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Top 100 Children’s Novels (#11)

A quick note before we begin . . . you have until midnight tonight (today is Monday the 29th) to get in your guesses to me of what the Top 10 on this list is.  Folks who get all the books and IN THE RIGHT ORDER will win a fabulous prize, to be determined by […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#12)

#12 The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (1938) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2) (#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#7)(#7) (#7)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) (#10) – 207 points I didn’t read The Hobbit until high school, but it’s a book I wish I had been introduced to at a younger age. Ten seems just about the perfect age to make the acquaintance of […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#13)

#13 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1977) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 201 points Unexpectedly sentimental and poignant. I felt older and wiser after reading it. – DeAnn Okamura SOB. But wow, is the writing beautiful while you’re waiting to burst into tears. It’s held up over many rereads as an adult and […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#14)

#14 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (1999) (#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 197 points "Goblet of Fire" might be the title that turns the tide of the Harry’s story, but for me, "Azkaban" begins the growth of Harry’s character. It perfectly represents that space between child and young adult, where […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#15)

#15 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (2000) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#6)(#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10) – 185 points Kate DiCamillo has, of course, written many beautiful books since Because of Winn Dixie, but this remains my all-time favorite DiCamillo story. Having reread it several times since I first read it four years ago (and not being one […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#16)

#16 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (1964) (#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3) (#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#4) (#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6) (#7)(#7)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9) (#9)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 177 points The dumbwaiter. Ole Golly. The boy with the purple socks. And, and, and… Someone on Facebook said this week that Harriet the Spy was her Catcher in the Rye. Mine, too. – Els Kushner Harriet’s family wasn’t anything like […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#17)

#17 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (1990) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2) (#3)(#3)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#9)(#10)(#10)(#10)(#10) – 158 points This wins my award for best opening: “They say Maniac Magee was born in a dump. They say his stomach was a cereal box and his heart was a sofa spring.” It just doesn’t get any better than that. – Jody Sitts, […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#18)

#18 Matilda by Roald Dahl (1988) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#4)(#4) (#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8) (#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) – 154 points My sister and I took this book on a camping trap when we were nine and ten. She started reading it first, and was laughing so hard that I ended up picking it up every time she unwisely put the book down to […]

The Top 10 Children’s Novels Prediction Challenge

Here’s the deal.  We’re nearing the end of this poll, but something yet remains.  The top ten winners.  And as with last year’s Top 100 Picture Book Poll, I’m calling upon you, the readers, to guess what will end up in the top slots. To win you need to first guess the Top 10 Books.  […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#19)

#19 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964) (#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#4)(#5) (#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7)(#7)(#8) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) (#10)(#10) – 152 points Need I say anything? Chocolate! Victory of the downtrodden! Humor! Digs at nasty kids! – Joan L. Raphael, Youth Collections Librarian, San Diego Public Library Dahl’s dark wit and nasty jokes often keeps him in the Not-Good-Quality-Literature-Category for […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#20)

And now that we’ve hit the Top 20 on the Children’s Novels list we’re dropping down to a mere one a day. Just to delay the suspense, you understand. #20 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#3)(#4)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#5)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#6)(#7)(#7) (#8)(#8)(#8)(#8)(#9)(#9)(#9)(#10) – 143 points Never has mortality been articulated so beautifully. – Eliza Brown, Assistant Retail Manager, The […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#25-21)

Think of it this way.  If there have been books on this list up until this point that you do not like or don’t think should have ranked as high as they did, you can always say to yourself amidst the gnashing of teeth, "At least it didn’t make the Top 20". *whistles to self* […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#30-26)

Once the Top 20 list starts to countdown (and it will be one book per day, folks) I will start soliciting you guys for your guesses as to who might be in the Top 10.  Mind you, Eric Carpenter has already come up with his Top 10 and it’s a pretty well thought out list.  […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#35-31)

#35 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (2000) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#3)(#3)(#3)(#3)(# 4)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#5)(#6)(#7)(#7)(#8) – 112 points The book where HP went from entertaining to enthralling. – Alicia Blowers Choosing a title to represent the series that brought children’s fantasy into the mainstream was hard—do I hedge my bets and go with the first book, […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels (#40-36)

#40 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (1900) (#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#1)(#2)(#2)(#2)(#4)(#4)(#4)(#7)(#8)(#10)(#10) – 107 points A book that features one of the most memorable stories, with one of the most memorable casts of characters in children’s literature. The storytelling is pure genius, with timeless themes, detailed steeing, and fantstic whimsy. What can you say about […]