About the books

Here is the list of books we’ll be reading and reviewing.  It was compiled after an online poll conducted by Elizabeth Bird on her blog, A Fuse #8 Production on the School Library Journal website.  (You will find details of how the poll worked here.)  The titles are listed in rank order.  Books we have finished will show up with a link to the review.

I’m sure there are many favorites that did not make the cut – for myself, I was surprised that Cricket in Times Square is not on the list.  We’re always happy to hear your recommendations for further reading, but for now, we’ll be sticking to this list for our reviews.

1.  Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

2. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle 

3.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling 

4.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis 

5.  From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg 

6.  Holes, by Louis Sachar

7.  The Giver, by Lois Lowry 

8.  The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

9.  Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery 

10.  The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster 

11.  The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin 

12.  The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien 

13.  Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson 

14.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling  

15.  Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo  

16.  Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh  

17.  Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli 

18.  Matilda, by Roald Dahl 

19.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl 

20.  Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt 

21.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians:  The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan  

22.  The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, by Kate DiCamillo 

23.  Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Katie’s review here)

24.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling

25.  Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott 

26.  Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen 

27.  A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett 

28.  Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne 

29.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Alice Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll  

30.  The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper 

31.  Half Magic, by Edward Eager; (Katie’s review here)

32.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert, C. O’Brien

33.  James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl

34.  Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis; Katie’s review here

35.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling 

36.  Are You there, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume 

37.  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor 

38.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling 

39.  When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead 

40.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

41.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare 

42.  Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder; (Katie’s review here)

43.  Ramona the Pest, by Beverly Cleary 

44.  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume 

45.  The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman 

46.  Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls 

47.  Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis 

48.  The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall 

49.  Frindle, by Andrew Clements 

50.  Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell 

51.  The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright 

52.  The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick 

53.  Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame 

54.  The BFG, by Roald Dahl  

55.  The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson

56.  Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry 

57.  Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary 

58.  The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken 

59.  Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke 

60.  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi 

61.  Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli 

62.  The Secret of the Old Clock, by Caroline Keene

63.  Gone-Away Lake, by Elizabeth Enright 

64.  A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck 

65.  Ballet Shoes, by Noah Streatfeild 

66.  Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary 

67.  Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville

68.  Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech 

69.  The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart 

70.  Betsy Tacy, by Maud Hart Lovelace 

71.  A Series of Unfortunate Events:  The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket 

72.  My Father’s Dragon, by Ruth Stiles Gannett  

73.  My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George 

74.  The Borrowers, by Mary Norton 

75.  Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech 

76.  Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse 

77.  City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau 

78.  Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes 

79.  All-of-a-Kind Family, by Sydney Taylor; (Katie’s review here)

80.  The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman; (Katie’s review here)

81.  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin

82.  The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander 

83.  The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner 

84.  Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge 

85.  On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

86.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J. K. Rowling

87.  The View from Saturday, by E. L. Konigsburg 

88.  The High King, by Lloyd Alexander 

89.  Ramona and her Father, by Beverly Cleary 

90.  Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan 

91.  Sideways Stories from Wayside School, by Louis Sachar 

92.  Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine 

93.  Caddie Woodlawn, by C. R. Brink 

94.  Swallows and Amazons, by Arthur Ransome 

95.  Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgrin 

97.  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo

98.  Children of Green Knowe, by L. M. Boston

99.  The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks 

100.  The Egypt Game, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder 

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17 responses to “About the books

  1. I look forward to following your project! I love children’s classics. I read through The Little House series for the first time last year.

    1, 4, 9, 23, 25, and 85 are some of my favorite books. 29 is HILARIOUS.

    Have fun! 🙂

  2. Pingback: Little list on the internet | A mother, a daughter and 100 books

  3. I don’t feel as bad as I thought I would! I have read many of these books and LOVED them – especially Wayside School, Island of the Blue Dolphins, ANYTHING Jean Craighead George, Ramona…aahhhh!!! I cannot wait to see what y’all think of all these. Bravo for braving the Hobbit! I may read it alongside y’all.
    – s

  4. I’m reading The Secret Garden right now for the first time. You’re going to love it! It’s so good. 🙂

  5. I’m grateful to Jillian for introducing me to your blog. What an enriching and pleasurable experience for mother and daughter! Inspiring. I’ve read 32 of the titles on your list. It will be fun to follow your progress.
    Blessings:)

  6. Hello ! Your project is wonderful. I’ve been through 15 books. Some in the list are not available in French or even in English in France. The list is very inspiring I think.

    • Welcome! It is a good list – I was happy to find it, and we’re enjoying reading through it. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

  7. I absolutely love this project, I was an avid reader when I was younger and happy to say I still am. I look forward to walking down memory lane while reading your thoughts on some of my favorite books as a child (I think I counted 47 that I’d read myself)!

  8. Hi Patti and Katie,

    I’m working on a project for a course entitled “Littérature pour la jeunesse” at the University of Lyon. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to read French young adult authors and to share some of my American favorites with my classmates. I plan on sharing your list as part of my presentation. Thank you so much for writing such a lovely blog! Je l’adore! 🙂

  9. I just discovered your site and it is very similar to what I just recently started, except I am doing adult books as well. I am looking forward to reading some of your reviews. I just may send some of my readers over here to save myself the time of writing reviews on books that you have already done, if you don’t mind. Come check my site out!

  10. BtW, I just went back through the list and counted – I’ve read 39 of the books on your list and plan to write reviews on several of them myself. Some of my personal favorites: #1, 4, 7, 10, 37, 46, 50 & 56.

  11. bookclassifications

    What a great Mother/Daughter activity!

  12. your an awesome author

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