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top 100 children’s books

14 May

About a month ago, the final poll of the top 100 children’s books, taken by Betsy Bird at A Fuse #8 Production, was released.  For months, Betsy blogged about each book, revealing tidbits of information about the novels and their authors, as well as reviews and a lineup of different covers the books had been published with over the years.  Looking over the list, I was practically salivating with excitement, seeing titles such as “Ramona and Her Father,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and “Harriet the Spy.”  Also about a month ago, I had the pleasure of watching “Julie and Julia,” a quaint, inspiring film starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, about a young New York writer who blogs her way through Julia Child’s cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

Putting these two ideas together, I have decided to take on a blogging challenge by blogging my way through the Top 100 Children’s Books, in just one year.  You might think, “Amber, that’s not so difficult a task, since they are children’s books.”  Yes, that is true.  However, I would like to remind you naysayers that I am a full-time cubie dweller, spending 8 hours of each weekday working for my sales team, and of course so many hours spent with my husband each week, who, unfortunately, does not share my deep passion for children’s literature.  Also, as you will see below, there are 6 Harry Potter books on the list, and really, who decided that the 500+ paged Harry Potter could be considered children’s literature.

Nonetheless, I am excited beyond comprehension for this challenge and I am hoping that, out there in the blogosphere, there will be many others excited about this challenge as well.  The launch date is June 1st, so keep your eyes peeled here for reviews, comments, and just general musings about the top books in kid’s lit and how they have affected my life.  And, here is the master list:

100. The Egypt Game – Snyder (1967)
99. The Indian in the Cupboard – Banks (1980)
98. Children of Green Knowe – Boston (1954)
97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – DiCamillo (2006)
96. The Witches – Dahl (1983)
95. Pippi Longstocking – Lindgren (1950)
94. Swallows and Amazons – Ransome (1930)
93. Caddie Woodlawn – Brink (1935)
92. Ella Enchanted – Levine (1997)
91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Sachar (1978)
90. Sarah, Plain and Tall – MacLachlan (1985)
89. Ramona and Her Father – Cleary (1977)
88. The High King – Alexander (1968)
87. The View from Saturday – Konigsburg (1996)
86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Rowling (1999)
85. On the Banks of Plum Creek – Wilder (1937)
84. The Little White Horse – Goudge (1946)
83. The Thief – Turner (1997)
82. The Book of Three – Alexander (1964)
81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Lin (2009)
80. The Graveyard Book – Gaiman (2008)
79. All-of-a-Kind-Family – Taylor (1951)
78. Johnny Tremain – Forbes (1943)
77. The City of Ember – DuPrau (2003)
76. Out of the Dust – Hesse (1997)
75. Love That Dog – Creech (2001)
74. The Borrowers – Norton (1953)
73. My Side of the Mountain – George (1959)
72. My Father’s Dragon – Gannett (1948)
71. The Bad Beginning – Snicket (1999)
70. Betsy-Tacy – Lovelae (1940)
69. The Mysterious Benedict Society – Stewart ( 2007)
68. Walk Two Moons – Creech (1994)
67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher – Coville (1991)
66. Henry Huggins – Cleary (1950)
65. Ballet Shoes – Stratfeild (1936)
64. A Long Way from Chicago – Peck (1998)
63. Gone-Away Lake – Enright (1957)
62. The Secret of the Old Clock – Keene (1959)
61. Stargirl – Spinelli (2000)
60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle – Avi (1990)
59. Inkheart – Funke (2003)
58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Aiken (1962)
57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – Cleary (1981)
56. Number the Stars – Lowry (1989)
55. The Great Gilly Hopkins – Paterson (1978)
54. The BFG – Dahl (1982)
53. Wind in the Willows – Grahame (1908)
52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)
51. The Saturdays – Enright (1941)
50. Island of the Blue Dolphins – O’Dell (1960)
49. Frindle – Clements (1996)
48. The Penderwicks – Birdsall (2005)
47. Bud, Not Buddy – Curtis (1999)
46. Where the Red Fern Grows – Rawls (1961)
45. The Golden Compass – Pullman (1995)
44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing – Blume (1972)
43. Ramona the Pest – Cleary (1968)
42. Little House on the Prairie – Wilder (1935)
41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Speare (1958)
40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Baum (1900)
39. When You Reach Me – Stead (2009)
38. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – Rowling (2003)
37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Taylor (1976)
36. Are You there, God? It’s Me, Margaret – Blume (1970)
35. HP and the Goblet of Fire – Rowling (2000)
34. The Watson’s Go to Birmingham – Curtis (1995)
33. James and the Giant Peach – Dahl (1961)
32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – O’Brian (1971)
31. Half Magic – Eager (1954)
30. Winnie-the-Pooh – Milne (1926)
29. The Dark Is Rising – Cooper (1973)
28. A Little Princess – Burnett (1905)
27. Alice I and II – Carroll (1865/72)
26. Hatchet – Paulsen (1989)
25. Little Women – Alcott (1868/9)
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Rowling (2007)
23. Little House in the Big Woods – Wilder (1932)
22. The Tale of Despereaux – DiCamillo (2003)
21. The Lightning Thief – Riordan (2005)
20. Tuck Everlasting – Babbitt (1975)
19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Dahl (1964)
18. Matilda – Dahl (1988)
17. Maniac Magee – Spinelli (1990)
16. Harriet the Spy – Fitzhugh (1964)
15. Because of Winn-Dixie – DiCamillo (2000)
14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Rowling (1999)
13. Bridge to Terabithia – Paterson (1977)
12. The Hobbit – Tolkien (1938)
11. The Westing Game – Raskin (1978)
10. The Phantom Tollbooth – Juster (1961)
9. Anne of Green Gables – Montgomery (1908)
8. The Secret Garden – Burnett (1911)
7. The Giver -Lowry (1993)
6. Holes – Sachar (1998)
5. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – Koningsburg (1967)
4. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Lewis (1950)
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Rowling (1997)
2. A Wrinkle in Time – L’Engle (1962)
1. Charlotte’s Web – White (1952)

 
7 Comments

Posted by on May 14, 2010 in Children's Books, Married Life

 

7 responses to “top 100 children’s books

  1. Amy Hervey

    May 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Addie has her list printed and ready to go. We’ve marked off the innapropriate ones and she’s highlighted the ones she’s already read. And at our house June is No-Screen time all month long! She will get lots of reading done.

     
  2. literarywife

    May 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Awesome! I will look at the Dusty Bookshelf to see which books they have there to purchase, so you don’t have to come to the library all the time.

     
  3. Ab

    May 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    So excited for you to do this! I can’t wait to read what you have to say about each book!!! Best of luck!

     
  4. clbeyer

    June 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I’m giddy with excitement and tempted to join you. I have copies of quite a few of these if you need to borrow them.

     

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