Saturday, April 24, 2010

I'm a Bibliophile!

Don't know what that is?  Well, according to Merriam-Webster, a bibliophile is simply a "lover of books."  Ask anyone to tell you one thing that I have lots of, and most will tell you books.  I can't ever remember not knowing how to read.  And even as I was reading on my own, my parents were still reading to me and my siblings.  My mom would read her magazines and romance novels; my dad would read Tarzan and Louis Lamour books.  A love of the written word has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. 

I was looking through my overstuffed Google Reader and came across a post from Faith, Family, and Fun.  It was all about the Top 100 Children's Novels.   She got her list from, which conducted a poll and then compiled a list of the 100 most listed books.

When I was going to college, one of my required courses was Children's Literature.  I loved it!  I still read books that would be considered children's literature.  I read those that have been around for nearly 100 years and things written within the last 10 or 20.  I love books!  I chose a different website for my list of 100 books.  I went to, a site I became familiar with when I was taking that college course.  There are so many different kinds of lists here that I couldn't choose just one.  So, I took a few books off of each of the various lists.   
So like quinnschilling at Faith, Family, and Fun, I have listed my Top 100 Children's Books and Novels.  I have read all of these!  I can't believe it.  In fact, some of these have been read more than once, some many times.  I recommend each and every one of these books.  Some are for younger children and some are for older children.  All are for grown-ups.  They are perfect to read on one's own or as a family read aloud.

If the author has a website or blog, I have also listed that.  Many of these author sites have more than just information on the author and the books their books.  Many have interactive pages for kids (or kids at heart) and pages that provide lesson ideas for using the book as a teaching tool. 

My Top 100 Children's Books and Novels

  1.   Little WomenLouisa May Alcott

  2.   Little Men ~ Louisa May Alcott

  3.  A Secret Garden ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

  4. The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery

  5. Black Beauty ~ Anna Sewell

  6. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ Mark Twain

  7. Charlotte's Web ~ E. B. White

  8. Little House in the Big Woods ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  9. Little House on the Prairie ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  10. On the Banks of Plum Creek ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  11. Farmer Boy ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  12. By the Shores of Silver Lake ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  13. Little Town on the Prairie ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  14. The Long Winter ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  15. The First Four Years ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  16. These Happy Golden Years ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

  17. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase ~ Joan Aiken

  18. Tuck Everlasting ~ Natalie Babbitt

  19. Caddie Woodlawn ~ Carol Ryrie Brink

  20. Ramona the Pest ~ Beverly Cleary

  21. Beezus and Ramona ~ Beverly Cleary

  22. Henry Huggins ~ Beverly Cleary

  23. James and the Giant Peach ~ Roald Dahl

  24. Harriet the Spy ~ Louise Fitzhugh

  25. Diary of a Young Girl ~ Anne Frank

  26. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler ~ E. L. Konigsburg

  27. Ben and Me ~ Robert Lawson

  28. Number the Stars ~ Lois Lowry

  29. The Giver ~ Lois Lowry

  30. Esperanza Rising ~ Pam Munoz Ryan

  31. Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride ~ Pam Munoz Ryan

  32. Sarah, Plain and Tall ~ Patricia MacLachlan

  33. Make Way for Ducklings ~ Robert McCloskey

  34. One Morning in Maine ~ Robert McCloskey

  35. Blueberries for Sal ~ Robert McCloskey

  36. Holes ~ Louis Sachar

  37. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry ~ Mildred Taylor

  38. The Boxcar Children ~ Gertrude Chandler Warner

  39. Cheaper by the Dozen ~ Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr.

  40. The Velveteen Rabbit or, How Toys Become Real ~ Margery Williams

  41. The Tale of Despereaux ~ Kate DiCamillo

  42. The Westing Game ~ Ellen Raskin

  43. How to Eat Fried Worms ~ Thomas Rockwell

  44. RoxaboxenAlice McLerran

  45. Miss Rumphius ~ Barbara Cooney

  46. Island Boy ~ Barbara Cooney

  47. Eleanor ~ Barbara Cooney

  48. Hattie and the Wild Waves ~ Barbara Cooney

  49. Ox-Cart Man ~ Donald Hall

  50. Madeline ~ Ludwig Bemelmans

  51. The Old Man and the Sea ~ Ernest Hemingway

  52. Danger: The Dog-Yard Cat ~ Libby Riddles

  53. Storm Run:The Story of the First Woman to Win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race ~ Libby Riddles

