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An anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by a compiler. Here are the top 500 anthologies from the whole heritage of children’s literature.

The Complete Nonsense Book (1912)

A complete compilation of Lear’s nonsense up to the time of publication. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

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

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The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear (1951)

An omnibus including five books: A Book of Nonsense, Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets, More Nonsense, Pictures, Rhymes, Botany, &c., and Laughable Lyrics and Nonsense Songs and Stories.

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

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The Complete Tales (1997)

This omnibus includes all twenty-three originally-published tales and four unpublished works.

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

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The Connecticut Cookbook (1944)

This is a collection of recipes from Connecticut kitchens, equally adapted for wartime and peacetime.

Author(s): The Woman’s Club of Westport
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson, James Daugherty, Et al

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The Contents of the Basket (1960)

A collection of essays on children's books and reading by authors and librarians.

Author(s): Elizabeth Gray, William du Bois, Elizabeth Enright, Ruth Sawyer, Annis Duff, Taro Yashima, Elizabeth Nesbitt, Harry Behn, Amelia Munson
Illustrator(s): Palmer Brown

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The Crimson Fairy Book (1903)

A collection of traditional fairy tales, mainly from Europe. Read online at

Author(s): Et al, Leonora Lang
Illustrator(s): H. J. Ford

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The Crimson Fairy Book (1947)

A collection of fairy tales mainly from European sources.

Author(s): Et al, Leonora Lang
Illustrator(s): Ben Kutcher

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Deep Water Days (1929)

A collection of sea stories with illustrations by different artists.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Frank Schoonover, N. C. Wyeth, Et al

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Dick Whittington (1957)

Beacon reader number five from Briar Rose.

Author(s): Juliana Ewing, James Fassett, Brothers Grimm
Illustrator(s): Ernest Shepard

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Ding Dong Bell A First Book of Nursery Rhymes (1957)

A collection of familiar nursery rhymes and songs with music.

Author(s): Percy Young
Illustrator(s): Edward Ardizzone

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Dinosaur Tales (1983)

Four stories and two poems about dinosaurs. David Wiesner illustrated one of them: Besides a Dinosaur, and Whatta You Want to be When You Grow Up?

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Author(s): Ray Bradbury
Illustrator(s): David Wiesner, Et al

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Divots (1927)

Nine short stories about golf narrated by the Oldest Member.

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

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Doctor Dolittle: A Treasury (1967)

This collection of chapters from the Doctor Dolittle series includes many illustrations by the author which were not used in the original publications.

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Author(s): Hugh Lofting
Illustrator(s): Hugh Lofting

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The Dog and Cat Book (1963)

Stories and poems about dogs and cats.

Author(s): Feodor Rojankovsky
Illustrator(s): Feodor Rojankovsky

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Dogs, Heroes, Adventurers, Friends (1964)

A collection of thirty favorite dog stories.

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans, Rudyard Kipling, Ernest Seton, Et al
Illustrator(s): Hamilton Greene

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Dream Land (1886)

A collection of poetry and prose intended for schools. Includes a Palmer Cox mouse story. Read online at Baldwin Library.

Author(s): Palmer Cox, Various
Illustrator(s): Palmer Cox, Various

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The Drovers Road Collection (2003)

A collection including Drovers Road, Cape Lost and The Golden Country.

Author(s): Joyce West
Illustrator(s): Joyce West

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