Sunday, January 14, 2018

1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up Ages 5+

There are around 220 books in the 5+ list. Please note, this list likely has some mistakes in it, I definitely recommend buying the book. I'm only 40% of the way through this list and my daughter is seven. This is about where the list gets pretty frustrating as many of these books are huge. For instance, Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino is 799 pages long and it's a pretty small font. I cannot imagine a single child between the age of 5-8 sitting through this. It's a collection of 200 tales and even reading one at bedtime every night you still are looking at over 6 months to finish it and then how do you fit the other books in? There are 219 other books, most of them chapter books, to finish in a 3 year window. Additionally, by the age of five kids definitely have opinions about what they want to read, so you really have to allow them to select some books too instead of just working from this list. This list made my daughter hate reading for awhile and we found we needed to take a break to just read some silly stuff like Captain Underpants and Junie B. Jones and so on. 

I would still say that this was a pretty cool experience because we discovered things we wouldn't have discovered otherwise and it gave our reading a direction which I think prevented reading slumps. I am pretty frustrated that the list really cannot be finished in that time window. It could be if I was just reading them as an adult, but, reading aloud makes the reading go much slower. 

Traditional Chinese FolktalesUnknownN
Tales of OtogizoshiUnknownN
The Adventures of Peach BoyN
Fairy Tales from the PastCharles PerraultN
Grimms’ Fairy TalesJacob and Wilhelm GrimmN
A Visit From St. NicholasClement Clarke MooreN
Fifty Fables for ChildrenWilhelm HeyN
The Emperor’s New ClothesHans Christian AndersenN
The Little MermaidHans Christian AndersenN
The Ugly DucklingHans Christian AndersenN
Book of NonsenseEdward LearN
Max and MoritzHeinrich Christian Wilhelm BuschN
The Magic FishboneCharles DickensN
The House that Jack BuiltUnknownY
Cole’s Funny Picture BookEdward William ColeN
A Child’s Garden of VersesRobert Louis StevensonY
The Blue Fairy BooksAndrew LangN
The Jungle Book Rudyard KiplingY
Perez the MouseLuis ColomaY
Just So StoriesRudyard KiplingN
The Dutch TwinsLucy Fitch PerkinsN
The Adventures of Maya the BeeWaldemar BonselsN
Josephine and Her DollsH.C. CradockN
The Magic PuddingNorman LindsayN
Tales of Snugglepot and CuddlepieMay GibbsN
Ameliaranne and the Green UmbrellaConstance HewardN
Rupert the BearMary TourtelN
Velveteen RabbitMargery WilliamsY
Come HitherWalter de la MareN
When We Were Very YoungA.A. MilneN
Now We Are SixA. A. MilneN
Milly-Molly-Mandy StoriesJoyce Lankester BrisleyN
Millions of CatsWanda GagY
The Squirrel, the Hare and the Little Grey RabbitAlison UttleyN
All About Doggie and PussycatJosef CapekN
The Wonderful FarmMarcel AymeN
Little Tim and the Brave Sea CaptainEdward ArdizzoneN
Elsie Piddock Skips in Her SleepEleanor FarjeonN
Mr. Popper’s PenguinsRichard AtwaterN
The Little Wooden HorseUrsula WilliamsN
Caps for SaleEsphyr SlobodkinaY
MichkaMarie ColmontN
The Little Red Engine Gets a NameDiana RossN
Tweet TweetLudmila PodjavorinskaN
Tales and Legends – Javier VillafaneJavier VillafaneN
Pippi Longstocking – Astrid LindgrenAstrid LindgrenN
Stone Soup – Marcia BrownMarcia BrownY
The Dolls’ House – Rumer GoddenRumer GoddenN
My Father’s Dragon – Ruth S. GannettRuth S. GannettY
Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskeyRobert McCloskeyY
Apoutsiak – Paul-Emile VictorPaul-Emile VictorN
Foxie – Ingri and Edgar Parin D’AulaireIngri and Edgar Parin D’AulaireN
Peanuts – Charles SchulzCharles SchulzN
Roule Galette – Natha CaputoNatha CaputoN
