Best Victorian Children's Books

What are your favorite books for children from the Victorian period (1837-1901)?
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3.98 avg rating — 333,740 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 366,481 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 80,519 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 3,259 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 23,687 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 137,272 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 21,320 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 47,667 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 119,759 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 20,989 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 110,888 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 101,826 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 6,228 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 15,455 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 33,977 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 29,377 ratings
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4.32 avg rating — 5,942 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 10,731 ratings
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3.66 avg rating — 1,711 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 2,433 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 17,417 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 55,564 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 31,503 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 540 ratings
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60 books · 41 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 Linda (last edited Sep 17, 2010 03:48PM) (new)

Linda 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 Linda (new)

Linda 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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