  54. My Side of the Mountain ~ Jean Craighead George 

  55. The Stinky Cheese Man ~ Jon Scieszka

  56. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! ~ Jon Scieszka

  57. Crispin: The Cross of Lead ~ Avi

  58. The Bad Beginning ~ Lemony Snicket

  59. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ~ Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

  60. Bad Day at Riverbend ~ Chris Van Allsburg

  61. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick ~ Chris Van Allsburg

  62. Stellaluna ~ Janell Cannon

  63. Verdi ~ Janell Cannon

  64. Crickwing ~ Janell Cannon

  65. The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure ~ Hans Magnus Enzensberger

  66. The Mitten ~ Jan Brett

  67. The Hat ~ Jan Brett

  68. The Legend of Lightning Larry ~ Aaron Shepherd

  69. The Keeping Quilt ~ Patricia Polacco

  70. Chicken Sunday ~ Patricia Polacco

  71. The Outsiders ~ S. E. Hinton

  72. Encyclopedia Brown ~ Donald J. Sobol

  73. How the Grinch Stole Christmas ~ Dr. Seuss

  74. The Crippled Lamb ~ Max Lucado

  75. Olive, The Other Reindeer ~ Vivian Walsh

  76. Love, Ruby Lavender ~ Deborah Wiles

  77. Each Little Bird That Sings ~ Deborah Wiles

  78. Yonder ~ Tony Johnston and Lloyd Bloom

  79. Olivia - Ian Falconer

  80. Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ Doreen Rappaport

  81. I Have a Dream ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., introduction byCoretta Scott King

  82. The Wall – by Eve Bunting

  83. When I Was Young in the Mountains ~ Cynthia Rylant and Diane Goode

  84. Bud, Not Buddy ~  by Christopher Paul Curtis

  85. Snowflake Bentley ~ Jaqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian

  86. Miss Nelson Is Missing! ~ Harry G. Allard, Jr.

  87. Amelia Bedelia ~Peggy Parish

  88. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! ~ Karen Beaumont

  89. Through My Eyes ~ Ruby Bridges

  90. A Cool Drink of Water ~ Barbara Kerley

  91. N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims ~ Robert D. San Souci

  92. Hannah and Jack ~ Mary Nethery and Mary Morgan

  93. Owl Moon ~ Jane Yolen

  94. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? ~ Jane Yolen

  95. Out of the Dust ~ Karen Hesse

  96. Where the Wild Things Are ~ Maurice Sendak

  97. Grandfather's Journey ~ Allen Say

  98. The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot ~ Alice and Martin Provensen

  99. Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman ~ Nikki Grimes

  100. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky ~ Faith Ringgold


Are you a bibliophile? 
What is your all-time favorite children's book?


  1. wow Cindi this was a lot of work!!! I too like reading children's books to my kids and for myself. My favorites that have stood out to me over these years are, The Outsiders, The Girl Who Owned a City,and Skippy John Jones. Thank you keeping us educated!

  2. Ooooo are you in for a treat!! You HAVE to read Gary Paulson!! (or Paulsen - I'm too lazy to get up and check!) Anyways one story that made me laugh out loud was Harris and Me... you just have to get down to the library and find him. I've read most of the books on your list too but there are a couple I might just have to go check out - thanks!

  3. Oh - one more...have you read the Box Car kids?


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