Want to read the classics but feel daunted by the difficult vocabulary and extreme length of Dostoevsky and Austen? Try dipping your toe into some easier, but still rich and wonderful classics!

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3-Star books are children’s books that are written with intense and beautiful depth, that are full of exciting adventure and glorious romance, and that plumb the fullest depths of the human experience. They are some of the best written books of all time and yet, they are so much easier than the books that might first come to mind when you hear the word “classic.” These are complex, deep books that grow with the reader as he/she matures, and always have more to offer, to young and old alike.

Here is a comprehensive list of 3-Star Books that I personally recommend:

What did I miss? Let me know what I should add, and what your favorite children’s books are!

  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
  3. At the Back of the North Wind
  4. The Black Arrow
  5. Captains Courageous
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia
  7. The Chronicles of Prydain
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  9. Charlotte’s Web
  10. Cheaper by the Dozen
  11. Eight Cousins
  12. Fairest
  13. The Fairy Books
  14. The Giver
  15. The Good Master
  16. Good Wives
  17. The Happy Prince
  18. Heidi
  19. The Hobbit
  20. Holes
  21. Howl’s Moving Castle
  22. The Last Unicorn
  23. The Little Prince
  24. A Little Princess
  25. Little House Books
  26. Little Women
  27. Matilda
  28. Peter Pan
  29. Pinocchio
  30. The Prince and the Pauper
  31. Princess Academy
  32. The Princess Bride
  33. The Princess and the Goblin
  34. The Secret Garden
  35. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  36. Treasure Island
  37. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  38. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  39. A Wrinkle in Time