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The Best 100 Classic Children's Kids Books of All Time

Amelia Bedelia book
#1
Amelia Bedelia
Written by Peggy Parish and illustrated by Fritz Siebel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

Tikki Tikki Tembo book
#2
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Written by Arlene Mosel and illustrated by Blair Lent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An illustrated Chinese folk tale describes how the Chinese came to give all of their children short names.

The Frog and Toad Collection book
#3
The Frog and Toad Collection
Written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be! From sledding in winter to eating ice cream on hot summer days, these two friends have fun together the whole year round! This collection includes the complete art and text from three classics in a paperback slipcase: Caldecott Honor title Frog and Toad Are Friends, Newbery Honor title Frog and Toad Together, and Frog and Toad All Year. This reading collection is a Level Two I Can Read, geared toward kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales book
#4
The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales
Written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

The Story of Babar book
#5
The Story of Babar
Written and illustrated by Jean De Brunhoff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An orphaned baby elephant goes to live in the city with a kindly old lady who gives him everything he wants, but eventually he returns to the forest where he is crowned king of the elephants.

Are You My Mother? book
#6
Are You My Mother?
Written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Never having seen his mother, a baby bird makes humorous mistakes trying to find her.

My Father's Dragon book
#7
My Father's Dragon
Written by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! book
#8
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day book
#9
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf. Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair. And it got worse... His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV! This handsome new edition of Judith Viorst's classic picture book is sure to charm readers of all ages.

The Tale Of Peter Rabbit book
#10
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit
Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This original, authorised version has been lovingly recreated electronically for the first time, with reproductions of Potter's unmistakeable artwork optimised for use on colour devices such as the iPad. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was first published by Frederick Warne in 1902 and endures as Beatrix Potter's most popular and well-loved tale. Re-originated in 2002 to mark the centenary of publication bringing it closer to the original edition, six illustrations were restored, four that were removed in 1903 to make room for endpapers and two that have never been used before, Beatrix having initially prepared more illustrations than could be accommodated in the original format.

Goodnight Moon book
#11
Goodnight Moon
Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to themittens and the kittens, toeverything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight. In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

Clifford the Big Red Dog book
#12
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Written and illustrated by Norman Bridwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Emily Elizabeth loves her huge dog Clifford even though he's far from perfect.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book
#13
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Written by John Archambault, Bill Martin and illustrated by Lois Ehlert
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

In this lively alphabet rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree. In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the cocunut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! The well-known authors of Barn Dance and Knots on a Counting Rope have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Ehlert's rainbow of bright, bold, cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable.

The Pout-Pout Fish book
#14
The Pout-Pout Fish
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

As the pout-pout fish swims along in the ocean, he discovers that being glum and spreading the "dreary wearies" isn't much fun anymore--especially when his true destiny is revealed!

Go, Dog, Go! book
#15
Go, Dog, Go!
Written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Different kinds of dogs drive cars, wear hats, run around in mazes, and even have wild parties in treetops.

Curious George and the Firefighters book
#16
Curious George and the Firefighters
Written by Anna Grossnickle Hines and illustrated by H. A. Rey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

While on a field trip to a fire station with Mrs. Gray's class, Curious George goes off on his own and is soon at the scene of a fire, where he finds a way to be helpful.

The Cat in the Hat book
#17
The Cat in the Hat
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat who shows them some tricks and games.

Where the Sidewalk Ends book
#18
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, A wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, A magic bean buyer … Come in … for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.

Love You Forever book
#19
Love You Forever
Written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Booksellers have sold more than 30 million copies of Love You Forever in paperback and hardcover. Now we have a board version, printed on light, crisp whiteboard and slightly reduced for child-sized hands. Yet it contains every word of the original, which is much-loved by grandparents and parents everywhere. Watch for major promotion this fall. A young mother holds her baby, and while she sings to it she rocks it back and forth. And through her life, and the stages of his life, she holds her son and rocks him back and forth as she tells him that she will love him forever.

Eloise book
#20
Eloise
Written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Eloise, the precocious darling of the Plaza Hotel! Eloise is a little girl who lives at The Plaza Hotel in New York. She is not yet pretty but she is already a Person. Henry James would want to study her. Queen Victoria would recognize her as an Equal. The New York Jets would want to have her on their side. Lewis Carroll would love her (once he got over the initial shock). She knows everything about The Plaza. She is interested in people when they are not boring. She has Inner Resources. If you take her home with you, you will always be glad you did.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book
#21
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim.... The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but young readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages of this delightful picture book.

Brave Irene book
#22
Brave Irene
Written and illustrated by William Steig
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Brave Irene is Irene Bobbin, the dressmaker's daughter. Her mother, Mrs. Bobbin, isn't feeling so well and can't possibly deliver the beautiful ball gown she's made for the duchess to wear that very evening. So plucky Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing— quite an errand for a little girl. But where there's a will, there's a way, as Irene proves in the danger-fraught adventure that follows. She must defy the wiles of the wicked wind, her most formidable opponent, and overcome many obstacles before she completes her mission. Surely, this winning heroine will inspire every child to cheer her on. Brave Irene is a 1986 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

Millions of Cats book
#23
Millions of Cats
Written and illustrated by Wanda Gag
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions?

Little Blue Truck book
#24
Little Blue Truck
Written by Alice Schertle and illustrated by Jill McElmurry
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road. With a text full of truck sounds and animal noises to read aloud, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

Harry the Dirty Dog book
#25
Harry the Dirty Dog
Written by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn't even recognize him!

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