I'm a children's librarian, so I thought I knew all about children's books. I read voraciously as a child. I became a teacher and tried to keep up with all the new books out for children. As a mom, I read what my kids read. I became a children's librarian in 2003. I became a blogger a few years later. I've been a Cybils judge almost from the start of the Cybils, reading and evaluating children's nonfiction picture books, children's picture books, children's easy readers, and children's early chapter books. I challenged myself to read all the Newbery books, and completed that challenge a few years back.
But it wasn't until I joined the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up group at Yahoo that I had the opportunity to read the best of children's literature from all around the world. Happily, I've now read 555 of the 1001 books, including books from Australia, Chile, South Africa, France, India, and Japan.
Here are some of the amazing children's books I've read from this list. I think you will love them, too.
Ash Road by Ivan Southall
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Parvana's Journey by Deborah Ellis
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
By the River by Steven Herrick
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner
The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden
Redwall by Brian Jacques
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