A Lifetime of Reading Childrens Collage

Taking a cue from the CIC’s much loved “Lifetime of Reading Plan” we present to you a list of 100 essential Children’s books: 49 Chapter Books, ranging from Aesop to Sherlock Holmes to Winnie the Pooh; 24 picture and board books, from Moo Baa La La La, to Peter Rabbit, to Where the Wild Things Are; 4 collections of poetry — mostly silly, entirely wonderful; and, lastly, 23 of the best children’s books dedicated to religion and the faith.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive (how could it be!) but is a starting point for any parent looking to expand their children’s library. (Many homeschooling sites have more exhaustive lists that specifically focus on learning.)

Chapter Books

Title Author Illustrator
Aesop’s Fables Aesop
Little Women Alcott, Louisa May
The Book of Three Alexander, Lloyd
Tuck Everlasting Babbit, Natalie
The Indian in the Cupboard Banks, Lynne Reid
Peter Pan and Wendy Barrie, J. M.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Baum, L. Frank Denslow, W. W.
The Secret Garden Brunett, Frances Hodgson
Incredible Journey Bunford, Sheila
Alice in Wonderland Carrol, Lewis Tenniel, John
The Iliad for Boys and Girls Church, Alfred John
Pinocchio Collodi, Carlo
Fairy Tales cummings, e. e.
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths D’Aulaires, Ingri
D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths D’Aulaires, Ingri
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Dahl, Roald Dahl, Roald
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Alfred Conan
Johnny Termain Forbes, Esther
Cheaper by the Dozen Gilbreth, Frank, and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
The Wind in the Willows Grahame, Kenneth
The Phantom Tollbooth Juster, Norton Feiffer, Jules
The Just So Stories Kipling, Rudyard
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankwieler Konigsburg, E. L.
A Wrinkle in Time L’Engle, Madeline L’Engle, Madeline
Tales from Shakespeare Lamb, Charles and Mary
The Blue Fairy Book Lang, Andrew
Rabbit Hill Lawson, Robert Lawson, Robert
The Narnia Series Lewis, C. S.
Pippi Longstocking Lingren, Astrid
Call of the Wild London, Jack
The Princess and the Goblin MacDonald, George
Winnie the Pooh Milne, A. A. Milne, A. A.
Anne of Green Gables (series) Montgomery, L. M.
The Book of Dragons Nesbit, Edith
Rascal North, Sterling
The Story of King arthur and his Knights Pyle, Howard West, Logan
Swallows and Amazons Ransome, Arthur
The Rescuers Sharp, Margery Williams, Garth
Treasure Island Stevenson, Robert Lewis
Gulliver’s Travels Swift, Jonathan
Thirteen Colocks Thurber, James
The Hobbit Tolkein, J. R. R.
Lord of the Rings Tolkein, J. R. R.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Twain, Mark
Charlotte’s Web White, E. B. Williams, Garth
Little House on the Prarie (series) Wilder, Laura Ingalls Williams, Garth

Picture Books

Title Author Illustrator
The Lion and the Mouse Aesop Jerry Pinkney
The Real Mother Goose Anonymous Wright, Blanche Fisher
Madeline Bemelmans, Ludwig Bemelmans, Ludwig
Moo Baa La La La Boynton, Sandra Boynton, Sandra
The Little House Burton, Virginia Lee Burton, Virginia Lee
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Carle, Eric Carle, Eric
Miss Rumphius Cooney, Barbara Cooney, Barbara
The Story of Babar de Brunhoff, Jean de Brunhoff, Jean
Go Dog Go Eastman, P. D. Eastman, P. D.
Cordouroy Freeman, Don Freeman, Don
The Gift of the Magi Henry, O. Zwerger, Lisbeth
Tinitin Herge
Harold and the Purple Crayon Johnson, Crockett Johnson, Crockett
The Snow Day Keats, Ezra Jack Keats, Ezra Jack
The Story of Ferdinand Leaf, Munro Lawson, Robert
Make Way for Ducklings McCloskey, Robert McCloskey, Robert
Blueberries for Sal mcCloskey, Robert mcCloskey, Robert
Strega Nona Paola, Tomie Paola, Tomie
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Potter, Beatrix Potter, Beatrix
Where the Wild Things Are Sendak, Maurice Sendak, Maurice
A Sick Day for Amos McGee Stead, Phillip Stead, Erin
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Steig, Willam Steig, William
Green Eggs and Ham Suess, Dr. Suess, Dr.
Press Here Tulet, Herve Tulet, Herve
The Velveteen Rabbit Williams, Margery Nicholson, William


Title Author
The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts; Cautionary Tales Belloc, Hillaire
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats Eliot, T. S.
Nonsense Omnibus Lear, Edward
A Child’s Garden of Verses Stevenson, Robert Lewis


Title Author Illustrator
At Jerusalem’s Gate Grimes, Niki Grimes, Niki
All Things Bright and Beautiful Bryan, Ashley Bryan, Ashley
Mary, Mother of Jesus Joslin, Mary Wisenfeld, Allison
The Illustrated Gospel for Children Kieffer, Jean-Francois Ponsard, Christine
Saint George and the Dragon Hodges, Margaret Hyman, Trina Schart
Psalm Twenty Three Ladwig, Tim Ladwig, Tim
The Story of Easter Fisher, Aileen Vitale, Stephano
David’s Songs: His Psalms and their Story Fiser, Colin Pinkney, Jerry
Petook: An Easter Story Houselander, Carryll dePaola, Tomie
Cademon’s Song Ashby, Ruth Slavin, Bill
Exodus, Joseph, Jesus, and An Easter Story Wildsmith, Brian Wilsmith, Brian
Mary, Mother of Jesus dePaola, Tomie dePaola, Tomie
Song of the Swallows Politi, Leo Politi, Leo
Rechenka’s Eggs Polacco, Patricia Polacco, Patricia
Joan of Arc Poole, Josephine Barrett, Angela
The Holy Twins Norris, Kathleen dePaola, Tomie
Stories from the Bible King James Edition Zwerger, Lisbeth
Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls Houselander, Carryll
Tomie de Paola’s Book of Bible Stories Revised Standard Version dePaola, Tomie
Noah Spier, Peter Spier, Peter
The Lady of Guadalupe DePaola, Tomie dePaola, Tomie
The Book of Jonah spier, Peter spier, Peter
How the Hibernators Came to Bethlehem Faber, Norma Cooney, Barbara
Through the Animals’ Eyes Wormell, Christopher Wormell, Christopher