Children's Classics and Bedtime Stories

Children's Classics

Children's Classics (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 50 children's classics, from Aesop's Fables to The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Children's Classics (Lake Oswego Public Library, OR): Author, title, publication date, and one-line summary of each of more than 50 recommended books. Good list of traditional classics; many written before the 20th century.

Classics Old and New (Mt. Lebanon Public Library, PA): Author, title, summary, and suggested age level for about 120 books from Aesop's Fables to Johann David Wyss's The Swiss Family Robinson.

Reading List: Children's Classic and Contemporary Fiction (Wright State University): About 100 works of contemporary fiction, about 30 works of classic fiction, and almost 30 books of contemporary poetry, listed by category in alpha order by author, with title, publication year, and, for the contemporary fiction list only, a one-line summary. Reading levels notes (P=ages 4-8; I=ages 9-12). Also list (by year) of Newbery and Caldecott medal winners.

As Children Growing Up (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Books that 'may evoke childhood memories and bring out a little child-ness in all of us.' Over 20 titles, with author, title, and summary for each, including The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport by Laura Lee Hope, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney, and Hans Brinker or, The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge. Compiled July 2002.

Youth Classic Stories (Novi Public Library, MI): Author, title, summary for over 75 classic children's books, from Joan Aiken's Wolves of Willoughby Chase to Elizabeth Yates's Amos Fortune, Free Man.

Recommended Contemporary Classics for Children (Weber County Library, Utah): Author, title, brief summary, and webcat link for about 28 recommended modern classics, by authors such as Richard Atwater, Scott O'Dell, Mary Norton, CS Lewis, EB White, Irene Hunt, Norton Juster, Fred Gipson, Jean Craighead George, etc.

Children's Classics (The Logan Library - Utah): Picture books, folklore, novels, and poetry listed, with author and title.

Timeless Kids' Classics (Kidsource): Titles and authors of classics for K-6, 7-8, and 9-12 graders.

School Library Journal's 100 Significant Books That Shaped the Century (Winona Public Library, MN): Lists author and title of the 100 children's books selected by School Library Journal as significant.

Children's Classics (Madison Public Library, WI): Authors and titles in categories of Older Classics, Contemporary Classics, and Future Classics. About 65 books listed.

Junior Classics (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author and title only; about 65 books listed.

Modern Classics for Children (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, summary for each of more than 35 books.

Children's Classics (Ipswitch Library, Australia): Lists author and title (no summaries) of 25 classics, from Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz to Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie.


Bedtime Stories / Read-Alouds

These books sound good read aloud.

Read Aloud Favorites for All Ages (Lake Oswego Public Library, OR): Author, title, summary for each of about 30 read-aloud books. Some are classics, some are new favourites.

Read Aloud Suggestions for Elementary School Students (Berkeley Public Library, CA): Author, title, one-line summary for each. Folktales, picture books, readers, and fiction for K-2 students (26 books); folktales, fiction, picture books, and other non-fiction for 3rd-5th graders (33 books). Compiled March 2000.

Family Read-Aloud Bibliography (Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, VT): Author, title, publication info, and summary of about 20 books that the staff has chosen as great read-alouds for children through 3rd grade, and another 28 for 4th graders and up. Also links to children's book awards sites.

Recommended Great Read-Alouds (Weber County Library, Utah): Author, title, brief summary, and webcat link for about 30 recommended read alouds, from Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young to Laurence Yep's Dragon's Gate.

Read-Aloud Books (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary for kids' read-aloud books, arranged by age group: 3-6, 4-8, 6-10, and 9-13. Forty books in all. Compiled Oct. 2001.

Books to Read Aloud (Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR): Author, title, brief summary for read-aloud books in these categories: Younger Listeners, Intermediate Listeners, Older Listeners, Folk and Fairy Tales, Poetry, and Books on Books (more ideas). Updated June 2005.

Suggested Titles to Read Aloud (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author, title, grade levels (from K-8), and one-line summary for 12 read-aloud books, from Roald Dahl's The Minpins to Janice Lee Smith's The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer.

How to Read with Your Eyes Shut: Picture Books to Read Aloud (Christchurch City Libraries, NZ): Author, title, webcatalog link, and summary for 15 books to read aloud to kids aged 1-3, and 8 books to read aloud to older children. From the same source, short stories to read aloud; chapter books to read aloud to kids aged 4-8; and sequels and series to read aloud to kids aged 5-8.

Bedtime Books (The Bulletin for the Center for the Book): The Bulletin's Nov. 1997 list of a dozen or so recommended books. Title, author, pub. year, and brief summary.

Bedtime Stories (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for about 20 bedtime books, from Aunt Nina, Goodnight by Franz Brandenberg to William and the Night Train by Mij Kelly.

Great Read-Alouds for All Ages (Madison Public Library, WI): Titles, with authors, of picture and chapter books that sound good read aloud. In categories: All Ages, Kindergarten - Grade 3, Grades 4 and 5, and Older Grades. Some picture books, some chapter books.

Book-A-Minute Bedtime Stories : Extremely short versions of children's bedtime stories, from Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander to Stuart Little by E. B. White.


Folktales, Mythology, Fairy Tales

Versions of Fairy Tales (Bangor PL, ME): Separate lists for versions of these fairytales: Billy Goats Gruff (6 books), Cinderella (about 55), Hansel and Gretel (8), Jack and the Beanstalk (about 25), Little Red Riding Hood (20), Rapunzel(7), Stone Soup (8) and Three Little Pigs (17). Author, title, pub. year, summary for each book.

Mythology and Legends (Joseph Lee School - Boston MA): Identifying and descriptive info on over 40 books about mythological or legendary characters, arranged by country of origin (Native American legends arranged by tribe or region).

Arthurian Literature for Children and Young Adults (Edward T. Sullivan, 1995): Annotated bibliography in alphabetical order by author's name, over 50 authors listed. Publication info and a brief summary provided for most citations.

King Arthur in Fact and Fiction (Winona Public Library, Minn.): Extensive, by author, listing title and year of publication.

Regional American Tall Tales (Joseph Lee School - Boston MA): Identifying information on books and/or chapters of books containing tall tales, arranged by subject of the tale (e.g., Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed) and listing states in which the tales take place.

Gingerbread Boy Stories (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, webcat link for 20 picture books, 3 easy readers and 2 non-fiction titles.

Creation Stories and Myths (Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, pub. year for about 30 creation myth books. Updated Feb. 2006.

Mythology in Picture Books (Lesley Lundgren - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, and Dewey number listed for about 45 picture books featuring mythology. Updated Nov. 2005.

Fractured Fairy Tales (The Children's Literature Web Guide): Author, title, pub. year, age level and one-line summary for picture books and juvenile and adult fiction, about 60 books in all. 1997.

Fractured Fairy Tales and Folktales (Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick ME): Author and title only for about 50 books, listed in title order from Beware of the Bears! by Alan MacDonald to The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Tim Raglin. Updated April 2006.

Fractured Fairy Tales (El Paso PL, TX): Author, title, and summary for about 80 books.

Fractured Fairy Tales (Salt Lake City PL, UT): Author, title and summary for about 40 re-told fairytales.

Fractured Fairy Tales (Naperville PL, IL): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 30 books.

Fractured Fairy Tales (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, and original fairytale listed for about 70 books, including picture books and juvenile fiction.

Hispanic Myths, Legends and Folktales (Salt Lake County Library System, UT): Author, title, publication year, page count, grade level recommendation, and brief summary for 27 books.

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