Saturday, May 1, 2010

Top 100 Childrens Books of All Time

NYPL children's librarian Betsy Bird is counting down the Top 100 Children's Novels on her blog, Fuse #8. This is the comprised list. Bold indicates I have read the book.

1. Charlotte's Web
2. A Wrinkle in Time
3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
6. Holes
7. The Giver
8. The Secret Garden
9. Anne of Green Gables
10. The Phantom Tollbooth
11. The Westing Game
12. The Hobbit
13. Bridge to Terabithia
14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
15. Because of Winn-Dixie
16. Harriet the Spy
17. Maniac Magee
18. Matilda
19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
20. Tuck Everlasting
21. The Lightning Thief
22. The Tale of Despereaux
23. Little House in the Big Woods
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
25. Little Women
26. Hatchet
27. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
28. A Little Princess
29. The Dark Is Rising
30. Winnie-the-Pooh
31. Half Magic
32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
33. James and the Giant Peach
34. The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
35. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
36. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret
37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
38. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
39. When You Reach Me
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
42. Little House on the Prairie
43. Ramona the Pest
44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
45. The Golden Compass
46. Where the Red Fern Grows
47. Bud, Not Buddy
48. The Penderwicks
49. Frindle
50. Island of the Blue Dolphins
51. The Saturdays
52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
53. The Wind in the Willows
54. The BFG
55. The Great Gilly Hopkins
56. Number the Stars
57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8
58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
59. Inkheart
60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
61. Stargirl
62. The Secret of the Old Clock
63. Gone-Away Lake
64. A Long Way from Chicago
65. Ballet Shoes
66. Henry Huggins
67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
68. Walk Two Moons
69. The Mysterious Benedict Society
70. Betsy-Tacy
71. The Bad Beginning
72. My Father's Dragon
73. My Side of the Mountain
74. The Borrowers
75. Love That Dog
76. Out of the Dust
77. The City of Ember
78. Johnny Tremain
79. All-of-a-Kind Family
80. The Graveyard Book
81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
82. The Book of Three
83. The Thief
84. The Little White Horse
85. On the Banks of Plum Creek
86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
87. The View from Saturday
88. The High King
89. Ramona and Her Father
90. Sarah, Plain and Tall
91. Sideways Stories from the Wayside School
92. Ella Enchanted
93. Caddie Woodlawn
94. Swallows and Amazons
95. Pippi Longstocking
96. The Witches
97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
98. Children of Green Knowe
99. The Indian in the Cupboard
100. The Egypt Game

I have only read 43 on the list thanks in part to my Dad who read many of them to me, School Teachers who forced me to read the books, and great recommendations. I guess I have 67 to go.


Mas*tailor* made in Heaven said...

where'd you find this list? A lot of those are fun books. I think that my all time favorite children's author is Roald Dahl...only because he was my favorite when I was little (= Oh and I totally don't think that The Hobbit is a children's book, oh and were the Chronicles of Narnia on there? (I can't look at it...cuz I'm writing a comment ha ha ha) That is my ALL time favorite children's book. I can't wait to read it to Hunter! (=

Adam said...

Yes! It was number 4 on the list. I love Roald Dahl too. I have a list of books I'm going to start collecting for my kids on Amazon...I'll send it too you. There are MUST HAVES in there. Some of them we already have so they aren't on there but you need to start collecting a solid library for Hunter :)

Adam said...

The REAL Adam says:
Although that list has many good books on it I must disagree with the placement and absence of several books. It is hard to believe that there is a Harry Potter book missing from the list, especially since Half-Blood Prince was my favorite. I think a number of books should be moved up like Walk Two Moons, The Graveyard Book, Ella Enchanted, and the whole Harry Potter series. Perhaps the list isn't actually in order of importance. I agree that The Hobbit is not a kids book, but it is only considered a 6 grade reading level book.

Georgia said...

You haven't read from the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Half Magic?!!! Get them now, they will help you through your craving to start the sequel to the Hunger Games.

I read almost every one of the books on this list to my children over the years, in fact there are very few I've not read more than once. Children's books are my favorite, (especially to read out loud with different voices and accents for each character...Cami still makes me do Dobby the House Elf to this day).

secret birds said...

oh my goodness, I LOVE children's literature, I'm so glad you posted this. of the books you haven't yet read, my favorites are: a wrinkle in time, mixed-up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler, the phantom tollbooth, winnie-the-pooh (I just read this for the first time a couple of months ago, and was literally laughing out loud), the witch of blackbird pond (I still re-read this on a regular basis), where the red fern grows (I cry if someone even mentions this story...), and the egypt game.

some of them I haven't read since I was a kid, but they were definitely favorites! I'm a little surprised that "the little prince" and "the neverending story" aren't on the list, but if you haven't read those, you should! I personally love them more than a few of the selections on that list, but that's just my opinion.