Friday, July 22, 2016

Introducing The Classics to Young Children

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I can't believe it's been over a decade ago when I started collecting children's classics from Treasury of Illustrated Classics and The Great Classics for Children to read to my kids. I fondly remember picking up one or so every week when I was out doing my weekly shopping. I ended up with 14 classics for children, though there are many more than that! Back then, I had to take what I could get at the store since I wasn't ordering anything on line. 

Now there's this thing called Amazon, and you can order classics and everything else on the planet and then some! I've included links to classics from both book sets (mentioned above) at the end of this post. :)


I've always LOVED reading aloud to my kids, and these classics were some of the very first chapter books I read to them. It was pure joy for me to see their anticipation as we'd open up one of the books to pick up where we'd left off the day before. Continuing a longer book even when my kids were pretty young was like going on an extended trip except without all the luggage and are we there yets!




Both sets of these beautiful, hard cover children's classics have been condensed and retold so that young kids can enjoy the world's most beloved and timeless stories. Black and white illustrations are scattered throughout the chapters, and each book contains an About the Author page at the end. All of the books in my personal collection are around 180 pages long, give or take a few.




All three of my kids tell me that reading aloud together is one of their top favorite memories. I am SO glad!!


My only regret when it comes to all of these wonderful classics is that I don't own them all. My personal collection is getting kind of dusty sitting on a shelf in my closet, but they are waiting patiently to be passed down to grandchildren whenever that may be.

The Great Classics for Children and Treasury of Illustrated Classics are the perfect way to introduce the classics to young children!! I know there are 36 total books in the Treasury of Illustrated Classics set, but I am not sure how many are in the other one. I couldn't find an option for purchasing the entire set, so I listed some separately.

Hope you enjoy these as much as we did!




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5 comments:

Storybook Apothecary said...

great picks! I really loved Pinocchio and Huck Finn growing up!

Erin Vincent said...

Great books!I love those hardback too! We actually have several of them and they are favorites in our house. #alittlebirdtoldme

Leslie said...

Thanks for sharing your experience! My son enjoys these easier classics, too. I have mixed feelings about them. On one hand, they make classics like The Odyssey that would be out of his reach for many years accessible to him. On the other hand, I feel like some of these books do not need to be dumbed down further. They were designed for children in the first place and it expands our children's minds and vocabulary to read the originals. Thanks for sharing at the #LMMLinkup.

Brandi said...

Awesome!! I remember trying to comment on your post last week but couldn't. So letting you know here that I enjoy reading about your homeschool journey each week and all the beautiful pictures you post. 🙂

Brandi said...

I totally get your point! I did read these when my kids were pretty young, and I knew they probably wouldn't read every single classic when they got older. It's nice that they can still be a little familiar with a story even if they don't ever read the "real" version. 😊

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