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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  

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8 comments

  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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