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22 Best Collections of Children's Classic Books

To cultivate children's good habit of reading, it is necessary to choose the 22 Best Collections of Children's Classic Books. Early reading can exercise children's listening and speaking skills. 

The following editor has compiled interesting books for kids to read for everyone, and everyone can collect them.

Early reading can exercise a child's listening and speaking skills, and it usually focuses on listening, reading, and speaking. For example, after telling the story to the child, you can ask the child "Do you think this story is good", if you always ask like this, the child will listen to it purposefully. 

Under such guidance, it not only cultivates the children's ability to analyze and evaluate the content they listen to, but also allows the children's listening and speaking skills to grow faster.

Today, I will introduce to you the "22 Best Collections of Children's Classic Books" in the eyes of experts.
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We often hear: "What really pulls away a child's academic performance is, in addition to the learning content in the classroom, mainly the child's reading side." 

In fact, it makes sense. Nowadays, many children's reading volume is far from enough, so they often appear to be slow in doing questions in the exam. Coupled with the trend of increasing the difficulty of reading by the high school and college entrance examination, it will test the comprehensive knowledge structure.

Swiss German writer Keller once said: "A book is like a ship, leading us from a narrow place to the infinitely vast ocean of life." 

As a parent, you must let your children develop a good habit of reading. Let's recommend some good books for children to read. 


22 Best Collections of Children's Classic Books


    1. Invisible Cities


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    "Invisible Cities" by Italo Calvino 

    This is a gift brought to us by the Italian writer Calvino. He used Marco Polo to describe to us the city he imagined. Oh, fantastic city. Every city is a palace, built with diamonds of language, it is not in the world, it is shining with the light of heaven. 

    It is displayed for those who have a good heart. This is a fantasy garden that can cultivate children's extraordinary imagination.


    2. Sophie's World 


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    "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder 

    Sophie, a 14-year-old girl, came home from school and found a mysterious letter. Who are you? where are you from? Where are you going? These confusions since Socrates began to enter her vision. 

    As unusual letters flooded in, the world unfolded like a mystery. "Sophie's World" is a world of wisdom. It tells almost all the secrets of Western philosophy with an ingenious story. It can cultivate children's ability to think.


    3. Aesop's Fables 


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    "Aesop's Fables" 
    by Aesop 

    Among the children's classic books this is a collection of fables in ancient Greece. Most of the characters in the book are anthropomorphic animals. It uses short fables to embody the truths in daily life that are not perceptible to us. 

    Some of these stories teach people to be upright and diligent; some advise people not to be proud and not to lie; some also explain that things must be done in accordance with the law and within their ability. Most of them have become household stories all over the world, and your children are worth reading.


    4. Stray Birds 


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    "Stray Birds" 
    by Rabindranath Tagore 

    This is a representative collection of poems by the Indian poet Tagore. In addition to expressing his love for nature and life, it also expresses his search for wisdom and truth. In Tagore's poems, life itself and its diversity are the cause of joy. 

    At the same time, the love he expressed is also one of the main contents of his poems. He was also the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. 

    It includes 325 beautiful untitled poems. Although this collection of poems has 325 untitled poems, in fact, many verses are only one or two lines, or capture a natural landscape, or Tell a story. It is very suitable for children who have just started elementary school to read.

    Tagore pays great attention to the description of nature in The Collection of Flying Birds. A bird, a flower, a star, and a raindrop are all vivid in the poet's pen. After reading, children can improve their ability to observe nature and write Ability.


    5. Border Town 


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    "Border Town" by Shen Congwen 

    Mr. Shen Congwen used his gentle pen and ink to write a beautiful Taoyuan, a natural and authentic life. It is the most naive ballad in the history of literature. 

    The benevolence of the countryside, the purity of human nature, and the natural authenticity of life are all sung in this gentle and pure song. China in the past 100 years is worthy of the world because of this book. Reading "Border Town" will cultivate children's kind hearts and feelings for nature.


    6. Pollyanna 


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    "Pollyanna" by Eleanor H. Porter 

    Poliana, who lost her parents, was fostered in her depressed and mean aunt's house. With her invincible happiness, she changed the lives of residents in a town. Just like "Gone with the Wind", this book became a super bestseller in the United States after its publication. 

