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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

(1001 Before You Die)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  116 reviews
This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children’s literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the "must-read" books from all the rest in the realm of children’s books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator ...more
Hardcover, 960 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Universe Publishing
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Angela Randall
I've finally made the kids 1001 book list in Goodreads:
Plus, I've made all the sub-lists.
Kids 0-3 Years:
Kids 3+ Years:
Kids 5+ Years:
Kids 8+ Years:
Kids 12+ Years:
I've done my best to find English versions, but if I couldn't prove an English version existed
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ll postpone growing up another decade!

In the spirit of Peter Pan, I’ll remain an enthusiastic reader of children’s literature as long as it can give as much delight as it did this afternoon. My children and I spent wonderful hours going through this brick of a book, page for page, book for book. The initial task was to list five favourites and five books to read during the year, and to give each other suggestions.

It ended up being more than five books each, of course, and after hours of wild
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in children's literature
Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up is a good (actually no, pretty well a great) balanced and immensely useable reference guide (and also of course a book selection tool) for both English language and international children's books (and while I generally agree with most of the inclusions, I would likely have added some and removed others, as these type of tomes are basically always at least somewhat a matter of personal taste and preference). But actually, t ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes children's books
Recommended to Manny by: Judith
Shelves: children
All rules have exceptions, and here's a stellar example of that principle: other titles I've seen in this series have varied between dull and nauseating, but this one is absolutely terrific.

I spent an hour leafing through it this afternoon, and I was blown away by the brilliant selection. It's wonderfully balanced, and if the editors have any prejudice I didn't spot what it was. They have all the obvious old classics - Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh, Little Women - and all the new ones - H
Sophie Crane
This is an excellent catalogue of the best of children's literature internationally and over decades. It's a joy to discover old favourites being recommended as well as to find unfamiliar titles to try. It contains summaries/reviews and is organised in age groups from the earliest board/picture books. Every home should have one! This book is superb read. It lists out literally 1001 books and divides them into suitable reading age groups 3+ to 12+, because of this the book is literally massive! P ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, skimmed
A feast. For anyone who wants to revel in childhood nostalgia, or to find new books to read (I am not ashamed to admit that I still read children's books), or to make up a reading wishlist for their kids. This book is full of colour illustrations and selections from other languages (ones that have been translated into English, of course), which I especially enjoyed (I have always wondered what the kids in other countries are reading). Gems, gems gems. A real joy to read. My list of Books I Want ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I think this is a very good list of children's books. I really like it much better than the adults' version. It's much more international and lists books from much more categories.
There were however a few things that bother me a bit. First, I didn't like that the list loads of books that are very hard to get or only at prices the books are really not worth. So what's the sense of listing them if hardly anyone can read them? Second, I didn't like that the authors didn't take any interest in the
Jun 27, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: lists
Oh, no. More books I "must" read!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a great resource! Some of the books listed for 8-12 year olds seem a little TOO old for them to me ("Little Women"? At 12? I mean, I read it around then but I think you might have to be a pretty book-nerdy 12-year-old like I was). However, the books from 0-3, 3+ and 5+ are spot on. Classics as well as new favorites, a plot summary, a cover picture, author/illustrator info, and an explanation of why it made the cut. Wonderful.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a book you actually read cover to cover; it is a reference book. That said, I have enjoyed looking through it and I am pleased that I have actually read a good portion of the books listed. Yes, there are some books that I would have love to have had included that aren't and some books I wouldn't have listed that are, but it is a good resource. I especially enjoy reading the books for the older children, so now I have an even longer To Be Read list.
Rebecca Douglass
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
General Editor, Julia Eccleshare. Over 70 contributors, plus special reviews by more than 30 well-known authors

This amazing volume is a compilation of 1001 half-page (some whole-page) summaries of great children's books, from the earliest picture books through the middle grades and up. It has been the source of a number of books I've read and reviewed this winter, as I've been perusing the suggestions for the 8 and up age ranges. Whatever I can among the books I missed in my own youth, I order f
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Eccleshare, J. & Blake, Q. 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York: Universe Publishing Company.

Citation by: Margie Findley

Type of Reference: Bibliography

Call Number: Z1037 .A252x 2009

Description: A collection of bibliographies about the best classic and contemporary children’s books.

Relevance and Relationship: The cost is $24.19 and is a superb selection to other similar titles. It is a one stop for selecting the best children’s books to read or to help with collect
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Lists exist for all kinds of reasons. Groceries, things you gotta do, etc. And with the proliferation of books about things you need to read, see, do, try and hear before you die, well, we've got all the advice we need for a while.

This book is positively gorgeous, with simple, clean layout, and great use of original graphics. It's a doorstop of a book, and wouldn't look bad sitting on the shelf. And you know, I agree with a lot of the books in there. What I disagree with is the way its organize
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
Something which I think is very important for people to know when commencing this book- MANY titles are utterly unobtainable. I don't just mean that you won't find them at your local library, I mean that they may not be in any library or for sale on any of the used book websites.

For instance, "Alvin Says Goodnight" is difficult to obtain in any language. It is nearly impossible to obtain in English. I've been trying to find one for a couple years now and have finally given up.

