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Edward, Hoppy, and Joe (1952)

An inquisitive little rabbit named Edward and his friends Hoppy Toad and Joe Possum learn about automobiles, canoeing, roller skating, the circus and other things important to the safety and pleasure of growing animals.

Author(s): Robert Lawson
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Shoelace Robin (1945)

Little Michael O’Malley comes to the rescue of a small bird and receives some step-by-step instruction from a robin in the art of lacing shoes. With illustrated endpapers showing how to tie a shoelace and a shoe to practice with at the back of the book.

Author(s): William Norman Hall
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Five Little Firemen (1948)

“The finest fire is the fire that’s out,” sing the five little firemen. Later editions have fewer pages.

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Edith Thacher Hurd
Illustrator(s): Tibor Gergely

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Angus Lost (1932)

Always curious, Angus runs away from his house to seek new adventures. But will he make it back home?

Author(s): Marjorie Flack
Illustrator(s): Marjorie Flack

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The Little Moon Theater (1981)

Jo Jo, Jip and Nicolette traveling about in their caravan presenting plays and granting wishes, are shivering in the winter’s cold until a little old fairy godmother grants their wish.

Author(s): Irene Haas
Illustrator(s): Irene Haas

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The Story of Pancho and the Bull with the Crooked Tail (1942)

Pancho captures the wild bull with the crooked tail and earns the reward of a silver mounted saddle, a purse of gold, and the biggest hat in all Mexico.

Author(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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The Terrible Twins (1913)

A pair of twins, brother and sister, terrorize the community of Little Deeping, to say nothing of the cats. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Edgar Jepson
Illustrator(s): Hanson Booth

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The Varmint (1910)

Adventures at a boys’ boarding school - more football than baseball. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Owen Johnson
Illustrator(s): F. R. Gruger

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Clever Bill (1926)

Soldier Bill Davis is left behind in Mary’s rush to be off to visit her aunt, but he manages to find a way to get to the train station ahead of her.

Author(s): William Nicholson
Illustrator(s): William Nicholson

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And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street (1937)

Marco imagines an elaborate fantastical parade traveling along Mulberry Street.

Author(s): Dr. Seuss
Illustrator(s): Dr. Seuss

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The Kingdom of Carbonel (1960)

When Carbonel must make his visitation to the Great Cat King, he leaves his two royal kittens under the protection of Rosemary and John who have almost more than they can manage to keep them safe.

Author(s): Barbara Sleigh
Illustrator(s): D. Michael Leonard

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Brendon Chase (1945)

Three English boys, tired of ‘petticoat government,’ take to the woods.

Author(s): BB
Illustrator(s): Denys Watkins-Pitchford

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Mistress Masham’s Repose (1946)

Maria, the mistress of Malplaquet, is ten years old and under the opression of a wicked guardian and her governess, then she discovers a settlement of Lilliputians living in Mistress Masham’s Repose on an island in the middle of her private lake.

Author(s): T. H. White
Illustrator(s): Fritz Eichenberg

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The Growing Summer (1966)

Four children spend the summer in the south of Ireland with a Great Aunt of the right sort.

Author(s): Noel Streatfeild
Illustrator(s): Edward Ardizzone

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The Moffats (1941)

The Moffats live on New Dollar Street with their widowed mother who is a seamstress.

Author(s): Eleanor Estes
Illustrator(s): Louis Slobodkin

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The Adventures of Arab (1946)

Arab is a merry-go-round horse who seeks his freedom. He and a coach horse strike a bargain and trade places and what happens next is rather unusual.

Author(s): Louis Slobodkin
Illustrator(s): Louis Slobodkin

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The Hobbit (1981)

Having been retained as a burglar by a group of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins sets out one fine spring day for the Lonely Mountain.

Author(s): J. R. R. Tolkien
Illustrator(s): Michael Hague
J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat and Other Nonsense Poems (1995)

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat. Here they are accompanied by many of the delightful Lear Limericks and some of the longer nonsense poems.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Michael Hague

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Fisherman (1987)

An otter goes fishing.

Author(s): Paul Manning
Illustrator(s): Nicola Bayley

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Fire House (1981)

The alarm bell rings and the firemen are off!