One Morning in Maine – Robert McCloskeyRobert McCloskeyY
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain – Alice DalglieshAlice DalglieshY
The Biggest Bear – Lynd WardLynd WardY
The Little Horse Bus – Graham GreeneGraham GreeneN
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. WhiteE.B. WhiteN
Marlaguette – Marie ColmontMarie ColmontN
Jip and Janneke – Annie M.G. SchmidtAnnie M.G. SchmidtN
Teddy Robinson Stories – Joan RobinsonJoan RobinsonN
Detective in Togas – Henry WinterfieldHenry WinterfieldN
Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett JohnsonCrockett JohnsonY
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf – Catherine StorrCatherine StorrN
A Toad Who Wanted to Be a Star – Oscar AlfaroOscar AlfaroN
Italian Folktales – Italo CalvinoItalo CalvinoN
A Tree is Nice – Janice May UdryJanice May UdryY
Captain Pugwash – John RyanJohn RyanN
Crictor – Tomi UngererTomi UngererY
Chanticleer and the Fox – Barbara CooneyBarbara CooneyY
Little Old Mrs. Pepperpot – Alf ProysenAlf ProysenN
Little Nicholas – Rene GoscinnyRene GoscinnyN
Are You My Mother? – P.D. EastmanP.D. EastmanY
The Orange Cow – Nathan HaleNathan HaleN
The Three Robbers – Tomi UngererTomi UngererY
Old Master Q – Wong ChakWong ChakN
The Robber Hotzenplotz – Otfried PreuBlerOtfried PreuBlerN
The Snowy DayEzra Jack KeatsY
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present – Charlotte ZolotowCharlotte ZolotowY
Borka – John BurninghamJohn BurninghamN
Swimmy – Leo LionniLeo LionniY
Amelia Bedelia – Peggy ParishPeggy ParishY
The Dreams of the Toad – Javier VillafaneJavier VillafaneN
The Black Smurfs – PeyoPeyoN
Flat Stanley – Jeff BrownJeff BrownY
The Giving Tree – Shel SilversteinShel SilversteinY
Dailan Kifki – Maria Elana WalshMaria Elena WalshN
Gumdrop – Val BiroVal BiroN
Frederick – Leo LionniLeo LionniN
Cion Cion Blue – Pinin CarpiPinin CarpiN
The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith KerrJudith KerrN
The Best Nest – P.D. EastmanP.D. EastmanY
Kangaroo for All – Gloria FuertesGloria FuertesN
Ramona the PestBeverly ClearyN
A Necklace of Raindrops – Joan AikenJoan AikenN
The Duck in the Gun – Joy CowleyJoy CowleyN
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – William SteigWilliam SteigY
A Lion in the Meadow – Margaret MahyMargaret MahyN
Joseph’s Yard – Charles KeepingCharles KeepingN
Frog and Toad are Friends – Arnol LobelArnol LobelY
Mog the Forgetful Cat – Judith KerrJudith KerrN
Figgie Hobbin – Charles CausleyCharles CausleyN
Hodja from Pjort – Ole Lund KirkegaardOle Lund KirkegaardN
Tow Truck Pluk – Annie M.G. SchmidtAnnie M.G. SchmidtN
Leo the Late Bloomer – Robert KrausRobert KrausY
Amos & Boris – William SteigWilliam SteigY
Balloon Cat – Keiko SenaKeiko SenaN
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayJudith ViorstY
The Giant Jam Sandwich – Janet BurrowayJanet BurrowayY
Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish – Michael FormanMichael FormanN
The Companions – Lygua Bojunga NunesLygua Bojunga NunesN
The Real Thief – William SteigWilliam SteigY
Mind Your Own Business – Michael RosenMichael RosenN
Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel SilversteinShel SilversteinN
The Worst Witch – Jill MurphyJill MurphyN
Strega Nona – Tomie DePaolaY
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears – Verna Aardema
Mr. and Mrs. Pig’s Evening Out – Mary RaynerN
John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat – Jenny Wagner
Come Away from the Water, Shirley – John Burningham
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch – Ronda ArmitageN
Teo Discovers the World – Violeta DenouN
On the Antilles Sea in a Paper Boat – Nicholas Guillen
Fungus the Bogeyman – Raymond BriggsN
The Loon’s Necklace – William ToyeN
A Walk in the Park – Anthony BrowneN
