300 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up


1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) J.K. Rowling (28,207)


2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) C.S. Lewis (20,697)


3. Matilda Roald Dahl (18,389)


4. Charlotte’s Web E.B. White (17,232)


5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1) Roald Dahl (16,994)


6. The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett (14,226)


7. The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien (14,160)


8. Alice in Wonderland Jane Carruth (13,050)


9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle (12,267)


10. Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1) A.A. Milne (12,252)


11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) J.K. Rowling (11,749)


12. To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee (11,389)


13. A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) Madeleine L’Engle (10,468)


14. The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (10,408)


15. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) J.K. Rowling (10,198)


16. Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss (9,380)


17. Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak (9,297)


18. Little Women (Little Women, #1) Louisa May Alcott (9,201)


19. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1) L.M. Montgomery (8,430)


20. The BFG Roald Dahl (8,129)


21. Little House on the Prairie (Little House, #2) Laura Ingalls Wilder (7,779)


22. A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens (7,693)


23. Peter Pan J.M. Barrie (7,673)


24. The Cat in the Hat Dr. Seuss (7,375)


25. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain (7,227)


26. Holes Louis Sachar (6,987)


27. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) L. Frank Baum (6,921)


28. James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl (6,570)


29. Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren (6,545)


30. The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein (6,542)


31. The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1) Lemony Snicket (6,319)


32. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain (6,028)


33. The Giver (The Giver, #1) Lois Lowry (5,955)


34. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter (5,732)


35. Aesop’s Fables Aesop (5,702)


36. Where the Sidewalk Ends Shel Silverstein (5,614)


37. The Velveteen Rabbit Margery Williams Bianco (5,601)


38. Madeline Ludwig Bemelmans (5,505)


39. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Joffe Numeroff (5,437)


40. Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Paterson (5,396)


41. Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) C.S. Lewis (5,339)


42. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) C.S. Lewis (5,215)


43. A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett (5,097)


44. The Phantom Tollbooth Norton Juster (5,087)


45. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll (5,004)


46. The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen (4,456)


47. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) Philip Pullman (4,444)


48. The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) J.R.R. Tolkien (4,392)


49. The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jacob Grimm (4,243)


50. The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1) Mary Norton (4,211)


51. Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1) Laura Ingalls Wilder (4,202)


52. The Little Engine That Could Watty Piper (4,201)


53. The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame (4,195)


54. Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown (4,175)


55. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs Judi Barrett (4,170)


56. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler E.L. Konigsburg (4,078)


57. The Neverending Story Michael Ende (3,809)


58. Lord of the Flies William Golding (3,778)


59. The Night Before Christmas Clement C. Moore (3,770)


60. The Outsiders S.E. Hinton (3,637)


61. Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey (3,601)


62. Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson (3,556)


63. The Emperor’s New Clothes Hans Christian Andersen (3,546)


64. Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls (3,467)

65. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst (3,457)


66. The Story of Ferdinand Munro Leaf (3,444)


67. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger (3,298)


68. Heidi Johanna Spyri (3,271)


69. Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson (3,264)


70. Inkheart (Inkworld, #1) Cornelia Funke (3,226)

71. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Rats of NIMH, #1) Robert C. O’Brien (3,189)


72. Watership Down (Watership Down, #1) Richard Adams (3,183)


73. Number the Stars Lois Lowry (3,101)


74. Hatchet Gary Paulsen (2,979)


75. Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt (2,954)


76. Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1) Louise Fitzhugh (2,944)

77. Amelia Bedelia (Amelia Bedelia #1) Peggy Parish (2,925)


78. Black Beauty Anna Sewell (2,862)


79. Curious George H.A. Rey (2,855)


80. Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1) P.L. Travers (2,825)


81. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne (2,746)


82. The 101 Dalmatians (The Hundred and One Dalmatians, #1) Dodie Smith (2,702)


83. The Hound of the Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle (2,701)


84. Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury (2,612)


