23 of the Most Famous Classic Children’s Books

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The Circus Procession
> By: McLoughlin Bros (publishers)

“The Circus Procession” is an illustrated book full of circus animals and performers, with commentary in verse, published by McLoughlin Bros in New York in 1888. The actual author is unknown.

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Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Stories
> By: A.L. Burt, Publisher (publisher)

“Jack and the Beanstalk” is an English fairy tale that dates back to the 18th century. Jack, a poor country boy, trades the family cow for magic beans, which grow into a beanstalk that reaches up into the clouds. He climbs the beanstalk and finds himself in the castle of a giant that he has to outwit. This version, from 1890, was part of the publisher’s Mother Goose series.

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Ballad of the Lost Hare
> By: Margaret Sidney

“The Ballad of the Lost Hare,” dating from 1884, is the story, told in verse, of a disobedient hare who has all kinds of adventures with other creatures. The byline is a pseudonym for Connecticut-born writer and publisher Harriett Lothrop.

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Anne of Green Gables
> By: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Written by a Canadian author, this 1908 children’s classic was the first in a series of novels about Anne Shirley — an imaginative young orphan sent to live with unmarried siblings who have a farmhouse called Green Gables on Prince Edward Island. Translated into more than 35 languages, it has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide.

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In the Court of King Arthur
> By: Samuel Edward Lowe

Published in 1918 for the first time, “In the Court of King Arthur” is a collection of 31 adventure tales featuring characters from the Arthurian legends. Author Lowe was a German-born publishing executive who at one point worked closely with Disney Studios.