A look back: Book lists from 1963 and 1900

A 1963 book list for children — throwback options for summer reading

Check out these books, which were part of a list was published in 1963 by Young Years Library, an anthology of reading materials for children.

“Bedtime for Frances,” by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Garth Williams

“Blueberries for Sal,” by Robert McCloskey, illustrated by the author

“Goodnight Moon,” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

“The Complete Nonsense Book,” by Edward Lear, edited by Lady Strachery

“The Little Engine That Could,” by Watty Piper, illustrated by George and Doris Hauman

And these read-aloud books:

“Peter Pan,” by James M. Barrie, illustrated by Nora S. Unwin

“The Sketch Book,” by Washington Irving

“Heidi,” by Johanna Spyri

“The Favorite Uncle Remus,” by Joel Chandler Harris, illustrated by A.B. Frost

“A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens

Now go back more than a century.

Here are some books from a summer reading list for adults that the New York Times printed on June 16, 1900:

“Happy is he who, as the long Summer days approach, the days above all others when most of us have an unusual degree of leisure, turns as a matter of course to the publishers’ announcements to choose the new books which are to form a large portion of his Summer pleasures.”

Some of the titles on that list:

“Stalky & Co.,” by Rudyard Kipling

“Resurrection,” by Leo Tolstoy

“Sonnets From the Portuguese,” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Fruitfulness,” by Emile Zola

“The Strength of Gideon,” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

“Richard Carvel,” by Winston Churchill

“The Son of the Wolf,” by Jack London

“Our Presidents and How We Make Them,” by Col. A. K. McClure

“Story of the Nineteenth Century,” by Elbridge S. Brooks

“Familiar Fish and How To Catch Them,” by Eugene McCarthy

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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