85. Pinocchio Carlo Collodi (2,592)


86. The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats (2,459)


87. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon (2,446)


88. The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling (2,398)


89. Stone Soup Marcia Brown (2,386)


90. Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling (2,235)


91. Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11) Jules Verne (2,173)


92. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin Jr. (2,169)


93. A Bear Called Paddington (Paddington, #1) Michael Bond (2,119)


94. Miss Nelson Is Missing! (Miss Nelson, #1) Harry Allard (2,094)


95. The Happy Prince Oscar Wilde (2,081)


96. Frog and Toad Are Friends (Frog and Toad, #1) Arnold Lobel (2,081)


97. Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift (2,058)


98. The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain (2,031)


99. The Incredible Journey Sheila Burnford (1,998)


100. When We Were Very Young (Winnie-the-Pooh, #3) A.A. Milne (1,932)


101. Love You Forever Robert Munsch (1,884)


102. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business Esphyr Slobodkina (1,805)


103. The Call of the Wild/White Fang Jack London (1,799)


104. Now We Are Six (Winnie-the-Pooh, #4) A.A. Milne (1,794)


105. Ramona the Pest (Ramona, #2) Beverly Cleary (1,765)


106. The Story of Babar Jean de Brunhoff (1,743)


107. Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey (1,677)


108. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Virginia Lee Burton (1,628)


109. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen (1,596)


110. Corduroy Don Freeman (1,592)


111. The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1) Carolyn Keene (1,491)


112. Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1) Enid Blyton (1,456)


113. Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe (1,455)


114. Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins, #1) Scott O’Dell (1,430)


115. The Dark Is Rising (The Dark is Rising, #2) Susan Cooper (1,374)


116. The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1) T.H. White (1,336)


117. The Runaway Bunny Margaret Wise Brown (1,321)


118. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs Jon Scieszka (1,286)


119. My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1) Jean Craighead George (1,251)


120. The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman (1,215)


121. Stellaluna Janell Cannon (1,194)


122. Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) Eoin Colfer (1,187)


123. The Little Mermaid Hans Christian Andersen (1,185)


124. The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick (1,164)


125. The Cricket in Times Square George Selden (1,160)


126. A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1) Ursula K. Le Guin (1,146)


127. Asterix the Gaul (Asterix, #1) René Goscinny (1,138)


128. Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3) Jules Verne (1,136)


129. Farmer Boy (Little House, #3) Laura Ingalls Wilder (1,128)


130. The Snowman Raymond Briggs (1,126)


131. Old Yeller Fred Gipson (1,066)


132. The Story of Doctor Dolittle (Doctor Dolittle, #1) Hugh Lofting (1,046)


133. Caddie Woodlawn (Caddie Woodlawn #1) Carol Ryrie Brink (1,034)


134. Stuart Little E.B. White (1,034)


135. The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck Beatrix Potter (1,022)


136. The Arabian Nights Anonymous (993)


137. Kidnapped (David Balfour, #1) Robert Louis Stevenson (976)


138. Peanuts Charles M. Schulz (973)


139. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Beatrix Potter (970)


140. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths Ingri d’Aulaire (966)


141. Johnny Tremain Esther Forbes (961)


142. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, #1) Ian Fleming (950)


143. The Canterville Ghost Oscar Wilde (908)


144. The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1) Lloyd Alexander (879)


145. Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1) Patricia MacLachlan (877)


146. The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children, #1) Gertrude Chandler Warner (877)


147. Pollyanna (Pollyanna, #1) Eleanor H. Porter (871)


148. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 (Adrian Mole, #1) Sue Townsend (854)


149. The Railway Children E. Nesbit (853)


150. Pat the Bunny Dorothy Kunhardt (850)


151. The Polar Express Chris Van Allsburg (834)


152. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Steig (831)


153. The Little White Horse Elizabeth Goudge (815)


154. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales Jon Scieszka (814)


155. Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo (785)


