Scholastic Parent & Child magazine just came out with their list the “100 Greatest Books for Kids.” It’s a list that includes books for the under 3 set from Pat the Bunny to Corduroy to top titles in young adult fiction like The Hunger Games and Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret. The top five included Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, A Wrinkle In Time, The Snowy Day and Where the Wild Things Are. But while we perused the entire list of 100 we noticed that some of our personal favorites didn’t make the list and a couple of them, well they seemed like pretty big omissions.
Here are ten children’s books we love that should have made the list:
Do you have any books you’d want to see on there that weren’t?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 1 of 10by Roald Dahl
His book Matilda made the list, but we were really surprised the more popular Charlie and The Chocolate Factory wasn't on the list.
The Seven Silly Eaters 2 of 10by Mary Ann Hoberman
This is a charming tale of a frazzled mom and her seven children and it all ends in cake, and who doesn't love cake?
21 Balloons 3 of 10by William Pene Du Bois
An adventurous tale involving hot air balloons, mysterious islands, gold and food! It's one of my personal childhood favorites that I can't wait to read to my own kid.
Alice in Wonderland 4 of 10by Lewis Carroll
How is Alice in Wonderland not on the list? Yes, it can read a little wonky to our kids, but it was so influential and important, it seems strange that it wasn't on the list.
Duck Rabbit 5 of 10By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
For the young set, I would recommend this simple yet thought provoking book. My daughter could not get enough of it when she was younger and became a fast favorite.
Little House on the Prairie 6 of 10By Laura Ingalls Wilder
Almost every single little girl visits this little house (the one on the prairie that is). It is a favorite that has spanned generations. Its omission was another big surprise to us.
Harry The Dirty Dog 7 of 10by Gene Zion
My family, we love all the Harry books from No Roses for Harry to Harry by the Sea to the classic Harry the Dirty Dog. They really are adorable.
The Polar Express 8 of 10by Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg creates amazing books. And it's not just his stories but his very detailed illustrations that make them so special. The Polar Express may be considered a holiday book, but it's still amazing. And really, any of his other books like The Garden of Abdul Gasazi or The Sweetest Fig would have been a great addition to the list.
Harold and the Purple Crayon 9 of 10by Crockett Johnson
This book recently celebrated its 50th birthday. And it's just as youthful, fun and lovely as the day it was first printed. A total classic.
The Borrowers 10 of 10By Mary Norton
As I write this The Borrowers is the number one seller in the children's section of Amazon. This new uptick in sales probably has to do with the new movie The Secret World Of Arrietty which was based on Mary Norton's book. It's charming, so sweet and totally timeless.