Wednesday, October 2, 2013

100 Best Children's Books of the Past 100 Years

The New York Public Library released this list of the best 100 children's books of the past 100 years.  Do you agree with their choices?  For more information about how the list was compiled, or about any of NYPL's wonderful programs, click here.

A


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


by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz (1972)

All-of-a-Kind Family


by Sydney Taylor, illustrated by Helen John (1951)

Amelia Bedelia


by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel (1963)

The Arrival


by Shaun Tan (2007)



B


Bark, George


by Jules Feiffer (1999)

Because of Winn-Dixie


by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

Ben’s Trumpet 


by Rachel Isadora (1979)

Big Red Lollipop


by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (2010)

The Birchbark House 


by Louise Erdrich (1999)

The Book of Three


by Lloyd Alexander (1964)

The Borrowers


by Mary Norton, illustrated by Beth Krush and Joe Krush (1953)

The Bossy Gallito/El Gallo De Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale


by Lucía M. González, illustrated by Lulu Delacre (1994)

Bread and Jam for Frances


by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964)

Bridge to Terabithia


by Katherine Paterson (1977)

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle (1967)



C


Caps for Sale


by Esphyr Slobodkina (1938)

The Cat in the Hat


by Dr. Seuss (1957)

Chains


by Laurie Halse Anderson (2008)

A Chair For My Mother


by Vera B. Williams (1982)

Charlotte’s Web


by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams (1952)

Chato’s Kitchen


by Gary Soto, illustrated by Susan Guevara (1995)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Ehlert (1989)

Corduroy


by Don Freeman (1976)

Curious George


by H.A. Rey (1941)



D


D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths


by Ingri D’Aulaire and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (1962)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!


by Mo Willems (2003)



E


Esperanza Rising


by Pam Muñoz Ryan (2000)



F


Freight Train


by Donald Crews (1978)

Frog and Toad Are Friends


by Arnold Lobel (1970)

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


by E.L. Konigsburg (1967)



G


George and Martha


by James Marshall (1972)

The Giver 


by Lois Lowry (1993)

Go, Dog. Go!


by P.D. Eastman (1961)

Goodnight Moon


by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947)

Grandfather’s Journey


by Allen Say (1993)

The Graveyard Book


by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean (2008)

Green Eggs and Ham


by Dr. Seuss (1960)



H


Harold and the Purple Crayon


by Crockett Johnson (1955)

Harriet the Spy


by Louise Fitzhugh (1964)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


by J.K. Rowling (1998)

Hatchet


by Gary Paulsen (1989)

The Hobbit


by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

Holes


by Louis Sachar (1998)



I


The Invention of Hugo Cabret


by Brian Selznick (2007)



J


Joseph Had a Little Overcoat


by Simms Taback (1999)

Jumanji


by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book 


by Yuyi Morales (2003)



L


Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse


by Kevin Henkes (1996)

The Lion and the Mouse


by Jerry Pinkney (2009)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


by C.S. Lewis (1950)

The Little House


by Virginia Lee Burton (1942)

The Little Prince


by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)

Locomotion


by Jacqueline Woodson (2003)

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China


by Ed Young (1989)



M


Madeline


by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)

Make Way for Ducklings 


by Robert McCloskey (1941)

Matilda 


by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake (1988)

Meet Danitra Brown 


by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (1994)

Millions of Cats


by Wanda Gág (1928)

Miss Nelson is Missing!


by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall (1977)

Mr. Popper's Penguins


by Richard and Florence Atwater; illustrated by Robert Lawson (1938)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH


by Robert C. O’Brien (1971)

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale


by John Steptoe (1987)

My Father’s Dragon


by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (1948)

My Name is Yoon


by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (2003)



O


Olivia


by Ian Falconer (2000)

One Crazy Summer


by Rita Williams-Garcia (2010)



P


The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales


by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1985)

The Phantom Tollbooth


by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer (1961)

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue


by Maurice Sendak (1962)

Pink and Say


by Patricia Polacco (1994)

Pippi Longstocking


by Astrid Lindgren (1950)



R


Ramona the Pest


by Beverly Cleary (1968)

Rickshaw Girl


by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan (2007)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


by Mildred D. Taylor (1976)

Rumpelstiltskin


by Paul O. Zelinsky (1986)



S


A Sick Day for Amos MCGee


by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (2010)

The Snowy Day 


by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)

Starry River of the Sky


by Grace Lin (2012)

The Stories Julian Tells


by Ann Cameron, illustrated by Ann Strugnell (1981)

The Story of Ferdinand


by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson (1936)

Strega Nona 


by Tomie dePaola (1975)

Swimmy


by Leo Lionni (1963)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble


by William Steig (1969)



T


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing 


by Judy Blume (1972)

The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit


by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (1987)

Tar Beach


by Faith Ringgold (1991)

Ten, Nine, Eight


by Molly Bang (1983)

Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose


by Tomie dePaola (1985)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs


by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (1989)

Tuesday


by David Wiesner (1991)



V


The Very Hungry Caterpillar


by Eric Carle (1969)



W


The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963


by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)

The Westing Game


by Ellen Raskin (1978)

When You Reach Me 


by Rebecca Stead (2009)

Where Is the Green Sheep?


by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek (2004)

Where the Wild Things Are


by Maurice Sendak (1963)

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears


by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1975)

Winnie-the-Pooh


by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard (1926)

A Wrinkle in Time


by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)


Happy reading,
Christine

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