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This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children’s literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the "must-read" books from all the rest in the realm of children’s books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children’s literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the "must-read" books from all the rest in the realm of children’s books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator or counselor looking for inspiration, or a young reader with a voracious appetite, this guide to the best writing for children and young adults covers the spectrum of children’s literature. It is organized by age group—from board books to YA novels and all the gradiations in between. Each entry features evaluations by a team of international critics complete with beautifully reproduced artwork from the featured title. The beloved classics are here, but the guide also takes a global perspective and includes the increasingly diverse contributions from African American and Latino authors and illustrators—not to mention important books from around the world.


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This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children’s literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the "must-read" books from all the rest in the realm of children’s books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children’s literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the "must-read" books from all the rest in the realm of children’s books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator or counselor looking for inspiration, or a young reader with a voracious appetite, this guide to the best writing for children and young adults covers the spectrum of children’s literature. It is organized by age group—from board books to YA novels and all the gradiations in between. Each entry features evaluations by a team of international critics complete with beautifully reproduced artwork from the featured title. The beloved classics are here, but the guide also takes a global perspective and includes the increasingly diverse contributions from African American and Latino authors and illustrators—not to mention important books from around the world.

30 review for 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

  1. 4 out of 5

    Angela Randall

    I've finally made the kids 1001 book list in Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Plus, I've made all the sub-lists. Kids 0-3 Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 3+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 5+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 8+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 12+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... I've done my best to find English versions, but if I couldn't prove an English version existed I have listed the original language. With all this hunting around I may have messed up at some point, too. I've finally made the kids 1001 book list in Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Plus, I've made all the sub-lists. Kids 0-3 Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 3+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 5+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 8+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... Kids 12+ Years: http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/... I've done my best to find English versions, but if I couldn't prove an English version existed I have listed the original language. With all this hunting around I may have messed up at some point, too. Let me know! Hope this makes it easier for other people to find the books - It certainly is an interesting list of books!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I’ll postpone growing up another decade! In the spirit of Peter Pan, I’ll remain an enthusiastic reader of children’s literature as long as it can give as much delight as it did this afternoon. My children and I spent wonderful hours going through this brick of a book, page for page, book for book. The initial task was to list five favourites and five books to read during the year, and to give each other suggestions. It ended up being more than five books each, of course, and after ho I’ll postpone growing up another decade! In the spirit of Peter Pan, I’ll remain an enthusiastic reader of children’s literature as long as it can give as much delight as it did this afternoon. My children and I spent wonderful hours going through this brick of a book, page for page, book for book. The initial task was to list five favourites and five books to read during the year, and to give each other suggestions. It ended up being more than five books each, of course, and after hours of wild discussions whether the reading age suggestions were outrageously wrong or not (my children think they are!), we all had filled our papers, and ran back and forth to our spread out bookshelves to look for the books we thought the others HAD to read first. The result was a tremendous journey down memory lane for me, and an end to the never-ending complaints from my children that “they have nothing to read”. As with all lists, this one has flaws for sure, but those are minor compared to the treasure chest of wondrous reading that is to be found inside. When it is -8°C outside, the snow keeps falling and it is pitch dark at three in the afternoon, there is nothing better than to cuddle up together and try to figure out which are the all time childhood favourites. Here a compromise we came up with: My daughter is forever in love with... Anne of Green Gables Nesthäkchen The Little House on the Prairie Matilda Mary Poppins And she wants to read... Heidi Robinson Crusoe The Railway Children Little Women The Three Musketeers My middle son loves... Mio, my Mio The Giver Jim Knopf Tintenherz A Wrinkle In Time And he wants to read... Five Children and It The Graveyard Book The Machine Gunners Krabat Haroun and the Sea of Stories My eldest son didn’t want to choose from the children’s book list, and insisted on listing… 1984, David Copperfield, The Children of the Alley (Mahfouz), Germinal and Things Fall Apart … as all time favourites. I think they might be challenged by his to-reads in 2017: Dostoyevsky’s Double and Karamazov, Othello, Great Expectations, For Whom the Bell Tolls and Catcher in the Rye. When asked to choose some favourites from the children’s list, he said (yes, he is a teenager!) Thomas the Tank Engine, and that made us try to come up with “first” favourites. Here our shared memories of reading time past... Alfie Atkins (ALL of them, twenty times) Elsa Beskow, all Astrid Lindgren, all Michael Ende, all Otfried Preussler, all Paul Maar, all (not on the list, to our horror!) Sven Nordquist, Findus/Mamma Mu Moomins, all Pinocchio Alice in Wonderland Nils Holgersson Peter Pan Dr Doolittle The Jungle Book Winnie The Pooh Paddington Babar Maria Gripe, all And so on in eternity! I found some classics I had not read as a child, so I will add my own books to read before I grow up before closing this documentary: The Call of The Wild The Hound Of The Baskervilles Chocky The Summer Book This was just the drastically reduced list of books that cannot be left unmentioned. The long list is… well, … LONG!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up is a good (actually no, pretty well a great) balanced and immensely useable reference guide (and also of course a book selection tool) for both English language and international children's books (and while I generally agree with most of the inclusions, I would likely have added some and removed others, as these type of tomes are basically always at least somewhat a matter of personal taste and preference). But actually, the Julia Eccleshare's 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up is a good (actually no, pretty well a great) balanced and immensely useable reference guide (and also of course a book selection tool) for both English language and international children's books (and while I generally agree with most of the inclusions, I would likely have added some and removed others, as these type of tomes are basically always at least somewhat a matter of personal taste and preference). But actually, the only real (and rather minor but nevertheless still annoying) issue I personally have with 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up is that a number of the non English language children's books listed are actually not available (or very hard to obtain) in English translation (being of German background, I first noticed this with some of the German language children's books that had made Julia Eccleshare's list). And while I definitely think that all or at least most of the books presented and reviewed in 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up absolutely deserve their inclusion, deserve their ranking, it really should also be noted by Julia Eccleshare which of the non English language children's books that have been featured are available in English translation and which are not or not yet (and in fact, in my opinion, any and all translations of a given book presented in 1001 Chidren's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up and in whatever language really should be listed).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Manny

