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Top 100 Children’s Novels #2: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962) 307 points The only book I’ve ever finished, turned over, and immediately started reading again. – Lauren Martino Magical. Thrilling. As a kid, I loved that it stretched my brain. Other dimensions! Time travel! Oh how I loved the “Aunt Beast” creatures — how in a […]

Top 100 Picture Books #2: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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#2 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979) 258 points One of the very few pictures books that is just perfect – language appropriate, interactive, a great story, a counting exercise and a science lesson all rolled together. – Pat Vasilik Carle is a genius, pure and simple. Is there a 5 year old […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #3: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) 287 points Oh, our family got hours and hours and hours of enjoyment out of these books. We read all of the first five out loud as a family, with no reading ahead. (Or as little reading ahead as we could stand.) Her imaginative […]

Top 100 Picture Books #3: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

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#3 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003) 198 points Proof that temper tantrums are an art form of their own. – DaNae Leu Top three betraying my love for fourth-wall-breaking. – Robin Parry Remember when picture books never broke the 4th wall? When I read this book to students after […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #4: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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#4 The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993) 260 points The original dystopian. – Jennifer Padgett My 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Morgan, read this aloud to us. My best friend and I checked a copy out of the library and finished it on a sleepover, sharing a single copy until we finished it because we could […]

Top 100 Picture Books #4: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

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#4 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947) 167 points Well, it’s a classic for a reason. – Joanne Rousseau This one I can still recite even though I last read at least 10 or more years ago. Again a classic that will endure and delight for a long time to […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #5: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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#5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950) 204 points The book that made me a reader, by a writer whose pure enthusiasm for life and story carries you on a lion’s back through the best of adventures. – Susan Van Metre I remember at my vast old age in 7th […]

Top 100 Picture Books #5: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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#5 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962) 166 points The first book I would run to on my trips to the library. Just wonderful. – Hotspur Closser What is it like to be a small child in the snow? Ezra Jack Keats gave us the answer with this timeless story of Peter’s gentle […]

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 […]