Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The Best Children’s Books

Maybe the most surprising thing about the New York Public Library’s newly released list of 100 Great Children’s Books of the Last 100 Years is how surprising the list isn’t.

Lifetime readers will find many old friends here. Amelia Bedelia (1963), The Borrowers (1953), The Cat in the Hat (1957), Curious George (1941), Goodnight Moon (1947), The Hobbit (1937), Madeline (1939), Millions of Cats (1928) and other names familiar to generations of children.

Manny modern classics have been included, as well. The Arrival (2007), Because of Winn-Dixie (2000), Big Red Lollipop (2010), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1998), Where Is the Green Sheep? (2004) and many others.

Supervising Librarian, Elizabeth Bird, compiled the list. “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 was published concurrent with a free exhibition that runs at the New York Public Library until March 23, 2014. The ABC Of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, opened in June at the Library’s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and explores the history and importance of children’s literature.

See the complete interactive list here. Read more about the exhibition here.



Blogger Sue Bursztynski said...

Nice to see two Aussie books there(The Arrival and Where Is The Greeen Sheep?) ;-) I was at a presentation by Shaun Tan at Swancon, before The Arrival was published and sat there, mouth watering, and I got the latter for reviewing when it had just come out. Both are a delight.

Monday, October 14, 2013 at 1:56:00 AM PDT  

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