Thursday, 15 May 2014

37 Children's Books That Changed Your Life

Buzzfeed created this lovely new list to celebrate Children's Book Week in America, this week May 12 to 18 2014.

So let's celebrate it here too.


The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (see my review)

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (see my review)

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (I've finally started, see my review)

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (see my review)



Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Ronia, The Robber's Daughter by Astrid Lindgren

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (see my review)

Go Dog Go! by P.D. Eastman

The Giver by Lois Lowry (see my review)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques (see my review Redwall)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

The Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling (read 1/7)

Charlotte's Web by E.B White

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss



Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N Munsch

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (see my review)

The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg

The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume (see my review)

The Nancy Drew Books by Carolyn Keene

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson


23/37 read, a pretty respectable effort. Interesting to have two books from Astrid Lindgren and neither of them are her most famous work, Pippi Longstocking.

It's amazing how each list has it's own gifts- always some you've read, some you've been meaning to read for ages and actually have lying around the house, some you've never heard of and some that you must order online immediately never having heard of them before (oops, I did it again).

Update June 2014 24/37

Update June 2015 26/37

1 comment:

Satia said...

I've read 26 but there are a few here I read and didn't even like. I surely wouldn't consider them life altering. Unless they had succeeded and quenching my passion for reading which,thankfully, they did not. :)