    All rules have exceptions, and here's a stellar example of that principle: other titles I've seen in this series have varied between dull and nauseating, but this one is absolutely terrific. I spent an hour leafing through it this afternoon, and I was blown away by the brilliant selection. It's wonderfully balanced, and if the editors have any prejudice I didn't spot what it was. They have all the obvious old classics - Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh, Little Women - and all the new ones - Harry Potter, The Very Hungr All rules have exceptions, and here's a stellar example of that principle: other titles I've seen in this series have varied between dull and nauseating, but this one is absolutely terrific. I spent an hour leafing through it this afternoon, and I was blown away by the brilliant selection. It's wonderfully balanced, and if the editors have any prejudice I didn't spot what it was. They have all the obvious old classics - Alice in Wonderland, Winnie-the-Pooh, Little Women - and all the new ones - Harry Potter, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Twilight. But they've also found an absolute wealth of more or less obscure books, including most of my Swedish favorites. These are people with enough taste and judgement that they don't think it's redundant to include Pippi Långstrump and Bröderna Lejonhjärta, or Kometen Kommer and Hur Gick Det Sen?, or Godnatt Alfons Åberg and Alfons och Odjuret. They have Tomi Ungerer's Crictor, die gute Schlange and la Comtesse de Ségur's Les malheurs de Sophie. They even had 100万回生きたねこ, a book I've unsuccessfully been trying to locate for years. Wow. Impressed doesn't begin to cover it. I only have one criticism: somehow, they've managed to omit Ainsi va la vie . How is this possible, when they do have the vastly inferior Titeuf?? I will write and ask them. Maybe I can get them to include it in the next edition.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    This is an excellent catalogue of the best of children's literature internationally and over decades. It's a joy to discover old favourites being recommended as well as to find unfamiliar titles to try. It contains summaries/reviews and is organised in age groups from the earliest board/picture books. Every home should have one! This book is superb read. It lists out literally 1001 books and divides them into suitable reading age groups 3+ to 12+, because of this the book is literally massive! P This is an excellent catalogue of the best of children's literature internationally and over decades. It's a joy to discover old favourites being recommended as well as to find unfamiliar titles to try. It contains summaries/reviews and is organised in age groups from the earliest board/picture books. Every home should have one! This book is superb read. It lists out literally 1001 books and divides them into suitable reading age groups 3+ to 12+, because of this the book is literally massive! Perfect for a parent encouraging their child to read more and rapidly needing ideas to help expand their child's mind and creativity. With this book, it is more like a directory listing the origins, genre and also providing an excerpt of the book to give the reader an idea of what each book is about. A useful tool for helping primary school teachers find suitable text for their class. It's not too late to revisit your childhood books, even if you are not a parent and just a grown up. With this 1001 Children's Book, I am sure there are loads that you will remember reading as a child. There are most certainly plenty of enjoyable books to discover now as an adult. And yes Harry Potter books are mentioned too! Most definitely a Must Read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sylvester

