What are the best 1930s children's books?

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    #1Little House in the Big Woods

    Little House in the Big Woods
    Little House in the Big Woods is an autobiographical children's book by Laura Ingalls Wilder, based on her own experiences as a child in a pioneer family in the American frontier. This is the first book in the Little House series.

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    Michelle Allen
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Little House in the Big Woods was a well written book. I however lost interest in the story after the 5th chapter."
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    #2On the Banks of Plum Creek

    On the Banks of Plum Creek

    Based on the real life of Laura Ingalls, 'On the banks of plum creek' is the 4th book of the Little House series. The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family that captivated readers in America and around the globe. 


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    Judy Berry
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "In love with this book! This is the 4th book of the Little House on the Prairie books and my second favorite in the series. This is an incredible story that documents Laura and her families adventures as they travel to Minnesota. Once they settle, things seems to be going well until disaster strikes and the whole family must come together and work harder than ever to overcome it. "
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    #3The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Andrea Ford
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The movies do not do justice to this beloved children's book. A bit simpler, and more wistful than the Lord of the Rings series that follows, The Hobbit doesn't shy away from its own horrors that lurk in the shadows. I remember reading this as a teenager, following Bilbo on his journey. Cheering him on when he made the right decisions, and hoping that he wouldn't fall prey to some of the perils that he encountered along the way. Even though it was written in the 1930s, this tale remains a classic for a good reason, and it belongs on every bookshelf so young and old can read it."
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    #4Little Miss Wise

    Little Miss Wise

    Little Miss Wise is the twenty-fourth book in the Little Miss series. It is a children's book written by Roger Hargreaves that tells the story of Little Miss Wise. She is always thinking about what is right and not.


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    Daniel Foster
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "While this is a cute little book, I can't recommend it to anyone looking for 30s classics since the book was written in the 90s. My little girl liked it quite a bit though, so I'll say it's still worth a read. Just not if you have this particular need."
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    #5Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons)

    Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons)

    Swallows and Amazons is the first book in the classic children's series Swallows and Amazons written by Arthur Ransome which centers on the adventures of the Walker family as they sail around the world. 


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    Andrew Ortega
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Swallowdale is a very good sequel to the classic Swallows and Amazons. We are reintroduced to the Walkers and Becketts on their next summer holiday. The action is fast paced, and keeps the reader turning the pages. The chapter about the shipwreck is a gem. The dialogue is entertaining, and not without a decent amount of humor."
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    #6The Story of Ferdinand

    The Story of Ferdinand
    First published in 1936, The Story of Ferdinand is a classic children's picture book written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. It tells the story of Ferdinand, a peaceful young bull who doesn't want to fight in bullfights.

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    Aarav Jindal
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Successfully gives an example of a highly rated children's book from the 1930's. However the prompt asks for multiple books so a more appropriate example would have been a list of children's books or even a ranked list of the best 1930's children's books."
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    #7Farmer Boy

    Farmer Boy

    The Little House series by Laura Ingalls captivated the imagination of generations of American and World Wide readers. Laura grew up in a little house while Almanzo and his brother help with the summer planting and with the fall harvest. 


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    Judith Fowler
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A nice book to recall older rural American life. Illustrated with warm images for kids, it shows life in the early 1900s for a young boy. It's a calm nice read for young children."
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    #8Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is a classic children's picture book written by Virginia Lee Burton. This tells the story of Mike Mulligan who digs deep canals with his shovel. Published in 1938 by HMH Books for Young Readers.

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    Justin Lopez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This was a childhood favorite of my brothers, so I purchased it a while ago for his children. It has been read over and over and delightfully received. My brother and his family visited recently and I had the opportunity to read it to the children. What a delight! It's still as good and evoked just as much wonder in them as I remember when I was a child. Great timeless children's book. Beautiful, hand drawn illustrations. Love it!"
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    #9Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Little House on the Prairie (Little House)

    Based on real-life experiences of Laura Ingalls, the Little House on the Prairie is the third book of the award-winning Little House series, that captivated generations of American and worldwide readers. 


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    Alejandro Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "These are great children's books. Easily some of the best, most iconic books ever written. When I was in grade school we had to read one of them, and wouldn't you know it, I found myself addicted and had to read them all. It was so interesting watching the characters (who of course, were based on real people) grow and age throughout the different novels. This is a series kids have been enjoying since the 1930s, and will easily be reading into the 2030s."
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    #10And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

    And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

    And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street is a children's picture book written by Dr. Seuss. This classic book for children was originally published in 1937.


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    Bruce Sandoval
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "a very fun picture book for kids and really can not get any better than Dr. Seuss."
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    #11Caddie Woodlawn

    Caddie Woodlawn

    Caddie Woodlawn is an adventurer and brave girl, and her story it's based on the real life of Carol Ryrie's grandmother. Her spirit and sense of fun and like convert this book into a classic for more than 70 years. 


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    Jane Campbell
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book is based before the 1930s; 1864 to be exact. This is probably not the best book to choose if you want to read something from the 1930s. "
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    #12The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)

    The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)
    The Nancy Drew Mystery Series portrays Nancy's thrilling adventures while searching for Mr. Crowley's missing will. This original volume is the 1930 version written by Carolyn Keene.

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    Christian Jones
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "In this first of the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will. Her search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure. This volume presents the original, 1930 version of the story. In 1959 the story was rewritten and condensed and this original version went out of print."


Best What are the best 1930s children's books
1Little House in the Big WoodsBooks 33 Paid
2On the Banks of Plum CreekBooks 30 Paid
3The HobbitBooks 29 Paid
4Little Miss WiseBooks 27 Paid
5Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons)Books 25 Paid
6The Story of FerdinandBooks 24 Paid
7Farmer BoyBooks 23 Paid
8Mike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelBooks 21 Paid
9Little House on the Prairie (Little House)Books 19 Paid
10And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry StreetBooks 18 Paid

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