Best Children's Books
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1 Where the Wild Things Are
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 422,365 ratings
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2 The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 198,601 ratings
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3 The Giving Tree
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 499,983 ratings
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4 Green Eggs and Ham
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 360,283 ratings
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5 Goodnight Moon
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 198,042 ratings
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6 Charlotte's Web
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 657,409 ratings
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7 Where the Sidewalk Ends: Th...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 822,497 ratings
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8 The Cat in the Hat
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 249,316 ratings
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9 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 138,922 ratings
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10 Love You Forever
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 109,386 ratings
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11 Corduroy
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 124,089 ratings
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12 Madeline
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 106,851 ratings
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13 The Lorax
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 161,764 ratings
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14 The Velveteen Rabbit
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 138,178 ratings
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15 Curious George
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 87,932 ratings
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16 The Monster at the End of t...
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 78,344 ratings
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17 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,796,464 ratings
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18 How the Grinch Stole Christ...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 175,433 ratings
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19 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 74,943 ratings
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20 Alexander and the Terrible,...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 109,627 ratings
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21 One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fis...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 96,259 ratings
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22 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Wha...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 93,563 ratings
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23 Harold and the Purple Crayon
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 82,180 ratings
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24 The Tale of Peter Rabbit
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 115,459 ratings
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25 Cloudy With a Chance of Mea...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 79,836 ratings
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26 The World of Winnie-the-Pooh
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 26,748 ratings
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27 The Little Prince
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 454,709 ratings
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28 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 301,034 ratings
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29 Matilda
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 299,715 ratings
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30 Frog and Toad Are Friends (...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 50,517 ratings
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31 Are You My Mother?
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 106,623 ratings
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32 Guess How Much I Love You
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 80,517 ratings
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33 The Secret Garden
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 468,629 ratings
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34 Oh, The Places You'll Go!
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 172,696 ratings
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35 The True Story of the 3 Lit...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 109,320 ratings
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36 The Stinky Cheese Man: And ...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 55,901 ratings
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37 The Chronicles of Narnia (C...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 285,491 ratings
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38 Horton Hears a Who!
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 58,154 ratings
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39 The Little Engine That Could
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 64,524 ratings
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40 Pippi Longstocking
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 89,658 ratings
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41 The BFG
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 156,937 ratings
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42 Anne of Green Gables (Anne ...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 391,614 ratings
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43 Amelia Bedelia
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 52,028 ratings
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44 Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 351,127 ratings
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45 Stellaluna
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 62,516 ratings
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46 The Poky Little Puppy (Litt...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 51,364 ratings
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47 Make Way for Ducklings
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 55,356 ratings
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48 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 417,392 ratings
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49 The Hobbit
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 1,576,343 ratings
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50 James and the Giant Peach
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 197,328 ratings
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51 The Phantom Tollbooth
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 134,394 ratings
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52 Go, Dog. Go!
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 51,121 ratings
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53 The Polar Express
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 104,361 ratings
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54 Don't Let the Pigeon Drive ...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 40,269 ratings
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55 Little House in the Big Woo...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 115,862 ratings
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56 The Story of Ferdinand
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 49,409 ratings
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57 Little Bear
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 33,193 ratings
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58 Tikki Tikki Tembo
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 37,453 ratings
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59 Fox in Socks (Dr Seuss - Gr...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 29,283 ratings
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60 My First Travel Book
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 133 ratings
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61 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 893,355 ratings
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62 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 179,455 ratings
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63 Bridge to Terabithia
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 247,133 ratings
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64 Blueberries for Sal
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 40,747 ratings
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65 The Night Before Christmas
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 58,988 ratings
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66 Caps for Sale
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 53,873 ratings
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67 The Witches
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 153,442 ratings
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68 The Paper Bag Princess
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 25,971 ratings
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69 From the Mixed-Up Files of ...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 102,999 ratings
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70 The Indian in the Cupboard ...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 59,610 ratings
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71 Falling Up
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 84,212 ratings
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72 A Bad Case of Stripes
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 38,295 ratings
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73 The Story of Babar
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 39,056 ratings
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74 Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Mi...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 57,315 ratings
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75 The Sneetches and Other Sto...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 41,929 ratings
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76 Chrysanthemum
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 32,600 ratings
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77 The Rainbow Fish
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 73,977 ratings
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78 The Snowy Day
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 58,957 ratings
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79 The Seven Natural Wonders O...
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4.94 of 5 stars 4.94 avg rating — 111 ratings
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80 The Tale of Despereaux
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 80,767 ratings
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81 Clifford the Big Red Dog
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 45,367 ratings
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82 Click, Clack, Moo: Cows Tha...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 46,341 ratings
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83 The Lion, the Witch, and th...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 950,844 ratings
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84 Sideways Stories from Waysi...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 57,405 ratings
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85 The Mouse and the Motorcycl...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 44,340 ratings
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86 Winnie-the-Pooh
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 156,839 ratings
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87 Olivia
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 35,429 ratings
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88 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 383,262 ratings
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89 The Little House Collection...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 107,504 ratings
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90 The Little House
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 25,524 ratings
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91 The Neverending Story
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 84,935 ratings
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92 Horton Hatches the Egg
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 20,131 ratings
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93 Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 39,517 ratings
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94 Stone Soup
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 8,763 ratings
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95 Bunnicula (Bunnicula, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 37,022 ratings
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96 Hop On Pop
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 30,126 ratings
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97 Harry the Dirty Dog
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 33,090 ratings
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98 The Three Billy Goats Gruff
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 9,153 ratings
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99 You Are Special
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 29,859 ratings
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100 Yertle the Turtle and Other...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 17,332 ratings
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3,053 books · 4,515 voters · list created June 25th, 2008 by Snorkle (votes) .
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message 1: by Debbie (new)