    A feast. For anyone who wants to revel in childhood nostalgia, or to find new books to read (I am not ashamed to admit that I still read children's books), or to make up a reading wishlist for their kids. This book is full of colour illustrations and selections from other languages (ones that have been translated into English, of course), which I especially enjoyed (I have always wondered what the kids in other countries are reading). Gems, gems gems. A real joy to read. My list of Books I Want A feast. For anyone who wants to revel in childhood nostalgia, or to find new books to read (I am not ashamed to admit that I still read children's books), or to make up a reading wishlist for their kids. This book is full of colour illustrations and selections from other languages (ones that have been translated into English, of course), which I especially enjoyed (I have always wondered what the kids in other countries are reading). Gems, gems gems. A real joy to read. My list of Books I Want to Read to My Child has grown alarmingly! This book, along with kids book blogs like http://www.themarlowebookshelf.blogsp... and http://www.vintagechildrensbooksmykid... and several others, has had me scouring the libraries. A fantastic reference book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ellinor

    I think this is a very good list of children's books. I really like it much better than the adults' version. It's much more international and lists books from much more categories. There were however a few things that bother me a bit. First, I didn't like that the list loads of books that are very hard to get or only at prices the books are really not worth. So what's the sense of listing them if hardly anyone can read them? Second, I didn't like that the authors didn't take any interest in the I think this is a very good list of children's books. I really like it much better than the adults' version. It's much more international and lists books from much more categories. There were however a few things that bother me a bit. First, I didn't like that the list loads of books that are very hard to get or only at prices the books are really not worth. So what's the sense of listing them if hardly anyone can read them? Second, I didn't like that the authors didn't take any interest in the availability of the books in other languages. I read books in German, English, French and Spanish and I also don't have a problem with reading picture books in Italian. But many people and especially children (who are the actual target group of this book) don't. I read the German translation of this book. I know that a translation is not supposed to change anything. But it would have been great to have a version with books that are all available in German as well. The last thing I sometimes found very strange was the age certain books were recommended for. E.g. in the 3+ section you can find picture books with hardly any text in them which would as well fit into the 0-3 category. At the same time you have books with a lot of text which are also quite thick (at least for a 5+ child). This might make it difficult for parents who are using this book to found suitable reading material for their children; they just can't rely on the book really being adequate.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Oh, no. More books I "must" read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Such a great resource! Some of the books listed for 8-12 year olds seem a little TOO old for them to me ("Little Women"? At 12? I mean, I read it around then but I think you might have to be a pretty book-nerdy 12-year-old like I was). However, the books from 0-3, 3+ and 5+ are spot on. Classics as well as new favorites, a plot summary, a cover picture, author/illustrator info, and an explanation of why it made the cut. Wonderful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    LauraW

    This isn't a book you actually read cover to cover; it is a reference book. That said, I have enjoyed looking through it and I am pleased that I have actually read a good portion of the books listed. Yes, there are some books that I would have love to have had included that aren't and some books I wouldn't have listed that are, but it is a good resource. I especially enjoy reading the books for the older children, so now I have an even longer To Be Read list.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Douglass

