100 Greatest Books for Kids

USA Today uncovered the Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine’s “100 Greatest Books for Kids” and Harry Potter made the list. JK Rowling is featured on the cover of the March issue, which features the list, and when asked why Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was only #6 (and the only one on the list) P&C’s editor-in-chief Nick Friedman said “although it is undoubtedly one the of the greatest in history, it is only 15 years old and hasn’t had time to become established”. This reporter feels a little differently.

Topping the list at #1 was Charlotte’s Web, and at 60 years old the story emerged as “sophisticated”. Friedman and four other editors made the final list from nearly 500 titles. Editors added The Hunger Games to the list but felt that Twilight was “too mature”. I can’t argue with that, but I can’t help but feel that the violence in THG is more accepted than the love scenes in Twilight. What do you think?

The full list of winners can be seen below.

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  4. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
  7. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  9. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  10. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  11. Anne of Green Gables by  L.M. Montgomery
  12. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  13. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  14. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  15. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  16. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  17. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  18. When Marian Sang by Pam Munoz Ryan
  19. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
  20. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  21. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  22. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  23. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  24. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  25. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  26. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  27. Black on White by Tana Hoban
  28. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  29. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
  30. My Rotten Redhead Older Brother by Patricia Polacco
  31. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  32. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  33. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  34. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  35. Freight Train by Donald Crews
  36. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  37. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood
  38. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  39. Zen Shorts by John J. Muth
  40. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
  41. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  42. What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry
  43. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  44. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
  45. The Composition by Antonio Skarmeta
  46. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  47. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  48. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  49. Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport
  50. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  51. Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose by Sylvia Long
  52. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  53. The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne
  54. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  55. Smile! by Roberta Grobel Intrater
  56. Living Sunlight by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
  57. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  58. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Cahvez by Kathleen Krull
  59. Dear Juno by Soyung Pak
  60. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes… by Annie Kubler
  61. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  62. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  63. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  64. My Truck Is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis
  65. Birds by Kevin Henkes
  66. The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan
  67. Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
  68. Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz
  69. The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks by Joanna Cole
  70. Blackout by John Rocco
  71. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  72. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  73. Tea With Milk by Allen Say
  74. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  75. Holes by Louis Sachar
  76. Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden
  77. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
  78. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  79. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  80. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
  81. Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  82. Ivy+Bean by Annie Barrows
  83. Yoko by Rosemary Wells
  84. No No Yes by Leslie Patricelli
  85. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  86. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  87. Rules by Cynthia Lord
  88. Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
  89. An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
  90. Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
  91. Team Moon: How 400,00 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
  92. What Shall We do With the Boo Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell
  93. We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
  94. I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis
  95. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  96. Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
  97. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
  98. First Words by Roger Priddy
  99. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman
  100. Animalia by Graeme Base
Posted by on February 16, 2012 at 2:12 am.

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