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message 1: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
We've come up with quite a few classics that are children's books, so it was suggested we have a separate shelf for these. I'll remove the children's books that are already on the classics shelf and put the links in here...

So far from the discussion, we've had these nominated:
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Magic Faraway Tree
The Water Babies

And now the first complication..... Is Little Women a children's book?


message 2: by ceeeeg (new)

ceeeeg i was asking myself the same question about Little Women the other day, following a pickup of several books, most for kids 8-12...decided to put it on my shelf for now until my granddaughter is a bit older...i think i would call it a YA with an emphasis on the 'Y'...

i'll check back in to drop some titles here later after i had some coffee and time to think about it...up waaaaayyyyyyy too early this morning...


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Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Mackenzie wrote: "I like The Velveteen Rabbit"

I've never read that (it's not all that well known here), but I've always wanted to.


message 5: by Frozenwaffle (last edited Jun 05, 2012 09:11AM) (new)

Frozenwaffle | 163 comments Ruby wrote: "Is Little Women a children's book? "

I'd say so. I think Louisa Alcott intended it to be, at least..


The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit belong here too, imo!


[Name Redacted] | 139 comments Ruby wrote: "Mackenzie wrote: "I like The Velveteen Rabbit"

I've never read that (it's not all that well known here), but I've always wanted to."


Prepare to weep bitterly. I swear that book traumatized me as a child.

Also:

Treasure Island


message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (youratlass) Anne of Green Gables without a doubt. I would actually vote the whole series.


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Tomato (tomatotop) | 24 comments Frozenwaffle wrote: "Ruby wrote: "Is Little Women a children's book? "

I'd say so. I think Louisa Alcott intended it to be, at least..


The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit belong here too, imo!"


*likes* :)

I can't believe I forgot about The Chronicles of Narnia!


[Name Redacted] | 139 comments The Once and Future King

And pretty much everything by Lloyd Alexander.


message 12: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Porsche wrote: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Charlotte's Web
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales"


Oh, Charlotte's Web. It makes me sad even remembering it :(


message 14: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Ian wrote: "Stuart Little
The Green Futures of Tycho
House of Stairs"


Wow. I've only heard of the first one because of the film, and never heard of the second two. They both sound fantastic though. You made me want to buy children's books! Well done!


message 15: by Matt (last edited Jun 05, 2012 10:07PM) (new)

Matt (warpath) | 15 comments Do the Jules Verne classics count? Not sre if they were intended to be children's titles, but they were read to me as a child, so I associate them with childhood.

Also
The BFG , is 1982 classic?


message 16: by Theo (new)

Theo | 159 comments I want to nominate the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, starting with Little House in the Big Woods.

Also, Millions of Cats, which is about cats cannibalizing each other. Now that's classic children's lit!


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[Name Redacted] | 139 comments Matt wrote: "Do the Jules Verne classics count? Not sre if they were intended to be children's titles, but they were read to me as a child, so I associate them with childhood.

Also
The BFG , is 1982 classic?"


I think all of the above are classics.

And for that matter:

The Witches
Revolting Rhymes
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator


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[Name Redacted] | 139 comments Ruby wrote: "Ian wrote: "Stuart Little
The Green Futures of Tycho
House of Stairs"

Wow. I've only heard of the first one because of the film, and never heard of the second two. They both sound fantastic though..."


I'm fun like that! Sleator wrote a lot of short-but-awesome books for kids.

Also, I'd say Louis Sachar books are classics, so:

Sideways Stories From Wayside School
Wayside School Is Falling Down


message 20: by Tomato (new)

Tomato (tomatotop) | 24 comments Ian wrote: "So too: The Baby Uggs Are Hatching"

Thumbs up on The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

I haven't read The Baby Uggs Are Hatching.

Oh! I also nominate Matilda


message 23: by ceeeeg (new)

ceeeeg and i totally! second the Lloyd Alexander and T.H White inclusions...

huge favs when i was young


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Amy (amycrd) | 14 comments Favourite children's book and I bet noone's ever heard if it: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


message 25: by ceeeeg (last edited Jun 06, 2012 01:09PM) (new)

ceeeeg nooooooo...

i know NIMH...i don't think i realized it was a book tho...i know it from the 70's animated feature....

now i will have to find a copy for my granddaughter!...we have the film....

and some more....