    General Editor, Julia Eccleshare. Over 70 contributors, plus special reviews by more than 30 well-known authors This amazing volume is a compilation of 1001 half-page (some whole-page) summaries of great children's books, from the earliest picture books through the middle grades and up. It has been the source of a number of books I've read and reviewed this winter, as I've been perusing the suggestions for the 8 and up age ranges. Whatever I can among the books I missed in my own yout General Editor, Julia Eccleshare. Over 70 contributors, plus special reviews by more than 30 well-known authors This amazing volume is a compilation of 1001 half-page (some whole-page) summaries of great children's books, from the earliest picture books through the middle grades and up. It has been the source of a number of books I've read and reviewed this winter, as I've been perusing the suggestions for the 8 and up age ranges. Whatever I can among the books I missed in my own youth, I order from the library. Because the book was first published in England (and the authors/editors/compilers are English), the selection of books is more international than it might be if produced in the U.S. Though all books are available (with some hunting) in English, many were first written in other languages, and more come from Australia and New Zealand than I was ever aware existed (why did I never think about people in other countries writing books for kids? Probably because you didn't find many of them in our libraries and bookstores). If nothing else, this book showed up my typical American upbringing. Though I read a great many British children's books (Famous Five, anyone? not to mention Narnia and Tolkien), and have known for decades what a torch, jumper, and rug are, and where you will find them if they are in the back of a lorry, I have read almost none of the recommended books from anywhere but the U.S and the British Isles. Not all can be easily found, but I suspect nearly all would be worth the search. Many of the mini-reviews (just a little more than summaries) are accompanied by the original cover art, and some by illustrations from the book interiors. Some of the art is stunning, some is fascinating just for being so dated, and some is still in use even after many decades while other covers have been redesigned and updated many times. The book is divided into five sections, for kids from ages 0-3, 3+, 5+, 8+ and 12+. I spent less time in the first three sections, as these were primarily picture books, baby books, and easy readers, though of course my well-beloved Dr. Seuss shows up in all three. A quick look showed many favorites as well as many that I never saw (and some that I discovered only when my own kids were little and hadn't realized had been around since I wasn't much older than 5!). Some of the books in the 8+ and 12+ sections I would definitely say are for the younger end of those age ranges--the final section goes right on up to Young Adult novels, but some in the 8+ section are difficult to read due to either style or content. Some parental judgement may be needed when selecting books for children; fortunately, the story summaries and reviews give you most of what you need to know. Are all the books listed truly must-reads? Frankly, no (and thus the four stars. It's darned good, but I think there were some slips). I don't think I'll suffer in the least if I grow up (or grow old and die) without having read Twilight. Others are just not that interesting to me. But most of these books will amply repay the time spent finding--and reading them, and many are books we'd never know about without this great resource.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Eccleshare, J. & Blake, Q. 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York: Universe Publishing Company. Citation by: Margie Findley Type of Reference: Bibliography Call Number: Z1037 .A252x 2009 Description: A collection of bibliographies about the best classic and contemporary children’s books. Relevance and Relationship: The cost is $24.19 and is a superb selection to other similar titles. It is a one stop for selecti Eccleshare, J. & Blake, Q. 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York: Universe Publishing Company. Citation by: Margie Findley Type of Reference: Bibliography Call Number: Z1037 .A252x 2009 Description: A collection of bibliographies about the best classic and contemporary children’s books. Relevance and Relationship: The cost is $24.19 and is a superb selection to other similar titles. It is a one stop for selecting the best children’s books to read or to help with collection development for a library. Purpose: There are many bibliographies of children’s books, but none that combine them as this one does. Teachers and librarians have limited time to select the best books for their elementary students. This resource will help them use this time more efficiently. Validity: The author is known for publishing the 1001 series. The next version will need to be purchased when available to stay up to date on new titles. Format: The hardcover includes illustrations of many books. Arrangement and Presentation: The 960 page book is organized by age allowing for an easier search for a classroom, library, or parent depending on the children’s’ age. It includes lists of silly books, great collections of fables, recommended books about horses, books about granddads, great war books, time-travel tales, and much more with illustrations for a more appealing presentation. Diversity: Includes a diverse selection of books from around the world. Professional Review: Julie Just, New York Times A book I will definitely be checking out!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Lists exist for all kinds of reasons. Groceries, things you gotta do, etc. And with the proliferation of books about things you need to read, see, do, try and hear before you die, well, we've got all the advice we need for a while. This book is positively gorgeous, with simple, clean layout, and great use of original graphics. It's a doorstop of a book, and wouldn't look bad sitting on the shelf. And you know, I agree with a lot of the books in there. What I disagree with is the way its organize Lists exist for all kinds of reasons. Groceries, things you gotta do, etc. And with the proliferation of books about things you need to read, see, do, try and hear before you die, well, we've got all the advice we need for a while. This book is positively gorgeous, with simple, clean layout, and great use of original graphics. It's a doorstop of a book, and wouldn't look bad sitting on the shelf. And you know, I agree with a lot of the books in there. What I disagree with is the way its organized. Would you give a 12 year old Catcher in the Rye ? It's nothing to do with preventing them from being exposed to the content. I just don't think they'd want it at that point in their lives. Catcher in the Rye falls under the 12+ category. 12+ what? The book puts Ramona the Pest in the 5+ category. Let's create more of a base here. A 5 year old could enjoy Ramona, probably. But they couldn't read it. And then on the page before it is a picture book. I don't know. I liked the way it looked, and think it's pretty, and agree with the bulk of what's in there, in terms of forming a slightly modern canon of children's lit. But you couldn't use this book in a real way, not for work. You could use it for reminiscing, which I did.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)

    Something which I think is very important for people to know when commencing this book- MANY titles are utterly unobtainable. I don't just mean that you won't find them at your local library, I mean that they may not be in any library or for sale on any of the used book websites. For instance, "Alvin Says Goodnight" is difficult to obtain in any language. It is nearly impossible to obtain in English. I've been trying to find one for a couple years now and have finally given up. Anothe Something which I think is very important for people to know when commencing this book- MANY titles are utterly unobtainable. I don't just mean that you won't find them at your local library, I mean that they may not be in any library or for sale on any of the used book websites. For instance, "Alvin Says Goodnight" is difficult to obtain in any language. It is nearly impossible to obtain in English. I've been trying to find one for a couple years now and have finally given up. Another example is "The Jolly Aunt" by Lothar Meggendorfer. It is old enough where it could be on Project Gutenberg, but it is not. I cannot find a copy to buy, not even in the original language. In other words, I would love to know who thought that including exceptionally rare/uncommon books on a 'must read' book list was a good idea. That is the huge drawback to this book. A lot of the books are good, but, it's annoying that it's a list you cannot actually complete.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)