Miss Nelson is Missing! – Harry AllardY
Anno’s Journey – Mitsumasa AnnoY
The Cat That Lived a Million Times – Yoko SanoN
The Battle of Bubble and Squeak – Philippa Pearce
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – Judi BarrettY
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses – Paul GobleY
A Pocket for Corduroy – Don FreemanN
The Quinkins – Percy Trezise and Dick RoughseyN
The Enormous Crocodile – Roald DahlY
Haunted House – Jan PienkowskiN
The Prince of Motordu – PefN
Not Now, Bernard – David McKeeN
The Paper Bag Princess – Robert MunschY
Jumanji – Chris Van AllsburgY
Mr. Fox – Gavin BishopN
A Chair for My MotherVera B. WilliamsY
Doctor De Soto – William SteigY
Two Little Bears – Hanna MuschgN
The Big Sister – Siv WiderbergN
Dragon Ball – Akira ToriyamaN
Mr. Majeika – Humphrey CarpenterN
The New Kid on the Block – Jack PrelutskyY
Katie Morag Delivers the Mail – Mairi HedderwickN
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Joffe Numeroff
The People Could Fly – Virginia HamiltonY
Not So Fast SongololoNiki DalyN
Linnea in Monet’s Garden – Christina BjorkY
The Polar Express – Chris Van AllsburgY
The Jolly Postman – Allan AhlbergY
Animalia – Graeme BaseY
Hey, Al – Arthur YorinksY
The Hound of the Mound and the Frog of the BogAna Maria MachadoN
Lend Me Your Wings – John AgardN
Henry and Mudge – Cynthia RylantY
My Place – Nadia WheatleyN
The Hodgeheg – Dick King-SmithN
A Balloon for Grandad – Nigel GrayN
Anancy Spiderman – James BerryN
Drac and the Gremlin – Allan BaillieN
Matilda – Roald DahlY, M
The Keeping Quilt – Patricia PolaccoY
Joyful Noise – Paul FleischmanN
Lon Po Po – Ed YoungY
The True Story of the Three Little PigsJon ScieszkaY
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! – Dr. SeussY
Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies – Pija Lindenbaum
My Friend Percy’s Magical Gym Shoes – Ulf StarkN
Tar Beach – Faith RinggoldY
The Stinky Cheese Man – Jon SciezkaY
The Little Bird – Paro AnandN
Friends from the Other Side – Gloria AnzalduaN
Stellaluna – Janell CannonY
Horrid Henry – Francesca SimonY
Old Tom – Leigh HobbsY
Jennifer Jones Won’t Leave Me Alone – Frieda Wishinsky
Math Curse – Jon SciezskaY
Moka the Cow – Agostino TrainiN
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Kevin HenkesY
The Sea at the End of the Forest – Pinin CarpiN
My Kingdom for a Horse – Ana M. MachadoN
The Great Escape from City Zoo – Tohby RiddleY
Henry and Amy – Stephen Michael KingY
A Bad Case of Stripes – David ShannonY
Rumpelstiltskin and Other Grimm Tales – Carol Ann Duffy
The Death Book – Pernilla StalfeltN
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato – Lauren ChildY
Fox – Margaret WildY
The Three Pigs – Davi WiesnerY
Dodo Gets Married – Petra MathersY
Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age – Raymond Briggs
The Love Book – Pernilla StalfeltN
Tha Pesky Rat – Lauren ChildY
Beegu – Alexis DeaconN
Bridget and the Moose Brothers – Pija Lindenbaum
The Day the Babies Crawled Away – Peggy Rathmann
The Biggest Kiss in the World – R. Chavez Castaneda
I Hate School – Jeanne WillisY
Skippyjon Jones – Judy SchachnerY
Constable Sniffler – Asko SirkiaN
The Girl and the Jackdraw Tree – Riitta JalonenN
You’re All My Favourites – Sam McBratneyY
Are We There Yet? – Alison LesterY
The Sea Monster – Christopher WormellY
Zen Shorts – Jon MuthY
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster – Mo WillemsY
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama – Anna DewdneyY
Wolves – Emily GravettY
The Boy Who Grew Flowers – Jen WojtowiczN
Snip Snap – Mara BergmanY
The Night Pirates – Perter HarrisY
Flotsam – David WiesnerY
In Mr. Thunder’s House – Guido QuarzoN
The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon – Mini Grey

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