ThursTAG: Amazon’s 100 Kids Books to Read in a Lifetime


It is me, your friend ThursTAG. (If anyone still doesn’t get this pun, please let me know!) How are you all today? I hope you are all staying safe indoors and looking after yourselves – mental health and physical health alike! Remember to do something every day that is just purely for your own good.

Today I am here to share with you the list of Amazon 100 Children’s Books To Read in a Lifetime. I did the “adult” tag a few weeks ago, but when I discovered there was a kids list, I got very excited. I expect I will have read A LOT MORE of the children’s books than the adult ones… go figure! (I’ve also just spotted that there’s a 100 YA books to read in a lifetime too… SO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THAT TOO!)


  1. A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
  2. Aesops Fables
  3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst)
  4. Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) – YES
  5. Amelia Bedelia (Peggy Parish)
  6. And Tango Makes Three (Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell) – YES
  7. Anne of Green Gables (L.M.Montgomery)
  8. Are You My Mother? (P.D.Eastman)
  9. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. (Judy Blume)
  10. The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter (Beatrix Potter) – YES
  11. Betsy-Tacy Books (Maud Hart Lovelace)
  12. Black Beauty (Anna Sewell) – YES
  13. Bread and Jam for Francis (Russell Hoban)
  14. Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
  15. Caps for Sale (Esphyr Slobodkina)
  16. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) – YES (obv)
  17. Charlotte’s Web (E.B.White) – YES 
  18. Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM! (Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault)
  19. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (Judi Barrett)
  20. Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
  21. Corduroy (Don Freeman)
  22. D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths
  23. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Jeff Kinney)
  24. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Mo Willems)
  25. Dr. Seuss’s ABC – YES
  26. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective (Donald J. Sobol)
  27. Esperanza Rising (Pam Muñoz Ryan)
  28. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E. L. Konigsburg)
  29. Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown) – YES
  30. Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site (Sherri Duskey Rinker)
  31. The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales – YES
  32. Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney) – YES
  33. Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson)
  34. Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh)
  35. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K.Rowling) – YES
  36. Holes (Louis Sachar) – YES
  37. Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell)
  38. Jumanji (Chris Van Allsburg)
  39. Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingles Wilder) – YES
  40. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) – YES
  41. Llama Llama Red Pajama (Anna Dewdney)
  42. Madeline (Ludwig Bemelmans)
  43. Make Way for Ducklings (Robert McCloskey)
  44. Maniac Magee (Jerry Spinelli)
  45. Mike Mulligan (Virginia Lee Burton)
  46. Mr Popper’s Penguins (Richard and Florence Atwater)
  47. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien)
  48. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Betty Macdonald)
  49. My Side of the Mountain (Jean Craighead George)
  50. Olivia (Ian Falconer)
  51. Owen (Kevin Henkes)
  52. Paddle-To-The-Sea (Holling C. Holling)
  53. Pat the Bunny (Dorothy Kunhardt)
  54. Peter Pan (J.M.Barrie)
  55. Pippi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgren) – YES
  56. Press Here (Hervé Tullet) – YES
  57. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (William Steig)
  58. The Bad Beginning (Daniel Handler)
  59. The Borrowers (Mary Norton) – YES
  60. The Boxcar Children (Gertrude Chandler Warner)
  61. The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
  62. The Complete Adventures of Curious George (H. A. Rey)
  63. The Cricket in Times Square (George Selden)
  64. The Day the Crayons Quit (Drew Daywalt) – YES
  65. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce)
  66. The Giver (Lois Lowry)
  67. The House at Pooh Corner (A.A.Milne) – YES
  68. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick) – YES
  69. The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling) – YES
  70. The Lightning Thief (Rick Riordan)
  71. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis) – YES
  72. The Little Engine That Could (Watty Piper)
  73. The Little Prince (Antoine de Sant-Exupery)
  74. The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Beverly Cleary)
  75. The New Way Things Work (David Macauly)
  76. The Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch) – YES
  77. Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
  78. Mother Goose (Blanche Fisher Wright)
  79. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) – YES
  80. The Secret of the Old Clock (Carolyn Keene)
  81. The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats)
  82. The Story of Babar (Jean De Brunhoff)
  83. The Story of Ferdinand (Munro Leaf)
  84. The Tale of Despereaux (Kate Dicamillo)
  85. The Tower Treasure (Franklin W. Dixon)
  86. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) – YES (duh)
  87. The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 (Christopher Paul Curtis)
  88. The Wednesday Wars (Gary D. Schmidt)
  89. The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin)
  90. The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) – YES 
  91. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) – YES
  92. Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson) – YES
  93. Tuck Everlasting (Natalie Babbit)
  94. Walk Two Moons (Sharon Creech)
  95. Watership Down (Richard Adams) – YES
  96. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Grace Lin)
  97. Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)
  98. Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)
  99. Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak) – YES
  100. Wonder (R.J.Palacio) – YES

(Man, that took a LONG TIME TO TYPE OUT)

This list has what I’m guessing a LOT of American books on it! I’d love to see a version for us Brits! However, my total was…


I don’t think the ones I’ve chosen will surprise many people… but I think some people will be shocked by some of the ones I’ve not read. There’s a few on that list that I’d still like to read, but we all know my TBR is a mile long already haha!

Please feel free to just copy this post (it will genuinely take you FOREVER to type it all out!) if you fancy counting up how many you’ve read!

S x


3 thoughts on “ThursTAG: Amazon’s 100 Kids Books to Read in a Lifetime

  1. _tirilu says:

    I have to admit that I don’t know most of those books. But I definitely have to check out if they have that list around here too. That would be so much fun. 🙂 And 31 books out of a 100 is actually really quite good. Well done, you! 🙂


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