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List of the Day: 100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years

by Bill Hayes

The New York Public Library has compiled a list of the 100 Great Children’s Books | 100 Years.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz (1972)

It was enough to make you want to go to Australia.

All-of-a-Kind Family

by Sydney Taylor, illustrated by Helen John (1951)

Cozy vignettes of a turn-of-the-century Lower East Side family.

Amelia Bedelia

by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel (1963)

The queen of idioms makes her grand appearance on the page!

The Arrival

by Shaun Tan (2007)

Feel what it’s like to travel to a strange new land.


Bark, George

by Jules Feiffer (1999)

He meows, quacks, oinks, and moos, but why can’t George the dog bark?

Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

India Opa Buloni describes her first summer in a small Florida town and how an ugly stray dog who adopts her at the supermarket effects people’s lives and changes hers.

Ben’s Trumpet

by Rachel Isadora (1979)

The syncopated rhythms of Harlem during the Jazz Age reverberate in handsome black and white art deco style.

Big Red Lollipop

by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (2010)

Little sisters can be such a pain. First, Rubina is forced to bring her sister Sana along to a friend’s party, but soon it is Sana’s turn to be the big sister when she gets an invitation of her own.

The Birchbark House

by Louise Erdrich (1999)

A warm family story, rich with fascinating details of traditional Ojibwa life, in which 7-year-old Omakayas and her family grow food, hunt, and face a time of transition.

The Book of Three

by Lloyd Alexander (1964)

The heroic adventures of Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper in the mythical kingdom of Prydain.

The Borrowers

by Mary Norton, illustrated by Beth Krush and Joe Krush (1953)

A small world is perfectly created in this fantasy about the miniature people who live beneath the floors of quiet old houses. [more]