"Classics" doesn't quite cover it. These are the books your kids will wear out from reading over and over and over again.

Invest in the hardback versions of these, because you’ll read them again and again…and again.

Series: Books that Belong in Every Family's Library
Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

This classic bedtime story walks the reader through a young child’s bedtime ritual, as he says good night to everything around: “Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. Goodnight light, and the red balloon...” Parents everywhere have this story memorized, for good reason. For the youngest child. More info →
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Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

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In this classic story, Max dons his wolf suit to make mischief--and ends up being sent to bed without supper. While stuck in his room, he sets out on an imaginative journey to the land of the Wild Things, where they make him King. He rules over the Wild Rumpus, but then returns home to his very own room, where his dinner is waiting for him--and it’s still warm. Age 4 and up. More info →
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Frog and Toad Are Friends

Frog and Toad Are Friends

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The 4 Frog and Toad books provide charming tales of friendship--with a hefty dose of “silly” mixed in. The journey begins with Frog and Toad Are Friends, which includes the stories “Spring,” “The Story,” “A Lost Button,” “The Letter,” and my personal favorite, “A Swim.” Wise enough for an adult to appreciate; simple enough for a child. Age 3 and up. More info →
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Mike Mulligan and More

Mike Mulligan and More

This volume collects the favorites Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Little House, Katy and the Big Snow, and Maybelle the Cable Car. Burton’s stories are thoughtfully told, appealing to all ages, and beautifully illustrated. Age 4 and up More info →
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A Child’s Garden of Verses

A Child’s Garden of Verses

It’s hard to believe this collection was first printed in 1885. This collection includes classics such as “My Shadow” and “The Swing,” and is complete with Tasha Tudor’s wonderful illustrations. Age 4 and up. More info →
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Alexander goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair and when he gets out of bed he trips on his skateboard and it just gets worse from there. This so-bad- it’s-good description of Alexander’s horrible day helps kids understand that everybody has bad days...even in Australia. Age 4 and up. More info →
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The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

A touching story of a young boy and his favorite tree. Over the years, the tree gives the boy what he wants--and as the boy gets older, he wants more and more from the tree, until the tree has nothing left to give. Well, almost nothing. Age 3 and up. More info →
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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This whimsical story begins, “One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and--pop!--out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar.” This charming book is full of the repetitions kids love--and Carle’s iconic collage illustrations of the hungry caterpillar and the beautiful butterfly be becomes. For the youngest child. More info →
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