100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

A Bit of End of Summer Fun

If you have ever been on Facebook, you have probably seen posts like, ‘Which Harry Potter Character Are You?’, ‘Which Classic Arcade Game Are You?’, and ‘What Is Your Soulmate’s Zodiac Sign?’. 98.8% of the time I totally ignore these kind of posts from Zimbio or List Challenges.

e5beb02b-2719-4b88-a045-6607b1bf39c5However, I saw one list challenge that I couldn’t resist. It’s not surprising to me that the .2% exception for me would have to do with children’s books. So, for a little end of summer fun, here is the link for Amazon’s 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime. These were voted on by members of GoodReads.

I took the challenge and found that I had read 76 out of 100. Not too shabby. At the beginning of the list challenge, it says that the average is 38 out of 100.

Favorite Reads on the List

A_wrinkle_in_time_digest_2007I was pleased to see that Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was #1 on the list. I have read this several times, and enjoyed the audiobook read by the author herself as well.

Who can go wrong with Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish, or Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

mixed-up-filesE.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler has always been one of my favorites, and amazingly, it was mentioned on Season 1 Episode 3 of Mr. Robot, a new series on USA Network. How cool is that?

Some other favorite reads on the list: Harold and the Purple Crayon, Island of the Blue Dolphins and Pippi Longstocking.

Never Read, But Probably Should Have

The Call of the Wild by Jack London is classic children’s lit, but I have trouble getting through books with animal protagonists. Maybe as an adult I will have a different perspective on it.

LittleprinceThe Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is about a little boy who travels the universe. Sounds good to me! I will be picking this up from the library on my next trip.

Wonder by R.J. Palicio is a guaranteed tear-jerker, but the kind of story everyone should read. I will definitely have to pick this up sometime.

So, now it’s your turn to take the List Challenge. Oh, go on, you know you want to! It will only take a minute.

How many books have you read on Amazon’s 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime list? Any surprises? Anything you might take off the list, or put on? Feel free to add to the Writers’ Rumpus.



  1. This was fun! There are a few I’d like to read; I have read 65 of them. The one that really made me smile was The Secret of the Old Clock… I had forgotten about Nancy Drew. I used to love those books!


  2. I got 79! Fun to see some of the old classic covers that I remember – like The Cricket in Times Square. Some I have seen as movies but not yet read, so I didn’t count those. Interesting list!


  3. I made it to 81/100, being honest that occasionally reading snippets of The Lightening Thief and Wonder of my daughter’s shoulder (and thinking, “I should find time to read that”) doesn’t count as really reading the book.


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