"The Water Babies" (1863), by Charles Kingsley
"Alices Adventures in Wonderland" (1871), by Lewis Carroll
"At the Back of North Wind" (1871), by George Macdonald
"The Adventures of Pinocchio" (1881), by Carlo Collodi
"Journey of the Center of the Earth" (1864), by Jules Verne
"Little Women" (1868), by May Alcott
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876), by Mark Twain
"Treasure Island" (1883), by Robert Louis Stevenson
"The Jungle Book (1894), by Rudyard Kipling
Children's magazines were first published in 1873. It set standards for children's literature such as St. Nicholas Magazine.
Basal Readers of Anthologies were used in American Schools from 1836-1960. It used phonics based systems which emphasized the sounding out of words.
Over 120 million sets of McGruffey Readers (Basal Readers) were sold. They fell from favor when the moral and ethical tone shifted as America's society changed.
An example of Basal readers from the past are the Dick and Jane books published by Scott Foresman Company. This method used a whole word or look- say method in the 1930's-1960's.