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The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll: Everything Else (Part One)

And so we reach the end of everything.  Due to the sheer size of this list, I haven’t been able to change the formatting sufficiently.  However, it’s readable to a large extent. And if you pick through it there are still some surprises. Three number 6 votes for The Silver Curlew by Eleanor Farjeon. The [...]

The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll: Everything Else (Part Two)

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle (#3)(#5)(#7) – 18 points Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle (#3) – 8 points Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle  (#2) – 9 points Growing up an only child, I wanted to move in with this family. – Stephanie Howell , Lower School Librarian , Carolina Day School , [...]

Pull Out the Hankies. What Didn’t Make the List. #101-120

You’re going to see some repeats on today’s list from yesterday. If yesterday was about the odd books that didn’t make it onto the Top 100, today is about the books that almost did. Could have made it by an inch. Prepare to bawl, mein publikum. Here we go: #101 Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa [...]

The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll: The Big Gaps

Alternate Title: Whaddaya MEAN it’s not on the list? When I asked my readers to send me their guesses for what would appear on the Top Ten, I knew their misfires would yield a great list of Almost Wases.  Remember that the last book on the Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll (#100 on our list) [...]

The Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll (#1-100)

“Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any influence on our lives . . . In childhood, all books are books of divination, telling us the future.” – Graham Greene We’ve had a lot of fun here, haven’t we? I’ve had fun putting these posts from the poll together. You’ve had fun predicting [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#1)

#1 Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (1952) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8)(#8) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 751 points I have no idea how the rest of the results will go, but I’ll be shocked if this isn’t number one. – Steven Engelfried, Raising A Reader Coordinator, [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#2)

#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#8) (#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#10)(#10) – 593 points First book that gave me nightmares–and I LOVED this fact as a 10-year-old boy. – Ed Spicer Our heroine is an awkward girl with glasses who saves the [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#3)

#3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#6)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8) (#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) (#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 533 points Dammit, it’s the whole series – it’s not seven books, it’s one phenomenon. But if we can’t do that, the vote ought to go for the [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#4)

#4 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#10)(#10) – 456 points What better book to demonstrate that fantasy involves passageways? – Priscilla Cordero, Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ I love Peter and Edmund and Susan and Lucy and [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#5)

#5 From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (1967) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 409 points Ahh, yes. The book that has warped the way I view museums forevermore. Now when I look at rare antique furniture, I think “would [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#6)

#6 Holes by Louis Sachar (1998) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8) (#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) (#10)(#10) – 392 points Perfect in every way. – Aaron Zenz Pitch perfect. – Katie Fee, Associate Marketing Manager, Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Walker Books for Young Readers A perfect story arc with a main character we all [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#7)

#7 The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8) (#8)(#8)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) (#10)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 373 points I still get flashbacks to sitting in 7th grade and hearing Mrs. Morgan read it aloud. And then sharing a copy with my best friend so that we could both find out how it ended [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#8)

#8 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 371 points The Next Whole Earth Catalog described this as “a couple of neurotic kids nursing themselves back to health in a garden,” which just goes to show that every generation finds what they need [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#9)

#9 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 365 points Without her feminism wouldn’t have made sense. Every character, every setting, every scene, is by turns uproariously hilarious, deeply touching, inspirational, and memorable. Anne Shirley is the spunkiest and, in my opinion, best heroine of all [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#10)

#10 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5) (#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9) (#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 291 points I’d like to know how many kids developed a full-fledged love of wordplay from this book. There’s something that makes you feel so smart and clever when reading about jumping to Confusions, literally eating your own words, [...]