You’ve Seen the Movies, Now Read These 80+ Children’s Classics

Cassandra Neace

Staff Writer

Cassandra Neace is a high school English teacher in Houston. When she's not in the classroom, she reads books and writes about them. She prides herself on her ability to recommend a book for most any occasion. She can be found on Instagram @read_write_make

Like Rebecca, I had no idea that Mary Poppins was a book for a very long time. In fact, it was only while I was putting together one of these lists a couple of months ago that was made aware that it was, in fact, a whole series of books!  That’s four more titles to add to the ever-growing To Be Read list!.

In this giveaway sponsored by Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, we wanted to know: what classic children’s stories have you watched but never read?  If the length of this list is any indication, Rebecca and I are not the only ones who have a little-catch up reading to do!

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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Witches, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit

Robin Hood (English Folklore)

Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Nurse Matilda  (Nanny McPhee) by Christianna Brand

Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Various Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

The Secret Garden, Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Magic Bed Knob; or How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons  and Bonfires and Broomsticks by Mary Norton

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby by Charles Kingsley

Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key

Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Eloise series by Kay Thompson

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp

Various Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Shrek! by William Steig

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