19 Responses

  1. Rick
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    The Chronicles of Narnia could very well be a #11 here, if not the top 10 itself. It's actually more readable for school-age kids than The Hobbit, and has spanned more generations than the Harry Potter series. Another suggestion might be the Shel Silverstein poetry books.

    That said, this is a great list, and I've read most of them, and have heard of all of them. I'm glad you put Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on here.

    1. TopTenz Master
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      I totally agree with you, Rick. Narnia could have been here as well as Shel Silverstein. I was a little sad to not see any Dr. Suess, but those books may have been a little "lite" for this list, even if they were so darn fun to read aloud.

  2. David
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    Reading the title, I'd thought it'd be just 10 individual books. 'Grimm's Fairy Tale' and 'Harry Potter' is a collection of more than one story. And yeah, I'm disappointed that Narnia and Dr. Seuss isn't on the list. I would love to see the top 100 or whatever and see if 'The Mouse and the Motorcycle', 'The boxcar Children' or the 'Ramona' series made it too….

    I'm a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland so as long as that makes the list, I'm happy. Teehee! ^_^

  3. linda beeson
    linda beeson at |

    I am trying to locate a book that my Mother and I read to my brother, who will be 60 years old in December.

    The book is about a white rabbit who wants to be black, he is instructed by the wise ole owl (I think) how to accomplish his desire. When he is successful, he scampers home, so happy. However, his Mom does not recognize him and turns him away. He is crest-fallen and then I don't remember the rest of the story!

    I would like to obtain a copy of this book to give to my brother on his birthday. He would always cry when the little rabbit returned home, because his Mom did not know who he was.

    He was less than 6 when we were reading to him.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Linda Beeson

  4. linda beeson
    linda beeson at |

    I'm thinking I hope your people are all 'go getters' who want to help an old woman out.


    1. TopTenz Master
      TopTenz Master at |

      If any readers can help, I'm sure they will, Linda.

  5. Becky
    Becky at |

    Wow "The Hobbit" brings back lots of great childhood memories! The other books… loved the movies but never did get the opportunity to read the books- I think I am going to have to do that if I get the chance. I have to agree with David though… the Box Car Children were my absolute favorite and should have been included on the list too. I try to read some of the classic's to my kids, but have to say there are a lot of great current books out that will make for great classics in the future. For instance, my daughter absolutely loves this book called, "Dear Baby, What I love about you!" by Carol Casey. Cute story and bright beautiful pictures. Thanks for the great post! I am going to the library tomorrow to see if I can find some of these books you have listed on the site.

  6. John
    John at |

    As I scrolled down the list I felt like I was walking down memory lane!

  7. nutuba
    nutuba at |

    Excellent list overall, though there's no way I would put Harry Potter ahead of Narnia..

  8. Anne Iredale
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    Thanks for all the comments. I wish I could have done a Top 20. Glad it's inspired some people.

  9. Julien
    Julien at |

    This is a good list, though I think it's imcomplete…I have to agree with other people, the Narnia books are missing and so are countless classics….though i'm glad you've put some of my favorites here, like Harry Potter and Le Petit Prince (read it many times not only in the original French, but also Spanish and English)

  10. Neigh
    Neigh at |

    good list, but it is missing some books, as said above. But I've read some of these and seen the movies for others (and yes, I know, they're not entirely accurate). But yes, these are most certainly classics. As as teacher, I'll be trying to use some of these books. 🙂

    1. Anne Iredale
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      Now, I've got a nice picture in my head of a classroom of kids loving these books.

  11. Gav
    Gav at |

    hard to narrow it down to ten, wasn't it? "Wizard of Oz", "Tom Sawyer", "Old Yeller", "Where the Red Fern Grows"….

    I can't dispute the list at all. Just not enough room!

  12. Barefoot Books
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    Aaah The Hobbit and Roald Dahl. Roald Dahl was always my favourite’s for total escapism. My 6 year old daughter loves Roald Dahl, especially the Twits. My husband is a massive Hobbit fan even today.

    He has just started reading ‘The Hobbit’ to her as well. She can’t wait for the dragon!

    It is missing some, especially what could be the new classics. Some of the independant publishers like Barefoot Books are bringing out some real gems. Time will tell I suppose.

    I love the images of the old covers you have as well.

  13. Chon Lindig
    Chon Lindig at |

    I’d take Chronicles of Narnia for Harry Potter any day.

  14. x
    x at |

    no tom sawyer?!!

  15. inasinayath
    inasinayath at |

    Enid blyton books numerous to name should be on the list ………….as well as Th Jungle Book…………………by Rupyard kipling …….hardy boys and Nancy drew which are the basic mystery book that a child reads

  16. Pam
    Pam at |

    This took me back to my own childhoold. I loved all of these “Alice in Wonderland” and Peter Pan and Wendy were stories I loved to read. I studied the books “The Hobbit and Wind in the Willows” at
    school. I am in my fifties and read these when I was little so it just goes to show that the true classics will be read for years to come by generation after generation.

    There will always be new ones to add like “The Harry Potter Series: look how popular J.k. Rowling is with her magic that she brings forth in each one of her books. All different stories that carry a special
    magical story all of their own. What great talent. I;d love to be able to write a book like that.
    I know there are others that are great as well like “Black Beauty” and “The Wizard of Oz” were both wonderful stories and also made into movies. You could go on and on just adding more and more. You have to stop somewhere, but where? Everyone has their own choices. I think this is a great site.
    Well done.


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