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NYPL announces list of the top 100 children's books (slide show)

New York Public Library children's librarians unveiled their 100 favorite kids' books from the past 100 years on Monday, September 30.

  • Courtesy HarperCollins Children's Books

    Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

  • Courtesy Penguin Young Readers Group

    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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    Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

  • Courtesy Penguin Young Readers Group

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group

    Curious George by H.A. Rey

  • Courtesy Random House Children's Books

    My Father's Dragon by Ruth Gannett Stiles

  • Courtesy Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

    Olivia by Ian Falconer

  • Courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group

    George and Martha by James Marshall

  • Courtesy Random House Children's Books

    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

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    The Arrival by Shaun Tan

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    Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

  • 2007 Brian Selznick. Used with permission from Scholastic Press

    The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

  • Courtesy Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

  • Courtesy Random House Children's Books

    Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

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    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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    The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

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    Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown


The New York Public Library unveiled its first-ever list of the top 100 children's books of the past 100 years on Monday, September 30, in the company of one of the most distiguished authors on it: the iconic Eric Carle (he was himself presenting a new work, Friends, but that's another story). Compiled by staff children's librarians in conjunction with the NYPL show "The ABC of It: Why Chlldren's Books Matter," the list features lots of classics, from Curious George and The Cat in the Hat for younger kids to Madeleine L'Engel's A Wrinkle in Time and Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth for the somewhat older set. But it also includes some of our favorite 21st-century books, like Mo Willems's Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, The Arrival by Shaun Tan and Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret (the book Martin Scorcese turned into the 2011 film Hugo). In fact, the NYPL list, downloadable here, has a lot in common with our own list of the top 50 books for kids—except that they, ever the diplomats, avoided the arduous (and incendiary) task of putting the works in numerical order; instead, the titles are listed alphabetically. Click through our slide show, above, to see some of the books that made both lists. Then go check a few out of the library—or, if you're in a particularly generous state of mind, support the NYPL by purchasing all 100 as a set at The Library Shop.

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