When most of us were kids, our option for electronic fun was a television that offered boring, regularly scheduled programming or a video game system whose controller caused thumb blisters and carpal tunnel. It was an easy choice to play outside or read - but today's kids have many more distractions, and marketing for kids as young as 18 months old steers them toward apps, interactive computer games, and on-demand viewing.Yet there is no replacement for the magic of books and the power of imagination. Books not only assist children to learn to read (still important, even in today's world!) but they allow us to spend precious, quality time with our kids at any stage in their development. While there are lots of classics to choose from, here are 20 books that have stood the test of time - some nearly a century old. You can confidently gift or add these to your own collection and enjoy them with your family for years to come.