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The Enormous Egg (1956)

When Nate’s chicken lays an enormous egg, every one is anxious to see what will hatch.

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Author(s): Oliver Butterworth
Illustrator(s): Louis Darling

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Mr. Bass’s Planetoid (1958)

David and Chuck are off in their spaceship to rescue the world from the Brumblitron.

Author(s): Eleanor Cameron
Illustrator(s): Louis Darling

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The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (1954)

David and Chuck are approached by their neighbor Mr. Bass to build a space ship.

1954

Author(s): Eleanor Cameron
Illustrator(s): Robert Henneberger

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Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (1937)

In Alice in Wonderland, Alice falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by strange creatures. And in the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, she climbs through a mirror into a fantastical world.

Author(s): Lewis Carroll
Illustrator(s): John Tenniel, Ninon MacKnight

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Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1872)

Alice returns to Wonderland by way of the looking glass over the mantle and meets many queer people, including the Walrus and the Carpenter. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Lewis Carroll
Illustrator(s): John Tenniel

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The Admiral’s Caravan (1892)

A young girl named Dorothy takes a journey with three wooden statues who come alive on Christmas Eve. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Charles Carryl
Illustrator(s): Reginald Birch

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Fables for the Frivolous (1898)

These humorous verse renderings of the familiar Aesop fables are ideal for memorization. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Guy Carryl
Illustrator(s): Peter Newell

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Grimm Tales Made Gay (1902)

Guy Wetmore Carryl brings his gift for comic verse to fairy tales. Read online at archive. org.

Author(s): Guy Carryl
Illustrator(s): Albert Levering

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The Ballad of the White Horse (2001)

A poem by G. K. Chesterton about the idealised exploits of the Saxon King Alfred the Great.

Before the gods that made the gods
Had seen their sunrise pass,
The White Horse of the White Horse Vale
Was cut out of the grass.

Author(s): Gilbert Chesterton
Illustrator(s): Robert Austin

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The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)

A collection of detective stories about a Catholic priest who is considered one of the high spots of detective fiction. Read online at archive.org.

Author(s): Gilbert Chesterton
Illustrator(s): Sydney Lucas

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Down River (1957)

John Walters and the members of the Tomahawk Club set out to explore a cave he has found.

Author(s): Richard Church
Illustrator(s): Laurence Irving

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Five Boys in a Cave (1951)

John Walters and the members of the Tomahawk Club undertake the exploration of a cave he has discovered.

Author(s): Richard Church
Illustrator(s): Doug Anderson

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The Poppy Seed Cakes (1924)

A collection of short stories about two not-very-good children told by Aunt Katushka.

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Author(s): Margery Clark
Illustrator(s): Maud Petersham, Miska Petersham

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Pinocchio (1935)

The story of a wooden puppet who becomes a real boy. This edition has been shortened by the editor.

Author(s): Carlo Collodi
Illustrator(s): Helen Sewell

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What Katy Did at School (1873)

Katy goes East to boarding school. Read for free online at Internet Archive.

Author(s): Susan Coolidge
Illustrator(s): Addie Ledyard

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The Kellyhorns (1942)

When separated-at-birth twins Penny and Pam discover each other, they determine to put their family back together.

Author(s): Barbara Cooney
Illustrator(s): Barbara Cooney

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A Pipkin of Pepper (2005)

A cat, a squirrel, a duck, pumpkin soup, but not salt … and pepper?

Author(s): Helen Cooper
Illustrator(s): Helen Cooper

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Pumpkin Soup (1998)

A cat, a squirrel and a duck live deep in the woods in an old white cabin where they dine every day on pumpkin soup, until one day …

1998

Author(s): Helen Cooper
Illustrator(s): Helen Cooper

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The Diverting History of John Gilpin (1878)

This comic masterpiece by Jane Austen’s favorite poet describes what started out as a quiet expedition to the country. Read online at archive.org.

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

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