20 Must-Have Classic Children’s Books — and When to Introduce Them

It’s never too early to start introducing your children to the classics — the kiddie classics, that is. We’ve rounded up 20 timeless children’s books that are musts in every literary kid’s library. From titles just for babes and toddlers like Goodnight Moon and Are You My Mother? to books that have been sparking the imaginations of older children for decades, these books are as relevant and extraordinary now as they were when you first read them.

Charlotte's Web
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Touching on everything from friendship to the anticipation of the changing seasons to the miracles of life and death, Charlotte’s Web has been a reader favorite since E.B. White wrote it in 1952.

Appropriate For Ages: 8+

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Charlotte’s Web
Goodnight Moon
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Goodnight Moon is proof that some classics never go out of style. The quiet poetry of the words and the gentle illustrations make this the perfect book to end your little one’s day.

Appropriate For Ages: 1+

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Goodnight Moon
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Roald Dahl’s story of Willy Wonka’s famous and wild chocolate factory and the five lucky children who are allowed inside is as delightful as it is candy filled!

Appropriate For Ages: 8+

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
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For more than 70 years, kids have delighted in the tales of Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and Eeyore. Silly situations, wonderful wordplay, and a message of enduring friendship are Pooh hallmarks.

Appropriate For Ages: 3 to 8

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The Velveteen Rabbit
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Originally published in 1922, The Velveteen Rabbit tells the charming tale of how a stuffed toy rabbit is brought to life through the love of his boy.

Appropriate For Ages: 4+

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The Velveteen Rabbit
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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There’s a reason that this book shows up at graduations from pre-K through college. It’s whimsical and inspirational and makes the reader feel like she can conquer the world.

Appropriate For Ages: 4+

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Stuart Little
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In the beloved tale of an adventure-loving mouse, Stuart Little ventures off on the greatest journey of his life in search of his best friend, a bird named Margalo, who has gone missing.

Appropriate For Ages: 8+

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The Runaway Bunny
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Since its publication in 1942, The Runaway Bunny has taught generations of sleepy children about a mother’s unconditional love. This story will resonate with moms and kids alike.

Appropriate For Ages: 2+

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