The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time

Here we are! While last time, I depended on somebody else to make a table, this time I made the table myself. What follows is a list of the top 100 children’s books of all time, and while I started out being, “Oh, I recognize this book and I have/haven’t read it!,” as the list went on, I discovered that, once we hit number fifty or so, I was having trouble with the books. I had no idea what some of them were.

I’ve read 42/100 of the books on this list, which was honestly quite shocking. I had no idea that I would’ve read more of these picture books than the young adult book list that I posted last week.

My main problem with this list is that there are two novels on here, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Out of My Mind, both of which qualify as Kid’s Fiction novels, not as picture books (which is what the rest of the books on this list are!). I can’t even begin to fathom why these books are on this list, but maybe you can figure it out?

For the most part, there are far fewer Dr. Seuss books on this list than I thought there would be, and there are many books on here that I wouldn’t have thought would be on here (Library Lion, for one). I’m surprised there aren’t more Little Golden Books on here, because weren’t those considered the “cream of the crop” books to read to small children?

Where’s The Velveteen Rabbit? What about Miss Suzy (or was that one solely me)? I demand answers to this riddle!

Rank & Title Read?
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Yes
2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats No
3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Yes
4. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey No
5. Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik Yes
6. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen No
7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Yes
8. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka Yes
9. Tuesday by David Wiesner No
10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein Yes
11. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson No
12. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey No
13. Olivia by Ian Falconer No
14. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans Yes
15. Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno No
16. The Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel Yes
17. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin Yes
18. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf No
19. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems Yes
20. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss Yes
21. Corduroy by Don Freeman Yes
22. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen Yes
23. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney No
24. Brave Irene by William Steig No
25. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst Yes
26. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Yes
27. Press Here by Herve Tullet No
28. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt Yes
29. Whistle for Willy by Ezra Jack Keats No
30. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg No
31. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss No
32. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag Yes
33. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault Yes
34. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond No
35. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne Yes
36. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Yes
37. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton No
38. Go, Dog, Go! by PD Eastman No
39. Mama Don’t Allow by Thacher Hurd No
40. Eloise by Kay Thompson No
41. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russel Hoban No
42. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish Yes
43. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch Yes
44. Animalia by Graeme Base No
45. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak No
46. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French No
47. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel Yes
48. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett No
49. Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day Yes
50. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett No
51. Hello, Rock by Roger Bradfield No
52. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson No
53. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig No
54. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown No
55. Jazz by Walter Dean Meyers No
56. The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg No
57. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Yes
58. We are in a Book! by Mo Willems No
59. Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill No
60. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown Yes
61. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren No
62. Journey by Aaron Becker No
63. Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss Yes
64. The Red Balloon by A. Lamorisse No
65. Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan No
66. Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling No
67. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton No
68. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead No
69. Snow Loris by Alexis Deacon No
70. The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown No
71. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce No
72. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss Yes
73. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper Yes
74. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry No
75. The New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky No
76. How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills No
77. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Talesby Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith Yes
78. The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff Yes
79. The Three Questions by Jon J Muth No
80. Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say No
81. We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson No
82. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury Yes
83. Arthur’s Nose by Marc Brown Yes
84.  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff Yes
85. Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman by Maira Kalman No
86. Miss Nelson is Missing! by James Marshall Yes
87. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes Yes
88. Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee No
89. Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi No
90. Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer No
91. Lon Po Po by Ed Young Yes
92. The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan & Jan Berenstain Yes
93. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater Yes
94. Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen Yes
95. The Real Mother Goose by Yes
96. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion Yes
97. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper No
98. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey Yes
99. Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin No
100. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon Yes

Because I actually wrote out, by hand, every single yes/no and title/author of these books, I’m counting EVERYTHING towards my writing goal for today. Sorry, y’all. I didn’t count last week because I just copied/pasted the list, but this one I actually worked for.

What do you think of this list? Did your favorite kids’ book make the list, or is it missing? How many have you read? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.


Word Counts:

Blog: 19,434/10,000 || Thesis: 2,895/10,000

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