Friday 1 August 2014

Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

I was powerless to resist this list when I saw it today. Of course many of these titles are familiar from my 1001 quest- but that list is only fiction, and from titles before 2007, this Amazon list is somewhat broader and includes some titles from the last 7 years.

The one's I've read are in RED.

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

The Classic Treasury of Aesop's Fables - Don Daily

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish

And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson (see my review)

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

Are You My Mother? - P.D. Eastman

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

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales - Beatrix Potter

Betsy- Tacy - Maud Hart Lovelace

Black Beauty - Anna Sewell

Bread and Jam for Frances - Russell Hoban

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

Caps for Sale - Esphyr Slobodkina

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (see my review)

Charlotte's Web - E.B. White 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

Corduroy - Don Freeman

D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths - Ingri D'Aulaire

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - Mo Willems

Dr Seuss Beginner Book Collection - Dr Seuss

Encyclopaedia Brown Boy Detective - Donald J. Sobol

Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz Ryan

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

Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site - Sherry Dusky Rinker

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales - Jacob Grimm

Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney

Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh (see my review)

Harry Potter and the Scorcer's/Philosopher's Stone - J.K Rowling

Holes - Louis Sachar (see my review)

Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell (see my review)

Jumanji - Chris van Allsburg

Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

Llama Llama Red Pajama - Anna Dewdney

Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

Make Way for Ducklings - Robert McCloskey

Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel - Virginia Lee Burton

Mr Popper's Penguins - Richard Atwater (see my review)

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

Mrs Piggle- Wiggle - Betty MacDonald

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

Olivia - Ian Falconer

Owen - Kevin Henkes

Paddle-to-the-Sea - Holling C. Holling

Pat the Bunny - Dorothy Kunhardt

Peter Pan - J.M Barrie (see my review)

Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren

Press Here - Hervé Tullet

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig

The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket

The Borrowers - Mary Norton (see my review)

The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Call of the Wild - Jack London (see my review)

The Complete Adventures of Curious George - Margaret and H.A Rey

The Cricket in Times Square - George Selden

The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Daywalt

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore - William Joyce (see my review)

The Giver - Lois Lowry (see my review)

The House at Pooh Corner - A.A. Milne

The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick (see my review)

The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling

The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan

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

The Little Engine That Could - Watty Piper

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Mouse and the Motorcycle - Beverly Cleary

The New Way Things Work - David Macaulay

The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

The Real Mother Goose - Blanche Fisher Wright

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

The Secret of the Old Clock - Carolyn Keene

The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats

The Story of Barbar - Jean de Brunhoff

The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf

The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo (see my review)

The Tower Treasure - Franklin W. Dixon (see my review)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

The Wednesday Wars - Gary D. Schmidt

The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (see my review)

The Wizard of Oz - Frank L. Baum

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit (see my review)

Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech

Watership Down - Richard Adams (see my review)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin

Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls 

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Wonder - R.J. Palacio (see my review)


I do love how there's always books I've never heard of, and then immediately want to read. If I ever finish 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (a month now and counting) then I'll be able to read something else.

Sept 2014 59/100. This must be one of my best ever results.

Oct 2016 62/100

June 2017 63/100


Anonymous said...

The list is an interesting mix of old and new, as well as picture books and fuller-length novels. I've read a lot of them too, but am mostly missing out on picture books.

Brona said...

I do love your love of lists! I add your lists to my lists and before I know it I'm overwhelmed by stacks of books & notepads with wish lists!!

You have some delightful reads ahead of you, although how you got through your childhood without Little House & Little Women astounds me :-)

Louise said...

It is a great list Allison- you could read the picture books pretty easily.

Thanks Brona! I had a somewhat deprived childhood reading wise- so much so that I'm only really making up for it now. I watched the tv series of Little House on the Prairie quite religiously I remember, but don't remember the books. I don't even remember Winnie the Pooh- although it is possible that I read it or had it read to me.