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100 Childen’s Books To Read In A Lifetime

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There is nothing quite like curling up on the couch and reading a good book, especially when you’re reading with your children. We love story time and even though my boys are getting older, they still like for me to read them a book every single night before bedtime. It’s easy to see why the 100 books on our list  are so loved: from classics like Charlotte’s Web to new favorites like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this list is packed with best sellers to enjoy. Which book is your child’s favorite? 


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100 Must Read Children’s Books

  1. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet)
  2. The Classic Treasury of Aesop’s Fables
  3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Bantam Classics)
  5. Amelia Bedelia
  6. And Tango Makes Three
  7. Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set: Anne of Green Gables; Anne of the Island; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of Windy Poplar; Anne’s House of … Ingleside; Rainbow Valley; Rilla of Ingleside
  8. Are You My Mother? (Beginner Books)
  9. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
  10. Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)
  11. Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy Books)
  12. Black Beauty (Dover Children’s Evergreen Classics)
  13. Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2)
  14. Bridge to Terabithia
  15. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
  16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  17. Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery)
  18. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Chicka Chicka Book, A)
  19. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
  20. Coraline
  21. Corduroy
  22. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
  23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1
  24. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
  25. Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)
  26. Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
  27. Esperanza Rising
  28. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  29. Goodnight Moon
  30. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
  31. Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales
  32. Guess How Much I Love You
  33. Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)
  34. Harriet the Spy
  35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)
  36. Holes (A Yearling Book)
  37. Island of the Blue Dolphins
  38. Jumanji 30th Anniversary Edition
  39. Little House on the Prairie (Little House, No 2)
  40. Little Women (Bantam Classics)
  41. Llama Llama Red Pajama
  42. Madeline 75th Anniversary Edition
  43. Make Way for Ducklings
  44. Maniac Magee
  45. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  46. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  47. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
  48. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
  49. My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)
  50. Olivia
  51. Owen (Caldecott Honor Book)
  52. Paddle-to-the-Sea (Sandpiper Books)
  53. Pat the Bunny Deluxe Edition (Pat the Bunny) (Touch-and-Feel)
  54. Peter Pan
  55. Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics)
  56. Press Here
  57. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  58. The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1)
  59. The Borrowers
  60. The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, No. 1) (Boxcar Children Mysteries)
  61. The Call Of The Wild
  62. The Complete Adventures of Curious George: 70th Anniversary Edition
  63. The Cricket in Times Square (Chester Cricket and His Friends)
  64. The Day the Crayons Quit
  65. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  66. The Giver
  67. The House at Pooh Corner (Winnie-the-Pooh)
  68. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  69. The Jungle Book (Dover Children’s Evergreen Classics)
  70. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
  71. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Full-Color Collector’s Edition)
  72. The Little Engine That Could
  73. The Little Prince
  74. The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  75. The New Way Things Work
  76. The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)
  77. The Phantom Tollbooth
  78. The Real Mother Goose
  79. The Secret Garden
  80. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)
  81. The Snowy Day
  82. The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant
  83. The Story of Ferdinand
  84. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
  85. The Tower Treasure (The Hardy Boys No. 1)
  86. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  87. The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963
  88. The Wednesday Wars
  89. The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)
  90. The Wind in the Willows (Sterling Illustrated Classics)
  91. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  92. Treasure Island (Dover Thrift Editions)
  93. Tuck Everlasting
  94. Walk Two Moons
  95. Watership Down: A Novel
  96. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  97. Where the Red Fern Grows
  98. Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings
  99. Where the Wild Things Are
  100. Wonder

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Toni Thomason

Toni is a stay-at-home mom whose life completely revolves around 2 crazy little boys. When she's not defending herself in a light saber battle or saving the day with her little superheroes, she loves crafting and designing things for her house. She loves animals, shopping, traveling and just snuggling on the couch with her family while watching a movie or reading a good book. Catch more of her crazy, hectic life at creativedesignsbytoni.com.