100 Favorite Children’s Books

Posted on 27 August 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

This lovely list was published by the The New York Public Library on their Recommended Reading List.

I’ve marked the ones I’ve read in bold. My total is 6 books out of 100. Some of these I have for sale and I’ve linked to the listing if you’re interested in buying them. I recognise many of them and know the authors are really good with others books so I expect these books will be really good.

I’m really curious about other people’s reading habits. Please let me know either by comment or by email which ones you’ve read. If you just want to give me a number that’s fine.

ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY – Taylor, Sydney
BULL RUN – Fleischman, Paul
I, JUAN DE PAREJA – Trevino, Elizabeth Borton de
LETTERS FROM RIFKA – Hesse, Karen
LITTLE HOUSE IN THE BIG WOODS – Wilder, Laura Ingalls
THE MASTER PUPPETEER – Paterson, Katharine
THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENTICE – Cushman, Karen
MORNING GIRL – Dorris, Michael
Unreal! Eight Surprising Stories – Paul Jennings
THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND – Speare, Elizabeth George
BULLY FOR YOU, TEDDY ROOSEVELT! – Fritz, Jean
CHARLES A. LINDBERGH: A HUMAN HERO – Giblin, James Cross
THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL – Frank, Anne
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: A LIFE OF DISCOVERY – Freedman, Russell
EZRA JACK KEATS – Engel, Dean
HOMESICK: MY OWN STORY – Fritz, Jean
LEONARDO DA VINCI – Stanley, Diane
LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY – Freedman, Russell
LITTLE BY LITTLE: A WRITER’S EDUCATION – Little, Jean
LIVES OF THE MUSICIANS – Krull, Kathleen
AND THE GREEN GRASS GREW ALL AROUND: FOLK POETRY FROM EVERYONE – Schwartz, Alvin
BRATS – Kennedy, X. J.
THE DREAM KEEPER AND OTHER POEMS – Hughes, Langston
I AM THE DARKER BROTHER – Adoff, Arnold
JOYFUL NOISE – Fleischman, Paul
A PIZZA THE SIZE OF THE SUN – Prelutsky, Jack
SINGING AMERICA: POEMS THAT DEFINE A NATION EDITED – selected by Philip, Neil
SOUL LOOKS BACK IN WONDER Anthology
WHAT TO DO WHEN A BUG CRAWLS IN YOUR MOUTH AND OTHER POEMS TO DRIVE YOU BUGGY – Walton, Rick
WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS – Silverstein, Shel
SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL – MacLachlan, Patricia
THE BOGGART – Cooper, Susan
THE BOOK OF THREE – Alexander, Lloyd
CHARLOTTE’S WEB – White, E. B.
THE DARK IS RISING – Cooper, Susan
FALCON’S EGG – Gray, Luli
THE HAUNTING – Mahy, Margaret
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – Lewis, C. S.
THE MOORCHILD – McGraw, Eloise
THE RETURN OF THE TWELVES – Clarke, Pauline
TUCK EVERLASTING – Babbitt, Natalie
ABEL’S ISLAND – Steig, William
BABE, THE GALLANT PIG – King-Smith, Dick
BUNNICULA – Howe, Deborah
THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE – Selden, George
THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY – Burnford, Sheila
MRS. FRISBY AND THE RATS OF NIMH – O’Brien, Robert
POPPY – Avi
SHILOH – Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds
SOUNDER – Armstrong, William
THE WAINSCOTT WEASEL – Seidler, Tor
FREAKY FRIDAY – Rodgers, Mary
HARRIS AND ME: A SUMMER REMEMBERED – Paulsen, Gary
HOW TO EAT FRIED WORMS – Rockwell, Thomas
KNIGHTS OF THE KITCHEN TABLE – Scieszka, Jon
LIZARD MUSIC- Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
ORDINARY JACK – Cresswell, Helen
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH – Juster, Norton
SQUASHED – Bauer, Joan
THE TWITS – Dahl, Roald
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THE DOLLHOUSE MURDERS – Wright, Betty Ren
DOWN A DARK HALL – Duncan, Lois
THE EGYPT GAME – Snyder, Zilpha Keatley
ENCYCLOPEDIA BROWN: BOY DETECTIVE – Sobol, Donald J.
FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER – Konigsburg, E. L.
THE HOUSE OF DIES DREAR – Hamilton, Virginia
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS – Bellairs, John
THE RUBY IN THE SMOKE – Pullman, Phillip
THE VIEW FROM THE CHERRY TREE – Roberts, Willo Davis
THE WESTING GAME – Raskin, Ellen
ANNA TO THE INFINITE POWER – Ames, Mildred
CHILDREN OF THE DUST – Lawrence, Louise
THE EAR, THE EYE, AND THE ARM – Farmer, Nancy
ENCHANTRESS FROM THE STARS – Engdahl, Sylvia
EVA – Dickinson, Peter
THE GIVER – Lowery, Lois
INTERSTELLAR PIG – Sleator, William
STINKER FROM SPACE – Service, Pamela
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS – Christopher, John
A WRINKLE IN TIME – L’Engle, Madeleine
A GIRL NAMED DISASTER – Farmer, Nancy
HATCHET – Paulsen, Gary
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS – O’Dell, Scott
JULIE OF THE WOLVES – George, Jean Craighead
SAVE QUEEN OF SHEBA – Moeri, Louise
SLAKE’S LIMBO – Holman, Felice
STONE FOX – Gardiner, John Reynolds
THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE – Avi
THE WHIPPING BOY – Fleischman, Sid
Z FOR ZACHARIAH – O’Brien, Robert
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME MARGARET – Blume, Judy
THE FRIENDS – Guy, Rosa
THE GOATS – Cole, Brock
HARRIET THE SPY – Fitzhugh, Louise
MANIAC MAGEE – Spinelli, Jerry
MOTOWN AND DIDI – Myers, Walter Dean
SHABANU: DAUGHTER OF THE WIND – Staples, Suzanne Fisher
TONING THE SWEEP – Johnson, Angela
WALK TWO MOONS – Creech, Sharon
WHAT JAMIE SAW – Coman, Carolyn

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I haven’t heard of most of those books! Though I must keep my eyes out for Z for Zachariah – my younger son is Zachariah 🙂

I keep an eye out for it.

This is an impressive list: I’m almost ashamed to say I have only read the ‘children’s’ books that you have highlighted. The Diary of a Young Girl, Charlotte’s Web & The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. So that’s only 3 out of 100. I need to get reading. Cheers!

Don’t be ashamed of the books you haven’t read, instead think of this as challenge to read more.

I was quite surprised to find I’d only read 6 of this list some of the other lists are quite different.


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