Author(s): Peter Spier
Illustrator(s): Peter Spier

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The Gingerbread Man (1953)

The Gingerbread Man runs as fast as he can -- but can he outrun the fox?

Author(s): Nancy Nolte
Illustrator(s): Richard Scarry

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Richard Scarry’s Great Big Air Book (1971)

From flying a kite to flying to the moon, we live in an ocean of air.

Author(s): Richard Scarry
Illustrator(s): Richard Scarry

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Under the Tent of the Sky (1937)

This is a collection of poems about animals, large and small.

Author(s): John E. Brewton
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Pinocchio (1946)

Pinocchio the wooden puppet learns from his mistakes and at last becomes a real boy.

Author(s): Carlo Collodi
Illustrator(s): Kurt Wiese

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Freddy the Detective (1932)

Freddy discovers a talent for detective work and is soon on the case of the missing toy train.

Author(s): Walter R. Brooks
Illustrator(s): Kurt Wiese

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Mother Goose for Christmas (1973)

It’s the day before Christmas and two strangers have locked Mother Goose and Goosey Gander in the old Queen of Hearts Bakery. What are the concerned villagers to do?

Author(s): William Pène du Bois
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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The Owl and the Pussy Cat (1961)

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat set out to sea with some honey and plenty of money, but where is the ring and the runcible spoon?

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): William Pène du Bois

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When I Have a Little Girl; When I Have a Little Boy (2000)

A flip book that is really two books in one. A boy and a girl imagine what it will be like to have children of their own. The original illustrations have been colored for this edition.

Author(s): Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrator(s): Hilary Knight

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Stories from Hans Christian Andersen (1972)

A selection of Hans Christian Andersen’s greatest tales.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): Pauline Baynes

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Little Fur Family (1946)

The little fur child explores his world.

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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Roger Mouse’s Wish (1949)

Roger Mouse likes to play Indian, and now he has his own Indian outfit!

Author(s): Dorothy Kunhardt
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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My Bedtime Book (1964)

This collection includes “Animal Friends,” and “Mister Dog,” and poems from “The Friendly Book.”

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Jane Werner Watson
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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Chester Cricket’s New Home (1983)

When his stump is destroyed by an overweight picnicker, Chester Cricket begins an odyssey to find a new one, with some help from his friends.

Author(s): George Selden
Illustrator(s): Garth Williams

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Anthology of Children’s Literature (1940)

An immense anthology with everything from Mother Goose to Eve Curie.

Author(s): Edna Johnson
Carrie E. Scott
Illustrator(s): N. C. Wyeth

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Lucky Bucky in Oz (1942)

Lucky Bucky and the Wooden Whale have a series of adventures in the Nonestic Ocean on their way to the Emerald City.

Author(s): John R. Neill
Illustrator(s): John R. Neill

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Piccadilly Jim (1917)

Jimmy Crocker’s father has married into money and he gets too large an allowance for his own good. Fortunately Ann Chester arrives from America and takes him in hand. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): P. G. Wodehouse
Illustrator(s): May Wilson Preston

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Psmith Journalist (1915)

Mike and Psmith travel to America. While Mike is playing exhibition cricket matches in Philadelphia, Psmith stays in New York and goes to work at a newspaper, Cosy Moments. While the editor is away, Psmith and the acting editor decide to spice things up a bit with an anti-slumlord campaign. Gunplay ensues, but Psmith comes smiling through and returns with Mike to Cambridge. Published as a serial in 1910, the plot was combined with a love story to produce The Prince and Betty. This was the first independent book publication. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): P. G. Wodehouse
Illustrator(s): T. M. R. Whitwell

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Tales of St. Austin’s (1903)

A dozen ‘public school’ stories set at St. Austin’s. Read online at gutenberg.org.

Author(s): P. G. Wodehouse
Illustrator(s): R. Noel Pocock
E. F. Skinner
T. M. R. Whitwell

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The Code of the Woosters (1938)

Bertie is commanded by his good aunt Dahlia to obtain, at all costs, including skulduggery, a silver cow creamer. At the same time he must guide the nuptials of Gussie Fink-Nottle and Madeline Bassett to a successful conclusion. Affairs are further complicated by Stiffy Byng, Stinker Pinker and assorted villains, including the infamous Spode. When all seems lost, Jeeves rides to the rescue.

