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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

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31,085 members, 591 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

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sturlington (28): I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him.… (more)

PitcherBooks (53): JF, YA, All Ages. 1950 BritLit kid fantasy adventure classic. Equally appealing to both boys & girls. The first and best of the seven book Narnia series. ... Of course, if you or your particular kid doesn't like it, give it a thumbs down. "sturlington: I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him." Which makes me discount most of sturlington's ratings and comments as limited and anecdotal.… (more)

2
98,001 members, 1,604 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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aulsmith (67): Read as an adult and hated it.

PitcherBooks (75): JF, YA, All Ages. Multiple award winner. The 1998 book that started it all, first of the 7-book series. Harry Potter learns he's to be a student wizard at Hogwarts and so escape his awful Muggle relatives. Despite the dire predicaments his new status brings him, he is buoyed up with new friends and a wizard mentor. If you read one, you'll end up reading them all ... aulsmith: You have this listed as recommended book #67. Perhaps you might wish to delete if from your list if you hate it?… (more)

3
68,754 members, 941 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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sturlington (20): My son preferred the graphic novel adaptation. The full text was a little too slow-going for him. He loves the movies.

PitcherBooks (76): JF, YA, All Ages. 1937 BritLit kid fantasy adventure classic. Prequel to LOTR (and actually the only book of that series that I found truly enjoyable). A hobbit's journey and adventures with a wizard and dwarf troupe. Don't recommend the movie adaptations.… (more)

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58,823 members, 1,179 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

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PitcherBooks (67): YA, All Ages. Award-Winner. 1. It's a well-written, interesting and altogether compelling piece of historical fiction. 2. You can't live in America without reading it at least once. 3. If you love the movie (who didn't?), the book is even better. 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner. "Deals with the issues of racism that were observed by the author as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama. Despite being Lee's only published book, it led to Lee being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom of the United States for her contribution to literature in 2007. Lee has also been the recipient of numerous honorary degrees..." per Wikipedia.… (more)

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14,789 members, 374 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

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sturlington (43): Terrific book!

PitcherBooks (59): Multiple award winner. JF, YA, All Ages. Humorous tale of a brave girl genius with neglectful parents sent to a school - terrible in every way - except for her one wonderful teacher, Ms. Honey, and her poor put-upon classmates :-) Trials and tribulations abound but she overcomes all to a happy and satisfying end. The movie is well-done also.… (more)

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8,490 members, 116 reviews
3.9 stars (3.9 stars)

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PitcherBooks (60): JF, YA. 1880 Swiss KidLit classic. A little orphan girl's idyllic life and adventures for three years with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps disrupted by her aunt's taking her to a large town to be a companion to a rich family's daughter. A sweet story and a childhood favorite. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org.… (more)

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17,543 members, 1,241 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

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PitcherBooks (38): JF. 1963 Multiple Award-Winner. KidLit fantasy classic written & illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Naughty Max is sent to his bedroom. His bedroom transforms to a jungle and he sails to the Island of the Wild Things but then decides to return home. Equally appealing to boys & girls. Every kid needs a copy. Totally skip the horrendous movie.… (more)

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30,207 members, 562 reviews
4.25 stars (4.25 stars)

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sturlington (1): This is the very first book I read aloud to my son. I don't think he understood much of it, but I love this book!

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31,251 members, 438 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

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sturlington (0): This is a great book that is appropriately introduced in college with the historical context to demonstrate its importance in the canon. Not a book I think a lot of children would understand or enjoy these days.… (more)

aulsmith (59): Again a very adult book.

PitcherBooks (72): JF, YA, All Ages. Politically-Correct CHILDREN's VERSIONS AVAILABLE. 1884 Kid classic adventure story. Sequel to Adventures of Tom Sawyer and just as entertaining. A childhood favorite. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org. I still recommend the original rather than re-write history. Discuss the book with your child after s/he reads it. .... Of course, if you or your particular kid doesn't like it, give it a thumbs down. "sturlington: I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him." Which makes me discount most of sturlington's ratings and comments as limited and anecdotal.… (more)

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20,445 members, 385 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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xuesheng (0): While this is an important book, it is NOT included in the book "1001 Children's Books You Must Read before You Grow Up" which I think this list should be. Therefore, I vote Thumbs Down.… (more)

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16,453 members, 367 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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sturlington (0): Read myself but not to my son. We'll just watch the Muppet version again.