156. A Child’s Garden of Verses Robert Louis Stevenson (782)


157. The Black Stallion (The Black Stallion, #1) Walter Farley (782)


158. The Paper Bag Princess Robert Munsch (769)


159. Good Night, Mr. Tom Michelle Magorian (765)


160. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret Judy Blume (754)


161. Emil and the Detectives Erich Kästner (747)


162. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles, #1) Joan Aiken (744)


163. The Witches Roald Dahl (740)


164. Five Children and It (Five Children, #1) E. Nesbit (736)


165. The Westing Game Ellen Raskin (733)


166. One Morning in Maine Robert McCloskey (732)


167. Owl Moon Jane Yolen (717)


168. Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce (678)


169. The Three Musketeers (The D’Artagnan Romances, #1) Alexandre Dumas (672)


170. The Children of Green Knowe (Green Knowe, #1) L.M. Boston (659)


171. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats T.S. Eliot (655)


172. Nutcracker E.T.A. Hoffmann (637)


173. Millions of Cats Wanda Gág (629)


174. The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson (629)


175. Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech (623)


176. Misty of Chincoteague (Misty, #1) Marguerite Henry (611)


177. Mr. Popper’s Penguins Richard Atwater (609)


178. The Indian in the Cupboard Lynne Reid Banks (609)


179. Half Magic (Tales of Magic, #1) Edward Eager (596)


180. Le Petit Nicolas René Goscinny (596)


181. Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons, #1) Arthur Ransome (578)


182. The Pied Piper of Hamelin Robert Browning (574)


183. Strega Nona Tomie dePaola (539)


184. The Magic Finger Roald Dahl (535)


185. A Girl of the Limberlost (Limberlost, #2) Gene Stratton-Porter (531)


186. My Friend Flicka (Flicka, #1) Mary O’Hara (531)


187. The Cay (The Cay, #1) Theodore Taylor (529)


188. Noughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1) Malorie Blackman (522)


189. Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus (509)


190. The Brothers Lionheart Astrid Lindgren (507)


191. Owl Babies Martin Waddell (506)


192. Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1) Anthony Horowitz (505)


193. Lassie Come-Home Eric Knight (496)


194. Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter Astrid Lindgren (490)


195. The Little House Virginia Lee Burton (489)


196. Are You My Mother? P.D. Eastman (483)


197. The Red Pony John Steinbeck (476)


198. The Good Master Kate Seredy (476)


199. The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook Joyce Lankester Brisley (468)


200. Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, #2) Tove Jansson (460)


201. A Child’s Christmas in Wales Dylan Thomas (458)


202. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Kate Douglas Wiggin (453)


203. The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr (452)


204. The Story About Ping Marjorie Flack (446)


205. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (Out of the Hitler Time, #1) Judith Kerr (440)


206. I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith (430)


207. The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne (427)


208. In the Night Kitchen Maurice Sendak (427)


209. Ox-Cart Man Donald Hall (405)


210. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch Jean Lee Latham (404)


211. D’Aulaires’ Norse Gods and Giants Ingri d’Aulaire (401)


212. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Selma Lagerlöf (397)


213. Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred D. Taylor (391)


214. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy Lynley Dodd (380)


215. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table Roger Lancelyn Green (378)


216. The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1) Holly Black (378)


217. Animalia Graeme Base (377)


218. Journey to the River Sea Eva Ibbotson (373)


219. Truckers (Bromeliad Trilogy, #1) Terry Pratchett (372)


220. Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb (371)


221. Flour Babies Anne Fine (364)


222. Stig of the Dump Clive King (361)


223. Betsy-Tacy (Betsy-Tacy, #1) Maud Hart Lovelace (360)


224. Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (358)


