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Friday, June 16, 2006

Top 25 American Children's Books In the Last 25 Years - The Culling

Put aside all hopes and dreams, the results are in. These are the books youse guys came up with when I asked you to name the top 25 children's books (picture in one category, fiction in another) written by Americans in the last 25 years. Now it's time to vote. Everyone who wishes to participate must pick three fiction titles and three picture books that you feel MUST be on this list. Either comment on them here or e-mail 'em to me. I'll tally them accordingly and come up with the top 25 as a result.

Now as you can see, there are some books on this list that aren't exactly (how shall I put this?) my own personal favorites. That's okay. I could always make my own list. It wouldn't be difficult. But I'm far more interested in what other people have to say. I put together all your suggestions willy-nilly so there may be some repeats while some titles that are older than 25 years may have slipped in. If you notice them, let me know. I'll cull accordingly. Remember, you only get three of each. Now.... GO!

Picture Books
Imogene's Antlers (David Small)
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World (Marjorie Priceman)
Piggie Pie! (Margie Palatini)
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Tuesday by David Weisner
Doctor De Soto by William Steig
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
Black and White by David Macaulay
St.George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
Rainbabies (Melmed)
Sheep in a Jeep (Shaw)
Babushka's Doll (Polacco)
The Jolly Postman (Ahlberg)
The Owl and the Pussycat (Lear/Brett)
Brundibar (Sendak/Kuschner)
Voyage to the Bunny Planet (Wells)
Moonlight (Ormerod)
A Christmas Carol (Dickens/Zwerger)
Show Way (Woodson/Talbott)
Nora's Duck (Ichikawa)
Dona Flor (Mora/Colon)
Epossumondas (Salley/Stevens)
Starry Messenger (Sis)
More More More," Said the Baby (Wiliams)
Dirt Boy by Jon Slangerup
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel
The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield
Massie Me First by Helen Lester
The Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
Franny B. Kranny, There's a Bird in Your Hair by Harriet Goldhor Lerner
Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch
7 Silly Eaters - Hoberman/Frazee
Max Makes a Million - Kalman
Ooh La La (Max in Love) - Kalman
Martha Speaks - Meddaugh
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type - Cronin
Ruby's Wish - Bridges
True Story of the Three Little Pigs - Scieszka/Smith
Stinky Cheese Man - Scieszka/Smith
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Tree of Life by Peter Sis
Train of States by Peter Sis
Starry Messenger by Peter Sis
Circus by Peter Spier
One Grain of Rice by Demi
Owl Babies by Waddell and Benson
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
A Splendid Friend Indeed, by Suzanne Bloom
More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
Voyage to the Bunny Planet by Rosemary Wells
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein
Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Fiction Titles
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Holes by Louis Sachar
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
A Corner of the Universe by Anne Martin
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
Joey Pigza Swallows the Key by Jack Gantos
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
The Mouse on the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
Pictures from Hollis Wood by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Doll People by Ann Martin
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
The Tale of Desperaux by Kate DiCamillo
Sorcery and Cecilia by Patricia C. Wrede
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
The Doll Hospital by James Duffy
The Ghost Wore Gray by Bruce Coville
The Dancing Cats of Applesap by Janet Taylor Lisle
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy
The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
Donuthead by Susan Stauffacher
The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going

24 Comments:

At 3:35 AM , Anonymous AZ said...

my votes:

Black and White - David Macaulay
My Friend Rabbit - Eric Rohmann
St. George and the Dragon - Margaret Hodges
---
Holes - Louis Sachar
Ramona Quimby Age 8 - Beverly Cleary
Donuthead - Susan Stauffacher

 
At 4:50 AM , Anonymous monica said...

Black and White by David Macaulay
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
Stinky Cheese Man - Scieszka/Smith

Holes by Louis Sachar
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

 
At 10:58 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Voyage to the Bunny Planet
Click clack moo: cows that type

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
Ramona Quinby, Age 8

And, because I'm more of an Anglophile than I thought and don't like many of the novels on this list enough to call them Top 25): The Lightning Thief, which is, pure, clean fun.

 
At 12:35 PM , Anonymous Pooja said...

o o o o o

Ox Cart Man
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

o o o o o

A Single Shard
Ramona Quimby, Age 8
The Giver

o o o o o

 
At 12:46 PM , Blogger Becky said...

Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
Starry Messenger by Peter Sis
---
Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

 
At 12:58 PM , Blogger MotherReader said...

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Click Clack Moo
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (natch)

Because of Winn Dixie
Judy Moody
Liberation of Gabriel King

 
At 1:10 PM , Anonymous Jen Robinson said...

