We just bought this book used from Amazon for $4.00 shipped. It was possibly the very best $4.00 I’ve ever spent.
To be honest, I am not usually a fan of compilations; however, I am absolutely AMAZED at the titles this one book contains!
The 20th Century Children’s Book Treasury has 44 classic and “future classic” storybooks in it, complete with original illustrations. I am absolutely stunned at the number of STELLAR titles and authors in this one book!
Don’t believe me? See for yourself!
- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
- Swimmy by Leo Lionni
- A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
- “The Letter” from Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
- Freight Train by Donald Crews
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
- A Million Fish…More or Less by Patricia C. McKissack
- A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
- Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- Curious George by H. A. Rey
- I Hear, I See, I Touch by Helen Oxenbury
- Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard
- Titch by Pat Hutchins
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- “The Cat Club” from Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
- Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
- Stevie by John Steptoe
- The Tub People by Pam Conrad
- “In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place” from Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
- Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
- “The Stinky Cheese Man” from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
- The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
- The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- “The Elves in the Shelves” from A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken
- Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- D.W. the Picky Eater by Marc Brown
- Petunia by Roger Duvoisin
- First Tomato by Rosemary Wells
- Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
- I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom
- Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
- Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus
- Owen by Kevin Henkes
- The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
- “The Sneetches” from The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
- The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
- Red stories are for the youngest child. They’re often called “see and say” books, in which the reader helps the toddler learn the names of objects and animals by pointing to the pictures and saying what they are called.
- Blue stories are the next step up and are true preschool story books. They are narrative stories with few (sometimes no) words and many pictures.
- Green stories are longer stories told primarily with words; they often require a greater attention span or a range of experience most frequently found in children over five years of age.
Other things I like about this book?
The book is large enough for the pictures to be easily viewed when reading to multiple kids, but it doesn’t seem cumbersome to hold at all.
I love that I can grab ONE book during a “reading marathon” or right before bedtime and read LOTS of quality stories to my children.
This is the perfect book to use when traveling — one book, TONS of great stories!
Some of the titles in this book are part of the Five in a Row program!
I really cannot say enough great things about this book. We own lots of the stories contained in this book already, but it’s still nice having them in one convenient location. Of course, if you don’t already own them, this book can save you LOTS of money since you don’t need to buy 44 books, just this one.
Love, love, love, love it! <3
Do you see any of your favorite titles or authors in the list?
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