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Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time

I was so excited when I saw the link to the rundown of top 100 children’s books of all time posted over at Ohdeedoh. The excitement however soon fizzled when I learned that we only have 10 out of the top 100 in our family library. Since we have a LOT of books, I was expecting to have at least 25 in the list. I also learned that  many of our favorites are not even on the list. Hmmp! The saddest realization was that I have seen at least 20 books on the list in Booksale but did not bother checking them out.

I have been taming my addiction to Booksale by avoiding my favorite store. But now that I have the list,  I have 90 reasons to hoard more books.  Now it feels like I am on a treasure hunt all the time. My goal now is to buy at least one book from the list every week.

The OC mummy in me alphabetized the list for easier reference. I did not forget to include the ranking to help me decide in case I get torn between two or more books. Aside from keeping the list in my wallet, I turned the OCness a notch higher by trying to familiarize if not memorize each book title  so it would be faster to go thru each rack in BookSale.

Last Friday, with the help of my top 100 list, I was able to buy two new books – Time for Bed and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.

In case you want to embark on your own children’s book treasure hunt, I have pasted the alphabetically arranged list after the cut. Here is the link to the original list 

ABC3D:  89
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day: Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz  7      
Amazing Grace:  86
Animalia: Graeme Base   19
Are You My Mother?:  P.D. Eastman       31     
Bark George     100
Blueberries for Sal:  Robert McCloskey  27
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?        14     
Caps for Sale:  48
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom:        24
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type: Doreen Cronin  40     
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: Judy and Ron Barrett         5      
Corduroy:       29     
Counting Kisses 110    
Curious George:         37     
Dear Zoo;       78
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!: Mo Willems         18
Eleventh Hour: Graeme Base      52
Everyone Poops:  Taro Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum  21     
Fancy Nancy:  Jane O’Connor     26
Flotsam: T David Wiesner        28
Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book: Rufus Butler Seder         65
George and Martha       97     
Go, Dog, Go!: P.D. Eastman      22
Good Night Gorilla      25     
Goodnight Moon  3      
Green Eggs and Ham:  Dr. Seuss  4
Guess How Much I Love You       8      
Harold and the Purple Crayon: Crockett Johnson  15
Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids:    94
Hop on Pop: Dr. Seuss   75
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?:        67
How I Became a Pirate   84     
How the Grinch Stole Christmas  74     
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond     45     
In the Night Kitchen: Maurice Sendak .  53
Jamberry:       76
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat:   93
Jumanji: Chris Van Allsburg h   38
Kitten’s First Full Moon        79
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale:       77
Library Lion    105
Little Pea      104
Llama Llama Red Pajama  80
Love You Forever        10     
Madeline:       62
Make Way for Ducklings: Robert McCloskey        69
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel      47     
Miss Nelson is Missing:        92
Miss Rumphius:  90
Moo Baa La La La: Sandra Boynton        13
My Friend Rabbit        101
No, David!: David Shannon       20     
Not a Box: Laura Vaccaro Seeger         35
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Dr. Seuss    32
Olivia:         33
On the Night You Were Born:     87
Once Upon a Potty       58     
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish: Dr. Seuss         36
Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow: Christopher Santoro     70
Owl Moon:       85
Pat the Bunny: Dorothy Kunhardt         9
Peek-A Who?: Nina Laden         12
Pinkalicious: Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann  17
Puff, the Magic Dragon  106
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day: Richard Scarry      44
Russell the Sheep       98
Sector 7: David Wiesner         107
Sheep in a Jeep:  Nancy Shaw Seussian.  49
Snowflake Bentley:      108
Someday: Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds       56
Stellaluna: Janell Cannon       30
Stone Soup      102
Strega Nona: Tomie dePaola      34
Swimmy:         95
The Cat in The Hat:     68     
The Dot:        83
The Giving Tree         2
The Going to Bed Book: Sandra Boynton   16     
The Kissing Hand: Audrey Penn   46 
The Little Engine That Could: Watty Piper and Loren Long        42
The Little House: Virginia Lee Burton   63
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear:     81
The Lorax: Dr. Seuss    11
The Napping House:  Audrey Wood and Don Wood    66     
The Paper Bag Princess:  Robert Munsch  64
The Polar Express       72
The Rainbow Fish:       60
The Rainbow Goblins     103
The Red Book:  David Wiesner    57
The Runaway Bunny:      55     
The Snowy Day:  Ezra Jack Keats         61     
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales: Jon Scienszka      71
The Story About Ping    109
The Story of Babar      96
The Story of Ferdinand  73
The Tale of Peter Rabbit: Beatrix Potter        43
The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig:    91
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs:  Alexander T. Wolf     54
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Eric Carle 6
The Wump World: T       88
Tikki Tikki Tembo: Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent .        51
Time For Bed:   82     
Tuesday:  David Wiesner         50
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt: Written by Michael and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury,       39     
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?: Robin Page and Steve Jenkins     59
Where is Baby’s Belly Button?:  41     
Where the Wild Things Are:  Maurice Sendak      1
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears    99
Zen Shorts: Jon J. Muth         23     

Edit: As of August 2012, we have 38 out of the 110 books on the list.

In case someone out there would like to give us a gift (ahem, Jana and Bebe!), the titles in bold letters are the ones that we already have.

