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14 Children's Books That Never Get Old

National Read a Book Day just happened! Time to relive your youth.

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1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

“'Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.'”


3. Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss!

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.”

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

“But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.”

7. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

“I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”


10. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

"When the stepmother and stepsisters got home from the ball, Cinderella told them about the strange little man. They still made her clean the house. And meaner still, they changed her name to Cinderumpelstiltskin. The End."

11. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

"Chester took his mother's hand in his own and unfolded her large, familiar fingers into a fan. Next, he leaned forward and kissed the center of her hand. 'Now you have a Kissing Hand, too.'"

12. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

"Enough, enough, my pasta pot, I have my pasta nice and hot, so simmer down, my pot of clay, until I'm hungry another day. But, alas, he did not blow the three kisses!"

13. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema

"The mosquito said, 'I saw a farmer digging yams that were almost as big as I am.' 'What's a mosquito compared to a yam?' snapped the iguana grumpily. 'I would rather be deaf than listen to such nonsense!' Then he stuck two sticks in his ears and went off, mek, mek, mek, mek, through the reeds."

14. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz

"That night his father carved the toe into three pieces, and they each had a piece... the boy fell asleep almost at once. But in the middle of the night, a sound awakened him. It was something out in the street. It was a voice, and it was calling to him. 'Where is my to-o-o-o-o-e?' it groaned."

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