13 Best Classic Short Stories

List Updated June 2020

Bestselling Classic Short Stories in 2020


Fifty Great Short Stories (Bantam Classics)

Fifty Great Short Stories (Bantam Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Bantam Classics

The World's Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)

The World's Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (The Best American Series ®)

100 Years of The Best American Short Stories (The Best American Series ®)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain (Modern Library Classics)

The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain (Modern Library Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain (Bantam Classics)

Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain (Bantam Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Classic Short Stories

Classic Short Stories
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

The Complete Stories (FSG Classics)

The Complete Stories (FSG Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

The Classic American Short Story MEGAPACK ® (Volume 1): 34 of the Greatest Stories Ever Written

The Classic American Short Story MEGAPACK  ® (Volume 1): 34 of the Greatest Stories Ever Written
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Mistletoe and Holly: Classic Christmas Stories

Mistletoe and Holly: Classic Christmas Stories
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry (Modern Library (Hardcover))

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry (Modern Library (Hardcover))
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Modern Library

Short-Stories

Short-Stories
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Hawthorne's Short Stories (Vintage Classics)

Hawthorne's Short Stories (Vintage Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Vintage Books USA

Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy (Perennial Classics)

Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy (Perennial Classics)
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Harper Perennial

Twelve Classic Children's Picture Books

Looking for some classic stories to share with your young child? Try one of these picture books that you won't mind reading over and over again.

While those days have passed for us, we still own many of the classic children's picture books. Here are twelve of them that I would be happy to read to any child time after time.

1. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. A fun, imaginative book with a simple storyline and captivating illustrations.

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. A visually entertaining read with a "surprise" ending.

3. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban. Frances learns a valuable lesson about having too much of a good thing!

4. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin. What's not to love about this tale of cows who demand a typewriter from their farmer?

5. Where's Spot? by Eric Hill. Trying to find where this lovable dog is hiding allows a child to interact with the story by lifting the flaps on each page.

6. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. This sweet story is a great bedtime read.

7. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Can't we all identify with the mischievous Peter who learns his lesson the hard way?

8. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. Generation after generation, little girls everywhere fall in love with Madeline and her plucky spirit.

9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle. A great book for introducing colors and animals to young children.

10. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey. Despite the fact that he is constantly lagging behind, you can't help falling for this curious puppy.

11. Corduroy by Don Freeman. All children can identify with this little bear's feelings and escapades.

12. Curious George by H. A. Rey. Keeping up with George the monkey and his constant mishaps proves to be entertaining for all ages.

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