15 Books You Probably Forgot From Your Childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these classic children's books!

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    The Giving Tree (1964)

    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is one of his popular famous books. Despite its wide recognition, this book is also considered controversial because the boy's relationship with the tree can be seen as positive (friendship) and negative (abuse), leaving it up to the reader to decide.

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    Gossip (1983)

    Gossip was created by Jan Pienkowski. He is famous for his wonderfully illustrated pop-up books for kids and is a two-time nominee for international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest recognition available to creators of children's books.

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    The Little Prince (1943)

    The Little Prince was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is the most-read and most-translated book in the French language. It was voted the best book of the 20th century in France and is one of the best-selling books ever published.

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    In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (1984)

    In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories was written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Dirk Zimmer. Probably the most famous of the short stories is "The Green Ribbon."

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    The Velveteen Rabbit (1922)

    The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams with illustrations by William Nicholson. It was awarded "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" by the National Education Association in 2007, nearly 85 years after it was first published.

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    Goodnight Moon (1947)

    Goodnight Moon was written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. The book slowly became a bestseller and by 1990, the annual number of copies sold was more than 4 million.

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    There's a Nightmare in My Closet (1968)

    There's a Nightmare in My Closet was written and illustrated by Mercer Mayer. This award-winning author and illustrator has created over 300 children's books.

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    Red is Best (1988)

    Red is Best was written by Kathy Stinson with artwork by Robin Baird Lewis. The storyline is still considered relevant today as it was 25 years ago.

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    A Wrinkle in Time (1962)

    A Wrinkle in Time was written by Madeleine L'Engle. It won a Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was a runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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    The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969)

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar was illustrated and written by Eric Carle. It is winner of many children's literature awards, a major graphic design award, and has sold 30 million copies worldwide.

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    The Boxcar Children (1924)

    The Boxcar Children is literary franchise originally created and written by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Today, the series includes over 100 titles.

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    The Monster Bed (1986)

    The Monster Bed was written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Susan Varley. The book is often compared to Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

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    The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)

    The Phantom Tollbooth was written by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer. Juster was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to write this children's book.

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    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1962)

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day was written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz. It won a George G. Stone Center Recognition of Merit, is a Reading Rainbow book, and has two popular sequels.

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    The Sneetches and Other Stories (1961)

    The Sneetches and Other Stories was a collection of short stories by Dr. Seuss. The author published 46 popular books, many are among the most celebrated children's books of all time.

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