Debbie wow



message 2: by Silvana (new)

Silvana geez...i wish i have those when i was a kid...
i'll nominate the voyages of dr dolittle...my fave children lit so far.


message 3: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie This was fun because I loved to read so much as a kid. I always had a book. There were some missing choices such as James and the Giant Peach and lots of Judy Blume titles.


message 4: by Jo (new)

Jo I have 3 grandsons that I read to One has ADHD and another just likes to be read too and the middle one just likes me to be near him so I read what better whay to make their minds open up then read.


message 5: by Amina (new)

Amina thes are cool


message 6: by Amina (new)

Amina i love stellaluna it is a cute story


message 7: by Janette (new)

Janette I loved Charlotte's Web and Pippi Longstocking when I was little, for my three year old son I love to read Goodnight Moon and No David books! (Not on the list but should be!)


message 8: by Pauline (new)

Pauline O'meara Look what blew into the Zoo and Peek at the Week in the Zoo by Fiona Tierney and illustrated by Úna Healy are definite 'must haves' for children who love funny, witty, colourful books. Would recommend to all children especially 3-6yr olds. Go on - treat your kids!


message 9: by Katriina (new)

Katriina These books bring back so many happy childhood memories.


message 10: by Jo-Ann (new)

Jo-Ann Joey Kanga Roo: First Day of School

Great Book! I loved the colorful illustrations.


message 11: by Kaela (new)

Kaela Most of these books are really good!


message 12: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline The "Gaia Girls" series by Lee Welles features girl eco-heroes. Any kid with environmental interests would enjoy them immensely!


message 13: by keriah (new)

keriah I just adore this book it's one of the best children's book of all time.


message 14: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Love books haha




message 15: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Really great book


message 16: by Emily (new)

Emily It's been great taking a walk down memory lane and having a go-to list for books for my [future:] kids. I will say that it's impossible to rank my favorites, as they're all good for different ages/occasions. Still, thanks for the fun time.


message 17: by Marina (new)

Marina Does anyone remember the name of the book about a man who painted a town all one color and the emotions that ensued?


message 18: by Saf (new)

Saf back in the day :)


message 19: by CeJayCe (new)

CeJayCe Where are all the Judy Moody books? Loved those when I was a kid!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them.


message 21: by Sequoia (new)

Sequoia Jillian Jiggs!


message 22: by Roni (new)

Roni My favourite by far is Where The Wild Things Are.....


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Ronda wrote: "My favourite by far is Where The Wild Things Are....."