    This book did actually change my life. Of course, I have the adult version (1001 books you must read before you die) too, and I certainly would like to read most of those books, but I never seriously contemplated doing it. I heard about this book, had to have it, requested it for Christmas 2009, and then immediately began hatching plans to read all the books, and even started a yahoo group dedicated to reading all the books. The only real disappointment with this book is the rather inexplicable This book did actually change my life. Of course, I have the adult version (1001 books you must read before you die) too, and I certainly would like to read most of those books, but I never seriously contemplated doing it. I heard about this book, had to have it, requested it for Christmas 2009, and then immediately began hatching plans to read all the books, and even started a yahoo group dedicated to reading all the books. The only real disappointment with this book is the rather inexplicable inclusion of quite a number of books that have never been published in English. So I'll never get to read all 1001 books- because I'm not fluent in Catalan and Polish, so I guess I'll never grow up either. My tally as of July 2011 is about 160/1001.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Prince William Public Library System

    If you are looking for good books for your children (or yourself), here is an excellent resource of suggestions. While some might wonder whether this list is truly the 'perfect' list of books all children should read, I suggest that it doesn't really matter if you think some don't belong on the list while others do. Take the book as it is, a suggestion of good books and find some you think you would enjoy. - Rebecca H. Click here to find the book at the Prince William County Public Librar If you are looking for good books for your children (or yourself), here is an excellent resource of suggestions. While some might wonder whether this list is truly the 'perfect' list of books all children should read, I suggest that it doesn't really matter if you think some don't belong on the list while others do. Take the book as it is, a suggestion of good books and find some you think you would enjoy. - Rebecca H. Click here to find the book at the Prince William County Public Library System.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This is a book that can't seem to decide if it was meant for academics or regular people (parents, children, teachers, librarians). Most of the books are easily found, but many are not. Some are out of print. Some are not available at all except in a handful of university libraries scatted around the globe. Anyone who actually wants to read all of the titles in this book will be hard pressed to find all of books. It was a great idea and has a great base of terrific children's books, but as an ac This is a book that can't seem to decide if it was meant for academics or regular people (parents, children, teachers, librarians). Most of the books are easily found, but many are not. Some are out of print. Some are not available at all except in a handful of university libraries scatted around the globe. Anyone who actually wants to read all of the titles in this book will be hard pressed to find all of books. It was a great idea and has a great base of terrific children's books, but as an academic exercise, it is far too short and doesn't include books from a great many countries. As a book geared toward regular readers, it is far too exclusionary and exclusive.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Normally, a book of this scope would merit high(er) ratings from me, but this one is bitterly disappointing in some of the simplest ways. Not just omissions of books that "should" be on the list; It is the errors, the typos, the oversights. Misspelled authors' names: names spelled three different ways in one entry. Titles of books misreported. Where were the bonehead contributors' heads when they were compiling this volume? Let me know when you find them........

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    This is a delightful book with wonderful suggestions for children of all ages. It is a heavy book (960 pages) and well worth the time spent in perusing the wonderful descriptions, well written reviews and stunningly beautiful illustrations. This was a joy to read and I'm going to buy a copy if I can find one. Highly recommended!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dayna

    A great reference book for parents. 1001 books divided by age group. Went through the book and realized I had read 135 which leaves many more new books to discover. Full color features pictures of book covers as well as a write up about each book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Downey

