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Top 50 children's books of all time

Published: Tuesday, May 8 2012 9:06 a.m. MDT

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This biography of Amelia Earhart pairs the life of the world-famous aviatrix with the search for her downed plane on her final flight. It’s so gripping your tween will be hoping against hope that the rescuers find her.

Random House. Ages 8 to 12.
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Scott Cowley
Sandy, UT

The only comment I have is PLEASE ditch the pagination. I know you use it for pageviews, but it would be great to have a "view all" page. Just think of all the little children with dial-up who have to wait for 4 minutes just to have a page load. They'll never get to see all of the "best books" because you decided they had to wait for each page to load individually. Have a heart!

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I agree with most of the selections made, but I abhore Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. All children remember about it are the unsavory parts. Later the author wrote books that had even less value.

I Choose Freedom
Atlanta, GA

Great selections in this list. But one that is missing is "The Indian in the Cupboard" series. These are fabulous books that I read to my kids many times as they were growing up. And I enjoyed the stories as much as my kids!

Whip
Orem, UT

Great list! Library, here we come!

HotGlobe
SAN RAFAEL, CA

The Yearling, Treasure Island, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Wind in the Willows? All should be in the top ten but don't even make the list? Oh well, clearly this list can be ignored.

utahprincipal801
Sandy, UT

Some new books on here I haven't read yet! Gonna download this and take it to the library with my grandkids next Tuesday!

PLM
Kaysville, UT

Did I miss Winnie the Pooh? I agree with HotGlobe - no Wind in the Willows? I was glad to see CS Lewis included. Golden Compass - thumbs down.

SandyofOrem
Orem, UT

#1 "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (Age 3-6)
#2 "Charlotte’s Web" by E.B. White (Age 8-12)
#3 "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (Age 6mo-3)
#4 "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" by J.K. Rowli (Age 8-12)
#5 "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle (Age 6mo-3)
#6 "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss (Age 3-6)
#7 "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L’Engle (Age 8-12)
#8 "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats (Age 6mo-3)
#9 "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis (Age 8-12)
#10 "Knuffle Bunny" by Mo Willems (Age 3-6)
#11 "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Age 8-12)
#12 "Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh (Age 8-12)
#13 "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl (Age 8-12)
#14 "Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans (Age 3-6)
#15 "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien (Age 8-12)
#16 "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster (Age 8-12)
#17 "The Complete Adventures of Curious George" by H.A. and Margret Rey (Age 3-6)
#18 "Holes" by Louis Sachar (Age 8-12)
#19 Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary (Age 6-9)
#20 "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert (Age 6mo-3)
#21 "The Arrival" by Shaun Tan (Age 8-12)
#22 "Matilda" by Roald Dahl (Age 8-12)
#23 "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter (Age 3-6)
#24 "Bark, George" by Jules Feiffer (Age 3-6)
#25 "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick (Age 8-12)
#26 "Anna Hibiscus" by Atinuke (Age 6-9)
#27 "Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse" by Kevin Henkes (Age 3-6)
#28 "A Light in the Attic" by Shel Silverstein
#29 "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume (Age 8-12)
#30 "George and Martha" by James Marshall (Age 3-6)
#31 "The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis (Age 8-12)
#32 "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina (Age 6mo-3)
#33 "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg (Age 8-12)
#34 "The Paper Bag Princess" by Robert Munsch (Age 3-6)
#35 "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry (Age 8-12)
#36 "Olivia" by Ian Falconer (Age 3-6)
#37 "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman (Age 8-12)
#38 "Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11" by Brian Floca (Age 6-9)
#39 "Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters" by John Steptoe (Age 3-6)
#40 "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman (Age 3-6)
#41 The Bone series by Jeff Smit (Age 8-12)
#42 "Little Bear" by Else Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak (Age 3-6)
#43 "Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse" by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Masse (Age 6-9)
#44 "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman (Age 8-12)
#45 "Doctor De Soto" by William Steig (Age 3-6)
#46 "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan (Age 8-12)
#47 "Go Away, Big Green Monster!" by Ed Emberley (Age 3-6)
#49 "My Father’s Dragon" by Ruth Gannett Stiles, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (Age 6-9)
#48 "Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave" by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Age 6-9)
#49 "My Father’s Dragon" by Ruth Gannett Stiles, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (Age 6-9)
#50 "Amelia Lost" by Candace Fleming (Age 8-12)

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