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Books | Classic 20th-century children's books from WORLD's 2000 lists

Issue: "Kids' books," Dec. 2, 2006

Classic 20th-century children's books from "The nifty 50," WORLD, July 1, 2000.

For a brief description of each, go to worldmag.com/articles/3971.


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● The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown

● The Lost Sheep, Nick Butterworth

● Freight Train, Donald Crews

● The Knight and the Dragon, Tomie de Paola

● Bearymore, Don Freeman

● Asterix the Gaul, Goscinny and Uderzo

● The Ox-cart Man, Donald Hall

● The Tale of Three Trees, Angela Elwell Hunt

● Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson

● I, Mouse, Robert Kraus

● The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss

● The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf

● Custard the Dragon, Ogden Nash

● Cowardly Clyde, Bill Peet

● The Bed Book, Sylvia Plath

● Just Plain Fancy, Patricia Polacco

● Mr. and Mrs. Pig's Evening Out, Mary Rayner

● The Relatives Came, Cynthia Rylant

● Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, Richard Scarry

● Chicken Soup with Rice, Maurice Sendak

● Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr. Seuss

● Oh What a Noise!, Uri Shulevitz

● Yellow and Pink, William Stieg

● Granfa' Grig Had a Pig, Wallace Tripp


● Mr. Popper's Penguins, Richard Atwater

● Paddington Bear, Michael Bond

● The BFG, Roald Dahl

● Journey Through the Night, Anne DeVries

● Halfback Tough, Thomas J. Dygard

● Tintin in America, Hergé

● All Creatures Great & Small, James Herriot

● Redwall, Brian Jacques

● Wild Trek, Jim Kjelgaard

● The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

● Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren

● Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Betty MacDonald

● Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

● Rascal, Sterling North

● Island of the Blue Dolphin, Scott O'Dell

● The Great Gilly Hopkins, Katherine Paterson

● Fat Men from Space, Daniel Pinkwater

● Wambu, Piet Prins

● Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

● Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor

● All-of-A-Kind Family, Sydney Taylor

● The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

● Homecoming, Cynthia Voigt

● Charlotte's Web, E.B. White

● Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

● Amos Fortune, Free Man, Elizabeth Yates

Reader-recommended books from "50 more nifties," WORLD, Dec. 9, 2000.

For a brief description of each, go to worldmag.com/articles/4511.


● The Five Chinese Brothers, Claire Huchet Bishop

● The Mitten, Jan Brett

● Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown

● Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Virginia Lee Burton

● Now One Foot, Now the Other, Tomie dePaola

● Are You My Mother?, P.D. Eastman

● The Story About Ping, Marjorie Flack

● Corduroy, Don Freeman

● Millions of Cats, Wanda Gag

● Laura Charlotte, Kathryn O. Galbraith

● Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman

● Alfie Gets In First, Shirley Hughes

● Cowboy Small, Lois Lenski

● Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill Martin Jr.

● Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr.

● Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey

● Love You Forever, Robert Munsch

● The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper

● I Am a Bunny, Ole Risom and Richard Scarry

● When I Was Young in the Mountains, Cynthia Rylant

● Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina

● "Could Be Worse!", James Stevenson

● The Biggest Bear, Lynd Ward

● Harry the Dirty Dog, Gene Zion


● The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander

● Billy and Blaze, C.W. Anderson

● Sounder, William H. Armstrong

● Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Ryrie Brink

● Ramona Quimby, Age 8, Beverly Cleary

● The Door in the Wall, Marguerite de Angeli

● The Wheel on the School, Meindert DeJonge

● The Matchlock Gun, Walter Edmonds

● The Moffats, Eleanor Estes

● The Black Stallion, Walter Farley

● Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield Fisher

● Blue Willow, Doris Gates

● Misty of Chincoteague, Marguerite Henry

● Babe: the Gallant Pig, Dick King-Smith

● Lassie Come-Home Eric Knight

● Betsy-Tacy Maud, Hart Lovelace

● Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne

● The Borrowers, Mary Norton

● My Friend Flicka, Mary O'Hara

● The Yearling, Marjorie K. Rawlings

● The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden

● The Good Master, Kate Seredy

● Treasures of the Snow, Patricia St. John


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