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(like you really need another list from me) 100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2016!

It has been a crazy December.  So just in brief then, here are 100 of the books that showed up on my 31 Days, 31 Lists series that I personally enjoyed the most.  I do this list each year as a kind of personal bookkeeping.  Go about your business.  We’ll be back to our regularly […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2015

Happy New Year!! As with each and every year, I like to make my own little list of 100 children’s book titles.  These are pretty much for my own reference in the future, though you’re more than welcome to critique the choices as you prefer.  Previous lists can be found for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2014

If I’m going to be honest about it, this is a list I do every year strictly for myself.  It sort of helps me get my head in order.  Figure out what I liked.  What I didn’t.  What I reviewed.  What I missed.  I recommend you make your own sometime.  The categories are from the […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books 2013

Well, every year I like to put out my list of 100 Magnificent Children’s Books from the publishing year. So far I’ve done this in 2010 and 2011 and 2012.  And every year the list looks suspiciously similar in some spots to the 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list that NYPL produces. Little wonder, but I always like […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2012

Happy 2013, everybody! *tweet!* And that officially marks the end of all my 2012 reviews.  I’ll have an appropriate regret-filled post on the matter tomorrow, but for now let’s celebrate the year!  Everyone has their own little lists, and I am no exception.  In case you’re curious, I did similar ones for 2010 and 2011.  […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2011

I had a good time coming up with this list last year, so I figured I’d give it a shot again.  So here you go. If you had a horribly limited library budget and you could only buy 100 children’s books from the year 2011, here are the hundred I would insist you get.  Cutting […]

100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2010

Well, what the heck?  I read a lot of books in a given year.  I fall in love with at least 100 of them.  Why not turn them into a list?  With the understanding that I am just one person and I have not read everything published in a given year (which is why committee […]

The Top 100 Board Books Poll Countdown: #50-46

Now that we’ve crested the fifty-mark, I’m going to slow things down a spell and start counting down by fives. Keep your eyes open wide, folks. These next few books are doozies:   #50 – Jamberry by Bruce Degen (1995) The legacy of Bruce Degen can be nicely sliced into two distinct categories. On the […]

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

#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 #16: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

#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 #36: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

#36 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958) 53 points Somehow I never read this one as a kid, and that fact hasn’t bothered me.  But if you check out the 90-Second Newbery video of this title at the end of this post, you’ll be forced to agree with me when I […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #39: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

#39 The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (2007) 50 points Perfect and artful blending of prose and illustration. – Dee Sypherd No book like it. It reinvents storytelling. It plays with our notion of “the book.” It takes great advantage of the physical nature of “the book.” In the end, the story celebrates […]

Top 100 Picture Books #65: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

#65 The Arrival by Shaun Tan 30 points This book is Epic. It doesn’t just “tell” an immigrant’s story, it magically (or I suppose, skillfully) brings us INTO the very experience. – Aaron Zenz Because it’s a richly imagined, beautifully rendered, wordless graphic narrative of immigration, dislocation, and hope. – Phillip Nel #68 then. #65 […]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #72: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

#72 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (2009) 27 points The first book that I’ve read in ages that I know I’ll read again and again. Simply lovely. – Pam Coughlan The individual episodes are lovely in themselves, and it’s marvelous to watch them all come together. And I have to admit, […]

Top 100 Picture Books #94: The Mitten by Jan Brett

#94 The Mitten by Jan Brett (1989) 21 points A lovely retelling of this old folktale with Brett’s truly lovely illustrations. – Barbara Thompson As insane as it sounds, this is Ms. Brett’s first appearance on one of our polls.  Prolific and still going strong she first came to my attention due to her knitting.  […]