nypl100booksThe New York Public Library has come out with a wonderful list of 100 children’s books that we should all read at some point in our lives. Whatever your child’s age, there is a book for her, such as Goodnight Moon or Harry Potter. The list doesn’t rank them (an impossible task), but simply offers them is alphabetical order.

It starts out with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and closes with A Wrinkle in Time. It’s a terrific challenge to reduce such a rich genre into just 100 books. Prolific authors such as Dr. Seuss only got one book (Green Eggs and Ham). But if I were to make two suggestions I would have to add If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore.

Laura Numeroff’s book about a mouse who keeps on wanting more is just too deliciously funny to be left off and William Joyce’s tale is perhaps the book that will help to define of whole new method of storytelling (see below), just as some of the books on the list have done over the past few decades.

I’ve read Morris Lessmore to The Kid hundreds of times already and it doesn’t really get old. That’s the surest test of a classic I believe.

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