    "Poliana" quickly became an idiom symbolizing happiness and an indispensable part of American culture. At the beginning of the last century, the book was widely respected for the love of several young ladies in the Song family.


    7. The Lord of the Rings 


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    "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien 

    This is a fantasy kingdom created by Professor Tolkien who has experienced two world wars. In this kingdom composed of wizards, dwarves, monsters, and humans, a lord ring symbolizes the supreme power, because it triggered a fierce war that endangered Middle-earth... 

    "Once upon a time, hobbits lived in caves. …" The novel was fascinating from the beginning, it opened the source of fantasy novels. It can make any child happy and comforted in a fantasy world. 


    8. The Little Prince

    by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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    Among the children's classic books in the book, a pilot is used as the story narrator. It mainly tells the process of the protagonist, the little prince, from his planet to the earth, experiencing various adventures in the middle. 

    When children read this book, they can not only see incredible miracles and fantasies but also experience the sincere emotions in the book. The emotional portrayal of the characters is quite delicate.

    The author has a profound creative significance to this fairy tale. It is the accumulation of the author’s life and emotions over the years or even decades. It is not only a fairy tale for children but also the "crystallization" of philosophy and thinking, full of The perception of life!

    This is a small book that is enough to make people stay innocent forever. It tells a little prince who came to our earth from a distant planet. He saw an arrogant king, a drunkard, a businessman who is only profitable, a geographer who clings to dogma, and a little flower, a fox eager to be tamed... 

    This little book became a translucent mirror. Out of a ridiculous adult world. It reminds us that only love is the highest philosophy and the only reason for us to live. The French magazine "Reading" once recommended it as the best reading for mankind in history.

    The film of the same name was released in 2015.


    9. Secret Garden

    by Frances Hodgson Burnett


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    This work is recognized as the most famous and successful work of the female writer Frances Burnett, and it has become one of the most important and influential works of children's literature in the history of world literature in the early twentieth century.

    Mary is a little English girl living in India. Her parents are busy with work or socializing all day long and completely handed her over to the nanny. Therefore, Mary, who lacked parental affection and care, had a stubborn temperament and a strange temper.

    A cholera disaster took the lives of her parents, and she had to go to an old manor in England alone to join her uncle. But the manor is full of mystery: a hundred rooms that have been locked, a garden that has never been entered for ten years, cries from time to time in the middle of the night... Mary decided to secretly understand all this mystery.


    10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    by Lewis Carroll


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    The work brings readers into a wonderful world with fantastic stories, where everything is confusing and unpredictable, sometimes interspersed with humorous word games, puns, or limericks. It reads like absurdity, but it is actually full of strict logic And the profound connotation is the wonderful crystallization of wisdom and fantasy.

    This book is one of the books with the most circulation outside of Shakespeare's works and the "Bible" in the UK.


    11. Pinocchio

    by Carlo Collodi


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    This book is the proud work of the famous Italian children's literature writer Carlo Collodi. Since the publication of this fairy tale, it has been loved by children from all over the world and has been filmed into cartoons and feature films many times, and it has been widely popular in countries all over the world.

    An old man named Geppetto had no children. He carved a puppet from wood and named him Pinocchio. Although Pinocchio has always wanted to be a good boy, it is difficult to change his bad habits.

    He played truant, lied, made bad friends, and was deceived a few times and never changed. Later, a fairy taught him that every time he lied, his nose was long. He even lied three times, and his nose was so long that he couldn't turn around in the house...


    12. Anne of Green Gables

    by Lucy Maud Montgomery


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    This book tells about Annie losing her parents since she was a child and being adopted at the age of 11. Annie has a bright personality and full of fantasy. Her self-esteem and self-improvement, with her hard work, not only won the love of adopters but also won the respect and friendship of teachers and classmates.

    Since its publication in 1908, this masterpiece of Canadian children’s literature has been translated into dozens of languages and sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. It has been shown on screen or filmed in Canada, the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and other countries. Become a TV series, popular in Europe and America.

    Mark Twain spoke highly of the novel, saying "Anne is the most moving and beloved image after the immortal Alice."


    13. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea   

    by Jules Verne


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    Jules Verne's work has influenced generations. Many of his works have been made into movies, and the performances are endless. "Twenty Thousand Miles Under the Sea" is one of his important works, describing the story of French naturalist Professor Aronax and Captain Nimo traveling deep under the sea. 

