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100 Greatest Books for Kids

on February 17, 2012

Compiled by Parent & Child Magazine. So what is the most beloved book on the list? The honor goes to Wilbur, the amazing piglet, of EB White’s classic Charlotte’s Web, who tops the list at #1.

Scholastic has a really cool interactive website to display the books, ranked from 1 to 100 and can also be viewed by titles designated for specific age groups: ages 0-3 >> ages 4-7 >> ages 8-10 >> ages 11+

Many of my favorites made the list, classics and contemporary titles. Although some titles have me scratching my noggin’ for a further explanation. Why did Harold and the Purple Crayon get snubbed? It was one of my favorites. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Greg Kinney made it on the list though at #38 & won the award for Most Relatable Character.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney should be closer to the top of the list and not at the low scale of #79.

I’ve put in Bold the ones I’ve already read during my 28 years of living. 34 of 100. Yikes. That’s terrible for a Children’s librarian. At least now I have a list of books to start reading next time I am perusing at the library. Actually, I think I’ll make it a goal to read/reread all 100 books by the end of this year. Wish me luck and I hope you join me in this very impromptu challenge!

Scholastic 100 Greatest Books for Kids


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


Graeme Base

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