37 thoughts on “Top 100 Children’s Books of All Time

  1. I JUST read this post because it was linked to your newer post about bookshelves. 🙂 You should check out The Learning Basket on Facebook – I believe they have some of the books on your list, too! 🙂 And they usually upload photos of new books. 🙂 Most of their books are pre-loved and in good condition, and it saves us time, rather than going through every rack in BookSale (which I still do at least once a month! Haha! Addict!) 🙂 God bless!

  2. thanks for this list sis! Moymoy and I only got 4 on the list, yung isa sinira pa ni Moymoy… Btw, i have been meaning to ask you this, dumaan ba sa stage si Aki when he’s more interested in ripping off the pages of the book rather than to look at the pictures? Moymoy kase hanggang ngayon may ganun pa din moments. Kaya lagi akong nakabantay kase pag sya lang, after nya mag-flip through the pages, maya-maya, pinipilas na nya… 😦 Naiiyak akong seryoso lalo na nung isang gabi nung ang napilas nya is yung paborito ko book ng bedtime stories na kasama sa set ng encyclopedia namin nung araw… Ang nawasak pa nya dati is yung boardbook na Dr. Seuss’. Gusto ko sana kunan ng picture kaya lang nadudurog ang puso ko pag nakikita ko nawasak na yung boardbook na yun. hayz…

    1. yikes! kahit board book kaya niya pilasin? sa awa ng Diyos, wala pa namang intentionally sinirang book ang bagets ko. May mga nasira rin siyang ilan. Yun iba, nahila yun yun pop up. The others, pinilit niyang pagdikitin yun back and front covers kaya nadetach tuloy sa pages. Meron rin siyang a couple of books na sinulatan. Ang ginawa ko, ginawa kong malaking issue. Sabi ko kawawa naman yun book, masakit yun at iiyak yun book. Meron pa akong nalalaman na, mag hug and sorry sa book. Haha. Buti di nya uli naulit.
      also, yun mga favorite books ko na manipis ang pages, nakatago para siguradong mababantayan habang binabasa niya.

  3. By the way, I have two Cat in the Hats book. I got both from Booksale also. Would you like to have the other one? It’s softbound but still in really good condition. Lemme know oki?

    1. that would be nice! I also have two I AM A BIG BROTHER book. Maybe we can trade? We might have a playdate on the 24th or 25th. Here in Sucat lang. Would you like to join?

      1. Yey! Trade! Sige but I can’t make it on the playdate that week because Lucas will have visitors. We can meet at SMB if you like. I’ll send my number to your email.

        1. I will wait for your number. If you want, pwede rin dito sa house mag playdate so Aki and Lucas can really play. I have been wondering lately how would my kid behave with younger children. With kids his age and those older, super gagaya siya. I wonder what will he do when he sees Lucas. Don’t worry, he is normally very gently naman and I will make sure we keep a close eye on him para wala tayong casualties.

  4. WOW…nice list here, would like to keep a copy in my wallet as well, hehe.. your list, is that in excel or in a table form? may i request for a copy too? =)

    1. Hi Au! I sent the file to you via email yesterday. It is an excel table pasted on Word. Print na lang, cut in the middle then tape the ends together. Happy book hunting!

  5. uy!!! 🙂 i’ve seen this list before and high in my list too is ‘where the wild things are.’ i also wanted to collect all 100 (we currently have 18 of the books in the list). then i realized yung ibang books (like the spoofs on the classics) hindi pa naman agad ma-appreciate ni LC o kaya parang masyado na pang baby, so relak relak na ako. also, after checking reviews on some of them, i decided not to get the giving the tree, animalia and stellaluna. baka mabawasan pa if i read more about the books in the list.

    isa pa, di ko matanggap na 2 books ni karen katz nasa list. while eric carle, one of our favorite authors, has only one book. naghanap tuloy ako ng ibang list. hehehe 😉

    1. hi Rachel! Maybe I should try your technique. I haven’t really considered checking out the reviews.
      Baliktad naman tayo when it comes to Karen Katz and Eric Carle. I prefer the former. We have almost 10 siguro KK books. I only have 1 EC book ( Brown bear, brown bear) and I findd it so-so.

      1. hehehe. honestly si eric carle kasi talaga una namin nakilala (other than dr. seuss) kaya ayun, sya na nagustuhan namin. 🙂 at chineck ko, dalawa naman pala EC ang meron sa list. 😉

        si giving tree, di ko type kasi masyado one-sided yung love/giving…
        si animalia, sabi sa amazon reviews may disturbing images. true enough for me, parang nakakatakot yung ibang mga nasisingit
        si stellaluna, based din sa ibang reviews parang di maganda reception for an adopted child. i’m curious though to actually read/see the book to judge it myself.

        di pa ako uli nakakapagresearch/basa-basa ng reviews.

        1. thanks for sharing the reviews. Where do you check? amazon?
          I will try to be more choosy when I buy. Kase ngayon kapag may nakita ako sa list, i buy immediately basta within budget.
          Thanks for sharing again.

      2. hi maqui! 🙂 revisiting this post just to say both books of graeme base in this list are in booksale megamall. nung friday ko nakita. baka they’re still there if you want to check the books. as for me, i did find disturbing figures and i don’t like that in one of the pages, yung lion kagat-kagat yung book about lassie…

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