January 18, 2022

Librarian Compiled! New York Public Library Releases Its List of Top 100 Great Children’s Books of the Last Century

From NYPL:

The New York Public Library has unveiled its list of the top 100 children’s books of the last century.

The list – compiled for the first time by NYPL librarians and entitled 100 Great Children’s Books – is now available for free in all New York Public Library branches in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, as well as online at www.nypl.org/childrens100.


“While it would not be possible to name all of the many excellent books published for children over the course of the last 100 years, we thought it would be interesting to check the shelves at The New York Public Library and report on titles which have withstood the test of time and are still making that journey from library shelf to home and back again,” said Jeanne Lamb, coordinator of youth collections at the Library, who along with her colleague, Supervising Librarian Elizabeth Bird, compiled the list.

“The purpose of this list is to encourage discussion about what you think makes a good story,” she added. “As you peruse these titles, what books would you have included? What qualities do you look for when seeking a good read? And, most importantly, we hope these suggestions will introduce new generations of readers to stories which will engage their imaginations as they participate in that age-old practice of passing on stories they enjoy to their friends and families. “

The list includes classics, such as The Cat In the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Curious George by H.A. Rey, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Stone Soup by Marcia Brown, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, and others, as well as modern stories such as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Online Discussion

The Library is encouraging discussion of the list on social media – readers can comment on the list and name their personal favorite books on the Library’s Twitter and Facebook feeds using the hashtag #greatchildrensbooks.

Direct to Complete List 

A PDF Version of the List is Also Available

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