    I guess this is more like a reference book that one delves into rather than something that one reads cover to cover. And, of course, I have not read this cover to cover. As an older reader, I have the advantage of having read books myself when I was young, then having read another generation of books to my children, and then reading books to my grandchildren. So A pretty wide spread of years to cover. I bought the book second hand and was amused to find that the previous owner had done exactly w I guess this is more like a reference book that one delves into rather than something that one reads cover to cover. And, of course, I have not read this cover to cover. As an older reader, I have the advantage of having read books myself when I was young, then having read another generation of books to my children, and then reading books to my grandchildren. So A pretty wide spread of years to cover. I bought the book second hand and was amused to find that the previous owner had done exactly what I was going to do....that is, to count the books there that I have actually read. My totals were not that different from the previous owner. I found that for ages 0-3 years, I had read 14 of the books (out of 35). For ages 3+, I had read 31 of the books. For ages 5+, I had read 29 of the books. For ages 8+ I had read 52 of the books. And for ages 12+ I had read 25 of the books. In total I have read 150 of the 1001 that the authors think I should have read. I always have some difficulties with books of this nature that simply reflect the experiences or prejudices of the contributors. I wonder if any of the 72 contributors have actually read all the books....or how many of them have they read. Certainly, the editors have tried to put together an international collection of contributors...but it's not really international. I can't complain too much.....my own country (Australia) is heavily represented. There is a clear preponderance of British contributors ...and rather a dearth of American....and very few from Asia (I counted about 3 from Japan) or the Middle East ....and rather few from continental Europe. So, I guess, we have a selection here that has a massive anglo saxon bias with a scattering of other tales. I visit Japan a lot and am very impressed with the wonderful range of illustrated books available there ....but hardly any appear in 1001 Children's books. (Except for Roald Dahl's interpretation of James and the giant peach....which I think probably has some sort of origins in the Japanese folk tale, Momontoro and two other's that I noticed). In some ways, I wanted to buy this book because of the great children's book illustrations and the collection of illustrators...and in this, I was not disappointed. There is a great collection of illustrations ...and many styles. One issue that I had was that often I had read a version of the book that was different to that illustrated in 1001....for example, "The wide-mouthed frog" where we used to have a pop up version...which was wonderful. (I think I might still have it). So i was half wondering whether one had to read the version that was shown in 1001....and what one was missing if one had read a different version. Each book has a description and often background information which is interesting and helpful. Will I go out and buy (or borrow) the books that I haven't read. Almost certainly not. They don't even have "The Poky Little Puppy" listed among the 1001. Now this was a favourite of mine and very popular with two later generations of kids.... And, of course.....Johnnie's Machines (a little Golden Book that seems to be out of print.....but I loved it as a chid). And of course......The Fairy Tales of Grimm and Anderson, Illustrated by Anne Anderson, Collins, 1925. As the editor acknowledges "Any grouping of children's books inevitably raises as many questions as it answers". and this is no exception. It's obviously a great start for somebody who has to buy a present for a child or for a parent looking to educate their children. But it is just one perspective on the issue. I quite like it and think I will keep it (as opposed to donating it to charity). I give it 4 stars.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    This book was great! Now, I did not read all 1001 books, and I'm 18 now, so I'm technically grown up. I got to reconnect with my childhood and have years of memories come flooding back. I think I: drowned, but I'm here now reviewing, so I guess I made it out okay. My happiest memories of books I read back in the early years were "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", the "Spot" books, and "The Magic Tree house" series. I went through the book in sections and wrote down all the books I have al This book was great! Now, I did not read all 1001 books, and I'm 18 now, so I'm technically grown up. I got to reconnect with my childhood and have years of memories come flooding back. I think I: drowned, but I'm here now reviewing, so I guess I made it out okay. My happiest memories of books I read back in the early years were "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", the "Spot" books, and "The Magic Tree house" series. I went through the book in sections and wrote down all the books I have already read, and the ones I plan to read or re-reread. So without further adue, I present my list of books from this book: Read: * The Little Engine That Could * Goodnight Moon * The Very Hungry Caterpillar * Where’s Spot? * The Tale of Peter Rabbit * The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher * The Cat in The Hat * A Bear Called Paddington * Green Eggs and Ham * Go, Dog. Go! * The Berenstain Bears * Clifford the