10 Vintage Book Collections to Share With Your Kids

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 StoriesThis 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 McCloskeyThis 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 PoemsGyo 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-PoohThe 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 TreasuryA 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 VirtuesThis 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 FablesThis 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 GooseA 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 TreasuryThis 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:




What are your favorite vintage books for kids?

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  1. Oh, you’ve listed so many of my favorites! My kids are big now, but this post brought back such sweet memories. Reading aloud to them was the best. Another classic series I loved were the Eloise books. : )

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