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What are some of the most popular children's books ever?

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Examples of some of the most popular children's books of all time include "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats and "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. Other examples are "Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans and "Corduroy" by Don Freeman.

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"Where the Wild Things Are" is a book that teaches children to let out their inner monsters and to use the imagination as an escape from life's boring moments. It also encompasses the value of family love.

"The Snowy Day" tells the story of a little boy named Peter who travels through the snowy streets of New York City. This book focuses on a black protagonist, and when it was published, it broke through many barriers that went unnoticed by white editors. Another memorable factor of this book is the collage illustrations.

"The Giving Tree" tells the story of how a tree gave its life for a little boy that turned into a selfish man. Themes of this book include generosity, environmentalism and religion.

"Madeline" is a story about a little French girl who has a spunky attitude. She attends a boarding school and handles getting her appendix removed with a mature confidence. "Corduroy" is a story about a bear that comes to life and goes in search of his missing button.

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