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever...best Christmas story everever....

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler...this spawned a lifelong desire to visit the Met. Museum, one that i finally lived out a few years ago during a weekend trip to NYC...i picked up a copy of it while i was there to flip through while i was touring the museum and put on my granddaughter's shelf when i got home for when she got a lil older...we have read it together since and she has it on her kindle too now

now on a roll...

The Great Brain...these are so great!...this is just the first title in the series...

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective...the first title in another really great 'mystery series'

The Hidden Staircase...Nancy Drew of course, but there are a lot of second generation Drew titles that were not written by Keene...i only nominate the originals

annnnnnd...

The Witch of Blackbird Pond (maybe YA?)

Where the Red Fern Grows

Sounder

Caddie Woodlawn

Pollyanna

Heidi


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[Name Redacted] | 139 comments Amy wrote: "Favourite children's book and I bet noone's ever heard if it: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH"

That book was wonderful. The Don Bluth film was pretty good too.


message 27: by ceeeeg (last edited Jun 06, 2012 01:10PM) (new)

ceeeeg and one i can not find, but loved as a kid is Island of The Blue Dolphins, by Scott O'Dell about a young girl stranded on an island, struggling to survive....based on a true story...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_o...

and Watership Down should be here for older kids...

and...as more come to mind...

Black Beauty

Misty of Chincoteague...this is first title in a series that has inspired millions of girls to a love of horses....based on a true story

The Cricket in Times Square

A Little Princess


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message 30: by ceeeeg (new)

ceeeeg The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything
The Story of My Life
The Diary of a Young Girl
The House with a Clock in Its Walls
Bedknob And Broomstick
The Secret Garden
A Wrinkle in Time
Tuck Everlasting
The Swiss Family Robinson

also, when i was around my granddaughter's age (7-8), i enjoyed and read every title by this lady she ever wrote...i had them all and loved them...

Ruth Chew

and said grandchild, when polled, named several of these that she has already read plus The Meanest Doll in the World


message 31: by ceeeeg (new)

ceeeeg and hubby says no list would be complete without The Wind in the Willows and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

and my granddaughter wanted to be sure i mentioned Olivia

hopefully i am done now...didn't mean to dominate this thread, just want to be sure to get everything i can think of as a classic down so we do not miss any...


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[Name Redacted] | 139 comments Anything by John Bellairs, really!


message 33: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Saam | 7 comments Amy wrote: "Favourite children's book and I bet noone's ever heard if it: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH"

I love Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. I never read it as a child but discovered it as an adult.


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Jenn Saam | 7 comments I think The Story of Doctor Dolittle should be on the bookshelf.


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Theo | 159 comments Ian wrote: "Oh, also the books by Dare Wright:

The Lonely Doll
A Gift from the Lonely Doll
Edith and Mr. Bear
Edith & Little Bear Lend a Hand
Holiday for Edith and The Bears
& etc."


I didn't come across her work until I was an adult, so I have no idea how they come across to a child, but to me they have a fetish-y quality to them, like this photograph from The Lonely Doll.

Lonely Doll Spank


message 37: by [Name Redacted] (last edited Jun 06, 2012 11:25PM) (new)

[Name Redacted] | 139 comments Theo wrote: "Ian wrote: "Oh, also the books by Dare Wright:

The Lonely Doll
A Gift from the Lonely Doll
Edith and Mr. Bear
Edith & Little Bear Lend a Hand
Holiday for Edith and The Bears
& etc."

I didn't come..."


Well, the author had her issues, but keep in mind these are from the 1950s, days in which spankings were common as a form of child-rearing discipline -- Edith and Little Bear had misbehaved (hence "Mr. Bear is just a silly old thing" scrawled on the mirror in the background) and both are spanked by Mr, Bear (who adopted Edith). I clearly remember another picture in which Little Bear is being spanked too. Edith, recently adopted, fears that discipline means she will be abandoned again but she learns in the end that the Bear family still loves her and has no intention of abandoning her.

