Popular Kidlit Books

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
by (shelved 71 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.45 — 5,920,460 ratings — published 1997
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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
by (shelved 64 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.94 — 104,331 ratings — published 1962
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Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web (Paperback)
by (shelved 63 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.15 — 1,512,006 ratings — published 1952
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
by (shelved 52 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.53 — 2,314,429 ratings — published 2000
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
by (shelved 49 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.62 — 2,371,743 ratings — published 2007
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The Secret Garden The Secret Garden (Hardcover)
by (shelved 49 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.12 — 961,748 ratings — published 1911
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The Graveyard Book The Graveyard Book (Hardcover)
by (shelved 41 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.12 — 591,539 ratings — published 2008
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1)
by (shelved 40 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.11 — 649,611 ratings — published 1964
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The Giver (The Giver, #1) The Giver (The Giver, #1)
by (shelved 39 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.12 — 1,819,840 ratings — published 1993
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Matilda Matilda (Paperback)
by (shelved 37 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.29 — 635,004 ratings — published 1988
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Where the Wild Things Are Where the Wild Things Are (Paperback)
by (shelved 36 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.21 — 870,687 ratings — published 1963
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Where the Sidewalk Ends Where the Sidewalk Ends (Hardcover)
by (shelved 36 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.29 — 1,345,512 ratings — published 1974
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Coraline Coraline (Paperback)
by (shelved 36 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.04 — 629,477 ratings — published 2002
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Wonder Wonder (Hardcover)
by (shelved 35 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.45 — 577,920 ratings — published 2012
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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1)
by (shelved 34 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.22 — 736,533 ratings — published 1908
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The Phantom Tollbooth The Phantom Tollbooth (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.21 — 275,026 ratings — published 1961
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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
by (shelved 29 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.24 — 2,001,793 ratings — published 2005
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A Little Princess A Little Princess (Paperback)
by (shelved 29 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.18 — 332,607 ratings — published 1905
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James and the Giant Peach James and the Giant Peach (Hardcover)
by (shelved 29 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.00 — 408,364 ratings — published 1961
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Holes (Holes, #1) Holes (Holes, #1)
by (shelved 27 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.94 — 970,542 ratings — published 1998
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Bridge to Terabithia Bridge to Terabithia (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.98 — 512,074 ratings — published 1977
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When You Reach Me When You Reach Me (Hardcover)
by (shelved 27 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.08 — 122,393 ratings — published 2009
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The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1) The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
by (shelved 27 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.15 — 168,878 ratings — published 2007
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The Giving Tree The Giving Tree (Hardcover)
by (shelved 26 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.37 — 1,039,478 ratings — published 1964
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The One and Only Ivan The One and Only Ivan (Hardcover)
by (shelved 25 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.24 — 172,354 ratings — published 2012
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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
by (shelved 25 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.94 — 1,338,734 ratings — published 1995
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Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1) Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)
by (shelved 25 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.34 — 289,812 ratings — published 1926
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Green Eggs and Ham Green Eggs and Ham (Hardcover)
by (shelved 23 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.30 — 661,428 ratings — published 1960
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Pippi Longstocking Pippi Longstocking (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.12 — 206,227 ratings — published 1945
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The Little Prince The Little Prince (Paperback)
by (shelved 22 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.28 — 1,189,730 ratings — published 1943
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The Invention of Hugo Cabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Hardcover)
by (shelved 22 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.24 — 217,809 ratings — published 2007
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The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
by (shelved 22 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.03 — 393,073 ratings — published 1955
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The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows (Paperback)
by (shelved 22 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.98 — 215,715 ratings — published 1908
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.97 — 181,359 ratings — published 1958
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret (Hardcover)
by (shelved 21 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.89 — 221,545 ratings — published 1970
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The Witches The Witches (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.17 — 348,579 ratings — published 1983
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Little Women (Little Women, #1) Little Women (Little Women, #1)
by (shelved 21 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.04 — 1,757,194 ratings — published 1868
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Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1) Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)
by (shelved 21 times as kidlit)
avg rating 3.95 — 112,797 ratings — published 1964
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Peter Pan Peter Pan (Hardcover)
by (shelved 20 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.10 — 307,009 ratings — published 1904
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The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.28 — 243,367 ratings — published 1922
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The BFG The BFG (Paperback)
by (shelved 20 times as kidlit)
avg rating 4.22 — 390,743 ratings — published 1982
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Nat Hentoff
“Recently, an internationally renowned writer for children commented about the Council [on Interracial Books for Children, Inc.] to me: “Of course, we should all be more tender and understanding toward the aged and we should work to shrive ourselves of racism and sexism, but when you impose guidelines like theirs on writing, you’re strangling the imagination. And that means that you’re limiting the ability of children to imagine. If all books for them were ‘cleansed’ according to these criteria, it would be the equivalent of giving them nothing to eat but white bread.”
“To write according to such guidelines,” this story teller continued, “is to take the life out of what you do. Also the complexity, the ambivalence. And thereby the young reader gets no real sense of the wonders and terrors and unpredictabilities of living. Paradoxically, censors like the council clamor for ‘truth’ but are actually working to flatten children’s reading experiences into the most misleading, simplistic kinds of untruth.”

("Any Writer Who Follows Anyone Else's Guidelines Ought to Be in Advertising" (1977), from Beyond Fact: Nonfiction for Children and Young People, 1982)”
Nat Hentoff

“This initial impulse, this enduring faith in reading books to know them and to make them useful, has somehow been lost - not, I feel, because we are of lesser stature than our predecessors, but because, perhaps, there have been such pressures, such multitudinous forces at work upon the culture of our generation - economic, political, mechanical, and inventive - and the joyous obligation to read and to induce others to read seemed too simple a function in a world where everything and everybody were being mechanized, organized, industrialized, streamlined, geared for action in two wars, emotionally adjusted for a depression, progressively educated, and made socially conscious.”
Frances Clarke Sayers, Summoned by Books

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