Author(s): P. G. Wodehouse
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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The House of Arden (1908)

Edred and Elfrida travel into the past to search for the lost treasure of the House of Arden and succeed in finding their lost father. Read online at Gutenberg.org.

Author(s): E. Nesbit
Illustrator(s): H. R. Millar

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The Lady of Shalott (1881)

One of the poems making up the cycle of Idylls of the King. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Alfred Tennyson
Illustrator(s): Howard Pyle

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The Pooh Story Book (1965)

Selections from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner with new illustrations in color.

Author(s): A. A. Milne
Illustrator(s): Ernest H. Shepard

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Dream Days (1902)

This is the second volume of Kenneth Grahame’s reminiscences of childhood. It includes the well known story of The Reluctant Dragon. The illustrations by Maxfield Parrish were in color and so printed in the periodical printing in The Illustrated London News in the 1910’s. John Lane, the book publisher was not satisfied with the original color plates for the book edition and instead published them in black and white by photogravure. There are variant bindings and even a version with only six plates. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator(s): Maxfield Parrish

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Betsy and Joe (1948)

The events of Betsy Ray’s senior year (1909-1910) at Deep Valley High School in Deep Valley, Minnesota.

Author(s): Maud Hart Lovelace
Illustrator(s): Vera Neville

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Little Women or Meg, Beth, Jo and Amy (1915)

The story of four girls growing up during the Civil War. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Louisa May Alcott
Illustrator(s): Jessie Willcox Smith

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The Tale of Timmy Tiptoes (1911)

Timmy is imprisoned in a hollow tree on suspicion of stealing nuts. He is consoled by Chippy Hackee, a chipmunk. Read online at Hathitrust. Or at wikisource. Or at Gutenberg.

Author(s): Beatrix Potter
Illustrator(s): Beatrix Potter

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Who’s Upside Down? (1952)

A kangaroo in Australia does not like the thought that she is upside down.

Author(s): Crockett Johnson
Illustrator(s): Crockett Johnson

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Ship (1992)

The story of a Spanish caravel and its excavation.

Author(s): David Macaulay
Illustrator(s): David Macaulay

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Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys (1942)

Cecily giraffe wants some one to play with and Curious George (in his first book) and his eight friends are happy to oblige.

Author(s): H. A. Rey
Illustrator(s): H. A. Rey

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Madeline: A Pop-Up Book (1987)

In an old house in Paris
That was covered with vines
Lived twelve little girls …
The smallest one was Madeline.

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Illustrator(s): Ludwig Bemelmans

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The Golden Bunny and Seventeen Other Stories (1953)

A collection of stories and poems.

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator(s): Leonard Weisgard

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The Golden Egg Book (1947)

When a curious bunny finds a blue speckled egg, he can’t wait to find out who, or what, is inside it.

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrator(s): Leonard Weisgard

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The Little Fat Policeman (1950)

A day in the life of a very busy policeman. Later editions have only 28 pages.

Author(s): Margaret Wise Brown
Edith Thacher Hurd
Illustrator(s): Alice Provensen
Martin Provensen

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Anno’s Counting House (1982)

One by one, ten children move from their old house into their new house with all their possessions. At each step, how many children are in each house?

Author(s): Mitsumasa Anno
Illustrator(s): Mitsumasa Anno

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Big Box of Boynton (2005)

A wonderful introduction to the world of Boyntonsquare: dancing pigs and sheep, wide-eyed dinosaurs, and a sleepy, PJ-clad menagerie.

Consists of three volumes:

  1. Barnyard Dance!
  2. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
  3. Pajama Time!

Author(s): Sandra Boynton
Illustrator(s): Sandra Boynton

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Blue Hat, Green Hat (1984)

Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes in this Sandra Boynton classic.

Author(s): Sandra Boynton
Illustrator(s): Sandra Boynton

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The Black Stallion’s Courage (1956)

When a devastating fire destroys the brood barn Alex Ramsay takes the Black back to the track to earn the money to replace it.

