Monday, March 13, 2006

Kid Stuff

I am a sucker when it comes to children's books. I tend to love em, even though my kids are too old for them anymore. They still catch my eye when I'm in the bookstore.

I found a list of The Best Selling Children's Books of All Time. I only listed the top 100 here, and have put the ones I've read in bold. Seems I still have a lot of reading to do. ;-)

1. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams (1974)

2. The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton (1968)

3. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Judy Blume (1976)

4. Love You Forever, Robert Munsch; illustrated by Sheila McGraw (1986)

5. Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (1973)

6. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell (1971)

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J. K. Rowling (1999)

8. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume (1972)

9. Shane, Jack Schaeffer (1972)

10. The Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks (1982)

11. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle (1974)

12. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

13. Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

14. The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford (1984)

15. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1968)

16. Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes (1969)

17. Just Me and My Dad, Mercer Mayer (1977)

18. Go Ask Alice, Anonymous (1976)

19. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. J. K. Rowling (2000)

20. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Judy Blume (1976)

21. Blubber, Judy Blume (1976)

22. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Speare (1972)

23. Superfudge, Judy Blume (1981)

24. Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson (1987)

25. Freckle Juice, Judy Blume (1978)

26. On the Banks of Plum Creek, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

27. That Was Then, This Is Now, S. E. Hinton (1972)

28. Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Louis Sachar (1985)

29. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger (1951) (This is a kid's book??)

30. Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

31. Just Go to Bed, Mercer Mayer (1993)

32. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak (1984)

33. Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd (1977)

34. The Long Winter, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

35. The Berenstain Bears' New Baby, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1974)

36. By the Shores of Silver Lake, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

37. Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

38. The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1983)

39. The Pigman, Paul Zindel (1978)

40. The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1961)

41. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E. L. Konigsburg (1973)

42. Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad, Mercer Mayer (1982)

43. Just Grandma and Me, Mercer Mayer (1975)

44. Just for You, Mercer Mayer (1975)

45. Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan (1987)

46. When the Legends Die, Hal Borland (1984)

47. Bunnicula, James Howe (1980)

48. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl; illustrated by Nancy Burkert (1988)

49. The Berenstain Bears Go to School, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1978)

50. The Night Before Christmas, Clement Hurd; illustrated by Douglas Gorsline (1975)

51. These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

52. All By Myself, Mercer Mayer (1983)

53. Stuart Little, E. B. White; illustrated by Garth Williams (1974)

54. The First Four Years, Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams (1971)

55. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen (1988)

56. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson (1979)

57. The Cay, Theodore Taylor (1970)

58. Kristy's Great Idea (Babysitters Club #1), Ann M. Martin (1986)

59. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1985)

60. Then Again, Maybe I Won't, Judy Blume (1973)

61. I Was So Mad, Mercer Mayer (1983)

62. Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1984)

63. The Giver, Lois Lowry (1994)

64. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1984)

65. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (1988)

66. The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1985)

67. The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1985)

68. Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George (1974)

69. The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1981)

70. The Berenstain Bears and the Truth, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1983)

71. Gremlins, George Jipe (1984) OP

72. Stone Fox, John Gardner; illustrated by Marcia Sewall (1983)

73. I Just Forgot, Mercer Mayer (1988)

74. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz (1976)

75. How to Eat Fried Worms, Thomas Rockwell (1975)

76. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Beverly Cleary (1980)

77. When I Get Bigger, Mercer Mayer (1983)

78. The Berenstain Bears in the Dark, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1982)

79. 500 Words to Grow On, Harry McNaught (1973)

80. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor (1984)

81. Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish; illustrated by Lynn Sweat (1987)

82. Number the Stars, Lois Lowry (1990)

83. The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White; illustrated by Edward Frascino (1973)

84. The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden; illustrated by Garth Williams (1970)

85. Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry (1956)

86. It's Not What You Expect, Norma Klein (1976) OP

87. Matilda, Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake (1990)

88. The New Baby, Mercer Mayer (1983)

89. The Chocolate Touch, Patrick Catling (1984)

90. Corduroy, Don Freeman (1976)

91 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis (1970)

92. The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1981)

93. The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight, Stan and Jan Berenstain (1982)

94. Sounder, William H. Armstrong (1972)

95. The Return of the Indian, Lynne Reid Banks (1987)

96. The Kitten Book, Jan Pfloog (1968)

97. Dinosaurs, Peter Zallinger (1977)

98. Wee Sing Children's Songs and Fingerplays (1977)

99. The Truck Book, Harry McNaught (1978)

100. Barney's Hats (1993)


Joe Bob said...

you know what's really really sad??? I went thru the list and can honestly say I have only read ONE of those books.....

Just D said...

Which one?

Sassan Sanei said...

What a great list! Sure brought back a lot of memories going through it, and it made me realize how many everyday expressions that I use came from those books. "Are you going to eat it or wear it?" (me to Ryan when he spills food all over himself - from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing).

I was a bit surprised to see no Enid Blyton or Gordon Korman on the list, and that The Phantom Tollhouse didn't make it in.

Just D said...

You can probably tell I am a Mercer Mayer fan. I bought every single one of those books for my kids when they were small.

I have set a goal to read every book on the list.

Joe Bob said...

Gee I'm one sorry individual, eh??? No childhood I read about Wilbur the pig...dead giveaway for all you cultured and educated sorts eh??? :)

markoos said...

check out these children books...

i'm going post aboot it.

GermanChocolateGirl said...

wow what a great list! brings back memories!

Odat said...

I've read a few of em...even as an adult...I'm going to have to go get The Pigman tho, being a pig enthusiest!
And I was also very surprised to see the Catcher In the Rye on the list...(oh well.)

curmudgeon said...

You MUST read "A Wrinkle in Time".
We read it as a class in like, 5th or 6th grade. I was spellbound.

Just D said...

I'll put that one at the top of the list. As soon as I get off my arse and head to Barnes & Noble, I'll look for it.

Thanks for the tip. :)