It’s no secret that children’s books aren’t just for kids, and it’s with this fact in mind that our friends at Amazon compiled a list of “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, Children’s Book Edition.” Alongside nostalgic classics from Roald Dahl and Judy Bloom you’ll find, not only the timelessness of Beatrix Potter and E.B. White, but also contemporary masterworks like Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Gaiman’s Coraline.
I’ve been assured that the narrowing-down process prompted plenty of lively arguments among Amazon’s team of editors, and the final list – though things such as this are certainly never without controversy or unintentional oversights – cuts a remarkably wide swath through generation upon generation of juvenile literature. I was pleased to find my own evergreen favorites, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Where the Wild Things Are, represented alongside my children’s picks, irresistible rhyming books Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Llama Llama Red Pajama.
Did your family’s faves make the cut?