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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

List: Top 100 Children's Books

Mountains of books.

This person made a list of the Top 100 Children's Books which I found via here.

From #100 at the top, to #1 at the bottom. I'm too lazy right now to type in the numbers for the list:

The Egypt Game — Snyder (1967)
The Indian in the Cupboard — Banks (1980)
Children of Green Knowe — Boston (1954)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane — DiCamillo (2006)
The Witches — Dahl (1983)
Pippi Longstocking — Lindgren (1950) (I think this is actually a series)
Swallows and Amazons — Ransome (1930)
Caddie Woodlawn — Brink (1935)
Ella Enchanted — Levine (1997) (There's a book? The movie was horrid.)
Sideways Stories from Wayside School — Sachar (1978)
Sarah, Plain and Tall — MacLachlan (1985)
Ramona and Her Father — Cleary (1977) (Strangely enough, I don't recall reading any of the Ramona books. Ever.)
The High King — Alexander (1968)
The View from Saturday — Konigsburg (1996)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets — Rowling (1999)
On the Banks of Plum Creek — Wilder (1937)
The Little White Horse — Goudge (1946)
The Thief — Turner (1997)
The Book of Three — Alexander (1964)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon — Lin (2009)
The Graveyard Book — Gaiman (2008)
All-of-a-Kind-Family — Taylor (1951)
Johnny Tremain — Forbes (1943)
The City of Ember — DuPrau (2003) (My thoughts on the book, and the movie.)
Out of the Dust — Hesse (1997)
Love That Dog — Creech (2001)
The Borrowers — Norton (1953)
My Side of the Mountain — George (1959)
My Father’s Dragon — Gannett (1948)
The Bad Beginning — Snicket (1999)
Betsy-Tacy — Lovelae (1940)
The Mysterious Benedict Society — Stewart ( 2007)
Walk Two Moons — Creech (1994)
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher — Coville (1991)
Henry Huggins — Cleary (1950)
Ballet Shoes — Stratfeild (1936)
A Long Way from Chicago — Peck (1998)
Gone-Away Lake — Enright (1957)
The Secret of the Old Clock — Keene (1959)
Stargirl — Spinelli (2000)
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle — Avi (1990)
Inkheart — Funke (2003)
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase — Aiken (1962) (Yeah, baby!)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 — Cleary (1981)
Number the Stars — Lowry (1989)
The Great Gilly Hopkins — Paterson (1978)
The BFG — Dahl (1982)
Wind in the Willows — Grahame (1908) (Am I the only one who thinks this is a FREAKY book?)
The Invention of Hugo Cabret — Selznick (2007) (I'm a sucker for books with no words - or mostly no words.)
The Saturdays — Enright (1941)
Island of the Blue Dolphins — O’Dell (1960)
Frindle — Clements (1996)
The Penderwicks — Birdsall (2005)
Bud, Not Buddy — Curtis (1999)
Where the Red Fern Grows — Rawls (1961)
The Golden Compass — Pullman (1995)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing — Blume (1972)
Ramona the Pest — Cleary (1968)
Little House on the Prairie — Wilder (1935)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond — Speare (1958)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz — Baum (1900) (Unbeknownst to many, this is also a series. There's 20 of them, I think.)
When You Reach Me — Stead (2009)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — Rowling (2003)
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry — Taylor (1976)
Are You there, God? It’s Me, Margaret — Blume (1970)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire — Rowling (2000)
The Watsons Go to Birmingham — Curtis (1995)
James and the Giant Peach — Dahl (1961)
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH — O’Brian (1971)
Half Magic — Eager (1954)
Winnie-the-Pooh — Milne (1926)
The Dark Is Rising — Cooper (1973)
A Little Princess — Burnett (1905)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass — Carroll (1865/72) (Trip-y, and awesome, and math-wonderful.)
Hatchet — Paulsen (1989)
Little Women — Alcott (1868/9)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Rowling (2007)
Little House in the Big Woods — Wilder (1932)
The Tale of Despereaux — DiCamillo (2003)
The Lightening Thief — Riordan (2005)
Tuck Everlasting — Babbitt (1975)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — Dahl (1964)
Matilda — Dahl (1988)
Maniac Magee — Spinelli (1990)
Harriet the Spy — Fitzhugh (1964)
Because of Winn-Dixie — DiCamillo (2000)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban — Rowling (1999)
Bridge to Terabithia — Paterson (1977)
The Hobbit — Tolkien (1938)
The Westing Game — Raskin (1978)
The Phantom Tollbooth — Juster (1961)
Anne of Green Gables — Montgomery (1908) (Whoa. I forgot it was that old. Still, timeless.)
The Secret Garden — Burnett (1911)
The Giver — Lowry (1993)
Holes — Sachar (1998)
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — Koningsburg (1967)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe — Lewis (1950)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philsopher’s Stone — Rowling (1997)
A Wrinkle in Time — L’Engle (1962)
Charlotte’s Web — White (1952)

Several complaints about the list:

- No way A Wrinkle in Time is second to that pig! I love pigs, but I love philosophical, string theory-esque science fiction more.

- How come they listed all the Harry Potter books by their proper title, but never gave the exact titles for some of the other serialized books?

- This is, of course, a list of books that were originally written in English. Twenty-one Balloons, which technically should belong on this list, was written in French, so it was shunted. Along with other notable kid's books, I'm sure. Someone needs to translate those. Or I need to learn 32 more languages. Which ever task is faster is fine with me.

Some good things about the list:

- I have never heard of half of these. Which is nice since I now have a new reading list. On the other hand, my shabby excuse for a local public library probably won't have any of them.

- The Gossip Girl and Twilight books are not on here, for which I am so. Very. Thankful.

2 comments:

Janet said...

hmmm, did you bold the ones that you've read?

i haven't read some of the bolded ones, but i have read some of the unbolded ones.

and, i agree with you...i like the list because it lists a lot of books i haven't touched yet... i am glad that our library has a lot of books...however, because of budget cuts, they seem to be cutting back a lot of hours.

can't complain too much though...i don't exactly volunteer for the job either.

=)

bun2bon said...

Yep, the ones in bold font are the ones I've read.

I think I can find them at Central or at a university library. Sac State has an extensive collection of kids books. I don't want to buy any for my bookshelf until I've read them.