These vintage childrens books offer heart-warming stories that ring true today — because at the end of the day, kids are still just kids no matter when they lived.
Children will connect with the adolescent characters while being transported to a different time and place. These books are perfect for older elementary and middle-school children (ages 8-12).
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Vintage Childrens Books
Newbery Award winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous portrayal of the ups and downs of sisterhood.
Both the younger and older siblings of the family will enjoy this book.
In the first novel from Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary, boys and girls alike will be charmed instantly by an average boy whose life is turned upside down when he meets a lovable puppy with a nose for mischief.
A silver thimble and a new friend make a girl's summer magical in Elizabeth Enright's Thimble Summer.
Written more than half a century ago, The Saturdays unfolds with all the ripe details of a specific place and period but remains, just the same, a winning, timeless tale. T
Newbery Honor Book
Summer has a magic all its own in Elizabeth Enright's beloved stories about two children and their discovery of a ghostly lakeside resort.
This first book in the series is a great combination of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Terrible Two series, and is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl.
Whether it's saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg-leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top-and line his pockets in the process.
In this gently humorous tale, master storyteller Astrid Lindgren takes us through a year in the lives and customs of six Swedish children living on a group of three farms in the countryside.
Betsy and Tacy have lots of fun together. They make a playhouse from a piano box, have a sand store, and dress up and go calling. And one day, they come home to a wonderful surprise—a new friend named Tib.
Ever since their first publication in the 1940's, the Betsy-Tacy stories have been loved by each generation of young readers.
Fortified with Yankee ingenuity and western can-do energy, the Moody family, transplanted from New England, builds a new life on a Colorado ranch early in the twentieth century.
Three orphan girls. A pair of pink slippers. A lifetime in the spotlight. Read the classic that has captivated generations!
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We have two of those, Betsy Tacy and Children of Noisy Village. I’ll have to see of our library has the others.
You’ve picked some beautiful titles, here. Thimble Summer is a wonderful choice. I like to pair it with Strawberry Girl.
Sharon Weil says
Man of the Family, and the rest of the series, are actually authored by Ralph Moody.
The Jenny Evolution says
Ha! Not sure how that oops snuck by me. Thanks for pointing it out 🙂
I love that the Ramona series of books is timeless. It reads like it could take place in any era in recent history 🙂