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

So hard to narrow down to 3!

 
At 1:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are my picks, Jennifer Andersen

Picture Book:
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Fiction Book:
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Holes by Louis Sachar
Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

 
At 2:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

picture:
tuesday
red ripe strawberry
black & white

fiction:
ramona age 8
ella enchanted
holes

 
At 3:20 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Picture books:
Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Fiction:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Hole by Louis Sachar
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (were you trying to send us a subliminal message by having it on the list twice?) ;)

 
At 4:06 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Oops. Nope. Missed that one.
I noticed quite a few "Ox Cart Man" inclusions. Are you people absolutely certain his recent win of the National Poetry thingy hasn't swayed your vote? I love it too, but I have to be diligent here.

 
At 4:26 PM , Blogger Erin said...

Sorcery and Cecilia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

 
At 5:30 PM , Blogger Lone Star Ma said...

Few of my favorites are on the list, but, given the options, here are my votes:

Picture:
Owl Babies
Oh, The Places You'll Go
TIE between Imogene's Antler's and More, More, More Said The Baby (it would have been no contest if it was A Chair for My Mother instead - that's one of my very favorites)

I like A Christmas Carol better than all of those but do not consider it a children's book. It contains very abstract and sophisticated concepts...Ignorance, Want and all that.

Fiction:

Ramona Quimby, Age 8
The Giver
Walk Two Moons

 
At 6:03 PM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

Oh dear, I haven't read so many of the picture books, it's embarrassing. Here are my votes anyway:

Goodnight Gorilla
Zen Shorts
Show Way

 
At 9:33 PM , Blogger Liz B said...

Just 3??

OK:

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type - Cronin

More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

And:

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Sorcery and Cecilia by Patricia C. Wrede

Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy

 
At 10:02 PM , Blogger Amber Benton said...

From this list the only two I’m attatched two are:

St.George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear

My top picture book authors would include
Ezra Jack Keatz my favorite of his being Jenny’s Hat.
The other would be Robert McCloskey and my favorite of his is Time of Wonder.

I would substitute these for The Little Mouse.

BUT, are these in the last 25 years? Hmmm…. Nope! Time of Wonder is 1957 and Jennie’s Hat was in 1966!

Ooohhh, that makes it tough… Let me think…. (I had to go peruse our shelves)

From Our Shelves - My Favorite: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox; My Boys Favorite: Stop That Pickle by Peter Armour; Honorable Mention: Tuesday by David Weisner

For Fiction I would definitely vote for the 3 Shannon Hale books: Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and Princess Academy. I LOVE these – and the cover art 

Thanks, this was fun!

Amber
truth, order, beauty

 
At 11:08 PM , Blogger Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Picture Books

Officer Buckle and Gloria
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
Tuesday

Fiction

Because of Winn-Dixie
Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963
Catherine, Called Birdy (not on this list, but it's important! And yes, I know I dropped the ball regarding the earlier suggestions).

 
At 10:30 AM , Anonymous Paul Acampora said...

This is like sophie's choice for books...

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman


Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt

 
At 12:15 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Paul, I am so stealing the phrase, "This is Sophie's Choice for books". It is mine now.

 
At 12:41 PM , Anonymous crystal - ia said...

If only we could vote AGAINST some titles on this list.... but alas that is probably too much like reality television.

Anyway - Picture book

Baby Beebee Bird
Stephanie's Pony Tail
Duck on a Bike


Chapter
A Year Down Yonder
Watson's Go to Birmingham
Pictures from Hollis Woods.

Ok, I cannot help myself, I love Click Clack Moo, but hello? Children under the age of 25 do not get it, they don't even know what a typewriter is!

 
At 5:08 PM , Blogger Little Willow said...

Here are my three picks per category!

Picture Books
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Fiction Titles
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 
At 8:51 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

Too many choices...

Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Lily's Purple Plastic Purse
Zen Shorts

Ramona Quimby, age 8 (though that might be older than 25 years, since I remember reading it as a kid)
The Giver
Ella Enchanted

 
At 4:05 PM , Blogger AnnieM said...

Well this was harder than I thought, but I did my best

Picture:
Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
Sheep in a Jeep (Shaw)
Stinky Cheese Man - Scieszka/Smith

Chapter:
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary

 
At 11:05 PM , Anonymous Carrie K. said...

I've been on vacation, so I'm not sure if it's too late, but here are my picks:

Picture:
Owl Babies
Roxaboxen
Knuffle Bunny

Chapter:
Ramona, Age 8
Because of Winn-Dixie
Holes

 

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