Wednesday, February 2, 2011

How Well Read Are You-Children's Books Edition

You might have seen the BBC meme Book List Challenge on Facebook before.  Many of my friends expressed surprise when they found out I had only read 10 of the 100 books on the list.  How could this be? I'm known as a voracious reader with a towering pile of books and recommendations.  Well, like Moxy Maxwell, I love to read.  But I like to read what I want to read...not what someone tells me have to read.  Today Cyndi over at Dog-Eared and Bookmarked posted a fun Children's Literature edition using's 100 Best Books for Kids List.  So, let me redeem myself!  The books I have read are marked in purple.  Let's see how I make out on THIS list...

Books for All Ages
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Books for Preschoolers
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Books for Children Ages 4-8
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

Books for Children Ages 9-12
Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (I'm reading this one right now!)
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Giver by Lois Lowry
James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story by Roald Dahl
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Books for Young Adults
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Now 65 is more like it!  I feel pretty good that several of the ones I haven't read are on my "Books I Should Have Read in School" shelf on Goodreads. Thanks to Cyndi for the fun and for allowing me to share this great idea with my readers.  

So how many books on this list have you read?  What book (or books) were your favorites?  What book do you think is missing?  Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2011 and one lucky commenter will receive a book from me!   Be sure to include your email so I can contact the winner!

Happy Reading!


  1. Are you thinking of trying a Little House book soon

  2. I've read 36. I just re-read Tuck Everlasting today-it is one of my favorite books! As for what I would add to the list? I'd have to say, Alice in Wonderland and The Black Stallion.

    email: michelle.e.louis (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. I have read 79 of them, although I noticed that the list is a little weird. A specific Laura Ingalls Wilder book is mentioned, followed by the entire series. The same thing happens with C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. And when it says "Arthur series" which I did say I had read, does it include just the classics (which I have read most of) or the newer ones based on the TV show, which includes chapter books?

    Maybe this is also unfair because I have read A LOT of these in school, so I wonder if there is an age skewing here?

    Sam @ the library (do you still need my email?)

  4. Phew! Between my own childhood, my teaching, and my graduate work, I've hit 84 of them. I LOVED the Little House Books and read those all in one summer when I was in 4th or 5th grade.

    Also, I definitely recommend you read The Watsons Go to Birmingham. I've read it 2 or 3 times will stick with you.

  5. I'm a child of the late 70s-early 80s, and wow...a lot of those books brought back memories! Ah, to be a kid again. :)

    I've read 62, but wish the number was higher. So many books, so little time.

    Thanks for the fun exercise!

    Betsy Parkes

  6. Phew! From my childhood, he was teaching, and practice, he hit 84. The little House "books" of love and read all the summer when I was in class IV or v. Books For Children

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