That seems to be a favorite of a lot of us, Ronda!


message 24: by Amber (new)

Amber Edmonson there are so many books i love. i think tiki tiki tembo was my favorite though


message 25: by Biddy (new)

Biddy Most of the books I chose were ones I had read to my children and grandchildren. Hardly surprising as I grew up in Ireland and was exposed to a completely different range of books. I have come to love many many children books by American authors and Illustrators. When my kids were young I spent more money on books for than than I did on their clothes! One author, Julia Donaldson of Scotland, really deserves her books to be listed - at least some of them!


message 26: by Betty (new)

Betty Brooks Great list of books and interesting to see how many hundreds of great children's books there really are. I voted for a few new ones as well: Tyrannosaurus Dad, Clink, and Amos McGee to name a few. The very best books will grow along with you-- like the Pooh books, Charlotte's Web, Anne of Green Gables.


message 27: by Carol (new)

Carol this list brings so many great memories!!!


message 28: by Marie (last edited Aug 20, 2011 07:04AM) (new)

Marie Haha these books were great. Loved them, such good memories. Great list! :)


message 29: by Mariel (new)

Mariel i just went through and added all the books i've read. which were a lot :3


message 30: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Oh dear, such great books, Fox in Socks is so lovely. <3


message 31: by Ines (new)

Ines Starkey A lovely story to introduce to young little minds is Chrichi and the Little Blue Bird. I am the author and have created a line of books that weave simple stories packed with lessons about friendship, giving, receiving and basically turning life's lemons into delicious lemonade. Over the holidays, we have shared this beautifully illustrated story with thousands of little readers (no promoting, just word of mouth). I hope every one enjoys Chrichi's story!


message 32: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman I think it is awesome that many of the books I love are on this list, and that there are many that I would like to read!!!! As everyone can see by what I like and what I voted for, silly are the best!!! My kids love the ones that make them laugh! I was a little disappointed in some of the absent books, but maybe I'll get brave and add a few. GOOD READING!!!!


message 33: by Nate (new)

Nate These books were definitely well chosen. I remember reading at least three quarters of them


message 34: by Turtle (new)

Turtle The Giving Tree, The Velveteen Rabbit, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Green Eggs and Ham, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Dude, you have good taste! I will love these books forever!


message 35: by Justice (new)

Justice I love the wrinkle in time and will remeber every thing


message 36: by Talyn (new)

Talyn How is A Wrinkle in Time a children's book? I think it's a little too complex for a child.. :/

Is it wrong that I'm marking all the books I've read as a child as 'read'? It feels like I'm just doing this as a desperate attempt to up my 'read' counts on Goodreads... :/


message 37: by JazzyJams (new)

JazzyJams I have read most of these... YAY!!!


message 38: by Adeayo (new)

Adeayo Odedina It is exelent because of the attitude swear words,oh what a horror.good because it tells the reader what is happening in the story.well Tony Hughes was the person who created the story of the Iron Man.And did you know that Matilda and The Twits are actually Shakespeare stories actually.and MARGARET MAYO created the facinating story called PEGASUS AND THE PROUD PRINCE and and the flying carpet.If you read It,It will sound amazing and please become my friend because I am very lonely and I,Adeayo Odedina needs a friend and please sponser me I am disabled.take pity of me. i am poor


message 39: by Aleksandra (new)

Aleksandra I love this list omg! Brings back loads of memories!


message 40: by Ana (new)

Ana Popielnicki The Help is a children's book??? Seriously.


message 41: by Julie (new)

Julie Fischer As a primary elementary school teacher of grades K-5, I feel each of the books should be in the classroom library for readers at different levels to read during independent reading time or as read alouds by the classroom teacher.


message 42: by Rym (new)

Rym Mathilda by Roald Dahl !
It's a really nice book :) Recommended!


message 43: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Where The Wild Things Are and all the Arthur books are my favorite picture books.


message 44: by Purita (new)

Purita Banila most of the books I rated are the ones I used during several of our Christmas programs. I tried to make the characters come alive by having my 5 year old kindergarten kids dramatize/mime the story to the delight of their families.


message 45: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I cried for I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm , by far my favorite


message 46: by Wednesdaya94 (new)

Wednesdaya94 How am I supposed to choose?!?!? :(


message 47: by Zarina (new)

Zarina Shaikh how to read im unable to download


message 48: by Azkamalazka (new)

Azkamalazka guys, vote for "The Giving Tree".
Its the best children's book EVER.


message 49: by Martha (new)

Martha Wise Silvana wrote: "geez...i wish i have those when i was a kid...
i'll nominate the voyages of dr dolittle...my fave children lit so far."


I would love that book if it was not for all the racism.


message 50: by Biddy (new)

Biddy I have just reread "Because of Winn-Dixie"( by Kate Dicamillo) with my 8 year old granddaughter as part as our summer book club for two....the magic is still there!


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