Books Are Like a Box of Chocolates

May 27, 2012


It’s Memorial Day weekend, the official start of summer. I start thinking about books I want to read this summer, new fiction fit to be a hit in our new library collection next September, choices that will make our students knowledgeable  to vote when Award Winning time arrives in January, oldies but goodies that I should keep or get for our collection.


Those of you who like to spend the summer chomping on books like chocolates like I do, may find interesting the current ongoing blog of Elizabeth Bird, the children’s collection librarian at The New York Public Library.  Back in March, she put out a holler to vote for the top 100 picture books and children’s novels. She’s working her way through them in her blog.  Many of the books, I am happy to say, are part of our collection—though in some cases, we could use with an updated cover simply for shelf appeal. Here’s a list of half of them:


100. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

 99. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner 

 98. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.

97. The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton

96. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

 95. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expury

 94.  Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

 93. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

 92. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

91. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

90.  The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

89. The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

88. The BFG by Roald Dahl

87. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

86. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

85.  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

84. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

83. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum

82. The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

81.  The Witches by Roald Dahl

80. The Four Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright

79. The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

78. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

77. My Side of the Mountain  by Jean Craighead George

76. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

75. The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright

74. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume

73. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

72. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

71. Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

70. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

69. The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

68. The High King by Lloyd Alexander

67. A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck.

66. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
65. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

64. The Twenty One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
63.  The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

62. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

61. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

60.  Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtuis

59. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

58. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

57. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

56. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

55. All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

54. Half Magic by Edward Eager

53. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

52. Betsy-Tacy by Maude Hart Lovelace

51. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo


Many of these books are the favorites of Masterman students; they get checked out the most. Some are as old as the hills—even I don’t remember them! I cannot wait to buy and read Wonder—lots of buzz about this book being the 2013 Newbery winner!


Thinking of summer reading, I came across the following post from the same blogger about S.E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders, one of the choices for summer reading for those entering eighth grade. A classic is a classic.


Remember The Free Library branches have their reading program. They offer prizes as you rack up books you’ve read. In addition to your required summer reading, I hope you find a new favorite (or favorites). I hope you will share with me those special books.


Happy Reading!


Mrs. Kearney


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