Three lists of 100 children’s books

 I found the first list here at Painted Rainbows.  It was said to have been created from a survey of the National Education Association, but then I clicked on the link, and apparently, the list has morphed from its original form.  So, I will do the list I lifted from Painted Rainbows, then the original list, then a third list of recommended picture books. 

The first list features a wide range of children’s books, from picture books to young adult novels.  I will bold the ones I’ve read personally and remember from my childhood, or read to my kids.  A couple I will bold that I know my kids have read, but I’ve not.  Some of them sound familiar, but unless I have a solid recollection of what the book’s about, I’m not bolding it.  I/We have read 67 of them.

I will say straight out that I’m not a Chris Van Allsburg fan.  I think his work is creepy.  I’ve flipped through most all of his books, but not completely read any of them. 

And why is Little House in the Big Woods and then the entire Little House series listed separately?  Same with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, then the Chronicles of Narnia (which is actually the title of the whole seven-book series)?  I nitpick.  🙂 

  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
  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
  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 Prairie 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: A Children’s Story 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. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
  55. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  56. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  57. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
  58. Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
  59. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  60. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  61. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  62. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  63. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  64. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  65. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  66. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  67. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  68. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  69. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  70. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
  71. Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
  72. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  73. The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  74. Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey
  75. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
  76. Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown
  77. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  78. Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  79. Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  80. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  81. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  82. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  83. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  84. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  85. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  86. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  87. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  88. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  89. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  90. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
  91. The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
  92. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  93. Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  94. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  95. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  96. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
  97. The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  98. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  99. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
  100. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Now, here’s the “real” NEA list, of which I’ve read far fewer:

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  3. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  5. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  6. I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
  7. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  8. Oh! The Places You Will Go by Dr. Seuss
  9. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  10. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  11. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
  12. Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  13. The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss
  14. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  15. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  16. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  17. Crunching Carrots, Not Candy by Judy Slack
  18. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willlems
  19. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  20. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  21. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  22. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  23. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  24. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  25. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  26. Tacky the Penquin by Helen Lester
  27. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  28. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  29. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  30. Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type Doreen Cronin
  31. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  32. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
  33. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
  34. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  35. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  36. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  37. Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
  38. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  39. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
  40. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  41. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
  42. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  43. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  44. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  45. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  46. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  47. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  48. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  49. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  50. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  51. The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
  52. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  53. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
  54. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  55. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
  56. Bunnicula by James Howe
  57. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  58. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  59. Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom DeLuise
  60. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  61. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  62. Frederick by Leo Lionni
  63. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  64. Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  65. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  66. Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen
  67. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  68. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  69. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  70. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
  71. Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  72. Jan Brett’s books (I’m sure I haven’t read all of them, though.) 
  73. Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr.
  74. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  75. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  76. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  77. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  78. My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
  79. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  80. No David! by David Shannon
  81. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  82. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  83. Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
  84. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  85. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  86. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
  87. The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
  88. The Empty Pot by Demi
  89. The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop
  90. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  91. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  92. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  93. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  94. The Last Holiday Concert by Andrew Clements
  95. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  96. The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
  97. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  98. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
  99. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
  100. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Lastly, here’s a list of all picture books, again, found through Painted Rainbows, originating from the Public Library of Westland (Michigan).  (The links on the books’ titles will take you to that library’s catalogue.)  It’s called 100 Books Your Children Should Hear Before Starting School.  I will askterisk the ones (that I can remember) that we’ve read.  If I’ve counted correctly, we’ve only read 40 of them…

