15 November 2006


Once again, this comes from Bloomabilities by way of Big A little a.

Instructions: T.S. found this list of the 100 best children's book on the National Education Association's page (from 1999, I think). Mark the selections you have read in bold. If you liked it, add a star (*) in front of the title, if you didn't, give it a minus (-). Then, put the total number of books you've read in the subject line.

(Alvina also added a question mark (?) to indicate indifference or mixed feelings.)

Charlotte's Web - E. B. White
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
*Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Love You Forever - Robert N. Munsch
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
*The Mitten - Jan Brett
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen
*The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis
Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein - Shel Silverstein
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
Stellaluna - Janell Cannon
Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
Strega Nona - Tomie De Paola
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? - Bill Martin, Jr.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
-A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - John Archambault
Little House on the Prarie - Laura Ingalls Wilder (started it once, but never finished it)
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
*The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh - A. A. Milne
The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah, Plain and Tall - Patricia MacLachlan
Indian in the Cupboard - Lynne Reid Banks
Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell (flipped through it, but haven't actually read it)
Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
The BFG - Roald Dahl
The Giver - Lois Lowry
*If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - Laura Joffe Numeroff
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl (can't remember if I've read this one or not)
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor
*The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
Stone Fox - John Reynolds Gardiner
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (I liked the sequels better)
The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Barbara Robinson
Corduroy - Don Freeman
Jumanji - Chris Van Allsburg
Math Curse - Jon Scieszka
Matilda - Roald Dahl
Summer of the Monkeys - Wilson Rawls
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary (I've read the Henry Huggins books, where Ramona and her sister started out, but only a couple of the Ramona stories)
The Trumpet of the Swan - E. B. White
Are You My Mother? - Philip D. Eastman
*The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis (redundancy alert - we've already had the first book from this series on this list. I've read all seven of them several times each)
Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish - Dr. Seuss
-The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats
The Napping House - Audrey Wood
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig
The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery (this has been on my read-this list for years, but....)
Horton Hatches the Egg - Dr. Seuss
*Basil of Baker Street - Eve Titus
The Little Engine That Could - Watty Piper
The Cay - Theodore Taylor
*Curious George - Hans Augusto Rey
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge - Mem Fox
Arthur series - Marc Tolon Brown
The Great Gilly Hopkins - Katherine Paterson
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse - Kevin Henkes
Little House books - Laura Ingalls Wilder (redundancy again - we've already been asked about two of these)
The Little House - Virginia Lee Burton
The Runaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown
Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Louis Sachar
Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish
Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh
A Light in the Attic - Shel Silverstein
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Richard Atwater
My Father's Dragon - Ruth Stiles Gannett
*Stuart Little - E. B. White
Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Elizabeth George Speare
The Art Lesson - Tomie De Paola
Caps for Sale - Esphyr Slobodkina
Clifford, the Big Red Dog - Norman Bridwell
Heidi - Johanna Spyri
Horton Hears a Who - Dr. Seuss
The Sign of the Beaver - Elizabeth George Speare
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney
The Paper Bag Princess - Robert N. Munsch

A lot of these books didn't exist when I was a kid, and even some of the ones that were around then didn't get read until later - I don't remember reading Goodnight Moon, for instance, until I was in my 40s and had a kid of my own. And there are even books I've never heard of on this list.

(By way of contrast, Kelly has read 83 of these, Alvina has read 86, and Fusenumber8 has read 85. But I was reading ERB at ten, Alasdair MacLean at twelve, and Heinlein at thirteen. Not a lot of kids' books there....)

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