Big Red Dog * Where the Wild Things Are * Burglar Bill * Angelina Ballerina * Love you Forever * Guess How Much I Love You * The Jungle Book * Velveteen Rabbit * Charlotte’s Web * Frog and Toad Are Friends * Leo The Late Bloomer * Strega Nona * The Paper bag Princess * If You Give A Mouse A Cookie * The Polar Express * Oh, the Places You’ll Go! * Stellaluna * Farmer Boy * The Hobbit * Stuart Little * The Chronicles of Narnia * Old Yellar * The Hundred and One Dalmatians * The Incredible Journey * James and the Giant Peach * Chitty Chitty Bang Bang * Charlie and the Chocolate Factory * The Mouse and The Motorcycle * From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler * Bridge to Terebithia * Sarah, Plain and Tall * Maniac Magee * Millions * The Call of the Wild * White Fang * The Fellowship of the Ring * To Kill a Mockingbird * Tuck Everlasting * Holes * Bud, Not Buddy Re-Reading: * We’re Going on a Bear Hunt * Winne-the-Pooh * Madeline * Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel * Curious George * The Little House * Harry the Dirty Dog * Are you my Mother? * What do People Do all Day? * Corduroy * Mr. Popper’s Penguins * Caps For Sale * Swimmy * The Giving Tree * Matilda * The True Story of the Three Little Pigs * A Bad Case of Stripes * Black Beauty * The Hardy Boys * Nancy Drew * The Wheel on The School * The Cricket in Times Square * The Indian in the Cupboard * Around the World in Eighty Days * The Westing Game To-Read: * Thomas The Tank Engine * The Runaway Bunny * The Elephant and the Bad Baby * Elmer * The Story of the Root Children * The Story of Babar * Little Toot * The Little Red Lighthouse * Eloise * The Cow Who Fell in the Canal * Ivor the Engine * Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile * The Snowman * Freight Train * Gorilla * We Are the Triplets * Fire Engine Lil * One Snowy Night * Runaway Train * The Gruffalo * Lost and Found * Fairy Tales from the Past * Grimms’ Fairy Tales * The Emperor’s New Clothes * The Little Mermaid * The Magic Fishbone * The House That Jack Built * Cole’s Funny Picture Book * The Dutch Twins * Rupert the Bear * Tales and Legends * Pippi Longstocking * Stone Soup * The Doll’s House * My Father’s Dragon * The Biggest Bear * Harold and The Purple Crayon * Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf * The Three Robbers * Gumdrop * Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day * The Giant Jam Sandwich * Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish * Where the Sidewalk Ends * Falling Up * The Worst Witch * Miss Nelson is Missing! * Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs * The Enormous Crocodile * Haunted House * Not Now, Bernard * Jumanji * Hey, Al * Else-Marie and Her Seven Little Daddies * My Friends Percy’s Magical Gym Shoes * The Stinky Cheese Man * The Great Escape from City Zoo * The Death Book * The Sea Monster * Leonardo, the Terrible Monster * Flotsam * The Adventures of The Dish and Spoon * Aesop’s Fables * The Pied Piper of Hamelin * A Christmas Carol * The Water-Babies * Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland * Through The Looking Glass * The Adventures of Tom Sawyer * The Prince and The Pauper * Pinocchio * Treasure Island * Adventures of Huckleberry Finn * Moonfleet * The Story of the Treasure Seekers * The Wonderful Wizard of Oz * Sussi and Biribissi * The Bobbsey Twins * Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens * The Wind In The Willows * The Story of Doctor Dolittle * The Boxcar Children * TinTin * Mary Poppins * Little House on the Prairie * The Adventures of the Wishing Chair * The Sword in the Stone * Five on a Treasure Island * The Borrowers * Half Magic * The Children on Green Knowe * Tom’s Midnight Garden * The Phantom Tollbooth * How The Whale Became * Stig of the Dump * Harriet the Spy * The Magic Finger * The Iron Man: A Children’s Story in Five Nights * Watership Down * Conrad: The Factory-made Boy * Ordinary Jack * Under the Mountain * Superfudge * The BFG * Storm * Why the Whales Came * The Snow Spider * Whipping Boy * Quirky Tales * Only You Can Save Mankind * The Giver * 45 & 47 Stella Street and Everything that Happened * The View from Saturday * Harry Potter * Skellig * Just Annoying * A Series of Unfortunate Events * Hitler’s Daughter * Alex Rider * Mortal Engines * Artemis Fowl * The Spiderwick Chronicles * Inkheart * The Tale of Despereaux * The Boy in the Striped Pajamas * The Arrival * Robinson Crusoe * Gulliver’s Travels * The Three Musketeers * The Scarlet Letter * Journey to the Center of the Earth * Little Woman * 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea * Kidnapped * Sherlock Holmes * The Happy Return * Cue for Treason * The Otterbury Incident * Metropolis * The Catcher in the Rye * King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table * Fahrenheit 451 * Lord of the Flies * The Witch of Blackbird Pond * Marianne Dreams * Friday’s Tunnel * A Wrinkle in Time * The Outsiders * The Dark is Rising * The Chocolate War * Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry * Thunder and Lightnings * Underground to Canada * After the First Death * Neverending Story * Homecoming * Hatchet * Madame Doubtfire * Strange Objects * Redwork * Pagan’s Crusade * Tomorrow, When the War Began * Some of the Kinder Planets * Rowan of Rin * The Gathering * Gold Dust * Dougy * Switchers * Whispers in the Grave Yard * See How They Run * A Jump into the Other World * Northern Lights * I Am Not Esther * Not Chicago. Not Here. * The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley * The Messenger * Crispin * The Keys to the Kingdom * The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time * Grimpow

