by
3.95 avg rating — 3,856 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
99

by
3.89 avg rating — 232,322 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
100

by
3.83 avg rating — 1,220,202 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
386 books · 166 voters · list created January 24th, 2009 by Bettie (votes) .
77 likes · 
Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Bettie 15664 books
19 friends
Emily 1449 books
19 friends
Susan 2233 books
79 friends
Phoenixfalls 851 books
51 friends
Em 2741 books
2 friends
Everyman 147 books
40 friends
Claire 428 books
6 friends
Charlotte 377 books
3 friends

More voters…


Comments Showing 1-20 of 20 (20 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Bevin (new)

Bevin What is this list about? What type of books?


message 2: by Sharayu (new)

Sharayu Gangurde Not a single by Enid Blyton! Why?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add Ms. Blyton.

I would like to say that Charlotte's Web is from the 50s, not before them, though.


message 4: by Leslie (last edited Oct 14, 2010 04:28AM) (new)

Leslie Oops, the Willows in Winter was written in the 90's!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You want me to remove the post-1950 books, Bettie?


message 6: by Bettie (last edited Jan 28, 2012 10:47AM) (new)

Bettie Why not... here comes a chopper to chop off her head.

Taken from the nursery rhyme

Oranges and lemons,
Say the bells of St. Clement's.

You owe me five farthings,
Say the bells of St. Martin's.

When will you pay me?
Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich,
Say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be?
Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not know,
Says the great bell of Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed,
And here comes a chopper to chop off your head!



message 7: by Bettie (new)

Bettie I can't remember starting this list - I wonder, if a list is started by someone who later becomes a 'deleted member', does the next in line 'win' the credit?

If that is the case, I have inherited this and you all go 'like' it right now. lol


message 8: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Jan 28, 2012 11:14AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for being published after 1949:

Charlotte's Web (1952)
The Willows in Winter (1993)
Slappy: a little duck with big ideas (1970)
The Tunnel of Hugsy Goode (1972)
Ginger Pye (1951)
The Alley (1964)
The Witch Family (1960)
Pinky Pye (1958)
Elmer and the Dragon (1950)
The Dragons of Blueland (1951)

Am of two minds on "Scottish Wonder Tales of Myth and Legend," as its publication date doesn't qualify it, but the traditional stories are certainly old enough.


message 9: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Feb 03, 2012 03:47AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Also deleted all Asterix cartoons -- they are, unfortunately, "only" from the 1960s onwards.

ETA: Lorna Doone -- a children's book?!


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Bettie wrote: "I can't remember starting this list - I wonder, if a list is started by someone who later becomes a 'deleted member', does the next in line 'win' the credit?"

If that's true, at least I know that most of my lists are going to be in good hands if I should ever get deleted from this site! :)




Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

The Chronicles of Narnia (all published in the 1950s)


message 12: by Lea (new)

Lea Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite stories of all time. She's my absolute hero.


message 13: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Themis-Athena wrote: "Bettie wrote: "I can't remember starting this list - I wonder, if a list is started by someone who later becomes a 'deleted member', does the next in line 'win' the credit?"

If that's true, at le..."


No one in their right mind could EVR delete you - icon that you are, and (more to the point) beloved by so many xx


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Oh, you never know, don't ya know? And every time I seem to manage to place my foot firmly in my mouth yet again, it amazes me anyone's still talking to me at all in the first place! :)


message 15: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Themis-Athena wrote: " Oh, you never know, don't ya know? And every time I seem to manage to place my foot firmly in my mouth yet again, it amazes me anyone's still talking to me at all in the first place! :)"

We are all capable of gaffs - I am the platonic template of footinthemouthitis, however we are all essentially full of love and sunshine dontcha fink.

we love books and goodreads and people who read and discussions and music and art and good news and on and on




Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large)

"platonic template" ...

Love the picture -- looks like it's coming straight out of Borges's vision of paradise as a library!


message 17: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 20, 2012 10:06AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

The Borrowers (1952)
The Owl Service (1967)
Asterix and the Goths (1963)


message 18: by Dawn (new)

Dawn Susanna wrote: "Removed:

The Borrowers (1952)
The Owl Service (1967)
Asterix and the Goths (1963)"



I saw The Borrowers Afield on the list (1954), as well.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

The Moon of Gomrath: A Tale of Alderley (1967)
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen: A Tale of Alderley (1960)
The Borrowers Afield (1954)


message 20: by Noorunnisa (new)

Noorunnisa Kutty Sharayu wrote: "Not a single by Enid Blyton! Why?"

Actually, there are ... the ST Claire twins and famous five are featured :-)


back to top



Related News

  Cross-genre explorers, history nerds, and recovering English majors will want to spend some time with this specially curated collection...

Anyone can add books to this list.