Tuesday, November 21, 2006

One hundred books

Another long list of books for you ... this time, my one hundred favourite children's books. I am restricting myself to fiction, and to only one entry for each author - which, I suppose, means this could also count as a list of my one hundred favourite writers for children. Where books have a sequel or are part of a series I am giving the first title and marking it with an asterisk. Not surprisingly, the list is shamelessly biased towards British authors and books for girls.

Starting with picture books for little ones, and arranged very roughly in age order ...

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
2. Owl Babies (Martin Waddell)
3. We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury)
4. Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney)
5. *Elmer (David McKee)
6. I Love You, Blue Kangaroo (Emma Chichester Clark)
7. Peepo! (Allan Ahlberg)
8. The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson)
9. The Tiger That Came To Tea (Judith Kerr)
10. Dogger (Shirley Hughes)
11. Handa's Surprise (Eileen Browne)
12. *Old Bear (Jane Hissey)
13. Christmas Trolls (Jan Brett)
14. Green Eggs and Ham (Dr.Seuss)
15. *The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter)
16. *Spring Story (Brambley Hedge) (Jill Barklem)
17. *Little Grey Rabbit (Alison Uttley)
18. *Katie Morag Delivers the Mail (Mairi Hedderwick)
19. *Floss (Kim Lewis)
20. *Thomas the Tank Engine (Rev.W.Awdrey)
21. *Madeline (Ludwig Bemelmans)
22. The Clown of God (Tomie de Paola)
23. *Amelia Bedelia (Peggy Parrish)
24. The Story of Holly and Ivy (Rumer Godden)
25. *My Naughty Little Sister (Dorothy Edwards)
26. *Teddy Robinson (Joan G.Robinson)
27. *Milly-Molly-Mandy (Joyce Lankester Brisley)
28. *Paddington Bear (Michael Bond)
29. Charlotte's Web (E.B.White)
30. My Father's Dragon (Ruth Stiles Garnett)
31. *The Happy Orpheline (Natalie Savage Carlton)
32. *Little Mrs Pepperpot (Alf Proysen)
33. *Sophie's Snail (Dick King-Smith)
34. *It's Not Fair! (Bel Mooney)
35. *Winnie-the-Pooh (A.A.Milne)
36. *Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren)
37. *Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
38. *Famous Five books (Enid Blyton)
39. *The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Hugh Lofting)
40. Mr Popper's Penguins (Richard Atwater)
41. *Beezus and Ramona (Beverley Cleary)
42. The Miracle of St.Nicholas (Gloria Whelan)
43. The Weight of a Mass (Josephine Nobisso)
44. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Susan Wojciechowski)
45. Saint George and the Dragon (Geraldine MacCaughrean)
46. *Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls (Caryl Houslander)
47. English Fairy Tales (Joseph Jacobs)
48. Saint Patrick's Summer (Marigold Hunt)
49. *The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S.Lewis)
50. *The Wizard of Oz (L.Frank Baum)
51. *Half Magic (Edward Eager)
52. Peter Pan (J.M.Barrie)
53. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
54. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame)
55. The Secret Garden (F.Hodgson Burnett)
56. *The Borrowers (Mary Norton)
57. *Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
58. *Little House in the Highlands (Melissa Wiley)
59. By the Great Horn Spoon (Sid Fleischmann)
60. *Five Children and It (E.Nesbit)
61. *Emil and the Detectives (Erich Kastner)
62. The Door in the Wall (Marguerite de Angeli)
63. Ballet Shoes (Noel Streatfeild)
64. The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling)
65. Tom's Midnight Garden (Philippa Pearce)
66. Stig of the Dump (Clive King)
67. Jotham's Journey (Arnold Ytreeide)
68. The Thirteen Days of Christmas (Jenny Overton)
69. The Small Miracle (Paul Gallico)
70. Kensuke's Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo)
71. Cue for Treason (Geoffrey Trease)
72. *The Children of Green Knowe (Lucy Boston)
73. *Swallows and Amazons (Arthur Ransome)
74. The Little White Horse (Elizabeth Goudge)
75. *All of a Kind Family (Sydney Taylor)
76. The Princess and the Goblin (George McDonald)
77. Heidi (Johanna Spyri)
78. Pollyanna (Eleanor Porter)
79. Treasure Island (R.L.Stevenson)
80. The Woolpack (Cynthia Harnett)
81. Warrior Scarlet (Rosemary Sutcliff)
82. Sun Slower, Sun Faster (Meriol Trevor)
83. The Adventures of Robin Hood (Roger Lancelyn Green)
84. I, Juan de Pareja (Elizabeth Borton de Trevino)
85. The Striped Ships (Eloise Jarvis McGraw)
86. The Box of Delights (John Masefield)
87. Charlotte Sometimes (Penelope Farmer)
88. Fattipuffs and Thinifers (Andre Maurois)
89. *Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (J.K.Rowling)
90. *What Katy Did (Susan Coolidge)
91. *The School at the Chalet (Elinor M.Brent Dyer)
92. The Silver Sword (Ian Serralier)
93. Journey to Jo'burg (Beverley Naidoo)
94. The Hobbit (J.R.R.Tolkien)
95. Moonfleet (J.Meade Falkner)
96. The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare)
97. Grace (Jill Paton Walsh)
98. *Anne of Green Gables (L.M.Montgomery)
99. The Adventure of the Amethyst (Cecily Hallack)
100. *Little Women (L.M.Alcott)

5 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Very interesting! Just the ticket after the last US-biased list. Can't say we've read them all yet...

Jennifer said...

Great list, I like the biased slant! One of the things I really and truly liked about the UK was the bookshops. Even in a train station one could find fabulous reads for sale versus the USA where one can find trashy magazines for sale.

JennGM said...

I only have read 40 on your list...but now I'm off to correct that matter.

Melissa Wiley said...

Oh my goodness, I made the list! I'm so honored!! Thanks!

Like sunshine in the home said...

Oh Teddy Robinson how I loved him!!

Thanks for the reminder I wanted to order some on Amazon...just waiting for hubs's pay-day.

That's a great list, I'm going to read it more carefully later.