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5 Lesser Known Children’s Classics You Should Read

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If you’re like me, you probably have quite a few treasured memories of reading classic children’s books as a kid. In the last few months, I’ve revisited some of these favorites and found them just as powerful, imaginative, and nourishing as ever. Some of these classics we all know -- ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, PETER PAN AND WENDY, CHARLOTTE’S WEB, to name a few. Here are several other children’s classics that are lesser known but just as remarkable.

The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By George MacDonald, Ursula K. Le Guin (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141332482
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Published: Puffin Books - June 9th, 2011

Like all great fairytales, THE PRINCESS AND THE GOBLIN is both a sparkling tale to enjoy and a deep look at the limits of knowledge and trust, good and evil. It is an adventure story with real live monsters that will truly curdle the blood.

The Enchanted Castle (Puffin Classics) Cover Image
By E. Nesbit, H. R. Millar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140367430
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Published: Puffin Books - July 1st, 1995

This delightful story is heavy with magic and that ultimate fairytale trope: what happens when you get what you wish for. E. Nesbit’s voice is as enchanting as the characters in her book. I loved reading THE ENCHANTED CASTLE as an adult; it puts you in a childlike frame of mind.

Frog and Toad Are Friends (I Can Read Level 2) Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064440202
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2003

This is the quietly joyful book of friendship and fun by which many of us learned to read. The sweet friendship of Frog and Toad nourishes me to this day, and even offers a bit of wisdom (the writers among us will resonate with Toad in the chapter “The Story” when he cannot for the life of him think of a story to cheer up Frog). If ever you need a lesson in kindness and general delight, look no further than the classic books about Frog and Toad.

101 Dalmatians Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140340341
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Published: Puffin Books - January 22nd, 2002

If you’re like me, you probably didn’t realize the classic Disney cartoon was based on a children’s book by the whimsical British author Dodie Smith (acclaimed for the delicious and smart coming-of-age romance I CAPTURE THE CASTLE). Despite knowing the story, I couldn’t stop reading Smith’s original version of 101 DALMATIANS. The sweet and clever adventure story of Pongo and Missus out to find their missing cubs will not only warm your heart, it will make you look at every dog you meet with a new fondness.

Howl's Moving Castle (World of Howl #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780064410342
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 7th, 2001

Diana Wynne Jones’ classic, imaginative children’s story never gets old! If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll love this story of magical spells, witches and wizards, seven-league boots, moving castles, fire demons, and more. Read it aloud to your children or enjoy it as an adult. It’s delightful and weird, full of fantastic twists and turns and remarkable characters.