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    Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)

    May 16, 2009

    And now, in order and with linkety goodness intact, I bring to you the results of the Top 100 Picture Book Poll of 2009.  Please note two changes.  First, the inclusion of Lost and Found at #60, where it belongs.  Second, the fact that King Bidgood was originally incorrectly tallied and has moved up a notch or two on ye olde list.  Otherwise, each link should go to the blog post where it was featured (even if the numbers don't always perfectly correspond).  At the end of the post is the bibliography of sources I used in the course of this poll's posting.  Enjoy!

    #1: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
    #2: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
    #3: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979)
    #4: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
    #5: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003)
    #6: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1941)
    #7: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955)
    #8: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)
    #9: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (1928)
    #10: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (2004)
    #11: The Story of Ferdinand by Monroe Leaf, ill. Robert Lawson (1936)
    #12: Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (1994)
    #13: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)
    #14: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith(1989)
    #15: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (1996)
    #16: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)
    #17: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)
    #18: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (1970)
    #19: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1982)
    #20: George and Martha by James Marshall (1972)
    #21: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (1999)
    #22: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, ill. by Mike Smollin (1971)
    #23: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964)
    #24: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, ill. Lois Ehlert (1989)
    #25: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (1942)
    #26: Corduroy by Donald Freeman (1976)
    #27: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902)
    #28: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, ill. Ray Cruz(1972)
    #29: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1969)
    #30: Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr., ill. Eric Carle (1967)
    #31: No, David by David Shannon (1998)
    #32: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, ill. by Betsy Lewin (2000)
    #33: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett (1978)
    #34: Olivia by Ian Falconer (2000)
    #35: Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, ill. Blair Lent (1968)
    #36: Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith (1992)
    #37: Eloise by Kay Thompson, ill. Hilary Knight (1955)
    #38: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, ill. by Margaret Bloy Graham (1956)
    #39: The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)
    #40: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)
    #41: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, ill. Stephen Gammell (1985)
    #42: Curious George by H.A. Rey (1941)
    #43: Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)
    #44: Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola (1975)
    #45: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985)
    #46: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (2006)
    #47: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff  (1985)
    #48: The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel Pinkwater (1977)
    #49: King Bidgood is in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood (1985)
    #50: Black and White by David Macaulay (1990)
    #51: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)
    #52: Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, ill. James Marshall (1977)
    #53: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)
    #54: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)
    #55: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, ill. George & Doris Hauman (1961)
    #56: Frederick by Leo Lionni (1967)
    #57: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, ill. Harry Bliss (2003)
    #58: Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006)
    #59: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975) by Verna Aardema, ill.Leo and Diane Dillon (1975)
    #60: Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak (1962)

    #61: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (2005)

    #62: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack (1933)
    #63: Traction Man is Here!, by Mini Grey (2005)
    #64: “I Can't,” Said the Ant: A Second Book of Nonsense by Polly Cameron (1961)
    #65: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (2003)
    #66: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (1995)
    #67: Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni (1959)
    #68: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)
    #69: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, ill. Helen Oxenbury (1989)
    #70: Miss Fanshawe and the Great Dragon Adventure by Sue Scullard (1986)
    #71: The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, ill by Michael Martchenko (1980)
    #72: The Little Brute Family by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban (1966)
    #73: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (1933) by Jean de Brunhoff
    #74: Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942)
    #75: Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss (1940)
    #76: Zoom at Sea by Tim Wynne-Jones, ill. Eric Beddows (1983)
    #77: The Library by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1995)
    #78: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
    #79: Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, by Alice and Martin Provensen (1974)
    #80: The Jolly Postman: or, Other People's Letters by Janet Ahlberg  (1986)
    #81: Possum Magic by Mem Fox, ill. Julie Vivas (1983)
    #82: Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty (1973)
    #83: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971)
    #84: Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes  (1988)
    #85: Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats (1964)
    #86: Yoko by Rosemary Wells (1998)
    #87: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2004)
    #88: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (1993)
    #89: A Hole is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions by Ruth Krauss, ill. Maurice Sendak (1952)
    #90: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (2006)
    #91: Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo by William Joyce (1988)
    #92: Swimmy by Leo Lionni (1963)
    #93: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)
    #94: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)
    #95: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1997)
    #96: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (1990)
    #97: Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, ill. Judy Horacek (2004)
    #98: Anatole by Eve Titus (1956)
    #99: Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal, ill. by Jen Corace (2005)
    #100: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (1992)
    #101: More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams

    Poll criteria and information can be found here.


    Blackbeard, Bill, and Martin Williams. The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics. Washington D.C.: The Smithsonian Institution Press, 1977.

    Clark, Beverly Lyon Clark. Kiddie Lit: The Cultural Construction of Children's Literature in America. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Galda, Lee and Bernice E. Cullinan.  Literature and the Child, 5th Edition. Stamford: Wadsworth Thomson Learning, 2002.

    Gauch, Patricia Lee. Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art. New York: Penguin Young Readers Group, 2007.

    Marcus, Leonard, ed.  Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. New York: Harper Collins, 1998.

    Marcus, Leonard.  Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008.

    Nel, Philip and Julie Mickenberg, ed. Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature. New York: New York University Press, 2008.

