100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Children’s Book Edition

Regardless of the time of year, having the good books accessible to your children is important. This list of the 100 Book to Read in a Lifetime was put together by Amazon.  It is a list of classic books that every kid should read or have read to them. Some of the books are intended for the younger kids and others, like A Wrinkle in Time, are for the middle school/high school age reader.  

Use it as a guide for gift giving. Email this post to friends and family who aren’t sure what to get the kids for their birthday, holidays or other events. It’s a guaranteed useful gift. 

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100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Children’s Book Edition

Title Author  
A Wrinkle in Time  Madeleine L’Engle  
Aesop’s Fables   Don Daily  
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day    Judith Viorst  
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass     Lewis Carroll  
Amelia Bedelia      Peggy Parish  
And Tango Makes Three       Justin Richardson  
Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne’s House of … Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside        L.M. Montgomery  
Are You My Mother?         P.D. Eastman  
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret          . Judy Blume  
Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)           Beatrix Potter  
Betsy-Tacy            Maud Hart Lovelace  
Black Beauty             Anna Sewell  
Bread and Jam for Frances              Russell Hoban  
Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson  
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business               Esphyr Slobodkina  
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory                Roald Dahl  
Charlotte’s Web                 E. B. White  
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom                  Bill Martin Jr.  
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs                   Judi Barrett  
Coraline                    Neil Gaiman  
Corduroy                     Don Freeman  
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths                      Ingri d’Aulaire  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid                       Jeff Kinney  
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!                        Mo Willems  
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection                         (c, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks) Dr. Seuss  
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective                          Donald J. Sobol  
Esperanza Rising                           Pam Munoz Ryan  
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler                            E.L. Konigsburg  
Goodnight Moon                             Margaret Wise Brown  
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site                              Sherri Duskey Rinker  
Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales                               Jacob Grimm  
Guess How Much I Love You                                Sam McBratney  
Harold and the Purple Crayon                                 Crockett Johnson  
Harriet the Spy                                  Louise Fitzhugh  
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone                                   J.K. Rowling  
Holes                                    Louis Sachar  
Island of the Blue Dolphins                                     Scott O’Dell  
Jumanji                                      Chris Van Allsburg  
Little House on the Prairie                                       Laura Ingalls Wilder  
Little Women                                        Louisa May Alcott  
Llama Llama Red Pajama                                         Anna Dewdney  
Madeline                                          Ludwig Bemelmans  
Make Way for Ducklings                                           Robert McCloskey  
Maniac Magee                                            Jerry Spinelli  
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel                                             Virginia Lee Burton  
Mr. Popper’s Penguins                                              Richard Atwater  
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH                                               Robert C. O’Brien  
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle                                                Betty MacDonald  
My Side of the Mountain                                                 Jean Craighead George  
Olivia                                                  Ian Falconer  
Owen                                                   Kevin Henkes  
Paddle-to-the-Sea                                                    Holling C. Holling  
Pat the Bunny                                                     Dorothy Kunhardt  
Peter Pan                                                      J.M. Barrie  
Pippi Longstocking                                                       Astrid Lindgren  
Press Here                                                        Herve Tullet  
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble                                                         William Steig  
The Bad Beginning                                                          Lemony Snicket  
The Borrowers                                                           Mary Norton  
The Boxcar Children                                                            Gertrude Chandler Warner  
The Call Of The Wild                                                             Jack London  
The Complete Adventures of Curious George                                                              H. A. Rey  
The Cricket in Times Square                                                               George Selden  
The Day the Crayons Quit                                                                Drew Daywalt  
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore                                                                 William Joyce  
The Giver                                                                  Lois Lowry  
The House at Pooh Corner                                                                   A. A. Milne  
The Invention of Hugo Cabret                                                                    Brian Selznick  
The Jungle Book                                                                     Rudyard Kipling  
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)                                                                      Rick Riordan  
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe                                                                       C. S. Lewis  
The Little Engine That Could                                                                        Watty Piper  
The Little Prince                                                                         Antoine de Saint-Exupéry  
The Mouse and the Motorcycle                                                                          Beverly Cleary  
The New Way Things Work                                                                           David Macaulay  
The Paper Bag Princess                                                                            Robert Munsch  
The Phantom Tollbooth                                                                             Norton Juster  
The Real Mother Goose                                                                              Blanche Fisher Wright  
The Secret Garden                                                                               Frances Hodgson Burnett  
The Secret of the Old Clock                                                                                (Nancy Drew, Book 1) Carolyn Keene  
The Snowy Day                                                                                 Ezra Jack Keats  
The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant                                                                                  Jean De Brunhoff  
The Story of Ferdinand                                                                                   Munro Leaf  
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread                                                                                    Kate DiCamillo  
The Tower Treasure                                                                                     (The Hardy Boys No. 1) Franklin W. Dixon  
The Very Hungry Caterpillar                                                                                      Eric Carle  
The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963                                                                                       Christopher Paul Curtis  
The Wednesday Wars Gary D. Schmidt  
The Westing Game                                                                                        Ellen Raskin  
The Wind in the Willows                                                                                         Kenneth Grahame  
The Wizard of Oz                                                                                          L. Frank Baum  
Treasure Island                                                                                           Robert Louis Stevenson  
Tuck Everlasting                                                                                            Natalie Babbit  
Walk Two Moons                                                                                             Sharon Creech  
Watership Down                                                                                              Richard Adams  
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon                                                                                               Grace Lin  
Where the Red Fern Grows                                                                                                Wilson Rawls  
Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein                                                                                                 Shel Silverstein  
Where the Wild Things Are                                                                                                  Maurice Sendak  
Wonder                                                                                                   R. J. Palacio  



  1. Suburbtastic 30 July, 2014 at 13:07 Reply

    Great list! Consider it bookmarked. The back story of what happened to Margaret Wise Brown is an interesting and sad story.

  2. Jill 30 July, 2014 at 15:23 Reply

    What a fabulous list!! I love so many of those and it kind of, for just a second, makes me wish I had little ones to read to again. 🙂

  3. Dollops of diane 30 July, 2014 at 16:46 Reply

    Love the list! Now that my daughter can read on her own I’m always looking for more books for her to read. I’ll definitely have to head back here often to check out the suggestions!

  4. Mel {MamaBuzz} 30 July, 2014 at 20:36 Reply

    Oh, I love this! We just went to the library yesterday, and I was looking through the shelf they have designed as Literature or Classics. So many great books I want to read with the kids. Definitely pinning this to my Books board. Great list!

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