In my last three posts in my Classic Children’s Books series I was able to link up to free online editions. Since 1923 marks the end of books no longer subject to copyright laws, I am not able to do that for every book on this list. Good news, though! The library is still free and all of these books can be found there.
As with my previous classic book posts, this list is not meant to be a “top 10” book list — otherwise you might see heavy-hitters like Winnie-the-Pooh. But since you already know about Winnie, here are 10 books from the 1920s which are less likely to be on your radar and still worth reading.
Have you read any of these? Leave a comment and tell us which are your favorites, or which you look forward to reading. (Note: covers and titles are affiliate links.)
The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths. (1920) Myths and legends of all cultures should be part of every child’s literary heritage. Although Padriac Column did win two Newbery medals for other works, I chose to include this book since I love all things Nordic. At Project Gutenberg (you can find all his available books at Project Gutenberg here).
The Midnight Folk. (1927) UK Poet Laureate penned this intriguing tale. Young Kay Harker embarks on a hunt to find his grandfather’s treasure in this suspenseful and fantastical story. On his journey, which begins every night at midnight he encounters magical, imaginative beings like witches, mermaids and talking toys.
The Magical Land of Noom. (1922) Best known for his Raggedy Ann and Andy stories, Johnny Gruelle also wrote this magical story of siblings, Johnny and Janey, who build a flying machine and explore a magical world with… (wait for it..) their grandparents. Fans of the Raggedy books will recognize a lot of Gruelle’s trademark magical food plants and quirky imps. This book is no longer under copyright, but I could not locate a free online edition.
UPDATE: Since I accidentally filed Hitty under 1930 (the year it won the Newbery, you get a bonus book this week.
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. (1929) A story told entirely from a doll’s point of view. Hitty travels the globe, getting lost and found in unusual places. A Newbery Medal book.
Visit my other posts in this series:
Classic Children’s Books: 19th Century
Classic Children’s Books: 1900s
Classic Children’s Books: 1910s
Classic Children’s Books: 1920s
Classic Children’s Books: 1930s
Classic Children’s Books: 1940s
Classic Children’s Books: 1950s
Classic Children’s Books: 1960s
Classic Children’s Books: 1970s
Classic Children’s Books: 1980s
Classic Children’s Books: 1990s