Reading books with our kids is an everyday event. I have been sharing some of the classics with my kids and have been pleasantly surprised with how much they are enjoying them. (Almost as much as I am enjoying reading them.) Here are our favorite vintage books for kids.
10 Vintage Books for Kids
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1. Eloise Wilkin Stories–This is an adorable little collection for toddlers and preschoolers. It’s a collection of Eloise Wilkin’s most beloved Little Golden Books where the rosy-cheeked children are curiously learning and exploring their world. (Some of the titles include: About God, Wonder’s of Nature, Little Mommy, Busy Timmy and many more.)
2. Make Way for McCloskey–This collection of Robert McCloskey’s books is perfect for early elementary age. It contains his award-winning Make Way for Ducklings, as well as, Blueberries for Sal along with a handful of others. His tales are heart-warming and homey.
3. A Child’s Book of Poems–Gyo Fujikawa illustrated over 200 of the most charming poems written by some of the best authors like Emily Dickinson, Kate Greenaway, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poems are beautifully illustrated using animals, nature, people, and a variety of multicultural themes.
4. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh–The classic stories of the gentle and kind, Winnie the Pooh and his friend Christopher Robin written by the one and only A. A. Milne. Ernest Shepard’s vintage illustrations depict the tales beautifully. The collection contains Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.
5. Frog and Toad Story Book Treasury–A great early elementary read about two best friends and their adventures together. This collection includes four of the best Arnold Label classics. (Frog and Toad are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad.)
“Keep reading its one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have.” -Lloyd Alexander
6. The Children’s Book of Virtues–This is a great collection of poetry and stories, as well as, Native-American and African folklore, helping parents introduce character qualities like perseverance, hard-work, good manners, faith, honesty, and responsibility.
7. Aesop’s Fables–This is a collection of short stories that end in moral advice. You may recognize some of the familiar titles included, such as: The Tortoise and the Hare, The North Wind and the Sun, and The Ant and the Grasshopper.
8. A Treasury of Mother Goose–A collection of Hilda Offen’s best nursery rhymes. This is a great combination of humor, nonsense, and a touch of wisdom. The illustrations are pleasing to the eyes just as the words are to the tongue.
9. The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook– This is a great read-aloud for all ages or a nice read-alone for an older child. Joyce Brisley’s collection contains twenty-two tales about a sweet and resourceful little girl who works through her childhood challenges including spending her first night away from home, and spending her first penny.
10.A Beatrix Potter Treasury–This collection brings Beatrix Potter’s illustrations of animals and the countryside alive, with charming tales including the classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
More Great Books
There are lots of wonderful book lists to get you started reading aloud to your kids. You can check out our book list page or jump straight to one of the following:
- 10 Great Poetry Books for Kids
- Picture Book Treasuries for Kids
- Picture Books About Rocks
- Devotional Books for Kids and Families
What are your favorite vintage books for kids?
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