Fuse #8

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Top 25 Children's Books In the Last 25 Years? Name 'Em.

You know, all this talk about the Best 25 Books Written In the Last 25 Years has gotten me thinking. We've done the required growling over how none of those books were children's. Okay, so there's a solution. I know that some bloggers have been making their own alternate lists, but I don't think that ANYONE has been making one for children's books alone. SO. With that in mind, I need your votes. What, to your mind, are the books that would deserve inclusion on such a list? Please note that the following are already guaranteed a slot:

- Holes by Louis Sacher
- Fly By Night by Frances Hardinge (my list, my rules, HA HA HA HA HA!!!)

Beyond that, I'm open. Gimme whatchu got.


At 11:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am buying "Fly by Night" tomorrow. If it makes you that gooey, it must be good.


At 12:08 AM , Blogger Eleanor Traubman said...

I vote for.....

Picture Book: Max Makes a Million by Maira Kalman
Chapter Book: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle

At 12:59 AM , Blogger Jackie Parker said...

(I'm guessing Teen Books don't count here)

The Giver. duh.

Number the Stars

Olive's Ocean?

I scew old. Sorry.

At 2:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With chapters: Inkheart - Cornelia Funke

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

picture book: The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

At 4:59 AM , Blogger Greg Pincus said...

It must be an oversight on your part, but didn't you mean to include The Rainbow Fish in your starter list?


Oh. My bad.

At 5:13 AM , Blogger Tarie Sabido said...

Hmmm, now I'm curious about Fly By Night. =) And I agree about Holes. =)

At 10:04 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Unfortunately, A Wrinkle In Time came out in 1962 and can't be included. We're not counting YA books (a separate list, perhaps?) and picture books may or may not appear. Good suggestions, so far. Now go buy Fly By Night.

At 10:31 AM , Blogger Disco Mermaids said...

There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar.

- Jay

At 10:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A View from Saturday, by E.L. Honigsburg

Skellig, by David Almond

A Splendid Friend Indeed, by Suzanne Bloom

More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

and that's just off the top of my head

At 10:40 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Oh, right.
The original list of 25 writers was just for Americans.


Okay, fine. I'll get rid of "Fly By Night". Then, by extension, I'm forced to get rid of "Skellig" too, even though I completely agree with you on that one. We're getting quite a good Sacher representation here. And only one Konigsburg? Shocking! I'm gonna add a Christopher Paul Curtis, though I'm having a hard time choosing between Bud, Not Buddy and The Watsons Go To Birmingham. Any preferences?

At 12:43 PM , Blogger Erin said...

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I'm sure there's others I'm just drawing a blank.....

At 12:54 PM , Blogger Erin said...

Oh and a personal favorite of mine is "Sorcery and Cecilia" by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer.

At 1:07 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Hmmm... my library classifies Sorcery and Cecilia as YA ... but I liked it so much when I read it that I'd be willing to say it's also good for older children.

At 1:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie; A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park; and The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo.


At 8:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coupla questions:

Maybe you should separate out picture books? Because really, can you compare Rainbabies to Fly by Night? Babushka's Doll to Skellig (if you hadn't tossed them, that is)?

Me, I'm all about picture books, especially for younger kids. Go ahead, make mock if you will, but here are the books I really admire. Note the lack of LLFE. Paperbag Princess would be on this list but it's slightly too old.

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)

At 9:42 PM , Blogger MotherReader said...

Tulane, of course. Ahhh, kidding. But I would put in my vote for Because of Winn Dixie.

And how about Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos.

And The Liberation of Gabriel King

And what about Donuthead. How could you not name Donuthead?

I'll look at the library shelves tomorrow to add some titles.

At 11:32 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Obviously I didn't think this through as well as I might. Okay, so here's the deal. It's American books AND we'll separate the picture from fiction.

DONUTHEAD?!!! How could I forget my glorious Donuthead? I'm a fool.

At 1:14 AM , Blogger Greg Pincus said...

I gotta say I'm a pretty big fan of Moricai Gerstein's The Man Who Walked Between the Towers as a picture book (though there's actually a single spread I don't like). Also, I just wanna toss out Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. Yes, I'm kowtowing to his name a bit, but I'd love to see the good Dr. in there somehow

At 3:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

picture book - Jumanji
short chapter book - Stonefox
chapter book - Maniac Magee
YA (when you get to that list) - Rats Saw God


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