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The Top 100 Lists Are Nigh. Nigh, I Say! Nigh!

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Remember when we were young and I conducted these craaaazy polls asking you guys to vote on your Top 10 Picture Books and Top 10 Children’s Novels?  Remember when I enlisted the help of some talented survey monkeys and we calculated the results, coming up with some top 100 lists?  And remember when I promised [...]

Fusenews: Look for the Girl with the Caterpillar Tattoo and She’s Gone

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I apologize for the recent radio silence, folks.  There’s something goofy in the state of Fuse 8.  For one thing, I can’t seem to comment on my own posts.  Most peculiar.  I will assume that this is just a passing fancy of the blog and that all will be well and good from this day [...]

Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results

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And now the results of the Top 100 Chapter Books Poll.  Like what you see?  Don’t like what you see?  Now’s the time to say it.  If you would like this list in a lovely PDF, suitable for handing out to patrons, friends, teachers, parents, etc. you can sign up for it here.  Et voila! [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #1: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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Sign up today and be the first to receive School Library Journal‘s exclusive PDF collecting all of the Top 100 Children’s Novels posts from Fuse 8′s Betsy Bird. Simply fill out linked form and you will receive an email with a link to download the PDF as soon as it’s published! #1 Charlotte’s Web by [...]

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 [...]