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm not going to include this in my yearly total of books read since really I just turned every page and only read a couple of the pieces. No surprises here-I went through this book page by page and tallied up every book I've read in the 1001. My total was 226. This was a pretty atypical selection of "must read" books-at least for an American. This was a very international collection and I don't at all feel bad about my total # because so many of the books from Sweden or Norway (for example) are I'm not going to include this in my yearly total of books read since really I just turned every page and only read a couple of the pieces. No surprises here-I went through this book page by page and tallied up every book I've read in the 1001. My total was 226. This was a pretty atypical selection of "must read" books-at least for an American. This was a very international collection and I don't at all feel bad about my total # because so many of the books from Sweden or Norway (for example) are simply books I would never have encountered if they weren't translated and available here. This also includes some very old books. I liked how it was organized in chronological order within sections. I totally disagree with the "must read" label, though. In part because there were a lot of titles that I thought "no that's not true" and also because I felt like there were so many wonderful books NOT included. While I appreciated how different and diverse it was overall, I didn't see much of a criteria applied to what made these stand outs. I did write down a couple of titles I might be able to get through ILL, so that's something.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christi Koenig

    I have a 3-page list of books to look for at the library now - most of which are either old, or not published in the US, so good luck with that. I compliment their inclusion of so many books from countries other than the US and UK, but I'm still confounded by the inclusion of Twilight, which I thought was a badly-written, stalker-encouraging piece of tripe.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    A good comprehensive listing of children's books, both recent and classic with story summary and book's origins. Perhaps not all the books that I would have thought of, a couple I think are missing, and some of the age range is a little flexible, but overall, a really good list of books that if you can manage to read to either yourself or your child, then go for it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rosalyn Davey

    Not read cover to cover but finding this very useful as a reference book! As a new teacher this is a super book that is giving me ideas of books to put on my bookshelf and share with my class. It is also helping me discover new books I had never heard of that I otherwise wouldn't have shared with the children. Just amazing!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Good variety and it was helpful to have them arranged by age. A lot of older and foreign books which might be difficult to find. Also, some for the 8+ category seemed a little mature, especially the older books that use an older style and vocabulary.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ginnie

    I've read about 170 of these and have another maybe 30 on TBR list. Would be a good resource to find more books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Plumlee

    Name: Brandi Plumlee, LME 508 Eccleshare, J. (Eds.). (2009). 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York, NY: Universe Pub. Cost: $24.14 (Barnes and Noble) Dewey Call Number: Z1037 .A255 2009 (Library of Congress) Reading Level: Anyone who enjoys children’s books. Category: Elementary Level/Non-fiction Reference-Bibliography Review Citation: Publishers Weekly. (2009). Book Review [Review of the book 1001 children’s books Name: Brandi Plumlee, LME 508 Eccleshare, J. (Eds.). (2009). 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York, NY: Universe Pub. Cost: $24.14 (Barnes and Noble) Dewey Call Number: Z1037 .A255 2009 (Library of Congress) Reading Level: Anyone who enjoys children’s books. Category: Elementary Level/Non-fiction Reference-Bibliography Review Citation: Publishers Weekly. (2009). Book Review [Review of the book 1001 children’s books you must read before you grow up]. Publishers Weekly, 256(50), 61. Retrieved on June 16, 2012 from Academic Search Premier. Description: This book contains a list of 1001 children’s books that are a must read. It is divided up into different age ranges so readers can see where to begin. Each page contains a summary of the book, photo of cover, and other various forms of information. Relevance and Relationship: There was one book in the library about books for elementary age children, but it was published over 10 years ago. This book will give an up to date representation of some great children’s literature that can be used to motivate and start youngsters on the road to reading. Purpose: The book will allow readers to go back and possible read some all time favorite books. It will also allow students to see some books that are available on their reading level. Validity: The book is part of one of the best selling 1001 series. The books in this bibliography are evaluated by a variety of critics. Format: Print Reference- Bibliography Arrangement and Presentation: The book has 960 pages. The book is divided up into different age ranges and the books. The book contains classics as well as other contemporary books worth mentioning. It has a book summary, evaluations, and cover picture to help guide the readers. Diversity: The books cover a variety of reading formats and subjects. It will allow students to find books on their individualized reading levels. It will also help those reluctant readers find books that may interest them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Morgan

    Eccleshare, J. (2009). 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York, NY: Universe Pub. Citation: Tiffany Morgan Type of Reference: Bibliography Call Number: Ref 016 Content/Scope: This reference selection includes titles of 1001 children's books. The book includes both classic and contemporary children's literature. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This is great for readers of all ages that have that passion for reading and want to make sure they are reading all Eccleshare, J. (2009). 1001 children's books you must read before you grow up. New York, NY: Universe Pub. Citation: Tiffany Morgan Type of Reference: Bibliography Call Number: Ref 016 Content/Scope: This reference selection includes titles of 1001 children's books. The book includes both classic and contemporary children's literature. Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This is great for readers of all ages that have that passion for reading and want to make sure they are reading all the "Must reads". It is the latest in the best selling "1001 series" and is sure to be a popular reference item. Arrangement/Presentation: This reference is organized by age group. Each entry has been critiqued and includes illustrations from the various books. Accessibility/ Diversity: There are works from various cultural/ethnic backgrounds. Relation: No matter whether you are a young adult, parent, or child, this a great resource to guide you to must read children's books. Cost: $27.99 Professional Review: From Publisher's Weekly : This British import, a survey of influential children's books (part of the 1001 series and edited by the Guardian's children's books editor), offers a comprehensive and diverse compendium of more than a century's worth of essential reads. The compact and encyclopedia-thick format is divided into five age ranges. A review of each book is accompanied by original publication information (readers will have to research current availability, especially as some titles differ in the U.S. market) and themes, with cover and interior art interspersed throughout. Favorites like Bridge to Terabithia will satisfy traditionalists, while crossover books like Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees and international selections (for example, Swedish author Pernilla Stalfelt's The Death Book) will broaden the canon. An asset for all those who've caught—or never lost—the bug. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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