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We recently conducted a poll in our Community Forums, asking our book lovers to vote for their favorite children's author and books. We broke the poll down into four categories including: 1. Favorite Very Young Children's Book 2. Favorite Older Children's Book 3. Favorite Children's Author and 4. Favorite Children's Series & Trilogies. We've listed the top three choices for each category.

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Favorite Very Young Children's Books

The Very Hungry Caterpillar The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle

With its lovely, humorous illustrations and wonderful narrative about a hungry caterpillar growing up to be a beautiful butterfly, Eric Carle's story will touch anyone who still has some growing to do.

All Editions: $1.66 - $250.00


Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—he says goodnight. In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

All Editions: $1.00 - $600.00


The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams

On Christmas morning a young boy discovers a beautiful velveteen rabbit nestled in his stocking. He plays with his new toy for a while, but in all the excitement of opening presents he forgets all about it.Cast aside, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery closet, snubbed by the more expensive mechanical toys around him. His only friend is the wise old Skin Horse, a very special toy who knows all about nursery magic. As the Skin Horse explains, "When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but really loves you, then you become Real." From the moment he hears this, the little rabbit yearns for nothing so much as to be Real.

All Editions: $1.00 - $6000.00

Favorite Children's Series & Trilogies

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeChronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years, and the magical events described in C. S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants, and Fauns.

All Editions: $1.00 - $17386.16


Little House on the PrairieLittle House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder

The promise of a new life on the Western frontier beckons Laura Ingalls and her family as they make the long journey across unsettled territory. The vast Kansas prairie is beautiful, but holds hidden dangers as well. The Osage Indians want the settlers to leave the land, and the wild wolves and hungry panthers threaten the Ingalls family. Faced with danger and uncertainty, Laura's family must decide if the pioneer life is right for them.

All Editions: $6.50 - $549.00


Nancy DrewNancy Drew
Carolyn Keene

In 1930, an American heroine was born -- a teenage detective named Nancy Drew. In the nearly seven decades that have since passed, Nancy has been credited with solving over 350 mysteries.

All Editions: $6.50 - $5501.00



Favorite Older Children's Books

The Secret Garden The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett

In this beloved children's story, Mary Lennox, an ill-tempered orphan is sent to live in England with an uncle she has never met. While there, she discovers a spoiled cousin and a long-abandoned garden. Working to restore the garden, she finds she also cures her own ill temper and reforms her cousin as well

All Editions: $1.00 - $2350.94


The Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings
J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

All Editions: $1.00 - $55000.00


Ballet Shoes Ballet Shoes
Noel Streatfeild

In the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess come Noel Streatfeild’s tales of triumph. In this story, three orphan girls vow to make a name for themselves and find their own special talents. With hard work, fame just may be in the stars!

All Editions: $1.00 - $193.00

Favorite Children's Author

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeElinor Brent-Dyer
Books written by Elinor Brent-Dyer include:

The School at the Chalet Jo of the Chalet School Redheads at the Chalet School Prefects of the Chalet School A Head Girl's Difficulties The School at Skeleton Hall


The Horse and His BoyC.S. Lewis
Books written by C.S. Lewis include:

The Magician's Nephew The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Horse and His Boy Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair


The LoraxDr. Seuss
Books written by Dr. Seuss:

The Lorax Horton Hears a Who! Oh, The Places You'll Go! The Cat in the Hat Green Eggs and Ham There's a Wocket In My Pocket