Wednesday, March 28, 2012

100 Greatest Children's Books

Do you have Junior Book Buffs at home?  Trying to raise a good solid reader?  Me too, and I stumbled upon an awesome list to arm you with some great material to get your child reading.  The folks over at Scholastic have put together a great list of what they believe to be the 100 Greatest Books for Children.  It's a really cool page, you can also search the list by age to effectively find exactly what you are looking for.  Some of my childhood favorites made the list:

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Who doesn't love a good story about a suicidal tree?


The Giver by Lois Lowry
 My intro to dystopian literature, and I never looked back! (Check out my Giver post here)

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Still a favorite I enjoy re-reading to this day.  The White Witch still freaks the crap out of me!  How about you?

See if your favorite made the list:

Don't see your favorite book on the list?  Maybe it made the "15 Books that Almost Made the List" list.  Here are some of my favorites from that list:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I understand why this one didn't make it.  Yes, I believe it to be one of the absolute greatest and most important books of all time, but it isn't a kid's book.  In fact I find it a bit odd that it was even considered for the list.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
As a kid I always felt Roald Dahl was a kindred spirit, good-natured and happy, but still a tad twisted :)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
See commentary on To Kill a Mockingbird, p.s. who is getting pumped for the new movie!?! *raises hand enthusiastically*

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
One word describes my opinion on the fact that this book was left off of the list: travesty.

And lastly, here is the list, with covers, on Facebook:

What did you think of the list?  Hit the comments!


KatieO said...

Thanks so much for these great links! And I totally agree with your comment on Cat in the Hat. What were they thinking?

Jenn said...

I love The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. That cover is wonderful; Mr. Tumnus is one of my favorite literary character of all time.

Tyler said...

I agree with your picks! Especially The Cat in the Hat, I can't believe they left it out. If anyone is looking for more suggestions, my son also really enjoyed RA Jones' The Obsidian Pebble ( Perfect for Harry Potter fans!

koshish said...

These lists are good pointers. Do take a look at the Recommended Reading on our Library's website:

Juju at Tales of said...

LOVE most of these. Except for The Giving Tree. I always want to slap the little boy for taking advantage. ;)
Great post.


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