    They traveled to many oceans in the world and saw countless rare marine animals and plants and strange sights in the water. The whole book is full of suspense, and the knowledge is extensive. Reading is both pleasing and thrilling.

    This science fiction novel came out in 1870, and it has been more than a hundred years old. It is still popular in the world in various versions in multiple languages and has a wide audience. Only this end shows its vitality and attraction. Readers who advocate that the book is less than a hundred years old can read it with confidence.


    14. Peter Pan

    by J. M. Barrie


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    The author, Sir James Barry, wrote a lot of works for children in his life. Of course, the most famous and brought him world reputation is the novel "Peter Pan" completed in 1904.

    This is a book for children, but also a book about children. The last sentence of the book is: "Things are repeated like this, as long as the children are happy, innocent and carefree." 

    It is full of the writer's infinite love and nostalgia for the children's world, and at the same time, it is permeated with a touch of sadness. Why is such an uncomplicated story so magical? Let our protagonist Peter Pan tell you.


    15. Greek Mythology

    by Ingri d'Aulaire 


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    Among the children's classic books "Greek Mythology" is divided into two parts. The first part is the "Legend of the Gods", which tells the origin of the universe and mankind, the birth of gods, and their genealogy. In remote ancient Greece, people believed that gods possessed the same form as humans. 

    They were extraordinarily beautiful, powerful, and eternally youthful, and immortal. The gods are in charge of the destiny of mankind, and at the same time, they are also controlled by their own destiny. The oldest gods are the Titans, they are the children of Gaia (the earth) and Uzanos (starry sky). 

    As Zeus overthrew his father, the order of the universe was controlled by the twelve gods on the sacred mountain of Olympus. Among them, Zeus was the most powerful god, and he ruled the gods, mankind, and the entire universe.

    The second part is the "hero story". The protagonist is half-human and half-god heroes (gods and children born to humans). Some are entirely human descendants. For example, the most famous hero Hercules, was the son of Zeus and the queen of the world, Alcmene. 

    He had unimaginable supernatural powers when he was a baby, and strangled the two big snakes that crawled into the cradle with his bare hands. After he grew up, he completed the twelve tasks assigned to him by King Eurystheus, including retrieving the fur of the Nemean lion and killing the giant snake Hydra.


    16. The Arabian Nights 

    by Sir Richard Burton


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    This book is an outstanding collection of large-scale folk tales in the Arab region in the Middle Ages. It represents the highest achievement of ancient Arabic literature with its voluminous scale, gorgeous pictures, bizarre plots, and bizarre fantasies, attracting generations of readers from the East and the West.

    It includes grand and rich, eclectic, fairy tales, myths, fables, jokes, historical stories, adventure stories, love stories, anecdotes, everything; the world is everywhere, the land and the sea, it is omnipresent; it reflects from different periods, different regions and different angles. 

    The social systems, lifestyles, and people's thoughts and feelings of the Middle Eastern countries in the Middle Ages painted colorful pictures of social life, and it was a valuable reference for studying the history of ancient Arab society.


    17. The Jungle Book

    by Rudyard Kipling


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    This book is an early representative work of Radiad Kipling, one of the most important and famous British writers of the early 20th century. It is also its most influential and most popular work. It has been translated into various languages ​​over the past 100 years. It is widely circulated in the world.

    The work is a collection of seven independent novellas, telling the story of the wolf-boy Mogori and several other different animals. The works portray the witty and brave wolf boy Mogori, the simple old bear Baru, the astute black panther Baghira, the white seal Kotick who is not afraid of hardships, and the little mongoose Rich-Ditch who is not afraid of rape. A distinctive and unforgettable image with a thrilling and fascinating storyline.

    Except for the white seals, the seven novelettes in the book all take place in India, unfolding a mysterious and magnificent picture of the Indian jungle to the readers, so the works are full of unique exotic flavors.


    18. Little Women

    by Louisa May Alcott


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    The March family has four sisters, living in poverty, simple and warm. The four sisters have different personalities: the eldest Meg is beautiful and dignified, and some are vain; the second is free and independent, and eager to be a writer; the third, Beth is kind and shy and loves music; the fourth is smart and lively, loves art, and hopes to be a high class The "lady" of society. Can they all realize their dreams?