Author(s): Walter Farley
Illustrator(s): None

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Jack the Giant Killer (1888)

One of his juvenilia, drawn in 1842, this was published after the artist’s death. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Richard Doyle
Illustrator(s): Richard Doyle

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Manners and Customs of Ye Englyshe (1849)

Humorous drawings and texts explaining Victorian Britain to itself. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Percival Leigh
Illustrator(s): Richard Doyle

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A Tree for Peter (1941)

Peter’s life is changed when he meets Peter King in shantytown

1942

Author(s): Kate Seredy
Illustrator(s): Kate Seredy

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The Three Mulla-Mulgars (1919)

Thumb, Thimble and Nod set out to find their royal father and the earthly paradise of Tishnar. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Walter de la Mare
Illustrator(s): Dorothy P. Lathrop

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Vice Versa or A Lesson to Fathers (1882)

A boy, on the eve of his return to boarding school, trades places with his father. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): F. Anstey
Illustrator(s): None

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The Mitchells (1945)

The five Mitchell children and their mother stay behind in Washington D.C. as father goes off to war.

1945

Author(s): Hilda van Stockum
Illustrator(s): Hilda van Stockum

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Goody Two Shoes (1874)

A tale of two orphans and how they eventually prospered. Read for Free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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One, Two Buckle My Shoe (1869)

A counting rhyme. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Walter Crane

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Hansel and Gretel (1927)

Lost in the woods, two children come upon a gingerbread house.

Author(s): Brothers Grimm
Jacob Grimm
Wilhelm Grimm
Illustrator(s): Berta Hader
Elmer Hader

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King Arthur and His Knights (1924)

This version of the story of King Arthur is taken from Malory by an expert in medieval literature.

Author(s): Philip Schuyler Allen
Illustrator(s): John R. Neill
Mead Schaeffer

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Almanack for 1925 (1924)

This edition used the illustrations from the 1887 Almanack.

Author(s): Kate Greenaway
Illustrator(s): Kate Greenaway

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The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense (2001)

This is a scholarly edition of the verse and nonsense annotated by Lear’s biographer.

Author(s): Edward Lear
Illustrator(s): Edward Lear

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Botts in War, Botts in Peace: Earthworms Can Take Anything (1944)

This entry in the saga of Alexander Botts, natural born salesman, takes him from 1933 to fighting in World War II.

Author(s): William Hazlett Upson
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Penrod: His Complete Story (1931)

This omnibus edition contains the best of Penrod, Penrod and Sam and Penrod Jashber.

Author(s): Booth Tarkington
Illustrator(s): Worth Brehm
Gordon Grant

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Land of Black Gold (1959)

Tintin and the two T detectives set off for the middle east to investigate a problem with the gasoline supply. It was substantially rewritten for this first English language edition.

Author(s): Hergé
Illustrator(s): Hergé

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Arthur Rackham’s Book of Pictures (1913)

Fairy tale scenes including dwarfs and giants, elves and fairies, well as folkloric figures and Edwardian-era children. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Illustrator(s): Arthur Rackham

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The Sleeping Beauty (1920)

The princess who slept for a hundred years and how she awakened. Read for free online at Internet Archive: this edition, and the limited edition with extra plate in color.

Author(s): C. S. Evans
Illustrator(s): Arthur Rackham

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Crab Cat (1984)

A cat imagines what it would be like to be a crab.

Author(s): Nicola Bayley
Illustrator(s): Nicola Bayley

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The Nightingale (1965)

The classic tale of the Emperor who could not treasure the real over the artificial, until death came for him.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Eva Le Gallienne
Illustrator(s): Nancy Ekholm Burkert

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Jeeves, Jeeves, Jeeves: Three Novels (1976)

An omnibus volume containing How Right You Are, Jeeves, Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves and The Tie That Binds.

Author(s): P. G. Wodehouse
Illustrator(s): None

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At the Back of the North Wind (1871)

Diamond is visited by the North Wind who takes him on magical journeys. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): George MacDonald
Illustrator(s): Arthur Hughes

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The Story of Siegfried (1931)

A retelling of the Norse and German myths of the hero warrior Siegfried.

Author(s): James Baldwin
Illustrator(s): Peter Hurd

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The Enchanted Book Stories From Many Lands (1947)

This is a fairy tale anthology.

