Children's books

Talking animals, magical realms and unsuspecting heroes are just a few of the things readers will find between the pages of children's books. Explore our collection of featured books for kids (of all ages).

By Jessica Doyle
January 19, 2022
Newbery books have been read by multiple generations in many languages around the world. Some are not only cherished stories, but valuable collectibles too.
By Jessica Doyle
January 13, 2022
The John Newbery Medal has celebrated the most distinguished contributions to American literature for children since 1922. Explore these award-winning stories for children.
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August 26, 2021
A key part of every childhood is the books we read. From authors like E.B. White, C.S. Lewis and Enid Blyton, we found words that opened our imaginations, and took us to strange, wonderful new realities.
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August 26, 2021
See our list of the books you'll remember if you were a child in the 1990s.
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July 27, 2021
The mythical, the magical, and the magnificent! Fairy tales are some of our earliest stories and for centuries, children and adults alike have pored over the tales of princes and princesses, beasts and fairies.
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July 08, 2021
AbeBooks loves the strong, fearless and smart young women in literature - both fiction and non-fiction. The girls we're showcasing all share common attributes - they inspire, drive change and lead the pack even through the face of adversity.
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June 21, 2021
To help get you (and your young reader) started, we've gathered up 50 great books for kids. The list ranges from picture books for young children to little novels for independent readers.
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By Richard Davies
June 21, 2021
See our list of the best books to read to a six-year-old, including books by Roald Dahl, Chris Riddell, Tove Jansson and more.
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By Richard Davies
June 21, 2021
Britain, that most bookish of countries, has seen some heated debate about how many books children should be reading. Politician Michael Gove believes an 11-year-old should read 50 books a year.
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June 15, 2021
AbeBooks has sold hundreds of copies of Rowling's books at high prices, including a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that sold for $37,000. Do you have a valuable Harry Potter gathering dust under your bed?
June 15, 2021
Humble children's books from years past can be immensely valuable, but only if they are the right edition in the right condition. And condition is doubly important when considering the value of children's books.
By Beth Carswell
June 03, 2021
Beatrix Potter was an English children's book author and illustrator, primarily. She was also a farmer, a conservationist, and a natural explorer fascinated by science and the wonders of the natural world around her.
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June 03, 2021
Arthur Rackham was an illustrator in the late 19th and early 20th century. He was born in London in 1867. He began studying at the Lambeth School of Art at the age of 18, and soon found his passion and calling. The first of Rackham's illustrations to be published in a book were in 1893, in The Dolly Dialogues. Rackham never looked back. From that first publication, illustration was his career until the day he died at age 72, of cancer.
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By Beth Carswell
June 03, 2021
We are celebrating 15 literary heroines - whether fictional character or real life fighter - who bettered the world for women, through books.
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June 03, 2021
Growing up in the 1980s was idyllic in many ways. In childhood, the stories we explored seemed more full of adventure and wonder than could be possible. We would fight our drooping eyelids, reading late into the night by the light of a flashlight, to see what happened next.
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June 03, 2021
Is reading ever again as full of wonder as it is during childhood? Back then, books seemed almost magic, opening doors to strange, wonderful and frightening realities. Without ever leaving the safety of our bedrooms, we were able to explore all kinds of new terrain.
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June 03, 2021
If you were a child in the 1960s, you'll know the names Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, and Shel Silverstein. These were some of the authors who wrote the words that filled our childhoods with adventure, wonder, laughter and more.
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By Richard Davies
June 03, 2021
Looking to inspire the next generation of women leaders? Consider Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli.
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June 03, 2021
A Wrinkle in Time can be classified as science fiction or fantasy, or both. The plot includes something called a tesseract where space and time are folded together. Here's a selection of covers for our favorite children's story about the space-time continuum.
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By Jessica Doyle
June 03, 2021
Murder, torture and more grisly tales! We went back centuries to find out what really happened to our favorite princesses.
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June 03, 2021
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was an American illustrator and writer, chiefly remembered for his illustrated books. Once you've seen a bit of Gorey's work, it becomes instantly recognizable.
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June 03, 2021
Besides being a legendary author, Mark Twain was a great traveler, a globetrotter when globetrotting was not easy. Join us in celebrating his life, his wisdom, his literature and his willingness to discover what was around the next corner.
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By Richard Davies
June 03, 2021
Despite everything that fans of technology will tell you, the 'Google' has existed since 1913 when an English banker wrote and illustrated this beautiful but surreal children's book of verse about colorful creatures in a fantastical land.
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By Julie Oreskovich
June 03, 2021
Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is a story about a curious girl who falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a magical, nonsensical world. Read by millions of children and adults alike around the world, this book has had many artists interpret the classic story with unique illustrations.
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