Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The 100 'Greatest Books for Kids'

This list is from USA Today as ranked by Scholastic Parent & Child magazine.  You didn't think I came up with it myself, did you?  That's way too much work. I only did the parts in parentheses. I got the list here.

1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White     (Any book where the spider dies is fine by me.)

2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown  (The cadence of this book is very soothing.)

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

4. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jacks Keats  

5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak  (Loved the book.  Not the movie.)

6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling  (Well, duh!)

7. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss  (I always try to read the "I will not..." parts of this book in one breath.  It's fun.)

8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank  (Absolutely moving)

9. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein   (Personally, I think this book is a disturbing.  The boy is kind of a selfish turd.)

10. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

11. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (My mom read me these growing up.  I always pretended I was Anne.  I'm still in love with Gilbert Blythe.)

12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle  (My kids love this one.  I mean, the caterpillar gets to eat all sorts of junk food (and healthy stuff, too, but they don't care about that.))

13. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans  (Eh.  The illustrations bug me, but the story is cute.)

14. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

15. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

16. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt   (Really liked this one.)

17. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

18. When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan  (What!? I thought I'd read all her books.  Poo.)

19. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

20. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein  (I love Shel.  Everything but that tree book is wonderful)

21. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

22. Corduroy by Don Freeman (a little bear finds a home at last...)

23. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

24. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper  (a great moral to this story -- believe in yourself and never give up!)

25. The Giver by Lois Lowry  (ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS)

26. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

27. Black on White by Tana Hoban

28. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems   (Persuasive little pigeon.)

29. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

30. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco

31. The Mitten by Jan Brett

32. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

33. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  (Yes, please!  Love the series!  Though I'd definitely recommend reading it first before handing it over to your child.)

34. Swimmy by Leo Lionni

35. Freight Train by Donald Crews

36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

37. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood

38. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney  (Great for reluctant readers.  Not my favorite.)

39. Zen Shorts by John J. Muth

40. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton  (Sandra Boyton rocks my socks.)

41. Matilda by Roald Dahl

42. What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

43. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis  (It's been a while since I've read this series, but I remember them fondly.)

44. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann  (This one is always getting requests at my house.)

45. The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta

46. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (a book that celebrates the imagination.)

47. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle  (My two-year-old's favorite book right now.)

48. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

49. Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport

50. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

51. Mother Goose by Sylvia Long

52. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan  (LOVE this series.  Greek mythology with a modern twist.)

53. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne  (Winnie the Pooh freaks my husband out.  He's not allowed in our home.  Sorry Pooh.)

54. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges

55. Smile! by Roberta Grobel Intrater

56. Living Sunlight by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm

57. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket  (Kaisa, my 8-year-old, is reading this series right now)

58. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull

59. Dear Juno by Soyung Pak

60. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes… by Annie Kubler

61. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

62. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

63. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick  (I keep hearing about this one....)

64. My Truck Is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis

65. Birds by Kevin Henkes

66. The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

67. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan  (Absolutely FABULOUS...especially if you majored in Latin American Studies...which I did.)

68. Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz

69. The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole

70. Blackout by John Rocco (When the lights go out in the big city, what do you do?)

71. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson  (a great read, but SAD!)

72. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (a cute little board book.)

73. Tea With Milk by Allen Say

74. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

75. Holes by Louis Sachar (Love, love, love this one!)

76. Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden

77. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

78. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

79. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney  (The first and best of ALL of the Llama books)

80. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

81. Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman

82. Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows

83. Yoko by Rosemary Wells

84. No No Yes Yes by Leslie Patricelli

85. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

86. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

87. Rules by Cynthia Lord

88. Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

89. An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston

90. Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault

91. Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh

92. What Shall We Do With the Boo Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell  (We don't have this book, but we should.  When we checked it out form the library, my kids made me read it about 9 million times.)

93. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow  (I haven't read the book, but I love the illustrator!)

94. I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis

95. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (a fascinating story with a powerful message.)

96. Gossie by Olivier Dunrea  (an adorable little goose in red boots.)

97. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

98. First Words by Roger Priddy

99. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

100. Animalia by Graeme Base

1 comment:

Amy Tree said...

great list! Are you my mother? is also a 30something page hard cover book. The board book is a condensed version ;)

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