  1. Where’s My Teddy?
    Alborough, Jez
  2. Miss Nelson is Missing
    Allard, Harry
  3. Happy Birthday, Moon
    Asch, Frank
  4. Ten, Nine, Eight
    Bang, Molly
  5. *Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
    Barrett, Judi
  6. The Three Bears
    Barton, Byron
  7. I Like Myself
    Beaumont, Karen
  8. *Madeline
    Bemelmans, Ludwig
  9. The Mitten
    Brett, Jan
  10. *Clifford, the Big Red Dog
    Bridwell, Norman
  11. *Stone Soup
    Brown, Marcia
  12. *Goodnight, Moon
    Brown, Margaret Wise
  13. Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
    Burningham, John
  14. *Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    Burton, Virginia Lee
  15. *The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Carle, Eric
  16. *Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
    Christelow, Eileen
  17. Miss Rumphius
    Cooney, Barbara
  18. Freight Train
    Crews, Donald
  19. *Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
    Cronin, Doreen
  20. Today I Feel Silly
    Curtis, Jamie Lee
  21. *Strega Nona
    De Paola, Tomie
  22. Bed Hogs
    DiPucchio, Kelly
  23. *Are You My Mother?
    Eastman, P. D.
  24. Feathers For Lunch
    Ehlert, Lois
  25. Go Away, Big Green Monster!
    Emberley, Ed
  26. *Olivia
    Falconer, Ian
  27. Lunch
    Fleming, Denise
  28. The Magic Hat
    Fox, Mem
  29. *Corduroy
    Freeman, Don
  30. Millions of Cats
    Gag, Wanda
  31. The Three Billy Goats Gruff
    Galdone, Paul
  32. Barnyard Song
    Greene, Rhonda
  33. Is Your Mama a Llama?
    Guarino, Deborah
  34. A First Picture Book of Nursery Rhymes
    Harbour, Elizabeth (Illustrator)
  35. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
    Henkes, Kevin
  36. *Where’s Spot?
    Hill, Eric
  37. *Bread and Jam for Frances
    Hoban, Russell
  38. Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? An Adventure in Color
    Hoban, Tana
  39. Miss Mary Mack
    Hoberman, Mary Ann
  40. Rosie’s Walk
    Hutchins, Pat
  41. *Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Johnson, Crockett
  42. Splash!
    Jonas, Ann
  43. Jump, Frog, Jump!
    Kalan, Robert
  44. The Wolf’s Chicken Stew
    Kasza, Keiko
  45. *The Snowy Day
    Keats, Ezra Jack
  46. The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
    Kent, Jack
  47. Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock
    Kimmel, Eric
  48. Leo the Late Bloomer
    Kraus, Robert
  49. *The Carrot Seed
    Krauss, Ruth
  50. Over in the Meadow
    Langstaff, John
  51. *The Story of Ferdinand
    Leaf, Munro
  52. Tacky the Penguin
    Lester, Helen
  53. A Color of His Own
    Lionni, Leo
  54. *Frog and Toad are Friends
    Lobel, Arnold
  55. Froggy Gets Dressed
    London, Jonathan
  56. Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
    Martin, Bill
  57. *All By Myself
    Mayer, Mercer
  58. *Guess How Much I Love You
    McBratney, Sam
  59. *Make Way for Ducklings
    McCloskey, Robert
  60. Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!
    McPhail, David
  61. Martha Speaks
    Meddaugh, Susan
  62. The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
    Neitzel, Shirley
  63. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
    Noble, Trinka
  64. *If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Numeroff, Laura
  65. *Amelia Bedelia
    Parish, Peggy
  66. The Kissing Hand
    Penn, Audrey
  67. *The Rainbow Fish
    Pfister, Marcus
  68. *The Little Engine That Could
    Piper, Watty
  69. *The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    Potter, Beatrix
  70. Good Night, Gorilla
    Rathmann, Peggy
  71. *Curious George
    Rey, H. A.
  72. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
    Rosen, Michael
  73. The Relatives Came
    Rylant, Cynthia
  74. *Grandfather’s Journey
    Say, Allen
  75. *Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
    Scarry, Richard
  76. *Where the Wild Things Are
    Sendak, Maurice
  77. *The Cat in the Hat
    Dr. Seuss
  78. *Duck on a Bike
    Shannon, David
  79. Gregory, the Terrible Eater
    Sharmat, Mitchell
  80. It Looked Like Spilt Milk
    Shaw, Charles
  81. *Caps for Sale
    Slobodkina, Esphyr
  82. Imogene’s Antlers
    Small, David
  83. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    Steig, William
  84. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon
    Stevens, Janet
  85. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
    Taback, Simms
  86. Who’s Counting
    Tafuri, Nancy
  87. *Pigsty
    Teague, Mark
  88. Polar Express
    Van Allsburg, Chris
  89. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
    Viorst, Judith
  90. *Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
    Waber, Bernard
  91. Farmer Duck
    Waddell, Martin
  92. Mouse Paint
    Walsh, Ellen Stoll
  93. Noisy Nora
    Wells, Rosemary
  94. Knuffle Bunny
    Willems, Mo
  95. I Went Walking
    Williams, Sue
  96. A Chair for My Mother
    Williams, Vera B.
  97. *The Napping House
    Wood, Audrey
  98. *Owl Moon
    Yolen, Jane
  99. Seven Blind Mice
    Young, Ed
  100. *Harry, the Dirty Dog
    Zion, Gene

Whew!!  Done.

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About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on August 10, 2007, in Books I'm Reading, Memes, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. No Doris Burn? Those listmakers know nothing.

  2. Hey this is interesting. I like the original list a bit better. I’m going to edit the post to reflect your comment. Really, how did that happen. There are quite a few more that I like better. Hmmmm…

  3. John ~ You’ll be pleased, I’m sure, that Andrew Henry’s Meadow is a perennial favorite of my boys.

    Nina ~ I found the “actual” NEA list to be a bit… trendy, IMO. But then, I very often like the classic, tried-and-true. 🙂

  4. I wrote an updated post and list. You are right the list is much trendier and true to what teachers are reading today. I was a field rep for the book fair division of Scholastic and I can tell you that the list is heavily influenced by what Scholastic has published and what it has provided through the book fairs.

  5. I’ve started reading The Chronicles of Narnia to my nearly 5 year old… (We are up to The Horse and His Boy) and she…ok..we Love IT!
    I was so disappointed the other day when she watched Charlotte’s Web on DVD at a church event. I’d wanted to read it to her first. Don’t you think it’s a shame that all these great books get made into movies…well it’s a shame at least if they haven’t read them yet!
    Nice lists…..look forward to getting into some of those!

  6. Nina ~ Similar to what I said in our e-mail exchange, I have mixed feelings about teachers being SO influenced by book fairs and Scholastic. 😦

    Embejo ~ I’m a little upset and a little happy that my boys have thrashed my childhood set of the CofN. It was just a relatively inexpensive slipcovered paperback set, but still… I’m thrilled that they enjoy all the books, but need they destroy everything they touch?? Ugh. I’m looking forward to reading Charlotte’s Web to my two younger boys (8 & 5.5) in just another month or so… They’ve seen the movie, too, and really, it is nowhere near as magical as the book.

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