Our school partners tell us that parents are often as excited at the availability of eBooks for their children as the kids are. So, we thought it might be nice to make a list of some of the children’s books that parents have loved, so that when they search your collection while sitting with their child, they’ll be able to share the excitement they felt when they first discovered these books as children. Some of these titles may have first been popular with your students’ grandparents, who shared them with their children, who may pass them down to the children in your classes.

So here’s a list of some of the best loved children’s books of the past, now available to schools in the eBook format.


Louisa May Alcott – Little Women series

L. Frank Baum – The Wizard of Oz series

Judy Blume – Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and Then Again, Maybe I Won’t

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

Beverly Cleary – Ramona series

Norton Juster – The Phantom Tollbooth

Madeline L’Engle – A Wrinkle in Time

C. S. Lewis – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the rest of the Narnia series

Maud Hart Lovelace – Betsy and Tacy series

Scott O’Dell – Island of the Blue Dolphins

Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit

Gertrude Chandler Warner – The Boxcar Children series


To access a handy list of these books all ready to order, please click on the following links:

Parents’ Favorite Kids’ Books 1 Copy/1 User

Parents’ Favorite Kids’ Books Metered Access


*Geographic or other restrictions may apply to some titles.


Cindy Orr is a Digital Collection Advisor at OverDrive.


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