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100 Greatest Children's books by Category


Baby and Toddler Books

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?
by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle (1967)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
By Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert (1989)

Freight Train
by Donald Crews(1978)

Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947)

Ten, Nine, Eight
by Molly Bang (1983)

Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose
by Tomie dePaola (1985)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle (1979)

Where Is the Green Sheep?
by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek (2004)

Picture Books Ages 2-7

A Chair For My Mother
by Vera B. Williams (1982)

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (2010)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz (1972)

Bark, George
by Jules Feiffer (1999)

Ben's Trumpet
by Rachel Isadora (1979)

Big Red Lollipop
by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (2010)

The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo De Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale
by Lucia M. Gonzalez, illustrated by Lulu Delacre (1994)

Bread and Jam for Frances
by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964)

Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)

Chato's Kitchen
by Gary Soto, illustrated by Susan Guevara (1995)

by Donald Freeman (1976)

Curious George
by H.A. Rey (1941)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
by Mo Willems (2003)

Grandfather's Journey
by Allen Say (1993)

Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson (1955)

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat
by Simms Taback (1999)

by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book
by Yuyi Morales (2003)

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes (1996)

The Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney (2009)

The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton (1942)

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China
by Ed Young (1989)

by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)

Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey (1941)

Meet Danitra Brown
by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (1994)

Millions of Cats
by Wanda Gag (1928)

Miss Nelson is Missing!
by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall (1977)

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
by John Steptoe (1987)

My Name is Yoon
by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (2003)

by Ian Falconer (2000)

by Maurice Sendak (1962)

Pink and Say
by Patricia Polacco (1994)

by Paul O. Zelinsky (1986)

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)

The Story of Ferdinand
by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson (1936)

Strega Nona
by Tomie de Paola (1975)

by Leo Lionni (1963)

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
by William Steig (1969)

Tar Beach
by Faith Ringgold (1991)

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (1989)

by David Wiesner (1991)

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak (1963)

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1975)

Easy Books ages 4-6

Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel (1963)

The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss (1957)

Frog and Toad Are Friends
by Arnold Lobel (1970)

George and Martha
by James Marshall (1972)

Go, Dog, Go!
by P.D. Eastman (1961)

Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss (1960)

Young Readers ages 6-9

Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths
by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire (1962)

Mr. Popper's Penguins
by Richard and Florence Atwater; illustrated by Robert Lawson (1938)

My Father's Dragon
by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (1948)

Ramona the Pest
by Beverly Cleary (1968)

Rickshaw Girl
by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan (2007)

The Stories Julian Tells
by Ann Cameron, illustrated by Ann Strugnell (1981)

The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
by Julius Lester

by A.A. Milne, illustrated by E.H. Shepard (1926)

Middle Grade Fiction ages 9-12

All-of-a-Kind Family
by Sydney Taylor, illustrations by Helen John (1951)

Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo (2000)

The Birchbark House
by Louise Erdrich (1999)

The Borrowers
by Mary Norton (1953)

The Book of Three
by Lloyd Alexander (1964)

Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson (1977)

Charlotte's Web
by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams (1952)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg (1967)

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman (2008)

Harriet the Spy
by Louise Fitzhugh (1964)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling (1998)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick (2007)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis (1950)

The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1943)

by Jacqueline Woodson (2003)

by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake (1988)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O'Brien (1971)

The People Could Fly
by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon (2004)

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer (1961)

Pippi Longstocking
by Astrid Lindgren (1950)

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred Taylor (1976)

Starry River of the Sky
by Grace Lin (2012)

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume (1972)

The Westing Game
by Ellen Raskin (1978)

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

Upper Middle Grade Fiction ages 10 and up

The Arrival
by Shaun Tan (2006)

by Laurie Halse Anderson (2008)

Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan (2000)

The Giver
by Lois Lowry (1993)

by Gary Paulsen (1989)

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

by Louis Sachar (1998)

One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia (2010)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead (2009)

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