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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - Jan 01, 2002 (first published in 1960)
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassio...
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë - Apr 04, 2017 (first published in 1847)
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Clicca qui per l'edizione "Storie senza tempo".Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in l...
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Shonda Rhimes
Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown - Jan 23, 2007 (first published in 1947)
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In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the sof...
Don Freeman - Sep 30, 1976 (first published in 1968)
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Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He...
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Gretchen Rubin
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - Dec 16, 2019 (first published in 1813)
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Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel of manners written by Jane Austen. The novel follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist of the book, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. A classic pie...
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott - Aug 28, 2014 (first published in 1868)
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Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they're putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there's one thing they can't help w...
Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney - Dec 01, 2011 (first published in 1988)
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Designed for the ever-increasing adult following of this book, this is the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare, who discover that love is not an easy thing to measure....
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle - Oct 15, 1981 (first published in 1969)
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THE all-time classic story, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life? One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry...
Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery - Jun 21, 2015 (first published in 1908)
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Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intende...
Ludwig Bemelmans - Jan 01, 1967 (first published in 1939)
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Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a p...
Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak - Jan 01, 1984 (first published in 1963)
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Max, a wild and naughty boy, is sent to bed without his supper by his exhausted mother. In his room, he imagines sailing far away to a land of Wild Things. Instead of eating him, the Wild Things make Max their king....
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? My First Reader by Bill Martin Jr.
The Snowy Day Board Book by Ezra Jack Keats
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [75th Anniversary Ed] by Betty Smith
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Are You My Mother ? by P.D. Eastman
1984 by George Orwell
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Curious George by H. A. Rey
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Anne Frank by Anne Frank
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Emma by Jane Austen
Middlemarch by George Eliot