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1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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"A survey of influential children's books... An asset for all those who’ve caught—or never lost—the bug." ~Publisher's Weekly
“This 960-page, full-color hardcover is an excellent resource for parents, teachers and librarians, but it also includes just about every title I worshiped when I was younger –
and hundreds I still need to read.” ~USAToday.com
“This stimulating guide — international in scope — includes many books you’ll be grateful to discover or revisit and many more that have been all but forgotten.” ~New York Times Book Review
"Finally, there is a reference book to end all reference books... This fat 960-page tome contains hundreds of the best chosen by great children's authors and critics... Organized by age and brilliantly illustrated, it also pops in all kinds of marvelous lists -- Silly Books, Great Collections of Fables, Recommended Books about Horses, More Great books about Granddads, Great War Books, Time-travel Tales and so on..." ~The Huffington Post
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The good - it reviews many wonderful children's books, including quite a number that are in danger of disappearing from memory. The 8+ section of the book contains many of the best children's books ever written, including The Phantom Tollbooth, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Charlotte Sometimes, Tom's Midnight Garden, The Neverending Story (the REAL story, not the dreadful movie),and many others. Thank you to the authors - I hadn't realised my copy of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler was missing and have now replaced it, just as my 8 year old daughter is old enough to love it.
The somewhat disappointing - there are books reveiewed that I would LOVE to read, but as I don't read in French, Swedish, Japanese or Finnish that pleasure is unlikely to come my way. Other reviewers may bemoan the anglo-bias of this collection, but I bemoan the inclusion of books in an English publication that can't be read in English!
The not so good - the omissions. A Candle in her Room, When Marnie was There, Summer of my German Soldier, The Great Gilly Hopkins, People Might Hear You ... just looking through one of the first shelves of books near me I can see some glaring omissions. (Yes, I know, there is a whole history of children's literature and only 1001 books that can be included!)
Then, too, there are some books that are not really children's books at all. When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit is a children's book and an excellent example of a book to introduce a dark period of history to an older child (say, 10 or so). However, Watership Down is not a children's book - as I can attest vigorously, having read it to terrifying effect as a child.Read more ›
I like the quote attributed to Children's Laureate Michael Rosen in the Introduction, "I think of children's books as not so much for children, but as the filling that goes between the child world and the adult world. One way or another, all children's books have to negotiate that space." I think this beautifully sums up the essence of children's literature, and of the blurry lines between the adult world and the children's world, and how these lines change over time. For example, some works deemed inappropriate for children years ago, may be considered quite tame by today's standards.
The book itself has an index of titles at the beginning, which is arranged alphabetically. This is then followed with the 1001 list of children's books, organized in terms of age appropriateness (suggested age group, really), beginning with 0-3, 3+, 5+, 8+, and finally, 12+. At the end of the book there is an index by author/illustrator and a compilation of featured reviewers and picture credits (as far as possible, an attempt has been made to feature the first edition covers in the original language of publication).
The book does not only contain chidlren's books written in English, but a host of titles written in foreign languages such as French, Danish, German, and the Asian languages. This gives the book a universal appeal, though I imagine some of the foreign titles may be difficult to procure, especially if one is looking for English translations of these works.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great suggestions for all readers and especially for parents who read to their children.Published 6 months ago by Nancy A. Pontious
This book has a lot of potential. Love the layout and we have found some real winners. The thing you must be aware of is many of these titles are out of print or not available in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amber Anastasi
I bought this book for many years ago. I am still using this book and finding great books for all kids. They are now 10 years old. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aaron Lee
I am enjoying the opportunity to read the books on the list. I am also getting some really good ideas for gifts for my young niece who is learning to read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Clark
We use this book all the time to request new stories from the library. My children have loved every one we've read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amber
Very old books listed. Some not even able to find. Better off looking up books on internetPublished 14 months ago by Nancy Czarzasty
This book is a great resource and very well done. It has suggestions for all age ranges. Artwork from most of the recommended books is included along with a synopsis. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rebekah
GREAT list of books and how they came to be. Nice short explainations of the stories, but a lot of stories are old and hard to find.Published 23 months ago by Lori A. Mesnard