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15,549 members, 247 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

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aulsmith (1): I missed a lot of what this book was about as a child.

PitcherBooks (50): JF, YA, All Ages. 1908 BritLit kid classic animal adventure story. Great fun for all. Equally appealing to boys & girls. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org. If you're buying a hard copy, get an edition with one of the best illustrators: Michael Hague, Inga Moore, Charles Van Sandwyk, Ernest H. Shepard… (more)

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27,789 members, 730 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

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PitcherBooks (54): Multiple Award Winner. JF, YA, All Ages. 1962 KidLit SF&F classic. Loved this as a kid. Still do. First and best of the four book series.

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21,769 members, 253 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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sturlington (0): Started but my son didn't want to continue

PitcherBooks (71): JF, YA, All Ages. Politically-Correct CHILDREN's VERSIONS AVAILABLE. 1876 Kid classic adventure story that will still thrill kids today. Tom Sawyer is an American icon! A childhood favorite. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org. I still recommend the original rather than re-write history. Discuss the book with your child after s/he reads it. .... Of course, if you or your particular kid doesn't like it, give it a thumbs down. "sturlington: I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him." Which makes me discount most of sturlington's ratings and comments as limited and anecdotal.… (more)

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18,853 members, 374 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): I know this is extremely popular tale of a rabbit society fantasy. Did nothing for me. No explanation on what makes this particular edition a top 1000 must-read. So tell me why you love it.… (more)

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17,316 members, 187 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

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sturlington (0): We only read this halfway, to be truthful. My son got bored. I still love these books but they do seem a little dated now.

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37,021 members, 1,189 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

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sturlington (0): For teens perhaps, but not children.

PitcherBooks (0): No explanation on what makes this particular edition a top 1000 must-read. I know it's popular but it didn't do a thing for me.

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5,621 members, 75 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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PitcherBooks (62): An exemplary & noteworthy book that is and has been an appealing classic for millennia. Very short tales using animal characters to teach a specific moral or bit of folk wisdom from Ancient Greece. A childhood favorite. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org. If you're buying a picture book version, get an edition with one of the best illustrators: Michael Hague, Heidi Holder, Arthur Rackham, Milo Winter, .... Of course, if you or your particular kid doesn't like it, give it a thumbs down. "sturlington: I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him." Which makes me discount most of sturlington's ratings and comments as limited and anecdotal.… (more)

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5,206 members, 78 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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PitcherBooks (30): 1885 Classic collection of children's poetry written by Stevenson. Free e-book at Gutenberg.org. If you're buying a copy, treat yourself to an edition with one the top illustrators: Eulalie, Charles Robinson, Tasha Tudor, Jesse Willcox Smith, Eloise Wilken ...… (more)

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22,178 members, 319 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

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sturlington (0): I recently reread this and enjoyed it but I didn't read it to my son. I'm not sure a lot of kids would have patience for it nowadays.

PitcherBooks (74): JF, YA, All Ages. KID's VERSIONS AVAILABLE. 1883 KidLit Pirate Adventure Classic. A "Boy's Novel" of buccaneers, treasure maps and buried gold. But girls enjoy it too. A childhood favorite. Picture Book versions available for the younger set. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org. .... Of course, if you or your particular kid doesn't like it, give it a thumbs down. "sturlington: I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him." Which makes me discount most of sturlington's ratings and comments as limited and anecdotal.… (more)

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16,465 members, 167 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

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aulsmith (74): This is not a children's book.

PitcherBooks (80): JF, YA, All Ages. 1726 BritLit Fantasy Adventure Satire Classic. CHILDREN'S VERSIONS AVAILABLE. (often covers just the Voyage to Lilliput but not always). The best PICTURE BOOK VERSION I've seen is Gulliver's Adventures in Lilliput illustrated by Gennady Spirin. The original adult edition contains 4 voyages: 1. Lilliput (tiny people); 2. Brobdingnag (Giants); 3. Laputa (Flying Island, Impractical Music & Math, Preposterous Schemes & Silly Science), Balnibarbi, Luggnagg (Aged & Infirm Immortals), Glubbdubdrib (Magician & Ghosts), and Japan; 4. Houyhnhnms (Intelligent horses rule, Human animals act as beasts of burden). Milo Winters did excellent illustrations for the YA/Adult version. Free ebook at Gutenberg.org. ... aulsmith: If that is your view, why do you have it on your list? .... Of course, if you or your particular kid doesn't like it, give it a thumbs down. "sturlington: I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him." Which makes me discount most of sturlington's ratings and comments as limited and anecdotal.… (more)

merrystar (83): My 7-yr-old enjoyed an abridged version of this. She missed the satire and just saw adventure/fantasy

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6,971 members, 390 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

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RaymondJG46 (0): Creepy

PitcherBooks (0): Not his best book. No explanation on what makes this particular edition a top 1000 must-read for the world.

