One of our "empty nest" list items for the children is to read the classics of children's literature with them. In an effort to get myself organized I thought I should make a list of the books that fall under this category. I started by doing a little research and was completely overwhelmed by the many, many books that are considered classics of children's literature. Every list I found was a little different. Some only allowed books older than 40 years, some included picture books and some blurred the lines between children and adult books.
In the end, I decided to make a list of older books that I want to make sure that my children read before they leave home. I'm not including more contemporary books that are just as important to me that my children read (Harry Potter, Hatchet, Stone Fox, Holes, Bridge to Terabithia, Tuck Everlasting, etc.) because that is a whole separate list! I'm also not including picture books- again, a separate list.
I feel sure that I will be adding to this list. Please, please share what you would have to add to your own list (even if it's not a classic!).
The Secret Garden
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prairie
Winnie the Pooh
The Wind in the Willows
The Three Muskateers
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
Swiss Family Robinson
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Anne of Green Gables
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Black Stallion
The Reluctant Dragon
The Jungle Books
Chronicles of Narnia
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
The Velveteen Rabbit
A Christmas Carol
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Fairy Tales (Hans Christian Andersen)
P.S. I thought this was a very comprehensive list!