100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

100 childrens books

“The Amazon books editors got together and chose 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime. We defined children’s books as those for kids age 12 or younger. We want to know what books you would choose. Add titles below, and vote on the titles added by fellow readers.

See the Amazon editors’ list here

And since I love check lists for books and reading here we go… I’ve read 36, marked in blue. Bold means I own it too. On the To-read shelf marked in green.

11/24/14 Edit – I checked out 5 of the picture books on this list from the library last week and read them. Those books and any others I may read from this point on out are marked in grey.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Aesop’s Fables
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit) by Beatrix Potter
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Corduroy by Don Freeman
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Holes by Louis Sachar
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Owen by Kevin Henkes
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Press Here by Hervé Tullet
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) by Rick Riordan
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1) by Carolyn Keene
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1) by Franklin W. Dixon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Wonder by R. J. Palacio

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