Another example is
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
This book did actually change my life. Of course, I have the adult version (1001 books you must read before you die) too, and I certainly would like to read most of those books, but I never seriously contemplated doing it. I heard about this book, had to have it, requested it for Christmas 2009, and then immediately began hatching plans to read all the books, and even started a yahoo group dedicated to reading all the books. The only real disappointment with this book is the rather inexplicable ...more
Prince William Public Library System
If you are looking for good books for your children (or yourself), here is an excellent resource of suggestions. While some might wonder whether this list is truly the 'perfect' list of books all children should read, I suggest that it doesn't really matter if you think some don't belong on the list while others do. Take the book as it is, a suggestion of good books and find some you think you would enjoy.

- Rebecca H.

Click here to find the book at the Prince William County Public Library System
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a book that can't seem to decide if it was meant for academics or regular people (parents, children, teachers, librarians). Most of the books are easily found, but many are not. Some are out of print. Some are not available at all except in a handful of university libraries scatted around the globe. Anyone who actually wants to read all of the titles in this book will be hard pressed to find all of books. It was a great idea and has a great base of terrific children's books, but as an ac ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, reference
Normally, a book of this scope would merit high(er) ratings from me, but this one is bitterly disappointing in some of the simplest ways. Not just omissions of books that "should" be on the list; It is the errors, the typos, the oversights. Misspelled authors' names: names spelled three different ways in one entry. Titles of books misreported. Where were the bonehead contributors' heads when they were compiling this volume? Let me know when you find them........
Linda Lipko
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
This is a delightful book with wonderful suggestions for children of all ages. It is a heavy book (960 pages) and well worth the time spent in perusing the wonderful descriptions, well written reviews and stunningly beautiful illustrations.

This was a joy to read and I'm going to buy a copy if I can find one.

Highly recommended!
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great reference book for parents. 1001 books divided by age group. Went through the book and realized I had read 135 which leaves many more new books to discover. Full color features pictures of book covers as well as a write up about each book.
Lloyd Downey
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess this is more like a reference book that one delves into rather than something that one reads cover to cover. And, of course, I have not read this cover to cover. As an older reader, I have the advantage of having read books myself when I was young, then having read another generation of books to my children, and then reading books to my grandchildren. So A pretty wide spread of years to cover. I bought the book second hand and was amused to find that the previous owner had done exactly w ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was great! Now, I did not read all 1001 books, and I'm 18 now, so I'm technically grown up. I got to reconnect with my childhood and have years of memories come flooding back. I think I: drowned, but I'm here now reviewing, so I guess I made it out okay.

My happiest memories of books I read back in the early years were "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", the "Spot" books, and "The Magic Tree house" series.

I went through the book in sections and wrote down all the books I have already read,
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm not going to include this in my yearly total of books read since really I just turned every page and only read a couple of the pieces. No surprises here-I went through this book page by page and tallied up every book I've read in the 1001. My total was 226. This was a pretty atypical selection of "must read" books-at least for an American. This was a very international collection and I don't at all feel bad about my total # because so many of the books from Sweden or Norway (for example) are ...more
Christi Koenig
I have a 3-page list of books to look for at the library now - most of which are either old, or not published in the US, so good luck with that. I compliment their inclusion of so many books from countries other than the US and UK, but I'm still confounded by the inclusion of Twilight, which I thought was a badly-written, stalker-encouraging piece of tripe.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good comprehensive listing of children's books, both recent and classic with story summary and book's origins. Perhaps not all the books that I would have thought of, a couple I think are missing, and some of the age range is a little flexible, but overall, a really good list of books that if you can manage to read to either yourself or your child, then go for it!
Rosalyn Davey
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Not read cover to cover but finding this very useful as a reference book! As a new teacher this is a super book that is giving me ideas of books to put on my bookshelf and share with my class. It is also helping me discover new books I had never heard of that I otherwise wouldn't have shared with the children. Just amazing!
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life-helps
Good variety and it was helpful to have them arranged by age. A lot of older and foreign books which might be difficult to find. Also, some for the 8+ category seemed a little mature, especially the older books that use an older style and vocabulary.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-about-books
I've read about 170 of these and have another maybe 30 on TBR list. Would be a good resource to find more books.
Brandi Plumlee
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
Name: Brandi Plumlee, LME 508
Eccleshare, J. (Eds.). (2009). 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York, NY: Universe Pub.

Cost: $24.14 (Barnes and Noble)
Dewey Call Number: Z1037 .A255 2009 (Library of Congress)

Reading Level: Anyone who enjoys children’s books.

Category: Elementary Level/Non-fiction Reference-Bibliography

Review Citation:
Publishers Weekly. (2009). Book Review [Review of the book 1001 children’s books you must read before you grow up]. Publishers Weekly, 256(50
Tiffany Morgan
Apr 24, 2016 marked it as to-read
Eccleshare, J. (2009). 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York, NY: Universe Pub.

Citation: Tiffany Morgan

Type of Reference: Bibliography

Call Number: Ref 016

Content/Scope: This reference selection includes titles of 1001 children's books. The book includes both classic and contemporary children's literature.

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This is great for readers of all ages that have that passion for reading and want to make sure they are reading all the "Must reads". It is
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Julia Eccleshare MBE (born 1951) is a British journalist and writer on the subject of children's books. She has been Children's Books editor for The Guardian newspaper for more than ten years, at least from 2000. She is also an editorial contributor and advisor for the website Lovereading4kids.

Eccleshare was born in Cambridge and grew up in North London, the third of four children of Colin Ecclesh

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