Author(s): Alice Dalgliesh
Illustrator(s): Concetta Cacciola

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The Children’s Bible Selections from the Old and New Testament (1922)

Familiar stories from the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Charles Foster Kent
Henry A. Sherman
Illustrator(s): Various

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Robin Hood (1928)

A retelling of the adventures of Robin Hood based on the history and real life of the people of his time, including their Catholic faith.

Author(s): Edith Heal
Illustrator(s): Dan Content

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The Night Before Christmas (1948)

First published in 1946, two songs were added for this third edition of the Christmas classic.

Author(s): Clement C. Moore
Illustrator(s): Cornelius Hugh De Witt

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The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My (2001)

In a delightful, curious game of what comes next, Moomintroll travels through the woods to get home with milk for Moominmamma. A simple trip turns into a colorful adventure as Moomintroll meets Mymble, who has lost her sister, Little My. Along the way, they endure the hijinks of all the charming characters of the Moomin world, including the Fillijonks and Hattifatteners. Will Moomintroll ever make it home safe and sound?

Author(s): Tove Jansson
Illustrator(s): Tove Jansson

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Boynton Gift Set (2012)

Author(s): Sandra Boynton
Illustrator(s): Sandra Boynton

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Rewards and Fairies (1910)

Puck returns to take Dan and Una on further magical journeys into the past. Read online at Hathitrust.

Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
Illustrator(s): Frank Craig

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C. S. Forester’s Hornblower One More Time (1978)

Three uncollected Hornblower short stories and two essays by C. S. Forester. Fifty copies were accompanied by a pamphlet called ‘Hornblower’s Birthplace.’

Author(s): C. S. Forester
Illustrator(s): Unknown

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Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross (1884)

This R. Caldecott picture book contains two traditional rhymes. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Randolph Caldecott
Illustrator(s): Randolph Caldecott

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Aesop’s Fables (1911)

A large collection of traditional fables. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Aesop
Illustrator(s): E. Boyd Smith

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The Log of a Cowboy (1903)

A history of the cattle drives north from Texas after the Civil War. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Andy Adams
Illustrator(s): E. Boyd Smith

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Donald Duck in The Ghost in the Grotto (1984)

This volume includes Barks stories from Donald Duck Four Color Comics sixty-two through one hundred fifty-nine.

Author(s): Carl Barks
Illustrator(s): Carl Barks

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Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories 125-145 (1983)

This volume includes Barks stories from Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories numbers one hundred twenty-five through one hundred forty-five.

Author(s): Carl Barks
Illustrator(s): Carl Barks

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Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories 254-277 (1990)

This volume includes all the Barks stories from Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories number two hundred fifty-four through two hundred seventy-seven.

Author(s): Carl Barks
Illustrator(s): Carl Barks

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The Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book (1989)

Running for ten years, from 1985 to 1995, the adventures of Calvin and his tiger friend Hobbes was one of the most popular comic strips of all time.

Author(s): Bill Watterson
Illustrator(s): Bill Watterson

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Little Lulu Volume 5 (2005)

The fifth volume in a black-and-white reprint of the John Stanley Little Lulu comics.

Author(s): John Stanley
Illustrator(s): Charles Hedinger
John Stanley
Irving Tripp

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The Complete Steve Canyon Dailies and Color Sundays Volume 1 1947-1948 (2012)

This is the first volume in a reprinting of the adventure strip written and drawn by Milton Caniff beginning in 1947 until his death in 1988 and includes the dailies and color Sundays.

Author(s): Milton Caniff
Illustrator(s): Milton Caniff

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (2011)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Author(s): Jane Taylor
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Sam and the Tigers (1996)

A retelling of Little Black Sambo.

Author(s): Helen Bannerman
Julius Lester
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (1966)

The adventures of a fourteen year old boy who has been turned into a tomten - a Swedish elf- and set off on the back of a goose to see the sights of Sweden. This abridged edition includes material from both The Wonderful Adventures of Nils and Further Adventures of Nils.

Author(s): Selma Lagerlöf
Illustrator(s): Hans Baumhauer

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Arabian Nights (1946)

Tales selected from The Thousand Nights and a Night.

Author(s): Anonymous
Illustrator(s): Vera Bock

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