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Top 100 Picture Books #45: Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

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#45 Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman (1960) 39 points I am such a big fan of the truly excellent easy reader. This is another one that blows you away with its perfect simplicity. – Amy M. Weir This has everything. Different animals. A car, a plane. And all the drama and emotion of […]

Top 100 Picture Books #46: Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

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#46 Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (1993) 39 points Love, love, love this book! Was so sad it didn’t make the list last time, I am moving it up on my list! Say’s illustrations are poetic and gorgeous. First time my pick won the Caldecott. – DeAnn Okamura I love the elegance of this book […]

Top 100 Picture Books #47: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

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#47 Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939) 38 points What’s not to love about the little girl and her 11 companions who always walk in two lines. – Dudee Chiang Finally.  The book that explained how awesome appendix scars really are. Now here is an upset.  A strange strange case indeed.  Until now we have not […]

Top 100 Picture Books #48: George and Martha by James Marshall

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#48 George and Martha by James Marshall (1972) 38 points I know this is a Marshall-heavy list, but it’s not my fault that he is the greatest thing to ever happen to picture books. – Shannon Ozimy I didn’t read George & Martha until I became a librarian, but it was irreverent love at first […]

Top 100 Picture Books #49: Press Here by Herve Tullet

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#49 Press Here by Herve Tullet (2011) 38 points When I first read this, I thought kids might not get it. I was completely wrong. Captivating and fun. Interactive without the gimmicks. – Stacy Dillon An overwhelming hit at story time. The kids crawl over me to interact with this book. – Martha Sherod Martha’s […]

Top 100 Picture Books #50: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

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#50 The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (1984) 38 points This is such a great mysterious book. I love sharing this book with a group of students who think they have it all figured out. This book never fails to stop them in their tracks. After we read it, they always have […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #41: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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#41 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900) 48 points Oz is too overwhelming for a single post.  Indeed, there are whole websites, blogs, and societies out there solely dedicated to its existence.  With that in mind, here is a quick overview of the title and its impact on America at this […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #42: Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

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#42 Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (1957) 47 points What child has not wanted to discover a lost place and create a special hidden retreat known only to herself and maybe a few friends? That’s what we read about here: cousins finding an abandoned summer colony of houses, with two older characters that have retreated […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #43: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

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#43 Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (1980) 47 points I adored this one as a teenager; it spoke profoundly to me. I read it as an adult, and it still spoke profoundly to me. I’ve found that’s rare, since my adult self has different sensibilities than my teenage self, and because it’s rare, […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #44: Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

#44 Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (2011) 45 points Can’t get this book out of my head. There’s not one big lobbing story arc here. It’s a rollercoaster. Very high highs immediately followed by the lowest of lows. Coming in rapid fire. At one point I involuntarily yelled “noooooooooooo” right out loud. You […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #45: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

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#45 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (1960) 45 points This book took me to another time and place, unlike any other book. Haunting. Before Katniss, there was Karana. – DeAnn Okamura Oo.  Leave it to DeAnn to come up with the best line of them all.  “Before Katniss, there was Karana”.  I […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #46: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

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#46 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (1990) 44 points This is by far the best of Avi’s books. Non-stop adventure and a girl protagonist. Who could ask for anything more? – Martha Sherod When I read this book for a children’s literature course I was completely blown away. I had never read […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #47: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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#47 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868) 43 points So ahead of her time, it makes you think her father was doing something right. – Susan Van Metre I still think Jo should have married Laurie. – The Sauls Family And at last the oldest children’s book to appear on this list makes its […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #48: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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#48 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (1999) 43 points Also brought me a huge list of new readers – boys and girls and teachers loved to read them out loud to the class. – Cheryl Phillips I’m a Snicket girl, loving the play with wit and words in this Series of Unfortunate Events. – […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #49: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

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#49 My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (1948) 42 points A testament to the power of childhood imagination. – Hotspur Closser I loved the map on the endpapers, and the careful way Elmer ran away, with his list of useful objects. – Anonymous Five years ago I was tapped along with some other librarians […]