Your Favourite Children’s Book?

tomsawyer.jpgWhen a teacher friend of mine was wondering out loud which classic children’s books he should introduce to his students, we realized we listed a number of the same books as childhood favourites.  While I at first found this surprising based on the difference in our ages, it became obvious that truly good books stand the test of time, especially when you consider the first four books on our combined list were also childhood favourites of my 83-year-old grandmother.

  Here is our combined list:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • Anne of Green Gables (one of my desert island picks) by L.M. Montgomery
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton

charlottes-web.jpgA number of our selections are repeated on’s 100 Best Children’s Books list.  For newer, likely-to-be-classics, check out 2006 Best Books for Children  at  The list includes Small Steps by Louis Sachar, which as a follow-up to the popular 1998 novel Holes, both my friend and I will be adding to our book orders this year. 

airborn.jpgAnother great reading list on is Great Reads for Boys, which despite the title, includes books read and enjoyed by many of my female library patrons, who, like me, enjoy adventure and fantasy books. Included on the list are Canadian favourites Airborn and Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel, and, another favourite in my library, The Alex Rider Series, by Anthony Horowitz.  Other books listed that are popular in my library include: The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini, His Dark Materials Series by Philip Pullman, The Ink series by Cornelia Funke, and The Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket (completed this year with the release of The End). 

As likely future classics, I can personally recommend all of these books for their appeal to not only middle school and up readers, but also to adults whose work requires them to read a lot of children’s books.

harriet-the-spy.jpgIf you aren’t lucky enough, as my friend and I are, to have such a job, get two copies next time you pick up a book for your child at the library and start your own mini book club.  Don’t have kids? Volunteer to read at your local school.  Still a kid?  Share your favourite book with a friend. Feel free to post the title of your favourite children’s book under comments. We’re always looking for ideas…


2 Thoughts on “Your Favourite Children’s Book?

  1. I loved Anne of Green Gables, Charlotte’s Web, and Heidi when I was a kid–also the Narnia series, and every Nancy Drew/Trixi Beldon/Hardy Boys book I could get my hands on. Airborn has become one of my all time faves–Ken Oppel rocks!

  2. I loved the Narnia books too, and, Nancy Drew,Trixi and the Bobbsey Twins. I actually have some first edition Trixi and Bobbsey Twins books that were my mom’s.

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