Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. ~ Dr. Seuss



What is a Classic?

Most people will say tales that are timeless, stories that are an “enduring” work, tales that we want to read again and again, or stories that never go stale. We found a great list of Classics at our local library. The list below comprises of books that the librarians from the bay area public libraries have selected.

Take a look

¨    Abel’s Island by William Steig

¨     The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

¨    Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

¨    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

¨    Alanna by Tamora Pierce

¨    Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

¨    All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

¨    Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry

¨    Animal Family by Randall Jarrell

¨    Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

¨    At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

¨    Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

¨    Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley

¨    The Best Christmas Paegant Ever by Barbara Robinson

¨    Black Beauty by Anna Sewall

¨    The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

¨    The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

¨    The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

¨    The Borrowers by Mary Norton

¨    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

¨    Bunnicula by James Howe

¨    By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman

¨    Call it Courage by Sperry Armstrong

¨    The Call of the Wild by Jack London

¨    Cathedral: The Story of its Construction by David MacCaulay

¨    The Cay by Theodore Taylor

¨    Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

¨    Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilberth

¨    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

¨    The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

¨    The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

¨    D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire

¨    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

¨    Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt

¨    Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

¨    Dreamkeeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes

¨    The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe

¨    The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

¨    Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

¨    The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth

¨    Fairy Tales by The Brothers Grimm

¨    Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault

¨    Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit

¨    Follow My Leader by James B. Garfield

¨    From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg

¨    The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

¨    The Gift of the Magi by O.Henry

¨    The Giver by Lois Lowry

¨    The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald

¨    Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzugh

¨    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K.Rowling

¨    Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

¨    Heidi by Johanna Spyri

¨    The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

¨    Holes by Louis Sachar

¨    Homer Price by Robert McClosky

¨    House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton

¨    How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

¨    The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

¨    In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Better Bao Lord

¨    The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

¨    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

¨    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

¨    Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

¨    Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida

¨    Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

¨    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

¨    Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

¨    The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

¨    Lincoln: a Photobiography by Russell Freedman

¨    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

¨     The LIttle House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

¨     The LIttle Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

¨     Many Moons by James Thurber

¨      Mary Poppins by P.L.Traverns

¨      The Merry Adventure of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle

¨      Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

¨      Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

¨      Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien

¨      Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

¨      My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Gannett

¨      Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

¨      Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

¨      Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

¨      Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat

¨      Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling

¨      The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton

¨      The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope

¨      The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

¨      Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

¨      The Road to Camlann by Rosemary Sutcliff

¨      Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

¨      Rascal by Sterling North

¨      Redwall by Brian Jacques

¨      Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

¨      Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

¨      Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg

¨      Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

¨      The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

¨      The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

¨      Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

¨      The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide

¨      Sounder by William H. Armstrong

¨      The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron

¨      The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle

¨      The Story of the Treasure Seekers by Edith Nesbit

¨      The Sword in the Stone by T.H.White

¨      Tales of Unlce Remus by Joel Chandler Harris

¨      Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

¨      Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

¨      The Trouble with Tuck by Theodore Taylor

¨      Tuck Everlasting by Theodore Taylor

¨      The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

¨      20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Jules Verne

¨      Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

¨      The View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts

¨      The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

¨      The Wheel on the School by Meindert De Jong

¨      Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawaings by Shel Silverstein

¨      The White Mountains by John Christopher

¨      The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

¨      Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

¨      The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

¨      The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

¨      A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

¨      The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings




  1. Jemima Pett

    What a wonderful list! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • reshamad

      Thank you Jemima. Please feel free to add a name if we missed out on any

  2. This is a wonderful list. Here are two of my favorite books that could be added: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech


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