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.
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377 books · 165 voters · list created January 24th, 2009 by Bettie (votes) .
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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 :-)


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