100 best books for kids: NYPL vs P&C

Megan Kaesshaefer  //  Oct 7, 2013

100 best books for kids: NYPL vs P&C

We've got a guest post to share with you! It's from the editors over at Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine. Enjoy! 

We were so excited to see the New York Public Library unveil, for the first time ever, a list of the 100 best books for kids from the past 100 years—mostly because we at Parent & Child have our own 100 best books for kids list! While we read through the New York Public Library's picks, we saw some titles we knew from our list, and some we didn't include but were pleased to see recognized. 

Here's why you should bookmark both lists:

The lists tell different stories. Parent & Child's list was carefully curated by editors who know well many beloved children's books from reading them to their own kids (and growing up on them!). The New York Public Library's list was informed by top books of the past 100 years. Reading through it is like flipping through the pages of history. We had no idea some of our favorites have been around for so long—did you know Caps For Sale was published in 1938?


Each list agrees on somebut celebrated others separately. There are thousands of children's books out there, and everyone has a favorite. Some were on both lists, including these five:

1. Charlotte's Web

2. Holes

3. The Snowy Day

4. Frog and Toad Are Friends

5. Freight Train

Here are five that weren't included in out 100 books list, but were recognized by the New York Public Library:

1. The Hobbit

2. Go, Dog, Go!

3. Miss Nelson is Missing!

4. Strega Nona

5. Ramona the Pest

(Clearly, 100 is not enough to enumerate all the wonderful children's books in the world!)

Read the full list of Parent & Child's 100 Best Books

Read the full list of the New York Public Library's 100 Best Children's Books

 Was your favorite children's book on either list? Share in the comments!