100 Children’s Novels

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So in the way that memes do, I found this list of 100 Children’s novels at Tif Talks Books, who in turn found it from Amber from The Literary Wife who linked to it on Fuse #8’s Top 100 Children’s Novels. I figured I am way, way over my challenge limit for the year but I will think about these as choices for reading to the girls and might seek some out if they fit into my other challenges.  For now, I will bold those that I have read. This also dovetails with the new book 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up. 1001 is too long for here but you can be sure that I will be thinking about a challenge for that one next year.



  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  5. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
  6. Holes by Louis Sachar
  7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  11. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  12. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  13. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  15. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  16. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  17. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  18. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  19. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  20. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  21. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riodan
  22. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
  23. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  25. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  26. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  27. A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  28. Winnie-the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  29. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland /Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  30. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  31. Half Magic by Edward Eager
  32. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  33. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  34. Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  35. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  36. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
  38. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  39. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  40. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  41. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  42. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls
  43. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
  44. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  45. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  46. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  47. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  48. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
  49. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  50. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  51. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright
  52. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  53. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  54. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  55. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  56. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  58. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
  59. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  60. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  61. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  62. The Secret of the Old Clock (The Nancy Drew mysteries) by Caroline Keene
  63. Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  64. A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
  65. Ballet Shoes by Noah Streatfeild
  66. Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary
  67. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
  68. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  69. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  70. Betsy Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
  71. Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  72. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  73. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  74. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  75. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
  76. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
  77. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  78. Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  79. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
  80. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  81. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  82. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
  83. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  84. Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
  85. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  86. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  87. The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg
  88. The High King by Lloyd Alexander
  89. Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary
  90. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  91. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  92. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  93. Caddie Woodlawn by C. R. Brink
  94. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  95. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  96. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  97. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  98. Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston
  99. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  100. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder


2010 Year End Best of Lists: Picture Books

Library School Journal‘s list contains one of our household’s favorites, We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems.

The Huffington Post‘s list  has Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by By Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Dan Santat which we can’t wait to read.

The Children’s Book Review list contains Art & Max by David Wiesner which is on quite a few best ofs this year.

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010 list from the New York Times includes SHADOW by Suzy Lee, also on a number of lists.

Amazon’s Top 10 Books: Children’s Picture Books includes Olivia Goes to Venice by Ian Falconer.  Who does not love Olivia?

Publisher’s Weekly Best Children’s Books 2010 tops off with Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illus. by Tom Lichtenheld.

There are a lot of other lists out there, but these seem to capture all the very best.  Tomorrow, Best of Young Adult.


Read-Aloud Thursday

I can’t take credit for this Hope is the Word is where I found the idea and I liked it the minute I saw it.  I have never really taken the time to record what I have read or the girls have read to me.  So this week that begins to change.

I am lucky, very lucky. BAN chooses to still be read to, even at a an all grown-up 10.  We try for every day but it is becoming harder and hard as her days and night fill up with school and such. I wish we had more time.  We are currently reading Searching for Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book Two by Patricia C. Wrede.  It is a sequel to Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One, one of four in the series.This is one of my favorite books, especially for girls, as the protagonist is a princess who runs away instead of being forced into a life she hated.

Bean and I are a bit more diverse.  Every day she  reads to me and I read to her,  most days after school and most nights before bed. I have been wanting to move from picture books to smaller chapter books for nighttime reading but there has never been one book that she wants to hear night after night.  About a week ago I found a new, to us, series called Sisters Eight.  She LOVES it.  There are eight books each focuses on a different sister.  The first is Annie’s Adventures (Sisters 8, Book #1).  They are all written by Lauren Baratz-Logsted.

This week we have also read Frankie Stein Starts School by Lola M. Schaefer.  I know that it is Christmas time but my youngest wears Hallowe’en clothes year round and is excited that all of the Hallowe’en books are back because everyone wants Christmas stories.

Also Ms. Frizzle’s Adventures: Ancient Egypt by Joanna Cole, [amazon_link id="0448435748" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]Strawberry Shortcake’s Filly Friends[/amazon_link] by Megan E. Bryant, Fancy Nancy: Pajama Day (I Can Read Book 1) by Jane O’connor and Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (Math Adventures (Prebound)) by Cindy Neuschwander round out what I can remember of last week.

Quick Reading


So my 6-year-old daughter picked up Wonderland and wanted to read it.  She is not my reader; the 10-year-old is by far.  But it was a graphic novel and I was unsure about the story so I picked it up and began reading it. I am very close to the end in a little under an hour and it has been fine content-wise for her so far.

Here’s my question: At what point did you let your kids just read without checking their material?