Kids Century – Part I

Kids Century

1900 – 1930

 

 

This annotated list of classics and favorites was compiled by Sally Epp, former children’s librarian at the Belle Isle Library (part of the Metropolitan Library System).

Every book listed is still in print and available for check out throughΒ Interlibrary LoanΒ at your local library.

Some books areΒ available inΒ free electronic textΒ on the internet.

Please choose books for your children thoughtfully, as books for a wide range of ages, interests, and developmental levels have been included.

Keyβ€”Β  E=Easy Reader Β | Β T=Tween Β | Β JF=Juvenile Fiction Β | Β YA=Young Adult Β | Β TNF=Tween Nonfiction Β | Β JNF=Juvenile Nonfiction

 

1900
JF
The Wizard of OzΒ 
byΒ Baum, L. Frank

Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow set off for the capitol city of the magical land of Oz to ask the wonderful Wizard for their hearts’ desires.

1902
JF
Just So Stories
by Kipling, Rudyard

The stories in this light-hearted collection of original fables explain how the different animals came to be the way they are.

1902
JF
Five Children and It
by Nesbit, Edith

Five children find a grumpy and odd-looking Sand-Fairy who will grant them wishes, but his answers to their wishes tend to be quite different than what they expect.

1903
JF
Call of the Wild
by London, Jack

This survival story tells of a family’s pet dog that is stolen from his California home and made to work as a sled dog during the Alaskan gold rush.

1903
JF
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
by Wiggin, Kate Douglas Smith

Life is turned upside down for Aunt Miranda, Aunt Jane and the entire town when spirited and mischievous, but completely loveable, Rebecca arrives at Sunnybrooke Farm.

1903
E
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Potter, Beatrix

Naughty Peter Rabbit disobeys his mother and finds himself in a dangerous adventure in Mr. McGregor’s garden.

1904
JNF
Poems of Childhood
by Field, Eugene

The glorious paintings of Maxfield Parrish illustrate this collection of poetry for children.

1905
E
The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
by Potter, Beatrix

Lucie’s search for her lost handkerchiefs takes her to the laundry of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, a hedgehog.

1906
JF
White Fang
by London, Jack

White Fang, part wolf and part dog, goes from sled dog to fighting dog at the hands of a cruel man, and then is rescued by a kind owner who tries to teach him the meaning of love.

1907
JF
The Enchanted Castle
by Nesbit, Edith

Reality and fantasy intertwine in this tale of four children who discover an enchanted castle, a magic ring and a sleeping princess who is really just a girl pretending to be a princess.

1908
JF
Anne of Green Gables
by Montgomery, L. M.

Anne Shirley, a spirited, talkative, redheaded orphan, is a surprising addition to a small Canadian town when the elderly siblings, Marilla and Matthew, agree to adopt her.

1908
JF
The Wind in the Willows
by Grahame, Kenneth

Adventures abound when cautious, agreeable Mole meets the boat-loving Water Rat, the boastfully wild Toad of Toad Hall, and the reclusive, curmudgeonly Badger.

1909
JF
The Secret Garden
by Burnett, Francis Hodgeson

Sullen Mary and Sickly Colin are transformed by their secret efforts to restore to life a neglected English garden with the help of the spirited Dickon and his family.

1909
E
The Complete Story of the Three Blind Mice
by Ivimey, John

John Ivimey relates the events leading up to the Mice’s terrible encounter with the farmer’s wife, and what happens afterwards.

1911
JF
Peter Pan
by Barrie, J. M.

The Darling Children, Wendy, John and Michael travel to Neverland with Peter Pan and the fairy Tinkerbell where they encounter the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.

1912
E
The Tale of Mr. Tod
by Potter, Beatrix

Peter Rabbit rescues the family of Flopsy and Benjamin Bunny, and starts a battle between two disagreeable characters, Mr. Tod, a fox, and Tommy Brock, a badger.

1912
TNF
Little Songs of Long Ago
by Le Mair, H. Willebeek

H. Willebeek Le Mair illustrated and gathered together this collection of nursery rhymes, which includes well known favorites and some that may be unfamiliar to children today.

1913
JF
Pollyanna
by Porter, Eleanor Hodgson

Pollyanna brings sunshine and love to her Aunt Polly, a strict and sour spinster, by seeing the good in all situations.

1914
T
Old Mother West Wind
by Burgess, Thornton

Join Old Mother West Wind and her gentle breezes in these imaginative and gentle stories of nature and animals.

1918
JF
Raggedy Ann Stories
by Gruelle, Johnny

When the doll Raggedy Ann arrives at Marcella’s nursery she leads the other dolls in many adventures, while always trying to become “good”.

1919
JF
Lad: A Dog
by Terhune, Albert Payson

This is a collection of popular magazine stories about Lad, a courageous and dignified collie, who heroically saves the day each time there is trouble.

1920
JF
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
by Lofting, Hugh

Having mastered the animal language with the help of his parrot Polynesia, Doctor Dolittle, the world’s greatest animal doctor, heads off to Africa to cure a terrible monkey epidemic.

1922
T
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Bianco, Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit learns that toys become real only when a child loves them.

1922
JF
Rootabaga Stories
by Sandburg, Carl

These fanciful stories told by famed poet Carl Sandburg are set in an imaginary land that resembles the American Midwest and are influenced by nonsense verse and folktales.

1923
JF
Bambi
by Salten, Felix

Bambi, a deer born in a woodland thicket, learns about nature’s way, survival, and the joys and sorrows of life as he grows from fawn to prince of the forest.

1923
JF
The Dark Frigate
by Hawes, Charles Boardman

Philip is forced to become a pirate when buccaneers seize the dark frigate on which he is sailing in this seafaring adventure filled with bloody battles and rousing action.

1924
TNF
When We Were Very Young
by Milne, A.A.

Classic children’s poems written by A.A. Milne for his young son Christopher Robin.

1925
JF
Shen of the Sea
by Chrisman, Arthur Bowie

Shen is one character in this collection of original stories that are modeled after Chinese folklore and rich with wisdom and humor.

1926
JF
Smoky the Cowhorse
by James, Will

Smoky is a wild horse running free on the plains, but then he is captured by humans, becomes a famous rodeo star, works on the range as a cowhorse, and finally retires.

1926
JF
Winnie the Pooh
by Milne, A.A.

Eyore, Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga and Roo and Winnie the Pooh, that silly old bear, first appear in these gentle stories for young children set in the Hundred Acre Woods.

1927
JF
The Tower Treasure (Hardy Boys #1)
by Dixon, Franklin W.

Frank and Joe Hardy make an amazing discovery after a dying criminal reveals that his loot is in “the tower” in this first ever Hardy Boys mystery.

1928
E
Millions of Cats
by Gag, Wanda

An old man and his wife decide to get a cat, but when the old man must choose between “hundreds, thousands, millions and billions and trillions of cats,” he takes all of them home.

1929
JF
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years
by Field, Rachel

Hitty is a very special doll who has experienced one hundred years of history as she travels over land and sea in the arms of one little girl after another.

1930
JF
Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew #1)
by Keene, Carolyn

Nancy Drew is challenged by a mystery surrounding a missing will and an old clock in the first Nancy Drew book ever written.

1930
E
The Little Engine That Could
by Piper, Watty

The phrase “I think I can, I think I can” was coined in this story of a little train engine whose positive thinking made the impossible possible.

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