Ten of the Best Children’s Classics

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Ten of the Best Children’s Classics

Classics are books that have stood the test of time and still remain relevant and popular. Many parents love reading the classics with or to their children and remembering the same stories being read to them by parents or grandparents.

Classics can be hard work to introduce to today’s youth as the language can be fairly complex and at times inaccessible. However the effort is so worth it, and I have some tips here which should help.

Some of the best new editions of children’s classics are below – seriously the Robert Ingpen illustrations are to die for…one day, ONE DAY, I will own an Ingpen illustration. For classic books aimed at young adults…see these gorgeous, divine, must have books here.

To add these classics to your home, school or library collection click on title or cover links. Classics make a beautiful gift from grandparents or godparents…one each birthday?

I’ll start with an Australian classic…cause seriously every Australian home should own ‘The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’. We’ve read many of the stories in this volume and have made some seriously cute gumnut babies and scribbled on gumleaves, which you can read about how to make here. 

One Happy Grubby Gumnut Baby

One Happy Grubby Gumnut Baby




I have a very hard time deciding if I like the illustrations by Robert Ingpen (above) or those by Helen Oxenbury (below)…both so breathtaking.


the-adventures-of-tom-sawyerAnd of course…we cannot leave out ‘Peter Rabbit’. You can read more of my rave about him here.the-world-of-peter-rabbit

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  1. katepickle on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

    What a fab collection!
    I have one girl who ADORES Snugglepot and Cuddlepie – she wants to be a director when she grows up and is already planning her first movie based on the book! LOL

    We have lots of these as audio books too, which we love!

    • Megan Daley on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Oh yes I should have mentioned audio books! We have listened to ‘The Secret Garden’ SO.MANY.TIMES. on audio! I still cry! I look forward to the Snugglepot and Cuddlpie movie! My sister and I went to a book week parade in primary school as them…we made gorgeous gumnut babies!!!!

  2. Margaret Thompson on Oct 10, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I am also a May Gibbs Tragic….I have my copy given to me by my grandparents in about 1960….still going strong although a little worn….well make that “a lot” worn……. I gave a copy of it and Blinky Bill a friend of ours who was a teacher In Wisconsin USA…the kids loved them……:)

    • Megan Daley on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:27 pm

      Such a great woman wasn’t she?! I love May Gibbs!

  3. debby jacks on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I love the Beatrix potter colection

  4. debby jacks on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:41 am

    OMG I

  5. debby jacks on Oct 28, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I love Beatrix potter

  6. Evie on Oct 29, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    These are such great books!! and such Georgous illustrations!!!!

  7. Simon Spence on Jan 14, 2015 at 7:37 am

    I have been working on building a collection of the oldest Greek Myths. Originally when I looked for good myth books for my kids, most seemed to be aimed at older age groups. I have tried to take these classic tales, create some great images based on early Greek art and tell some of the best stories for kids.
    The aim was to keep the tales authentic and aligned to the original art and story, but to make them fun and modern for kids.
    For me that’s the key- reinterpreting the classic myths for a new audience.

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