These books were beloved by my mother and her cousins when they were children, and I loved them when i was a child too. They're included on many "Best Children's Books" lists, etc. Creepy by today's standards? Absolutely! But even so...


message 38: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Okay, my turn....

Amelia Jane Gets into Trouble!

Teddy Edward's Visitor
Teddy Edward's Visitor by Patrick Matthews

Monty the runaway mouse
Monty the runaway mouse by Esta De Fossard
What I love about this one is that all the pictures are of a taxidermied mouse. Dead mouse FTW!

The Super Roo Of Mungalongaloo

I haven't created a GR entry for it yet, but I LOVED the Magic Roundabout when I was little. I saw this book, and instantly flashed back to being 2 1/2 and visiting my grandparents in the UK:
http://childrensbookshop.com/book.php...

I had a poem book I loved too, but I seem destined never to find it again. I can't remember what it was even called. But the pictures were magical to me. :(

And there's always the classic:
The Magic Pudding
The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay
I read this one many, many times as a kid!


message 39: by ceeeeg (new)

ceeeeg i love! that movie, Rida....

def. i think, the truest to the original story and mmmmm....

Capt. Hook is ubersexy!

laughing


message 40: by Theo (new)

Theo | 159 comments Ian wrote: "Theo wrote: "Ian wrote: "Oh, also the books by Dare Wright:

The Lonely Doll
A Gift from the Lonely Doll
Edith and Mr. Bear
Edith & Little Bear Lend a Hand
Holiday for Edith and The Bears
& etc."

..."


I understand the context of the photograph, and I wasn't trying to discredit Wright's work as classic children's lit, it was just an observation that I made as an adult first encountering it. I think it is the medium of photography that gives it that quality to me and the blank stares that dolls give you...


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Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Ian wrote: "Struwwelpeter: Fearful Stories & Vile Pictures to Instruct Good Little Folks

Ahhhh, the memories."


That's a little bit awesome :)


message 44: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
I just read this, and while I wouldn't nominate it as a classic, I do like the story about the Undead Substitute Teacher. I wish my teachers has set me an assignment like this:

undead


message 45: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
I'm thinking of putting up this shelf in the next few days (and moving the children's books over from the general "Classics" shelf), so any last minute nominations?

I'm going to apply the rule discussed in other threads - it's not a classic if it's less than 20 years old. This is going to be a fun shelf. There are so many books from different parts of the world in this list.


message 46: by Frozenwaffle (new)

Frozenwaffle | 163 comments Hmm... can I nominate The Complete Calvin and Hobbes? It has the longevity to be considered a classic, and even though its comics there is no doubt that it compels the use of the brain! :D


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Heather (jesus-lovinwifeandmom) | 5 comments Make Way for Ducklings and other books by Robert McClosky
The Story of Ping
All the books about Amelia Bedelia
Trumpet of the Swan
All the original Curious George stories
Across Five Aprils(maybe more young teen)
Lambs book of Shakespeare for Children(difficult to find but well worth the hunt)


message 48: by Heather (new)

Heather (jesus-lovinwifeandmom) | 5 comments Heather wrote: "Make Way for Ducklings and other books by Robert McClosky
The Story of Ping
All the books about Amelia Bedelia
Trumpet of the Swan
All the original Curious George stories
Across Five Aprils(maybe m..."


Also,the stories of Uncle Wiggely. These are old books first published around 1915 or so. I have a set of 10 books each with 3 stories that belonged to my mom and aunt when they were children. I have read them to all 4 of my children and they all loved these books. Don't know if they are available in libraries but,again, well worth the hunt!


message 50: by Ruby , Mistress of Chaos (new)

Ruby  Tombstone Lives! (rubytombstone) | 3260 comments Mod
Heather wrote: "Make Way for Ducklings and other books by Robert McClosky
The Story of Ping
All the books about Amelia Bedelia
Trumpet of the Swan
All the original Curious George stories
Across Five Aprils(maybe m..."


No book links = Ruby has to trawl through and find every last one of those to put them on the shelf. And that makes Ruby cranky.......!


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