Seven Classic Children's Books That All Kids Should Read

There are hundreds of great books in the cannon of classic children's literature. Even if you never had a chance to read some of these books as a child, they will still enthrall you and move you as an adult. The list below is only a sampling of books considered classics for 7 to 13 year olds. They are excellent representatives of children's book themes, such as friendship, bravery, perseverance, and creativity. Use this guide for gift ideas, or summer reading projects with the little ones.

The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Grahame's vivid tale of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger. Children love reading about the friendship among these creatures, and how that friendship is both tested and strengthened by their adventures.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis's most well-known book in the 7-book Narnia Chronicles series. With Christian overtones, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" tells the story of what happens when 4 siblings discover a portal to another world.

Watership Down: Richard Adams's classic tale of visionary field rabbits who question their society's established order. When they rebel to form their own colony, they learn more about the world than they ever thought possible.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh By Robert C. O'Brien. What happens when a desperate field mouse seeks refuge with a colony of former lab rats who have near-human intelligence?

The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Elizabeth George Speare's classic story of a new girl in a new town, with a New England Puritan twist.

A Wrinkle in Time: Part 1 of Madeleine L'Engle's science fiction quartet that recounts the history and adventures of the Murry family.

Little Women: Louisa May Alcott's novel of the March sisters and their coming of age during the Civil War.

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