Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Top 100 Children's Books on Goodreads

A really interesting list from the folks at Goodreads of their top ranking 100 childrens books, as at April 27 2016, all with average ratings above 4. Of course Goodreads ratings are a fluid thing. It is interesting to see that a year later all are still above 4, although a few are barely holding on, and Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three just still scrapes in with a 4.00.

Aesop's Fables - Aesop
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass- Lewis Carroll
The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)- Kazu Kibuishi
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
The Arabian Nights- Anonymous
Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1 - Gene Luen Yang
Awkward - Svetlana Chmakova
A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond (see my review)
The Black Stallion - Walter Farley (see my review)
Bone, Vol 1: Out from Boneville - Jeff Smith
The Book of Three - Lloyd Alexander
The Borrowers - Mary Norton (see my review)
The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
Calvin and Hobbes - Bill Watterson
Chains - Laurie Halse Anderson
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
The Crossover - Kwame Alexander (review coming soonish)

Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede
The Devil's Arithmetic - Jane Yolen
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank (see my review)
Drama - Raina Telgemeier (see my review)
Echo - Pam Muñoz Ryan
El Deafo - Cece Bell (see my review)
Fablehaven - Brandon Mull
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg (see my review)
The Giver - Lois Lowry (see my review)
Gracefully Grayson - Ami Polonsky
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (see my review)
The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales - Jacob Grimm
A Handful of Stars - Cynthia Lord
The Complete Hans Christrian Andersen Fairy Tales - Hans Christian Andersen
Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (see my review)
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones
The Incredible Journey - Sheila Branford (see my review)
Inside Out & Back Again - Thanhha Lai (see my review)
Into the Wild (Warriors #1) - Erin Hunter
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick (see my review)
Just So Stories - Rudyard Kipling
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
The Lions of Little Rock - Kristin Levine
The Little House on the Praire - Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park
Mary Poppins - P.L. Travers
Matilda - Roald Dahl
The Mighty Miss Malone - Christopher Paul Curtis

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle - Betty MacDonald
My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George (see my review)
My Sweet Orange Tree - José Mauro de Vasconcelos
The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart
The Name of This Book is Secret - Pseudonymous Bosch
The Neverending Story - Michael Ende 
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
Old Yeller - Fred Gipson (see my review)
The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate
Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper
Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie 
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster 
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren (see my review)
Princess Academy - Shannon Hale
The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
The Red Umbrella - Christina Diaz Gonzalez
Redwall - Brian Jacques (see my review)
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice #1) - John Flanagan
Sadako and the Thousand paper Cranes - Eleanor Coerr
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - Alvin Schwartz
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (see my review)
See You at Harry's - Jo Knowles

Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Louis Sachar
The Skin I'm In - Sharon G. Flake
Smile - Raina Telgemeier 
So B. It - Sarah Weeks
Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper
The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly - Luis Sepúlveda
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
The Two Princesses of Bamarre - Gail Carson Levine
Watership Down - Richard Adams (see my review)
The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin
Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls
Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein
Winnie-the-Pooh - A. A. Milne
The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) - Chris Colfer
Wolf Brother - Michelle Paver
Wonder - R.K. Palacio (see my review)
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle (see my review)


Rather incredibly nine of these books have more than one million ratings. 

Where the Sidewalk Ends 1,012,247
Charlotte's Web 1,056,995
Little Women 1,291,229
The Giver 1,330,959
The Lightning Thief 1,367,917
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 1,539,198
Diary of a Young Girl 1,997,761
The Hobbit 2,156,492
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 4,638,091

Check out Goodreads Top 100 YA Books

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