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

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Members: 85 participating members (show all)

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32,140 members, 603 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
100,353 members, 1,649 reviews
4.29 stars (4.29 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
69,981 members, 955 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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60,056 members, 1,189 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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15,266 members, 376 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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18,120 members, 1,272 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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8,816 members, 120 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 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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32,260 members, 447 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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31,316 members, 577 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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16,989 members, 374 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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21,153 members, 396 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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16,092 members, 251 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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28,436 members, 742 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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22,849 members, 261 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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19,246 members, 375 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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17,877 members, 191 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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22,944 members, 325 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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37,510 members, 1,197 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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5,609 members, 76 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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5,565 members, 81 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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9,610 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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7,292 members, 394 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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16,989 members, 174 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 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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11,539 members, 265 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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9,485 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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18,071 members, 872 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 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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11,083 members, 224 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 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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8,846 members, 175 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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5,435 members, 96 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 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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16,719 members, 1,096 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 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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12,593 members, 360 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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12,214 members, 174 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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7,527 members, 132 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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37,682 members, 584 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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3,711 members, 61 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): Nesbit does fine but not outstanding work. No explanation on what makes this particular edition a top 1000 must-read for the world.

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3,106 members, 54 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

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PitcherBooks (0): E. Nesbit was never a favorite of mine but she has many fans. All of her books are in public domain and free downloads are available at: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=e.+nesbit http://manybooks.net/authors/nesbite.html… (more)

aulsmith (8): Nesbit was one of the first writers of domestic fantasy. I had a lot of trouble finding them as a child and would hate to have them disappear again.

sturlington (46): I found portrayals of girls and Indians a little troubling. My son enjoyed this and requested a reading of the sequel.

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84,422 members, 826 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

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sturlington (51): My son and I probably liked it even better than the first one.

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9,755 members, 214 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 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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