    What all girls of all ages have to face and experience in the growth process can be found in this book: the sweetness and troubles of first love, the choice between emotion and reason, the gap between ideal and reality, the contradiction between poverty and wealth...

    The plot of "Little Women" is simple and true, but touching. Since its publication for more than a year, it has been put on the screen many times and translated into various languages, becoming a classic masterpiece in the world's literary treasure house. 

    All the emotional experiences and life experiences described in the book have been, are, and will happen in the process of every young girl’s maturity, giving this book a vitality that transcends the times and countries, which is also the charm of her becoming an immortal classic. And the reason.


    19. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    by L. Frank Baum


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    This book is about the adventures of Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, USA. She and the dog Toto were brought to a magical country by a tornado-OZ country. In order to return home, she followed the advice of the kind witch and went to the Emerald City of OZ country to visit the great wizard OZ for assistance.

    On the way to Emerald City, Dorothy met the scarecrow who longed for wisdom, the white iron woodcutter who longed for love, and the lion who longed for courage, so they embarked on the long journey to Emerald City together. However, the wizard OZ put forward a condition: Unless Dorothy and his friends eliminate the evil witches of the West, they will not help them. So Dorothy and friends had to leave Emerald City and head west...


    20. A Little Princess

    by Frances Hodgson Burnett 


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    Young Sarah Crewe, the daughter of a wealthy British officer, first lived a princess living in an aristocratic school. But with the unfortunate death of her father, her status in the school was devastated. 

    The helpless and impoverished young Sara struggles with the hypocrisy and vicious pity of the female principal and suffers all kinds of abuse. However, Sarah still maintained an optimistic heart. Her vivid imagination and broad mind made her actively face the cruel life and the pain of hunger and cold.

    She said: "If I were a princess, even if I was ragged, my heart would still be a princess. If I dress gorgeously, I can easily become a princess, but I can still keep a princess' heart when I am unknown. , Is a greater success." Her optimism and courage attracted the attention of a mysterious figure, so a miracle appeared, and the former princess regained her former glory after experiencing the hardships of life...

    The book " Little Princess" was first published in 1905, and it has been republished for more than 100 years, and it has spread all over the world. The story of "The Little Princess" has been put on the screen and stage many times, and the little princess Sara played by Shirley Temple is deeply rooted in the hearts of the people.


    21. The Wind in the Willows

    by Kenneth Grahame


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    Among the children's classic books this is a witty fairy tale novel, in which several cute animal images are portrayed: the cowardly but adventurous mole, the hospitable and romantic river rat, the chivalrous, leader-like old man Badgers, like bragging, stinking, fashionable toads, honest and honest otters-they live on the banks of rivers or in large forests, they have fun and troubles.

    The vanity toad got into trouble again and again. In order to educate him, the animals took pains to persuade and educate him. When Toad's house was occupied by the weasel, they united and worked together to defeat the more numerous weasels with their wisdom. Toad was greatly moved, and since then he determined to correct his problems and became a good toad.

    "The Wind in the Willows" was published in 1908 and later attracted the attention of US President Roosevelt. He wrote to tell the author that he had read "The Wind in the Willows" three times in one go. 

    The author Graham loves nature. In his pen, the description of nature is extremely smooth, rich, and colorful. The Wind in the Willows is therefore hailed as a model of English literary prose.


    22. Gulliver's Travels

    by Jonathan Swift


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    The story of an Englishman named Gulliver after two voyages. The story of the travels in the Lilliputian Country and the Grown-up Country encountered all sorts of wonderful things during the journey.


    When he was young, Gulliver followed a famous surgeon in London as an apprentice, learned navigation and mathematics, was recommended to be a doctor on a ship, and later opened his own clinic and got married. 


    But as the business was declining, he accepted the appointment of Captain William Pritchard, the owner of the Antelope, and decided to bid farewell to his wife and children to sail. During the voyage, due to a strong storm, the ship hit the reef and was in distress, so Gulliver was lucky enough to drift to Lilliput (Lilliput State)...


    The adventures of the small country, the adventures of the grown-up country, the flying country...These words seem to be magical by the author, and the child can't help but keep looking down. The article uses humorous and satirical language to describe a muddy society. Everyone should not calculate and fight with each other but should live in harmony, without deception.


     "Gulliver's Travels" allows us to see the good and dark sides of society. After reading this book, children can understand the value of sincerity!




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