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November 22, 2005

twenty great children’s books
posted by soe 11:35 pm

Last week was Children’s Book Week, but I was a little slow in finishing this post, so I’m officially extending it to make it Children’s Book Fortnight.

As such, I encourage you to check out what’s out there in children’s publishing, particularly if you haven’t looked recently. Some of it is pap and some of it is overly moralistic, but some of it is amazing. And you just won’t know which it is until you start thumbing through…

Here are some children’s books (appearing in no particular order) I’ve enjoyed through the years:

  1. Horton Hears a Who!, by Dr. Seuss
  2. The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
  4. The Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  5. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
  6. Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer
  7. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  8. Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin
  9. The Dark Is Rising, by Susan Cooper
  10. Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt
  11. The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis
  12. The Great Good Thing, by Roderick Townley
  13. The Please and Thank You Book, by Richard Scarry
  14. Summerland, by Michael Chabon
  15. Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
  16. The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot
  17. The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
  18. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  19. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
  20. The Conch Bearer, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

So I’ve given you my twenty. Who wants to contribute some of their favorites?

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