1. I’m so playing along with this one. : ) Fun list – thanks for sharing! Some of my favorites that I’ve read that you might check out down the road – I love the Harry Potter series, the Inkheart series by Funke, and the whole series that goes along with The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright.

  2. Oh, so many: The Hobbit, Alice in Wonderland, The Saturdays, The Borrowers, All-of-a Kind Family, and Ballet Shoes—at least those.

  3. Oh wow – I love lists! Thank you for posting this one. As I grew up back in the sticks, I’m always afraid I’ve missed some very important book I should share with my girls. We have read many on this list, but certainly not all. Some thanks to the Learning Language Arts through Literature curriculum, which recommends excellent books that often turn out to be our favorites. One thing I’m sad and rather puzzled about – I loved A Wrinkle in Time when I was young, so I bought it for Lizi; she didn’t care to even finish it. What’s up with that?

    • Amy


      I read A Wrinkle in Time in sixth grade as required reading. I’m not sure I would’ve ever picked it up at the time–certainly not until I grew up, anyway. She might come around. 🙂

  4. I’m really rather impressed at how many you’ve read. I was going to do the meme but then it showed off how shamefully behind I am in reading anything considered great. I need to rectify a few things. It’s kinda like standing on a scale before hundreds of people. WHy would I do that? ;D ha!

    I haven’t even read Indian in the Cupboard. I’m thinking that’s kinda sad.

    Hope you have a great weekend and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you!!

    • Amy


      Ah, don’t be embarrassed! As Janet pointed out, we don’t all agree on what’s “great.”

      Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!

  5. The Hobbit is good, though it took me several tries to get into it.

    I saw this at Semicolon, and I’d only read about 30. Since then I’ve added 1 or 2. I’m not sure I’m entirely convinced of the greatness of a number of these titles, but then again I’m not that far along the road of my second childhood — er, mothering journey. 🙂

  6. Amy

    I agree, Janet. I would by no means count some of these as the greatest of all of children’s lit, and I’m pretty sure I could come up with quite a few to add to the list!

  7. I only read 23–and I called myself a reader (even as a kid!)

    When I was young, I adored The Little Princess (I still think it’s pretty neat.) More recently, I just finished reading the Inkheart series–and was very impressed.

  8. Great List! I’ll have to refer back to this one…so far I’ve read-aloud to my 3 1/2 yr old son Winnie the Pooh, Little House in the Big Woods, and am currently reading Charlotte’s Web. I’ll have to look at this to pick out our next book =)

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