23 of the Most Famous Classic Children’s Books

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The Jungle Book
> By: Rudyard Kipling

This 1894 collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, inspired by his experiences in colonial India, centers around Mowgli, a boy raised in the jungle by wolves. Most of the characters are animals, such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear. Among other adaptations, the work was made into a hugely successful animated film by Disney in 1967 and remade in a live-action version in 2016.

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Denslow’s Mother Goose
> By: W.W. Denslow

Originally a French character (Mère l’Oye), Mother Goose is the imaginary author of a series of fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Antecedents date back to the 17th century. W.W. Denslow’s 1901 version includes all the classics — “Humpty Dumpty,” “Old King Cole,” “Little Jack Horner,” and many more.

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The Children’s Object Book
> By: Frederick Warne & Co.

“The Children’s Object Book” was published, with no author’s name or date of publication attached, at some point in the late 19th century, probably the 1880s. It consists of captioned illustrations to teach children the names of different tools, household items, wildlife, and other things as they appeared in the Victorian era.