10 Books That Should Have Been on the 100 Greatest Books for Kids List But Weren't

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Didn't Make the List!

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 10
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    by 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 10
    The Seven Silly Eaters
    by 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 10
    21 Balloons
    by 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 10
    Alice in Wonderland
    by 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 10
    Duck Rabbit
    By 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 10
    Little House on the Prairie
    By 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 10
    Harry The Dirty Dog
    by 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 10
    The Polar Express
    by 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 10
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    by 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 10
    The Borrowers
    By 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.


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