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Top 100 Children’s Novels #6: Holes by Louis Sachar

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#6 Holes by Louis Sachar (1998) 200 points This book is possibly the most brilliant book ever written. I have tried to read it in hope of learning some tricks about plotting, but instead I just despair that crafting something so brilliant could never, ever be done. It’s just PERFECT. – Amy M. Weir I [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #6: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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#6 Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1941) 163 points McCloskey’s attention to detail and marvelous storytelling are a magical combination. – Heather Christensen I actually remember, when I was a very little girl, hearing Captain Kangaroo read this book on television. I remember the way the camera panned over the ducks almost getting [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #7: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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#7 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (1967) 183 points A brother and sister run away to Metropolitan Museum of art in New York City. Is it plausible? Dude, you’re missing the point. For kids, this 1968 Newbery Medal winner is escapist fiction at its best. – Travis Jonker [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #7: Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

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#7 Knuffle Bunny, A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (2004) 129 points These perfect pictures of New York City complement the family tale of Daddy who is wrong, wrong, wrong, and Trixie, who is totally right, but can’t yet say words to tell him. Heartwarming and hilarious. – Diantha McBride And this is the book [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #8: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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#8 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908) 182 points Oh how I wanted to be Anne Shirley growing up! I could relate to her so much-I was imaginative and had a temper to match, so I always felt as though Anne was a kindred spirit. And who wouldn’t want to end up with [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #8: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz

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#8 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz (1972) 120 points We all have bad days—even in Australia. – Heather Christensen Of all the books out there that deal with schadenfreude, none do it quite so well as Alexander.  Now there’s a kid who just [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #9: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

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#9 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (1978) 169 points It seems smarter and funnier, and altogether more perfect every time I reread it. – Jenne Abramowitz Simply stated the best book ever. It stands the test of time, and I give it to kids every year. Turtle, while incredibly unlikeable, is loveable just the [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #9: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

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#9 Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (1999) 113 points This is the very first book I ever read at story time, and it has since become my secret weapon. It never fails to get a laugh, and I love the anticipation I feel as the surprise ending approaches especially when I know there are kids [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll #10: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

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#10 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977) 128 points I had read many other books where characters died, but it was always for a “good” or “glorious” reason. This was the first time I read a book that reflected real life, where death is sudden, pointless, and gut-wrenching. I was so upset that I [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #10: The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Mike Smollin

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#10 The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Mike Smollin (1971) For the pure joy of watching your audience’s faces as you read this aloud. – DaNae Leu I had to look up the author – don’t think I ever read his name! I just thought of it as [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #11: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

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#11 Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (1996) 89 points I could make a top 10 list of Kevin Henkes titles. Love everything he does. But Lilly is one of the most unforgettable characters in children’s literature. And I believe many young girls may have been named after her. – DeAnn Okamura It’s dramatic [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #12: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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#12 Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (1960) 86 points Because, “Try them, you may like them,” are words to live by. – DaNae Leu One of the great questions of childhood is: What’s with parents putting bizarre items on your plate and expecting you to eat them? Dr. Seuss’s answer to the question [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #13: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

#13 Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1982) 79 points This is such a great lesson book without being preachy. I remember my 20 year old son coming home and telling me all about this book after his teacher read it in class. I didn’t have the heart to tell him that I knew all about [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #14: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

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#14 Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947) 78 points What I REALLY love about this book is that it is possibly the most fun book to read aloud to a kid (or many kids) ever. I can’t separate my feelings for the book itself from the experience of reading it interactively. What kid doesn’t [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #15: Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

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#15 Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel (1970) 74 points I put a lot of thought into which Frog and Toad book to put on here. They are all brilliant, but I find Frog and Toad Together a bit trippy with Toad’s crazy dream sequence and the seriously snake in “Dragons and Giants.” [...]