Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Books Parents Loved as Kids

This list combines some of the Scholastic Parents staff's favorite classic books for kids with our Facebook fans' top childhood titles.
 
Cover image for Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie
Series: Little House, Book #3
by Laura Ingalls Wilder Illustrated by Garth Williams
Laura Ingalls likes her little house in the big woods, which she shares with Ma and Pa, and her two, sisters Mary and Carrie. Winter is coming, and their log house is snug and warm. But the big woods are becoming crowded. Everyday, they hear the thud of an axe on a tree, and Pa wants to leave.
Read More
Cover image for Charlotte's Web
Charlotte's Web
by E. B. White Illustrated by Garth Williams

American prose stylist E.B. White presents one of the best-loved stories of all time. And a heartwarming portrait of one of the best-loved pigs of all time.

Read More

Paperback Book: $7.19

Buy Now
Cover image for The Boxcar Children
The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner Illustrated by L. Kate Deal
Four resourceful, independent orphans find inventive ways to stick together through all kinds of exciting mysteries and adventures, including living in a boxcar!
Read More
Cover image for Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss

Sam-I-Am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham.

Dr. Seuss turns 50 easy words into magic in this time-honored classic.

"Limited vocabulary but unlimited exuberance of illustration." — School Library Journal

Read More

Picture Book: $8.09

Buy Now
Cover image for Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
by L. M. Montgomery
One of the most loved books of all time, with an introduction by Anne Mazer

In one of the most beloved classics of all time, Anne brings mischief, adventure, and love to the countryside of Green Gables.
Read More

Paperback Book: $5.59

Buy Now
Cover image for The Giver
The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community.

Read More

Paperback Book: $7.19

Buy Now
Cover image for Beezus and Ramona
Beezus and Ramona
Series: Ramona Quimby
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Ramona Quimby is the youngest of all the famous characters in Mrs. Cleary's wonderful Henry Huggins stories. She is also far and away the most deadly. Readers of the earlier books will remember that Ramona has always been a menace to Beezus, her older sister, to Henry, and to his dog Ribsy.

Read More
Cover image for Nancy Drew #1: The Secret of the Old Clock
Nancy Drew #1: The Secret of the Old Clock
Series: Nancy Drew, Book #1
by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew solves her first mystery when the accidental rescue of a little girl who lives with her two great-aunts leads on an adventurous search for a missing will.

Read More
Cover image for A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door.
Read More
Cover image for Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
by Judy Blume
For Margaret, everything is different this year. She's just moved from New York City to the suburbs and is anxious to fit in with her new friends — Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.
Read More
Cover image for The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree

"Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

Read More

Picture Book: $12.79

Buy Now
Cover image for Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell

Karana, an Indian girl, lives happily with her people on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. It is an island in the Pacific that gets its name from its beautiful shape from above it looks like a dolphin lying on its side, "with its tail pointing toward sunrise," sunning itself in the sea.

Read More

Paperback Book: $5.59

Buy Now
Cover image for Beezus and Ramona
Beezus and Ramona
Series: Ramona Quimby
by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Ramona Quimby is the youngest of all the famous characters in Mrs. Cleary's wonderful Henry Huggins stories. She is also far and away the most deadly. Readers of the earlier books will remember that Ramona has always been a menace to Beezus, her older sister, to Henry, and to his dog Ribsy.

Read More
Cover image for Little Women
Little Women
Series: Apple Classics
by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is an American classic, adored for Louisa May Alcott's lively and vivid portraits of the endearing March sisters: talented tomboy Jo, pretty Meg, shy Beth, temperamental Amy.

Read More
Cover image for Old Yeller
Old Yeller
by Fred Gipson

When a novel like Huckleberry Finn, or The Yearling comes along, it defies customary adjectives because of the intensity of the response it evokes in the reader.

Read More

Paperback Book: $4.79

Buy Now
Cover image for The Outsiders
The Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton

Ponyboy Curtis is a good-natured teen who loves books and movies. He's also an orphan whose two older brothers and street-smart friends guard and protect him.

Read More

Paperback Book: $8.00

Buy Now
Cover image for Cat In The Hat, The
Cat In The Hat, The
by Dr. Seuss

One wet, rainy day while mother is out, a boy and a girl sit dejectedly in their chairs, watching the rain beat against the window. They're bored. Suddenly, in bursts a large cat in a tall striped hat, ready to play — and not just ordinary games, oh no!

Read More
Cover image for To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Growing up in Alabama during the 1930s, six-year-old Scout Finch leads a fairly charmed life. Her dad, Atticus, is a kind single parent and a well-regarded attorney. Her older brother, Jem, and their lively, offbeat neighbor Dill are her best friends, and together they explore their sleepy hometown of Maycomb.

Read More
Cover image for Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Series: Fudge
by Judy Blume

Life with his little brother, two-year-old Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes.

Read More
Cover image for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Series: Apple Classics
by Mark Twain

This irresistible tale of the adventures of two friends growing up in frontier America is one of Mark Twain's most popular novels.

Read More

Paperback Book: $5.39

Buy Now
Cover image for Stuart Little
Stuart Little
by E. B. White Illustrated by Garth Williams

"When Mrs. Frederick C. Little's second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way." So begins E.B. White's tale of a sensitive, erudite mouse that is somehow born to a family of humans. Mr. and Mrs.

Read More

Paperback Book: $7.19

Buy Now
Cover image for Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

This Caldecott Medal winner is a whimsical fantasy about a young boy whose imagination transports him far away from problems at home to a land where almost anything can happen.

Read More

Picture Book: $15.96

Buy Now

Paperback Book: $7.16

Buy Now
Cover image for Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish Illustrated by Wallace Tripp

Amelia Bedelia is always getting herself into trouble!

Read More
Cover image for Where the Red Fern Grows
Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
When Billy's much-beloved prize dogs are killed in a tragic fight with a mountain lion, he finds solace in old legends.
Read More

Paperback Book: $5.59

Buy Now

Find Just-Right Books

Sponsor Spotlight