Saturday, November 18, 2006

82 out of 100!

Here's a list of someone's idea of the "best in kids literature". It's hard to give just a yes/no as some of these were just "ok" and some were "fantastic". I think I've read so many of these because of homeschooling -- many of the longer books we've read as read-alouds while the others are on all "the lists" and make great additions to our homeschool time.

The fascinating thing is how many of these books have been made into movies -- and how many of those movies are pale and flat in comparison to the original books! Secret Garden and Indian in the Cupboard are two that especially were much better in the book than on the screen.

When you're done doing your list, send me a link in the comments and we'll compare "notes"!

Mark the selections you have read in bold. If you liked it, add a plus (+) next to the title, if you didn't, give it a minus (-). Then, put the total number of books you've read in the subject line.

  1. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White +
  2. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg -
  3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss +
  4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss +
  5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak + (first book I ever read)
  6. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch +
  7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein -
  8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle +
  9. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls +
  10. The Mitten by Jan Brett +
  11. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown +
  12. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  13. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis +
  14. Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein +
  15. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  16. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  17. Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss +
  18. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola +
  19. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  20. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr. +
  21. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - (dislike all Dahl)
  22. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams +
  23. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle +
  24. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  25. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss +
  26. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka +
  27. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault +
  28. Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder +
  29. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett +
  30. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne +
  31. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner +
  32. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan +
  33. Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks +
  34. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell -
  35. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  36. The BFG by Roald Dahl -
  37. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  38. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff +
  39. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl +
  40. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder +
  41. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor -
  42. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien +
  43. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss +
  44. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  45. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  46. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien +
  47. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott +
  48. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister +
  49. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  50. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson +
  51. Corduroy by Don Freeman +
  52. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg -
  53. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka +
  54. Matilda by Roald Dahl -
  55. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
  56. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume -
  57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary +
  58. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White +
  59. Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman +
  60. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis +
  61. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey +
  62. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss +
  63. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster +
  64. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats +
  65. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  66. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig +
  67. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter +
  68. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt +
  69. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum +
  70. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery +
  71. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss +
  72. Basil of Baker Street, by Eve Titus
  73. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper +
  74. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  75. Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey +
  76. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
  77. Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown +
  78. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  79. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes -
  80. Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder +
  81. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton +
  82. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown +
  83. Sideways Storiesfrom Wayside School by Louis Sachar +
  84. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish +
  85. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh +
  86. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein +
  87. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater +
  88. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett -
  89. Stuart Little by E. B. White +
  90. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  91. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  92. The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola +
  93. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina +
  94. Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell +
  95. Heidi by Johanna Spyri +
  96. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss +
  97. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare +
  98. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis -
  99. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney +
  100. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch +


Anonymous said...

Did it! Here is my list:

Jan said...

Thanks for this - I love books, especially children's books, and I love lists of books too. I've read 52/100, and there are a couple more waiting on the shelf.

Alice said...

This is a fun idea.

I like this list, but there are one or two books I would take out (not much of a Shel Silverstein fan--although admittedly, I haven't given him much of a chance.)

Heading over to my pal, The Bookworm, to see her list!

Thanks Mary!

Love2Learn Mom said...

I've only read 55 - must be a little behind in my reading. :)

Christine said...

I have read 73.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mary -- this looks like fun!

Anonymous said...

I got a 75! Fun list.. great books!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary.. I have read 74 of them.. great list!