Literature Appropriate for Children

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I am by no means an expert in children's literature, but I know that quite a few of the books I have reviewed on this site are suitable for children. As a guideline, I used the Dover Publications website listing of children's books to help determine which ones to include here. The majority of books that I purchase are from Dover, including books in their children's section. I also added others that I thought would be good reading for kids, either for subject matter or because there was a lesson to be learned from the story. I have not divided them into age groups. Many of these books would be suitable for an adult to read to younger children. And, of course, there will always be some controversial ones, such as books by Mark Twain which have fallen out of favor in some schools because some of the words he uses are not considered politically correct, or are derogatory in modern language. You be the judge—these are only suggestions.
Please note: I am not including coloring books in this index because most coloring books are suitable for children.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Around the World in Eighty Days
Before Adam
Captains Courageous
The Castle of Otranto
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
The Golden Age
The Haunted House
The Heart of Princess Osra
The Invisible Man
The Lost World (Conan Doyle)
Nordic Hero Tales from the Kalevala
The Pellucidar Series
Phantastes: A Faerie Romance
The Prince and the Pauper
The Sport of the Gods
Treasure Island
The Turn of the Screw
Viking Gods and Heroes
Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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Goblin Market, Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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Some Chinese Ghosts
The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories
The Welsh Fairy Book


The Chronicles of Narnia

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Especially for Young Children

The Adventures of Pinocchio
The Green Door
Just So Stories
The Tabu Tale
Tanglewood Tales
A Wonder Book

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