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Forgotten Kids Books of Quality

There are a lot of books that were written for children that were of good quality but have fallen out of favor. How many of these have you read? Or even heard of?

This list is reserved for relatively obscure works. Any works with over 75,000 GoodReads ratings will not be considered forgotten and are subject to removal.
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4.05 avg rating — 20,585 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 46,707 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 35,259 ratings
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3.67 avg rating — 45,774 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 73,337 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 12,613 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 19,629 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 4,773 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 8,740 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 36,337 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 8,625 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 21,185 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 36,372 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 2,663 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 7,029 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 9,205 ratings
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18

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4.09 avg rating — 12,603 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 56,475 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 37,401 ratings
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21

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4.27 avg rating — 26,173 ratings
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22

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4.19 avg rating — 72,066 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 13,225 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 13,316 ratings
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25

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3.87 avg rating — 33,942 ratings
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4.41 avg rating — 17,828 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 53,904 ratings
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28

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3.86 avg rating — 25,480 ratings
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29

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3.96 avg rating — 68,890 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 14,749 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 12,240 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 16,466 ratings
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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 29,381 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 13,884 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 25,449 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 5,463 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 7,457 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 6,684 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 28,692 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 30,498 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 18,956 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 4,919 ratings
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43

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4.36 avg rating — 89,545 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 24,371 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 3,268 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 4,255 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 23,918 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 17,077 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 2,343 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 860,279 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 4,417 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 11,034 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 10,816 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 9,657 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 5,656 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 82,096 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 12,024 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 53,363 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 2,426 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 4,390 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 2,126 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 12,688 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 2,507 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 4,621 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 24,198 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 2,835 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 9,208 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 15,622 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 3,516 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 7,165 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 901 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 11,882 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 2,422 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 29,785 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 24,222 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 9,735 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 4,802 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 3,965 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 33,962 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 36,821 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 4,906 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 16,858 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 2,971 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 2,188 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 3,334 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 35,213 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 45,674 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 8,489 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 3,392 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 16,274 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 10,090 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 4,797 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 2,212 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 63,462 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 44,205 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 17,687 ratings
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97

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4.14 avg rating — 2,578 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 13,474 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 13,400 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 2,857 ratings
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948 books · 332 voters · list created January 6th, 2012 by Stephen (votes) .
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Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Stephen 5519 books
289 friends
Denise 1415 books
8 friends
Cherie 6332 books
250 friends
Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 545 books
375 friends
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3289 books
871 friends
Marje 631 books
79 friends
Shalee 884 books
83 friends
Emily 505 books
25 friends

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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads One wonders how "forgotten" Peter Rabbit is, as it has almost 20,000 ratings here.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) True -- or Heidi, for that matter (over 28,000 ratings) ...


message 3: by Ellie (new)

Ellie I second both of those, though most of the rest aren't known to me or only vaguely.


message 4: by Stephen (new)

Stephen One can only create a list and hope that folks will add books that match the criteria. I'd agree that Heidi and Peter Rabbit are far from forgotten but then I'm sure some folks have forgotten more books than I'll ever read!


message 5: by Stephen (last edited Mar 25, 2013 10:26PM) (new)

Stephen Recently thought to add Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories to this list but left it out when I was surprised by how many ratings it had. I've always thought of it as somewhat (dated and) obscure.


message 6: by Rebecca (last edited Nov 03, 2013 12:39PM) (new)

Rebecca Pierce Ah! I can't pick what to vote on! I have read and loved too many of them! There are just too many wonderful old books out there!


message 7: by Karis (new)

Karis Removed The Neverending Story for too many ratings.


message 8: by Stephen (last edited Dec 17, 2016 07:35AM) (new)

Stephen Removed The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Indian in the Cupboard. Both are great books but are not very obscure with +75k ratings each


message 9: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Beezus and Ramona, which has over 75k ratings.


message 10: by hhhhhhhhh (last edited Jul 08, 2017 12:26PM) (new)


message 11: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Removed Falling Up by Shel Silverstein Good book but well over the 75K limit so not really forgotten.


message 12: by tabascosauce (last edited Mar 13, 2018 09:34PM) (new)

tabascosauce I love Tattooed Potato, Mara, the Penderwicks, Johnny Tremain, Sherwood Ring... (lots more, but I won't list them.) I'm so sad they're on the obscure list, but glad that I can vote for them! They're all favorites of mine. :)


message 13: by BookLovingLady (last edited Sep 16, 2019 05:36AM) (new)

BookLovingLady Der Brief für den König (#723) and Der Wilde Wald (#700) are not 'forgotten'. I bought copies of both books a couple of years back (De brief voor de koning/Geheimen van het Wilde Woud) because I loved the books so much as a kid (and I had borrowed them from the local library then).

They have low ratings on GR because the originals are in Dutch. However, as I said, they are not 'forgotten', as they are still in print here in the Netherlands!


message 14: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Williams I have read or own almost a hundred of these. There may be more that I didn't recognize the title of.


message 15: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Blair The evil owl who was mayor of a town

Dear Bibliophiles of the World,
I am looking for a book from my childhood but I know neither the title nor the author. I think it was mostly a book of text with chapters, but I really can’t recall. The plot is about two? children who have to investigate an evil owl who was metamorphized into the mayor of the town. To expose the mayor the children are given two proverbs to guide them “call a spade a spade” and “delve deeper.” I vaguely recall that the town had statues of virgins but whether these were vestal virgins or Catholic virgins I can’t recall. The children expose the mayor and he metamorphizes back into the evil owl and the town is liberated from his rule. I’m sure I have some of the details scrambled, but my memory is poor. I would greatly appreciate it if anyone could give me the title of this book.’
Sincerely,
Stephen Blair email: barrocotres@gmail.com


message 16: by BookLovingLady (new)

BookLovingLady @Stephen
Have you tried What's the Name of That Book??? on GR yet? The more you remember about a book, the more chance you have of the right book being found.

They've helped me out twice (they asked me questions and the more I thought about a book I was looking for, the more I remembered about it).


message 17: by Margaret (new)

Margaret The Moffats series by Eleanor Estes would be a good addition to this list of chidren's books.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them; it's easy to add books to lists. At the top of the list, at the tab next to "All Votes."


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