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9,479 members, 554 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

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sturlington (0): For some reason that I don't know, my son hates all the books in this series.

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36,890 members, 573 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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sturlington (0): Best introduced at the earliest in the teen years.

PitcherBooks (0): Definitely not JF but fine for YA. I think the moderator needs to make clear whether s/he considers YA part of children's books or not.

aulsmith (32): I don't think this book is for children. It's actually about very adult things.

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9,055 members, 102 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

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sturlington (21): Listened to the audiobook. Loved it.

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8,661 members, 171 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): One of the few books in which I found the movie more appealing than the book. No explanation on what makes this particular edition a top 1000 must-read for the world.… (more)

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17,733 members, 852 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): An interesting adventure book & movie but wouldn't place it in my top 1000. No explanation by others on what makes this particular edition a must-read.

sturlington (40): Great adventure story that had both me and my son enthralled.

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11,243 members, 258 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): I love SF&F and Le Guin. But this isn't on my top 1000 list. Why is it on yours? No explanation on what makes this particular edition a top 1000 must-read for the world.… (more)

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10,666 members, 214 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

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sturlington (41): My son and I both enjoyed reading this; it was a childhood favorite for me.

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5,221 members, 95 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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PitcherBooks (61): JF, YA. 1952 Multiple Award-Winner. BritLit kid fantasy classic. First of a five book series. A family of tiny people live secretly in the walls & floors of an English house and "borrow" from the big people in order to survive.… (more)

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16,244 members, 1,080 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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PitcherBooks (52): Multiple Award Winner. JF, YA, All Ages. After his family is murdered, a baby is raised to boyhood by the departed denizens of the local graveyard. Interesting concept. Fun read. Equally appealing to boys & girls.… (more)

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11,777 members, 169 reviews
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

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sturlington (32): Read the abridged version with lots of explanatory notes and pictures, which seemed to work better for a curious 6-year-old.

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7,238 members, 126 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): No explanation on what makes this particular edition a top 1000 must-read. Not on my list. Maybe there should be a pop-lit list for books like this rather than a must-read list.… (more)

sturlington (38): My son and I both loved this story. Captivating.

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12,206 members, 357 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

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sturlington (0): Started but my son didn't want to continue. May revisit when he is older.

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38,484 members, 749 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

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Sarah_UK (0): Not a kids book

sturlington (0): For teens but not for children.

PitcherBooks (83): YA, All Ages. Multiple Award-Winner. 1953 SF&F Classic. One of Bradbury's best. Dystopia. Societal ban on all books with book burning as the solution. ... Admin, please define children's books as I consider it to include Juv, Tweens & YA readers. Apparently some others agree and some don't. However, if you want this particular book off this list, it would also be necessary to ask everyone to delete To Kill a Mockingbird from here also. ... Of course, if you or your particular kid doesn't like it, give it a thumbs down. "sturlington: I have read a lot of these books. I decided to use this list to track books I have read with my son. I'll thumbs down books I wouldn't read with my son or that didn't work for him." Which makes me discount most of sturlington's ratings and comments as limited and anecdotal.… (more)

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9,360 members, 211 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

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sturlington (0): This book traumatized me as a child, and I wouldn't subject my child to it.

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9,196 members, 85 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): Since Sturlington states "Fairy tales seem to be on the list as both collections and individual books, so I'm thumbing down the individuals." I wonder why not also thumbs down all collections? And while I enjoy the Grimm Brothers, their tales live up to their name - definitely on the grim side as opposed to Hans Christian Andersen.… (more)

sturlington (35): Read most of them; my son enjoyed. To answer the comment, I thumbed down the individual stories because they are included in the collections and are therefore duplicates on this list. This is a list of the books selected for the book 1001 Children's Books to Read Before You Die, but some books are erroneously tagged, which is how duplicates get on the list.… (more)

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26,622 members, 294 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

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sturlington (0): This book has adult themes and probably would be fairly boring for a child to read.

PitcherBooks (0): Agree with merrystar's evaluation.

merrystar (0): In my opinion this is not really a children's book.

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