Best Victorian Children's Books

What are your favorite books for children from the Victorian period (1837-1901)?
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4.20 avg rating — 273,227 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 372,998 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 762,997 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 404,989 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 83,869 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 3,329 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 25,288 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 147,577 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 22,544 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 52,636 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 116,599 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 21,756 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 119,590 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 107,224 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 6,729 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 16,033 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 35,140 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 31,464 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 6,104 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 10,953 ratings
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3.65 avg rating — 1,968 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 6,452 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 2,450 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 2,494 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 18,646 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 8,917 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 57,859 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 8,152 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 33,112 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 568 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 1,320 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 2,003 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 3,722 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 828 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 16,507 ratings
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3.75 avg rating — 563 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 4,757 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 116,599 ratings
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3.80 avg rating — 449 ratings
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3.71 avg rating — 259 ratings
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60 books · 42 voters · list created September 15th, 2010 by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) What about "Secret Garden" and "Just So Stories"? I know technically they're not Victorian (although "Just So Stories" almost would have made it), but they do have the feeling and are by authors who did publish a substantial amount of work while Queen Victoria was alive. "Secret Garden" in particular could just as well have been published pre-1900 ...


message 2: by Linda2 (last edited Sep 17, 2010 03:48PM) (new)

Linda2 We just started this list at my "Victorians" group. Feel free to continue it. But because the majority of any art form is tripe, we would like the list to reflect only the BEST in this category.


message 3: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Sep 20, 2010 11:41AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, I didn't put Secret Garden, or indeed the first Anne of Green Gables books, because they were just outside the cutoff date, and I was being strict with myself. I hated that Just-So Stories was out by only a year! Regretfully, my childhood absolute favorite by Kipling is also out - Puck of Pook's Hill.


message 4: by Linda2 (new)

Linda2 I learned how to add books, and made a few entries.

We don't have to be so strict about the dates. Someone else will probably add them anyway


message 5: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Feb 18, 2011 12:56PM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I see someone has added Grimm's fairy tales as well now, though. THEY were actually first published in 1812 ... which even with a lenient approach is definitely Regency, not Victorian. I still love them to bits, but isn't that a bit too far outside the range after all?


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