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Top 100 Children’s Novels #16: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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#16 Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955) 73 points It’s like the best kind of dream! It’s surreal and meta and mindbending! And also funny! I found it haunting when I was a kid, reality being created as you go; now that surrealism is one of my favorite things about it. I […]

Top 100 Picture Books #17: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson

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#17 The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson (1936) 73 points I remember liking this as a child, but I love it even more as a parent, when my children love to listen to it. It’s a gentle story, and can sometimes be calming at bedtime, but they also love to […]

Top 100 Picture Books #18: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

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#18 A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (2010) 71 points Too soon to appear? I think not. Amos and his friends feel as if they have been with us forever, as they will be. Also because the penguin’s red socks are just so irresistible. – DaNae Leu […]

Top 100 Picture Books #19: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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#19 The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902) 69 points Potter never wrote down to children. The size is perfect for little ones to hold and pour over the detailed illustrations. – Natalie Forever classic. – Rose Marie Moore Introducing the oldest book to appear on the Top 100 picture book list.  I’m […]

Top 100 Picture Books #20: Pete the Cat – I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

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#20 Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean (2010) 68 points Once the song is downloaded and played, it will never leave your head! Catchy in a good way. Also, it teaches an important lesson to “not sweat the small stuff.” Great for kids and adults alike. […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #11: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

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#11 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (2009) 102 points I sell this to kids in the library by saying it’s a cross between Beverly Clearly and Lost. And I always say “the ending will BLOW YOUR MIND.” Because it does. – Sharon Ozimy This is a book you can give to any kind […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #12: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

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#12 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999) 101 points After all these years, this one is still my favorite: it’s the last true Middle Grade novel of the bunch, and it’s got everything: adventure, scary sequences, a daring escape, and time travel. And I can’t beat that my kids still […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #13: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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#13 The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (1997) 93 points I wish this series had been out when I was a kid! One of the best written ever. – Martha Sherod A classic adventure story that’s still less than 20 years old. I love Gen, and loved being completely surprised by the ending the first […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #14: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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#14 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937) 89 points I know this isn’t exactly a children’s book, but I first read it when I was nine, and I loved it so much I read it and the LOTR trilogy over and over until I was “grounded” from checking them out anymore. – Anna Ruhs Probably […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #15: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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#15 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911) 88 points This the very first book I read by myself, and my dad insists I read this book to him over 1000 times. It’s one of the few picture books I keep on my shelf, rather than my son’s. – Erin Moehring Back before having […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #16: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

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#16 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975) 87 points Imagine coming upon a fountain of youth in a forest. To live forever–isn’t that everyone’s ideal? Babbitt asks profound questions about the meaning of life and death, and leaves the reader with a greater appreciation for the perfect cycle of nature. Intense and powerful, exciting and […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #17: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

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#17 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (1964) 83 points Obviously. – Denise Rinaldo More brilliant and sophisticated than most any adult novel, and yet still captivating for my 7 year old. – Lee Behlman I don’t know which I like best, the people on Harriet’s spy route, the fact that she makes up a […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #18: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

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#18 The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (1964) 83 points The best children’s fantasy series I know, and still very much underrated. – Lee Behlman The assistant pig-keeper’s world is the standard by which Fantasy worlds should conduct themselves. Where three mystical women weave destinies and discuss the digestibility of toads. This is a […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #19: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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#19 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932) 81 points Again with the food – I always want a slice of pie, maple syrup on snow, or a stack of pancakes after reading Wilder. – Jessalynn Gale My inclusion of this one even surprises me a bit. I admit to being […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #20: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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#20 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000) 81 points Because of Winn Dixie was my #1 pick the first time you did the chapter book poll; in the time since, no other book has threatened to overtake its place as my favorite chapter book of all time. It’s one of the greatest dog stories […]