13 Best Classic Children’s Book From All Over the World

Each country and even regions has their own fairytales and what they consider to be the ultimate classic children’s book. While it’s impossible to actually decide what are the best, here’s an attempt at doing so.

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne


Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, and Christopher Robin. No need to say more.

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

In the book version of the wooden boy, it’s a bit harder to like him because he’s quite selfish and spoiled.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


A story about the meaning of life, the nature of love, and the beauty of existence.

The Moomins Series by Tove Jansson

The Moomins Series by Tove Jansson


The author is Swedish-Finnish, writing about a family of carefree, funny-looking creatures called the Moomins, which have become much more than just literary characters.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery


Published in Canada back in 1908, the story of the orphan growing up on a farm on Prince Edward Island became a lot more than a local hit – much more like an international classic.

A Bell for Ursli by Selina Chonz

A Bell for Ursli by Selina Chonz


A Swiss story about a kid who lives in the Alps, searching for a bell so he can lead the spring procession through his village.

Sruwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann

sruwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann


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Goodbye, Rune by Marit Kaldhol

Goodbye, Rune by Marit Kaldhol


A Norweigan story about a girl named sara and her coming to terms with the death of her friend Rune.

The Cholito Series by Oscar Colchado Lucio

The Cholito Series by Oscar Colchado Lucio


A Peruvian book about a little boy named Cholito who travels the world.

The Gardens of Dorr by Paul Biegel

The Gardens of Dorr by Paul Biegel


A Dutch fairytale about the princess searching the lost gardens of Dorr for the flower that will turn back into her beloved.

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay


A koala named Bunyip Bluegum, a penguin named Sam Sawnoff, and a sailor named Bill Barnacle defending a pudding from theives.

Journey to the West by Wu Cheng-en

Journey to the West by Wu Cheng-en


A Chinese tale about the adventures of a Tang Dynasty priest and his disciples searching for a Buddhist Sutra.

Grandmother Apple by Mira Lobe

Grandmother Apple by Mira Lobe

An Austrian story about Andi, a little boy without a grandmother, so he imagines one that takes him on adventures.


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