    Pearl, Nancy. Book Crush: For Kids and Teens Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment, and Interest.  Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 2007.

    Silvey, Anita. 100 Best Books for Children.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.

    Zipes, Jack, ed. The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2004.

    Posted by Elizabeth Bird on May 16, 2009 | Comments (18)

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    May 16, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Seuss fans commented:

    Thanks for compiling this list - it's a fun read. But I'm scratching my head at how any list of top 10 kids' books - let alone top 100 - could possibly leave out "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat," not to mention many other Seuss masterpieces! And where are PD Eastman - author of "Big Dog, Little Dog" and other classics - and Richard Scarry?

    May 16, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Fuse #8 commented:

    Here's how the poll worked. We excluded Easy Readers from the count right from the start. And every book you have just listed, with the exception of Richard Scarry, is an Easy Reader. Now, ideally, I will someday do a Top 100 Easy Reader poll where The Cat in the Hat will battle it out with Go, Dog, Go and other Seussian fare. But they didn't qualify for this particular poll, so they didn't make the list.

    May 16, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    SamR commented:

    Great to see the list like this so I can start to wrap my head around it!

    Four of my 10 made it, so that's not bad. But I had Scarry on my list twice and I'm really disappointed that he didn't make it.

    It's sad to think that he has lost the respect of the kidlit community -- and thus falling off library bookstore shelves.

    Here was a man so driven to entertain kids that he would load his pictures with endless little treasures - like hiding Goldbug on every page or having Lowly Worm goofing off on the sidelines.

    Not just a great artist, but an evolving artist whose early and later styles are vastly different -- compare I Am a Bunny to What Do People Do All Day -- but both wonderful.

    And, let's not forget, he was a great writer. The Scarry-style is pitch perfect. Both matter-of-fact and absurd and rarely requiring extra explanation.

    May 16, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Rasco from RIF commented:

    I am not sure I even have the vocabulary to adequately say "thank you" for the great gift you have given all who wish to partake of this compilation of information about our well loved friends, children's picture books! I will be using this information as will many, many RIF coordinators and volunteers for years to come! Thank you, thank you!

    May 16, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    JENNIFER SCHULTZ commented:

    Rasco-I think the top 10/top 20 would be great RIF Ready Packs (if Betsy wouldn't mind).

    May 16, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Bibliovore commented:

    I'm a'tellin' ya, Betsy. Book. :) And that used up all my apostrophe ration.

    May 17, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Amy Kraft commented:

    5 out of my top 10 made the list. 3 of my top 10 I didn't really expect to make the list. But those last two are vexing me... where is Miss Spider's Tea Party? And where is any book by Lauren Child? Perhaps the Charlie and Lolas split the votes?

    THANK YOU for this amazing list!

    May 17, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Neil Winton commented:

    I'm delighted to find so many books I've not encountered before... but I'd like to point out one that I think is a major ommission, namely The Gruffalo. In fact, you could include any book by Julia Donaldson
    and Axel Scheffler in my opinion!

    May 17, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    thager commented:

    How about a new list - 'The Top 100 picture books that didn't make this list but you think should have'

    May 17, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Sharon commented:

    Maybe just a list of authors? Since Sandra Boynton split her own vote, and then there's Mercer Mayer, Lauren Childs, Marc Brown.....

    May 18, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Fuse #8 commented:

    Oh, that list is coming. Just you wait...

    May 18, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    Laura commented:

    Do you have any idea how much work you have saved me? I've been working on a "Core Picture Books" list for my librarians but it's been slow going. I'm just going to upload this list and let them have at it. You could save me even MORE work by doing an ER list! 8-) In all seriousness, though, most of what we need is quality ERs in libraries, right?

    May 19, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    lisachellman commented:

    Not at all surprised Where the Wild Things Are made #1, nor any of the other Top 10. What a great list! I've been surprised at how many (not a lot, but several) from the bottom 50 are totally new to me. Thanks for this, Betsy.

    May 20, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    hollistom commented:

    A wonderful list to be sure, but it's missing "The Ox-Cart Man" by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney. This enjoyable little book teaches more about colonial American life than any 50 pages of a college history text.

    June 1, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    David Dodd commented:

    My daughter has a blog called "Teen Readers Write." She's asking fellow teens who have lists of their favorite books to send them to her. Please forward this to any teen readers you may know! Thanks.

    June 4, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    julie commented:

    i totally agree with SamR about Richard Scarry. my standard turning 2 birthday gift is Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. that Dingo Dog is so naughty. Go, Officer Flossie! Plus, any Richard Scarry book is perfect for a game of "that's me," where you get to point to your favorite thing on the page, be it the pickle car, baby mouse in a carriage, or owl on a chimney.

    Other favorite authors: Kevin O'Malley and Julia Donaldson (seconded).

    October 2, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    miramax commented:

    Great list, but one of the most beautiful picture books has to be Grandfather Twilight and one of the most fun, Piggy Pie. just had to throw that out there.

    October 11, 2009
    In response to: Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results (#1-101)
    lucysart commented:

    Great list, but where's The Phantom Tollbooth and Love You Forever? I recommend these to anyone.

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