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In Conclusion

Well, my friends, it has to come time for me to say adieu.  I never thought that I would have so much fun being a book blogger, nor did I realize that I was going to “meet” so many great people online and in the blogging world.  Reading through some of the best childrens books during the past year has been an amazing literary journey, but now I must start on a different type of journey.

My husband and I are in the process of adopting a sibling set of 3 children.  Over the course of the past few months, we have started preparing our lives for these children, and one of the hardest decisions I made was to discontinue The Literary Wife.  While I absolutely love blogging and sharing my love for reading with friends through this medium, I want to ensure that the majority of my time is spent with my children, caring for them and giving them the attention they need to recover from the traumatic few years they have experienced thus far in their lives.  I will definitely still be bouncing around, reading posts and commenting when I can, but I hope that I have your understanding in this new endeavor.

Thank you for your faithfulness to reading this blog and encouraging me in my reading challenge and my life challenges along the way.  Happy reading!

 

My Favorite Books

In official conclusion of my Top 100 childrens books challenge, I want to share with you my favorite books from the list. If you have been following the challenge, you know that I have enjoyed way more than this list shows, but these are the books that shone when going back through the list.  Be sure to click on the book title to see my initial thoughts during the challenge.

The Thief

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

All-of-a-kind Family

Stargirl

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Penderwicks

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Little Women

Little House in the Big Woods

Matilda

The Secret Garden

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Charlotte’s Web

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in top 100 children's books

 

Books Set in NYC

In continuance of my lists compiled from the Top 100 childrens books, I wanted to share with you all the books from the list set in New York City.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that a great number of books were set in this great city.  But because I have not visited NYC, I have asked my friend Bethany to share her thoughts on this phenomenon of childrens books taking place in this city.  Enjoy her thoughts, her blog and the books!

“New York City. It’s big. It’s crowded. It’s loud. It’s exciting. It’s bright. It’s diverse. It’s a place where you can find any kind of person, food, music, fashion, and lifestyle. While it’s a city full of opportunity, hope, and passion, it’s also a place that can be dark, lonely, and dangerous.

So think about what such a city holds for children—the energy, the excitement, the joy. Having never been to the City until I was an adult, I often find myself jealous of kids I see going into the Met or playing in Central Park. I can’t imagine how special a childhood infused with the best of what the world has to offer in culture and food and sheer opportunity must be.

However. New York isn’t just bright and shiny.

For many, it represents an existence of struggle, fear, confusion, and heartbreak. A lifetime of trying to get ahead, only to have the rent go up again or have that perfect job fall through. It’s a place where, sometimes, kids have to raise themselves and act as adults far earlier than they ever should.

With so many different experiences and possibilities and outcomes, in many ways, New York City is the perfect setting for any novel. It’s a place that has so much character and history that an author has the ability to use NYC not only as a backdrop, but as a sort of supporting character, guiding the characters throughout the story simply by having them turn a corner or enter a building.

Although, you can argue that ANY setting can do the same thing, can’t you? Especially an urban setting. So what is it about New York that makes it so darn special?

I think it’s what the city represents for each person that comes to it. For some, it represents opportunity. For some, it’s the chance to start over. And for some, it’s the ability to just live there for awhile so that they can one day boast about it one day.

If you think that sounds over-romanticized, you’re probably right. I adore this city and constantly marvel at the fact that I call it home. I’ve been here for almost a year, and every time I see the skyline, I close my eyes and half expect it to have vanished when I open them. So maybe that’s why New York City is such a great setting—it’s a place that feels fictional even when you’re standing in the middle of it.”

All-of-a-kind Family

The Saturdays

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

When You Reach Me

The Lightning Thief

Harriet the Spy

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

 
 

Just Plain Fun Books

So far, I have provided lists for y’all including life-topic books, great read-alouds and relevant classics.  Today, I want to emphasize the need for books that are just plain fun.  Whether it be the characters that bring tremendous life to the story or the author got way creative in the presentation of the novel, here are some books that will have kiddos craving more.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

The Borrowers

My Father’s Dragon

The BFG

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Frindle

James and the Giant Peach

The Tale of Despereaux

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Phantom Tollbooth

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in top 100 children's books

 

Still Relevant Classics

On a list such as the one that I just conquered, we are bound to find some outdated classics, those that we might look back and think, “Why was that book so special to me?”  In my opinion, there are a lot that are still relevant and should not only be considered classic books but books that we should keep recommending to middle-grade readers.  Clicking on the title will take you to my original post on the book.

Caddie Woodlawn

All-of-a-Kind Family

Betsy-Tacy

The Saturdays

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A Little Princess

Little Women

The Phantom Tollbooth

Anne of Green Gables

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Charlotte’s Web

 
 

Life-Topic Books

When choosing a book to read, most young readers will choose one that they know will entertain them.  Still others might choose one that takes them to an entirely different world.  Most teachers and parents would probably choose for young children to read what I like to call “life-topic books.”  These books, while presented in an interesting or unique way, address life topics that children need to begin understanding, topics such as racism, death and family relationships.  I have compiled below a list of “life-topic books” from our top 100 children’s books list.  Clicking on the book title will take you to my original post on the novel.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

My Side of the Mountain

Walk Two Moons

Stargirl

The Great Gilly Hopkins

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret

The Watson’s Go To Birmingham – 1963

Maniac Magee

Because of Winn-Dixie

Bridge to Terabithia

The Giver

Charlotte’s Web

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in top 100 children's books

 

Great Read-Alouds

As I made my way through the top 100 children’s books, I enjoyed discovering that many of these novels make great read-alouds.  As most should agree, it is critical to the imagination and growth of young children to have books read aloud to them.  Picture books do just fine for toddlers, but I have also found value in reading chapter books to children.  Below is a list of the books I chose from our list that I think would make great read-alouds.  If you click on the title of the book, it will lead you to my original post on the novel.

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Ramona and Her Father

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

My Father’s Dragon

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

The BFG

Wind in the Willows

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Ramona the Pest

James and the Giant Peach

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Winnie-the-Pooh

Little House in the Big Woods

The Tale of Despereaux

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Matilda

Because of Winn-Dixie

The Phantom Tollbooth

Charlotte’s Web