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Top 100 Children’s Novels #54: Half Magic by Edward Eager

#54 Half Magic by Edward Eager (1954) 38 points Edward Eager writes the essential books about four children having a magical adventure. This one has a classic concept and brilliant working out. – Sondra Eklund This is one of my own childhood favorites as well. And I’m happy to report that it remains popular to […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #55: All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

#55 All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (1951) 38 points Taylor presents an optimistic but authentic view of Jewish immigrant life in New York City at the turn of the last century. The daily adventures of five school aged girls are shown as they dust the house, go to the library and celebrate the rituals of […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #56: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

#56 A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905) 37 points At eight, I found nothing as exciting as a poor mistreated orphan. Swoon! – Anna Ruhs I read this again fairly recently and couldn’t capture the sense of wonder that I had as a child, but refreshing the story in my mind was enough […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #57: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

#57 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1962) 37 points Long before there was Lemony Snicket! – Amy Sears I left this off my last list and have been kicking myself ever since. This was one of my favorite books as a child. Miss Slighcarp gave me the shivers! You just knew she […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #58: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

#58 Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (1930) 36 points “Nearly everything about this book is perfect. I love the descriptions of the water, the sailing terminology, the faux rivalry between sailors and pirates, the uncle-turned-enemy, Captain Flint, the sense of adventure coupled with the comfort and security of knowing the world is safe enough […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #59: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

#59 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (2006) 36 points poignant, tender, lovely like the Velveteen Rabbit and a great read aloud – Charlotte Burrows This deceptively skinny book is full of big ideas: love lost and gained, changing yourself over time and people coming into and out of your life leaving […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #60: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

#60 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (1999) 35 points When you hear that a book is about an orphan during the Great Depression, you might expect an emotional one-trick-pony – sadness to spare. Give Christopher Paul Curtis credit for bringing this era to life with vibrancy and flashes of surprising humor. Flint, Michigan […]

Top 100 Picture Books #61: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

#61 How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (1957) 30 points Yes, that’s two Dr. Seuss books on my top ten list. In all honesty, I had trouble not including Horton Hears a Who as well. Between the Lorax’s anti-capitalist, pro-environment stance, Horton’s anti-racism, and this book’s anti-consumerism, Dr. Seuss taught me most of […]

Top 100 Picture Books #62: Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

#62 Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley (1992) 30 points This book saved my sanity when I was babysitting my two year old nephew for a week, a nephew I really did not know well. The only time, while conscious, that he stopped crying was when I read this book. So I read […]

Top 100 Picture Books #63: The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

#63 The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss (1961) 30 points This book is a perfect sampler of Dr. Seuss stories. The title story and “The Zax” provide some of his powerful and beautifully simple fables. They’re quirky, they’re strange, they roll off the tongue, and they leave you with one simple message that […]

Top 100 Picture Books #64: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

#64 King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood (1985) 30 points My all time favorite, favorite, favorite picture book. I would pore over the illustrations of this book and look at all the details in each page. Stunning artwork and a fun story. – Sarah Don and Audrey are two […]

Top 100 Picture Books #65: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

#65 The Arrival by Shaun Tan 30 points This book is Epic. It doesn’t just “tell” an immigrant’s story, it magically (or I suppose, skillfully) brings us INTO the very experience. – Aaron Zenz Because it’s a richly imagined, beautifully rendered, wordless graphic narrative of immigration, dislocation, and hope. – Phillip Nel #68 then. #65 […]

Top 100 Picture Books #66: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

#66 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (1991) 29 points The last time I conducted this poll we ended up with results for Kitten’s First Full Moon, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, even Chester’s Way but NOT Chrysanthemum.  That was shocking.  This time a great wrong has been righted.  Mum’s the word on whether or not the other […]

Top 100 Picture Books #67: Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Garth Williams

#67 Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Garth Williams (1960) 28 points It doesn’t get better than this. Great pictures, good story, good “moral” (but not preachy). – Laurie Zaepfel For every parent who has tried to get a child to sleep, and for every child who has tried to go to sleep. […]

Top 100 Picture Books #68: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

#68 The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001) 28 points So meta. It blew my mind the first time I read it, and continues to do so. – Kyle Wheeler I love Weisner’s books, but out of them all, this is my favorite. I love the meta-ness of it, and I never get tired of […]