225. Julie of the Wolves (Julie of the Wolves, #1) Jean Craighead George (358)


226. A Book of Nonsense Edward Lear (353)


227. Dogger Shirley Hughes (350)


228. The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters Janet Ahlberg (346)


229. The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1) Jill Murphy (343)


230. Miffy Dick Bruna (335)


231. A Pocket for Corduroy Don Freeman (334)


232. The Illustrated Mum Jacqueline Wilson (332)


233. Moonfleet John Meade Falkner (307)


234. Eloise Kay Thompson (300)


235. The Yearling Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (296)


236. Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? Martin Waddell (295)


237. Harry the Dirty Dog Gene Zion (294)


238. War Horse (War Horse, #1) Michael Morpurgo (292)


239. What Katy Did Susan Coolidge (292)


240. Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage (Shoes, #1) Noel Streatfeild (290)


241. Mog the Forgetful Cat Judith Kerr (287)


242. Olivia Ian Falconer (278)


243. The Children of the New Forest Frederick Marryat (271)


244. The Twenty-One Balloons William Pène du Bois (264)


245. Anastasia Krupnik Lois Lowry (261)


246. Just William (Just William, #1) Richmal Crompton (251)


247. The Dolls’ House Rumer Godden (245)


248. Lost and Found (The Boy, #2) Oliver Jeffers (244)


249. The Blue Fairy Book Andrew Lang (241)


250. Angelina Ballerina Katharine Holabird (240)


251. Each Peach Pear Plum Janet Ahlberg (239)


252. Bedtime for Frances Russell Hoban (238)


253. The Chocolate War (Chocolate War, #1) Robert Cormier (234)


254. Zen Shorts Jon J. Muth (234)


255. Amos & Boris William Steig (228)


256. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Kevin Henkes (225)


257. Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief (Arsène Lupin #1) Maurice Leblanc (224)


258. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Bernard Waber (215)


259. Out of the Dust Karen Hesse (213)


260. Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo (210)


261. How I Live Now Meg Rosoff (210)


262. Old Bear Jane Hissey (208)


263. Only You Can Save Mankind (Johnny Maxwell, #1) Terry Pratchett (207)


264. Stories From Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris (207)


265. Tarka The Otter Henry Williamson (206)


266. Katie Morag Delivers the Mail Mairi Hedderwick (205)


267. Doctor De Soto William Steig (205)


268. The Story of the Treasure Seekers (Bastable Children, #1) E. Nesbit (202)


269. The Three Railway Engines (The Railway Series, #1) Wilbert Awdry (196)


270. Where’s Spot? Eric Hill (194)


271. Flotsam David Wiesner (193)


272. Burglar Bill Janet Ahlberg (193)


273. Jacob Have I Loved Katherine Paterson (191)


274. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (Tales of Alderley, #1) Alan Garner (188)


275. Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #1) Michelle Paver (186)


276. The Three Robbers Tomi Ungerer (186)


277. Au pays des Soviets (Tintin, #1) Hergé (183)


278. Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China Ed Young (181)


279. The Wolves in the Walls Neil Gaiman (181)


280. My Place Nadia Wheatley (179)


281. Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present Charlotte Zolotow (177)


282. Cautionary Tales for Children Hilaire Belloc (176)


283. A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1) Darren Shan (173)


284. A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines (171)


285. The House That Jack Built Randolph Caldecott (168)


286. Clifford the Big Red Dog Norman Bridwell (168)


287. Elmer David McKee (167)


288. Der Baron auf den Bäumen Italo Calvino (165)


289. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book Rod Campbell (164)


290. Martine à la ferme Gilbert Delahaye (164)


291. Leonardo will gern schrecklich sein Mo Willems (163)


292. The 13 Clocks James Thurber (162)


293. Old Tom Leigh Hobbs (162)


294. The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope (157)


295. Lotta’s Bike Astrid Lindgren (154)


296. Platero y yo Juan Ramón Jiménez (153)


297. Storm Boy Colin Thiele (149)


298. The Enormous Crocodile Roald Dahl (147)


299. Down With Skool! Geoffrey Willans (142)


300. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale John Steptoe (140)


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