Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Children’s Novels: Top 50

First posted 2/19/2019.

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These are the top 50 children’s books based on an aggregate of titles’ appearances on 25+ general children’s book lists, and another 50+ general book lists. You can also see a list of top children’s picture books here.

  1. Lewis Carroll Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)/Through the Looking Glass (1871)
  2. E.B. White Charlotte’s Web (1952)
  3. J.K. Rowling Harry Potter (series, 1997-2007)
  4. C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia (series: 1950-1956)
  5. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince (1943)
  6. Louisa May Alcott Little Women (1869)
  7. Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
  8. William Grahame The Wind in the Willows (1908)
  9. L.M. Montgomery Anne of Green Gables (1908)
  10. A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)/House at Pooh Corner (1928)

  11. Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe (1719)
  12. Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
  13. Madeleine L’Engle A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
  14. Frances Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden (1987)
  15. Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (1883)
  16. Alexandre Dumas The Three Musketeers (1844)
  17. Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)
  18. anonymous/translated by Andrew Lang Arabian Nights (aka “One Thousand and One Nights”) (800 AD)
  19. Katherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia (1978)
  20. Anna Sewel Black Beauty (1877)

  21. Charles Dickens Oliver Twist (1838)
  22. Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series: 2007-present)
  23. Johanna Spyri Heidi (1880)
  24. Roald Dahl Matilda (1988)
  25. Louis Sachar Holes (1999)
  26. Norton Juster The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)
  27. L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
  28. Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie (series: 1932-71)
  29. Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking (1945)
  30. Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm Grimm’s Fairy Tales (1812)

  31. Lois Lowry Number the Stars (1990)
  32. J.M. Barrie Peter Pan (aka “Peter and Wendy”) (1911)
  33. Wilson Rawls Where the Red Fern Grows (1974)
  34. Mildred D. Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1977)
  35. Esther Forbes Johnny Tremain (1944)
  36. Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Book (1894)
  37. E.L. Konigsburg From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967)
  38. Elizabeth George Speare The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1959)
  39. Roald Dahl The BFG (1982)
  40. Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach (1988)

  41. Lemony Snicket (pseudonym for Daneil Handler) A Series of Unfortunate Events (series: 1999-2006)
  42. Scott O’Dell Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961)
  43. Brian Selznick The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)
  44. Natalie Babbit Tuck Everlasting (1975)
  45. Rbert C. O’Brien Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971)
  46. Kate DiCamillo Because of Winn-Dixie (2000)
  47. Louise Fitzhugh Harriet the Spy (1964)
  48. Patricia MacLachlan Sarah, Plain and Tall (1986)
  49. E.B. White Stuart Little (1945)
  50. Sharon Creech Walk Two Moons (1995)

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