A Mothers Ramblings: Top 100 Children's Books

Monday, 10 January 2011

Top 100 Children's Books

One of the things on our Family Fun list is to read the Top 100 Children's Books together. This was something that I could of sworn was a list somewhere, a bit like the BBC's big read or you know those definitive lists of books you should read before you start your GCSE's or hit puberty or something. My Internet trawling found several lists, but none of that I would say were comprehensive and the books varied wildly on the lists so much so that most lists didn't have more than a quarter of the same books listed. So I did what normal people (by normal I mean Internet users like me!) do and asked on Twitter if anyone knew where there was such a list.

Of course the "like me" people could of sworn there was a list, but couldn't actually place a finger on where such a list might exist. And then it was suggested that I compile my own list. So I tried. Then I realised that all the books that I would list might not be suitable for all children. Whilst I have no problem reading Harry Potter to Baby Boy, I don't think most other two year olds would pay attention.

What is a girl to do?

The answer is to create a list with everybody's suggestions. I know I have said 100, but if we get more than 100 different suggestions I will put the ones everyone agrees on into the list and if we have space the ones with the least comments to the vote. So I have split the 100 in to roughly three sections; One for Babies/Toddlers (0-3 roughly), one for Young Children (4-8 roughly) and one for Pre-Tweens (9-12 roughly) as the lists that I saw for Teens were actually quite good!

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So can you please help me create the list of books that I am going to read with Top Ender and Baby Boy? I think that it is going to be an expensive list of books to buy. Which is why I am glad that on Christmas Eve, Appliances Online sent me an email asking if they could buy Top Ender and Baby Boy some of the books that will be on our Top 100 Children's list. Of course I know that you know that Appliances Online (who sell things like hobs and other Kitchen Appliances) are being kind and giving gifts to people who leave comments on blog posts (such as this one) that are relevant to them and that when you leave a comment here telling me what books you would add to the list or what books you read when you were young that you will be looked at as someone who might get a special gift too... So come on, what books would you add to my list? What books did you read when you were young? What books that have come out since you are a "Grown up" do you wish came out when you were younger? And was I the only girl who read all of the Judy Blume books before she was a teenager and still has a copy of Forever?