Video Time: Top 100 Children’s Books

May 6th, 2010 by

So, you know how I have no life beyond kids’ books? Well, that means I spend a lot of time following other people’s websites and blogs about children’s books. Because, yes, I’m a little obsessed. And also, I have no life. No need to rub it in — I already admitted it!

Anyhoo… recently, one of those other kidlit bloggers had a fun little activity where she asked all of her readers to write in with their Top 10 lists of The Most Important Children’s Books of All Time.

Then she compiled all the lists she got from everyone and created one Super List of the Top 100 Children’s Books, as determined by her readers. And ta-da, here they are…

(Btw, the fun video format was created by yet a different kidlit blogger. Yes, there are a lot of us. You didn’t know? Surprise! We’re all around you, drinking coffee and paying bills and buying groceries like normal adults — while secretly counting down the days to the new Camp Half-Blood series, and debating whether we should forgive Snape in the end.)

Alright, so of course, now I want to know: how many of these 100 books have you read? And are any of your all-time faves missing from the list? Leave a comment and let me know! And here’s a handy-dandy text version of the list (PDF), in case you don’t want to watch that video over and over again, taking notes as you go along. Because I know that’s just how you want to spend your free time.

And in case you were wondering, I decided to make my Top 10 list a combo of big-deal books and my own personal favorites. And ta-da again, here it is…

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  3. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  4. Holes by Louis Sachar
  5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  6. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
  7. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  8. Pinky Pye by Eleanor Estes
  9. Buffalo Brenda by Jill Pinkwater
  10. Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern

— Karen

Karen still doesn’t like Snape. And that’s all there is to it.  More about Karen »


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