What are the best children's books of the 1940s?

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    #1The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 

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    Zachary Stewart
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Little Prince is an excellent read. It is so enjoyable. I loved reading every detail. Highly enjoyable. "
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    #2Make Way for Ducklings

    Make Way for Ducklings
    Make Way for Ducklings is Robert McCloskley's 1941 classic is about the duck Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings, who try to cross the streets of Boston and reach a big and beautiful pond in the public gardens.
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    José Olivares
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The best is sort of hard to determine. I must say that this is a good idea for a children's book. Needs some work on the ducklings but I can see the potential in this one!"
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    #3The Hundred Dresses

    The Hundred Dresses

    The Hundred Dresses is a Newbery Honor children's book by Eleanor Este. It tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in America, as she gets bullied in class for wearing the same dress every day. 

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    Harini Mehra
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a classic book for young readers. I still remember the story from when I was a child and enjoyed reading it with my daughter."
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    #4Curious George

    Curious George
    H.A. Rey and Margaret Rey's Curious George is a story of George the Monkey, who swam in the ocean, escaped from jail, and went on a flight with the help of balloons because of his curiosity.
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    Philip Smith
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Curious George is definitely one of the most well known children's book and is very well received by children and adults alike. My one critique would be that this appears to be from the 70s and not the 40s as the topic indicates. I think Curious George may originate before 70s but I don't know for sure."
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    #5The Door in the Wall

    The Door in the Wall

    The Door in the Wall is a children's literature graphic novel written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. This picture book was originally published in 1949. It won the John Newbery Medal award.

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    Gao Tian
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "If you are looking for a classic children's book to read your children, this is the one for you. It is an all time classic that every child will love."
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    #6Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain

    Johnny Tremain is a book by Esther Hoskins Forbes that tells the story of Johnny. He is a young apprentice silversmith whose caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston. He will have an important discovery he makes in his own life.

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    Gilberto Luna
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Johnny Tremain is a book by Esther Forbes. It is available from Amazon for $7.99 for a paperback. The story centers on Johnny who is an apprentice silversmith in 1775 Boston. It is a good story that I read when I was in school many years ago. I found the book to be very interesting and well worth the read. Pick this up and let your kid read it. It fits the topic extremely well."
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    #7Pippi Longstocking

    Pippi Longstocking
    Pippi Longstocking is a children's book by the Swedish writer Asterid Lingren. It tells the adventurous story of the titular Pippi, a nine-year-old girl with freckles, red hair in pigtails, and superhuman strength.
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    Charvi Khan
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Pippi Longstocking is such a great story. It will have young fans and old loving it alike. "
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    #8Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon

    Goodnight Moon is a classic of children's literature written by Margareth Wise that combines beautiful poetry with astonishes illustrations. It is, for sure, the perfect bedtime story for kids up to 3 years old.

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    Bryan Barnes
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Your young one will adore this book, I know mine does. The words are just beautifully put together. The drawings are so bright, colorful and fanciful. Kids will love to learn to read it and look at it as they learn."
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    #9The Long Winter (Little House)

    The Long Winter (Little House)

    The Long Winter is the sixth book in the historical fiction series Little House written by Laura Ingalls Wilder which centers on Almanzo Wilder and his brother who go on a journey in search of resources due to the blizzards. 

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    Janice Franklin
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder is part of the endearing Little House series. This installment follows the Ingall's family as they try to endure a harsh winter during pioneer times. Although this way of life is long gone, the stories are timeless and a favorite of young adults."
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    #10Cheaper by the Dozen

    Cheaper by the Dozen

    Cheaper by the Dozen is an autobiographical novel written by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. It tells the story of the happy life of the Gilbreth family, composed of two parents and their twelve kids.

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    Austin Davidson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "A really nice family children's book. It will keep you and your family entertained for hours."
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    #11Corduroy

    Corduroy
    Corduroy is a classic children's tale written and illustrated by Don Freeman, originally published in 1968. It tells the story of Corduroy,  a teddy bear who has been waiting to get picked up from the department store.
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    Lori Bates
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I loved reading this book to my daughters when they were young. And I loved the concept of exploring a department store when it was closed at night. I always wanted to do that as a kid."
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    #12Blueberries for Sal

    Blueberries for Sal

    Blueberries for Sal is a Caldecott Honor Book written by Robert McCloskey. This picture book for children was originally published in 1948. It tells the story of what happens after Sal and her mother meet a mother bear.

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    Phillip Webb
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A good book for children that they should be checking out since it's good because does something good within it. "
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    #13The Little White Horse

    The Little White Horse

    The Little White Horse is a fantasy fiction book for children written by Elizabeth Goudge. It tells the story of the arrival of a young girl in Moonacre Manor. This book was originally published in 1946.

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    Diana Shaw
    Written on April 25, 2018
    " The Little White Horseis a fantasy fiction book for children written by Elizabeth Goudge. It tells the story of the arrival of a young girl in Moonacre Manor."
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    #14The Trumpet of the Swan

    The Trumpet of the Swan

    The Trumpet of the Swan is a children's novel by E.B. White, the author of the classic tale Charlotte's Web. It tells the story of Louis, a swan who cannot make a sound, so his father gives him a real trumpet instead.

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    Deborah Bell
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is classic children's story that young and old will enjoy. A tale of love and creativity."
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    #15Pippi in the South Seas

    Pippi in the South Seas
    Pippi in the South Seas is a children's book by Swedish author Astrid Lingren. Featuring the famous character Pippi Longstocking, this book tells the story of Pippi and her adventures in a tropical island kingdom.
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    Martha Saldaña
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a fair solution to the topic. One of the problems with this books it the time it was written. This book was written in the 1950's which misses the mark of the 1940's. But the books is a great children's book with reviews of people enjoying it for their children. "

Summary

Best What are the best children's books of the 1940s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Little PrinceBooks 43 Paid
2Make Way for DucklingsBooks 39 Paid
3The Hundred DressesBooks 37 Paid
4Curious GeorgeBooks 35 Paid
5The Door in the WallBooks 32 Paid
6Johnny TremainBooks 31 Paid
7Pippi LongstockingBooks 28 Paid
8Goodnight MoonBooks 27 Paid
9The Long Winter (Little House)Books 23 Paid
10Cheaper by the DozenBooks 15 Paid
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