New York Public Library creates list of 100 greatest kids books


A mother selects books for her children at the New York Public Library. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)

Authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle helped the New York Public Library celebrate children’s literature Monday as the library released a list of 100 great kids books from the past 100 years.

The list includes picture books for preschoolers as well as such books for older readers as “The Hobbit” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The Graveyard Book” and “When You Reach Me,” Newbery Award winners in 2010 and 2009, made the list, which accompanies an exhibit on children’s literature and is available online at www.nypl.org/childrens100.

Blume and Carle joined librarians for a reading and discussion.

Carle made the library’s list with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” his 1969 picture book.

Blume, whose “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” is on the list, said that when she was in fourth grade, she had stories in her head. “But I never told anybody about them because I thought if I did, they would think I was weird,” she said.

Associated Press

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