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Top 100 Children’s Novels #50: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

#50 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989) 42 points Previously #56, Lowry’s classic stays at pretty much the same spot on both the old and the new list.  And why not?  A beautiful book that deserves to be remembered. The plot from the publisher reads, “Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen […]

Goodbye, Peter.

Last night I received a phone call from Jules Danielson of the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog and one of my co-writers on a book for Candlewick.  We’d been working on it for a couple years now with our fellow blogger, Peter Sieruta of Collecting Children’s Books and had turned our edits in not […]

Top 100 Picture Books #51: The Library by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small

#51 The Library by Sarah Stewart, illustrated by David Small (1995) 37 points All my favorite things—stacks of books and bookshelves of books and libraries full of books! – Ellen L. Ramsay This is my daughter. This is me. We don’t care about dances, or even doing our chores other than haphazardly, it is all […]

Top 100 Picture Books #52: Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

#52 Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth (2005) 36 points This book was important for me to read. When I am lonely or sad or struggling, I come to Stillwater as if he is a friend. “I know how that is,” said Stillwater. “But there’s always the moon.” – Emily Myhr Need I tell you? […]

Top 100 Picture Books #53: Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

#53 Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (1998) 33 points Could never read it to the kids without getting teary eyed. Great story about what a difference a teacher can make in a child’s life. – Cheryl Phillips This is such a powerful books to read to young kids. All of the kids benefit […]

Top 100 Picture Books #54: Olivia by Ian Falconer

#54 Olivia by Ian Falconer (2000) 33 points When I first read this book, I thought “Caldecott” Alas, it was an honor book, which is nothing to sneeze at. I can picture Olivia and Lilly (Kevin Henkes) being buddies. I think we all know a little girl like Olivia. – DeAnn Okamura Such personality in […]

Top 100 Picture Books #55: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

#55 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1969) 32 points I know a little girl who cried when she thought Sylvester would be a rock forever. I’m not sure what it says about me, but that made me love the book even more. The best books are a little scary, aren’t they? – […]

Top 100 Picture Books #56: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

#56 The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985) 32 points After hundreds of readings, I still cry at the end of this book. – Susan Lang Perfect story, perfect pictures. – Rose Marie Moore This is the second Christmas picture book to grace our list so far.  Now many authors will tell you that […]

Top 100 Picture Books #57: Doctor De Soto by William Steig

#57 Doctor De Soto by William Steig (1982) 31 points Sylvester and the Magic Pebble is brilliant, but in this one, William Steig uses just the right amount of words and tells a wonderfully clever tale. – Sondra Eklund “Frank you berry mush” – Celia Lee Took me a second to get what Celia’s comment […]

Top 100 Picture Books #58: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

#58 Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (2006) 31 points This one helped my daughter understand her anxious feelings in a fun, no pressure way. – Joanne Rousseau The last time we conducted this poll I considered Scaredy Squirrel to be the only true 21st century picture book on this list.  Let me explain.  Certainly we’ve […]

Top 100 Picture Books #59: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

#59 Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (1995) 31 points And still we wait for the inevitable return of the Rathmann.  We sit and we wait and we hope that maybe, just maybe, she’ll write another picture book.  It’s not THAT crazy a notion, is it?  But for years not a new Rathmann has […]

Top 100 Picture Books #60: There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems

#60 There Is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (2007) 31 points I love so many of these, and so do the kids at my school. I find them reading – and acting them out – all the time, even though they’ve been read and reread and reread. And not just the youngest […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #51: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

#51 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo (2003) 41 points The perfect modern day fairytale. I also love how she broke the fourth wall and addressed the reader directly. – Amy Miele Charming, engaging, lovely, imaginative, and a great […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #52: Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

#52 Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace (1940) 41 points This is also part of a fabulous series. The stories are engaging and also give a great window into a past time, while making it feel real and alive. – Laurie Zaepfel Number one because every time I read it, I discover something new, and it’s […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #53: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

#53 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008) 39 points The first line is one of the best booktalks ever. I’ve never had a kid turn it away. – Heather Christensen This story has it all- adventure, ghosts, murder, memorable characters, and a hero we can’t help but love! – Gina Detate Another relatively recent […]