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The Top 100 Children’s Books to read in your lifetime

Children’s books hold a very special place in our hearts. Often times they are our first encounters with worlds and scenarios that we never would have experienced if it weren’t for the classic authors and poets that lived before us.
 
Everyone I’ve ever met has had a favorite children’s book growing up, and the list of the best 100 will never be fixed or permanent. It’s an ever-changing and always progressing collection of both fiction and non-fiction that make up each generation’s childhood, until it’s passed on to the next and is altered again.
 
This morning the editors at Amazon Books have released their latest edition of 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, the children’s book edition, and it’s full of nostalgic favorites like, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” as well as newer releases such as “The Day the Crayons Quit”.
 
I immediately checked the list to see how many of my favorites made the list, and sure enough all of them were accounted for (had to be sure ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ was represented). You can check out the list below to make sure that your favorites made the top-100, as well as vote on, and save other books to share with your children, students, or nieces and nephews by visiting the official Amazon top 100 list below.
 
From amazon.com/top100
 

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Children’s Book Edition

Title

Author

Publication Date

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle

05/01/2007

Aesop’s Fables

Don Daily

10/02/2007

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Judith Viorst

07/15/1987

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Lewis Carroll

06/01/1984

Amelia Bedelia

Peggy Parish

01/29/2013

And Tango Makes Three

Justin Richardson

06/01/2005

Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne’s House of … Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside

L.M. Montgomery

10/06/1998

Are You My Mother?

P.D. Eastman

06/12/1960

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

Judy Blume

04/13/2010

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)

Beatrix Potter

10/19/2006

Betsy-Tacy

Maud Hart Lovelace

08/14/2007

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

06/23/1999

Bread and Jam for Frances

Russell Hoban

09/09/2008

Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson

07/01/2008

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Esphyr Slobodkina

09/01/1987

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl

09/11/2001

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White

04/10/2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Bill Martin Jr.

08/28/2012

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Judi Barrett

08/01/1978

Coraline

Neil Gaiman

04/24/2012

Corduroy

Don Freeman

09/30/1976

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Ingri d’Aulaire

03/01/1992

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

04/01/2007

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Mo Willems

04/01/2003

Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (c, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)

Dr. Seuss

09/22/2009

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Donald J. Sobol

09/06/2007

Esperanza Rising

Pam Munoz Ryan

05/01/2002

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E.L. Konigsburg

09/25/2007

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown

01/23/2007

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Sherri Duskey Rinker

05/04/2011

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales

Jacob Grimm

11/24/2011

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney

10/14/2008

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Crockett Johnson

02/01/2005

Harriet the Spy

Louise Fitzhugh

05/08/2001

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

J.K. Rowling

10/01/1999

Holes

Louis Sachar

05/09/2000

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Scott O’Dell

02/08/2010

Jumanji

Chris Van Allsburg

10/04/2011

Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder

09/28/2010

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

05/01/1983

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Anna Dewdney

05/05/2005

Madeline

Ludwig Bemelmans

05/15/2014

Make Way for Ducklings

Robert McCloskey

01/01/1941

Maniac Magee

Jerry Spinelli

11/01/1999

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Virginia Lee Burton

09/09/1939

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Richard Atwater

11/02/1992

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Robert C. O’Brien

11/03/1997

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Betty MacDonald

08/14/2007

My Side of the Mountain

Jean Craighead George

04/12/2004

Olivia

Ian Falconer

10/01/2000

Owen

Kevin Henkes

09/15/1993

Paddle-to-the-Sea

Holling C. Holling

02/19/1980

Pat the Bunny

Dorothy Kunhardt

08/09/2011

Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie

09/30/2010

Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren

04/21/2005

Press Here

Herve Tullet

03/30/2011

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

William Steig

03/06/2012

The Bad Beginning

Lemony Snicket

05/08/2007

The Borrowers

Mary Norton

04/01/2003

The Boxcar Children

Gertrude Chandler Warner

06/01/1989

The Call Of The Wild

Jack London

01/01/2001

The Complete Adventures of Curious George

H. A. Rey

08/28/2010

The Cricket in Times Square

George Selden

04/01/2008

The Day the Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt

06/27/2013

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce

06/19/2012

The Giver

Lois Lowry

01/24/2006

The House at Pooh Corner

A. A. Milne

08/01/1992

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick

01/30/2007

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

11/01/2007

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

Rick Riordan

03/21/2006

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis

08/22/2000

The Little Engine That Could

Watty Piper

12/27/2012

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

03/05/2013

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Beverly Cleary

03/18/2014

The New Way Things Work

David Macaulay

10/26/1998

The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch

2/1/1992

The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster

10/25/2011

The Real Mother Goose

Blanche Fisher Wright

10/01/1994

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

11/14/2013

The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)

Carolyn Keene

05/01/1930

The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats

10/28/1976

The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant

Jean De Brunhoff

09/12/1937

The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf

03/31/2011

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

Kate DiCamillo

04/11/2006

The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1)

Franklin W. Dixon

06/01/1959

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

03/23/1994

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963

Christopher Paul Curtis

12/12/2000

The Wednesday Wars

Gary D. Schmidt

05/18/2009

The Westing Game

Ellen Raskin

04/12/2004

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

09/15/2003

The Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum

03/27/2008

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

04/19/1993

Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbit

8/21/2007

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech

12/27/2011

Watership Down

Richard Adams

10/23/2012

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin

04/12/2011

Where the Red Fern Grows

Wilson Rawls

09/01/1996

Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein

02/18/2014

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

12/26/2012

Wonder

R. J. Palacio

02/14/2012

 
more info: amazon.com/top100