We had quite a bit of fun compiling a list of children’s books written before 1970, the date of which is totally serendipitous and has nothing to do with our ages.
We decided to take a different approach to the original theme: Books That Written Before We Were Born because we don’t want to date ourselves, and we thought it would be fun—and it was!
Over the last twenty years, Archie Comics has changed its comics to represent its more diverse audience. They have also expanded their products to include TV shows and Graphic novels.
By Carolyn Keene
What was interesting to learn was that a great deal of the series was effectively ghostwritten and published collectively under the name Carolyn Keene. It has allowed this series to continue in various intonations with the same great characters and mysteries.
By Franklin W. Dixon
Neither of us has ever read any of the Hardy Boys series, but we learned that it is actually set up the same way as Nancy Drew. The stories are ghostwritten and then published under a single author’s pseudonym.
Anne of Green Gables
By Lucy Maud Montgomery
Though Lucy Maud Montgomery is known for her characters and stories set in P.E.I, she lived her later life in Ontario. And unlike Anne may have been deeply unhappy in her marriage. She also wrote the Smily of New Moon series, among other stories and poetry.
By E.B White
E.B White didn’t actually grow up on a farm though he did own one later. Apparently, there is a bible allegory. Wilbur is meant to signify Christ, born in a barn, and the animals who recognized him before the three Wise men.
James and the Giant Peach
By Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach was Roald Dahl’s first children’s book; he had never written books for children before.
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
By C.S. Lewis
C.S Lewis uses his knowledge of medieval literature and Christianity to position The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a text that teaches young readers about Christianity.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
By Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl has an interesting connection to E.M Barrie. When one of his sons was a baby, he was injured, and Dahl worked with an engineer and neurosurgeon from Great Ormond Street Hospital to create a shunt valve.
By Astrid Lindgren
Our recollection of Pippi Longstocking is based on the cartoon that we watched as children. However, we think that Pippi is a kick-ass character who we can’t wait to read.
By E.M Barrie
While working on an essay, Carmen got caught in a tangent and discovered a really cool thing about Peter Pan’s copyright. According to British copyright law, all the royalties from the sales of Peter Pan in Britain go to Great Ormond Street Hospital for the rest of the time.
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RS/The Idealistic DaydreamFebruary 5, 2021 at 22:39
Most of the fun facts you’ve included are brand new to me and very fascinating, especially the Dahl/Barrie collection and the in-perpetuity beneficiary of Peter Pan. And I…definitely did not ever consider the Biblical analogy prospect of Charlotte’s Web; interesting.
That & Charlie are my favorites in this list, but you have truly picked a great selection of children’s classics here (Archie comics might be stretching that definition a bit, but definitely impactful, at least! I actually didn’t know, until my husband informed me last week during my delighted discovery of the 1996 movie, that Sabrina the Teenage Witch is from them too).
My Book JarFebruary 6, 2021 at 14:44
The biblical allegory in Charlotte’s Web was news to me the first time I heard it, but it doesn’t not make sense. I think it is meant to be incredibly subtle, so most people don’t pick up on it. I loved finding out about the Peter Pan copyright, and Roald Dahl’s fact was fascinating as well. We decided to include Archie comics because Sash and I both read them as kids from a very young age and have quite the collection. They have definitely become more gown up in past years, but the comics were very G-rated when we were kids.
We’re glad to hear that you liked our list. Your list is fantastic. I loved Misty of Chincoteague when I was a kid.
JoFebruary 2, 2021 at 09:46
Charlotte’s Web was on my list this week too!
My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/02/02/top-ten-tuesday-301/
My Book JarFebruary 2, 2021 at 17:05
I love Charlotte’s Web it was one of my favourites growing up, I had to read it for a children’s literature course and it was just as good.
LydiaFebruary 2, 2021 at 08:12
The Chronicles of Narnia books were on my list, too!
My Book JarFebruary 2, 2021 at 16:56
Yeah, they are basically a staple of children’s literature.
CollettaFebruary 2, 2021 at 04:07
I’ve read quite a few of these books! I hope you can stop by:
My Book JarFebruary 2, 2021 at 16:53
That’s great to hear. You read a lot more than I did as a kid