New York Public Library’s book list can be found in Juniata Valley libraries, too

Young readers in the Juniata Valley- and the young at heart – can look in their local libraries for the 100 great books from the last 100 years.

A list of the 100 greatest books for children was developed and just released by the New York Public Library to celebrate children’s literature.

It includes picture books for preschoolers as well as books for older readers like “The Hobbit” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

“What strikes me most is that the list contains not only some fantastic classics like ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ but also some very recent ones like Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book,'” Brady Clemens, director of the Juniata County Library, said.

“They are classics, and books that are very likely to be classics, books that say something meaningful as ‘The Hobbit’ does about finding courage or books that help promote learning among children.”

Molly Kinney, director of the Mifflin County Library, noticed that “the books on this list are time and children tested. They are not only popular with children and adults, but are really fine examples of the very best that publishers and libraries have for children to explore their world, solve problems, realize they are not alone, and just have fun!”

Readling lists like the one devised by the New York Public Library are tools for anyone seeking a good read.

“Lists like these are useful in that they can help parents select quality works – but they are only a starting point. That’s where we come in -if a young reader has enjoyed certain books, we at the library can help point them in the direction of similar books that they might like to read, to help cultivate a lifelong love of reading,” Clemens said.

“Juniata has many, if not most, of the works on the list,” he said. “And we can always purchase or interlibrary loan books that patrons want that we don’t currently have.”

At the Mifflin County Library, Kinney said, “Because of the variety and reading levels of this list – there are titles for young children through tweens – public librarians can help parents select age-appropriate titles to share with their children.”

Kinney points out that “Because of their popularity and universal themes, these books are often checked out of the library, but customers are welcome to place a hold on any title and we will call when the book is available for check out.”

“The Cat in the Hat,” “Pippi Longstocking” and “Where the Wild Things Are” all made the list, which accompanies an exhibit on children’s literature at the New York Public Library’s main building in midtown Manhattan.

Authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle joined librarians for a reading and panel discussion.

“Viewed over time, children’s books are the collected memory of our hopes and dreams,” said moderator Leonard Marcus, a book critic and the curator of the exhibit. “They are the message in a bottle that each generation tosses out to the next generation in the hope that it may wash ashore and be read and be taken to heart.”

Blume, whose “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” is on the list, said that when she was in the fourth grade herself she always had stories in her head.

“But I never told anybody about them because I thought if I did they would think I was weird,” she said.

Since Blume began publishing in the 1970s, many of her books dealing with subjects like racism, divorce and sexuality have been banned by authorities who considered the topics inappropriate for children.

“Books that are loved by children are often the books that scare adults,” Blume said.

Carle made the library’s list with “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” his 1969 picture book about a voracious bug that becomes a butterfly. He said he created the caterpillar by folding and manipulating paper; he first thought of the character as a bookworm, Willie the Worm.

“And I had this wonderful editor and she didn’t like the worm so much,” Carle said.


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The Associated Press contributed to this article.

Top 100 kids’ books

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

All-of-a-Kind Family

Amelia Bedelia

The Arrival

Bark, George

Because of Winn-Dixie

Ben’s Trumpet

Big Red Lollipop

The Birchbark House

The Book of Three

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

The Bossy Gallito/El Gallo De Bodas:

A Traditional Cuban Folktale

Bread and Jam for Frances

Bridge to Terabithia

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Caps for Sale

The Cat in the Hat


A Chair For My Mother

Charlotte’s Web

Chato’s Kitchen

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom


Curious George

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Esperanza Rising

Freight Train

Frog and Toad Are Friends

From the Mixed-Up Files of

Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

George and Martha

The Giver

Go, Dog. Go!

Goodnight Moon

Grandfather’s Journey

The Graveyard Book

Green Eggs and Ham

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harriet the Spy

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


The Hobbit


The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat


Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and

Counting Book

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Little House

The Little Prince


Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story

From China


Make Way for Ducklings

Matilda – Roald Dahl

Meet Danitra Brown

Millions of Cats

Miss Nelson is Missing!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An

African Tale

My Father’s Dragon

My Name is Yoon


One Crazy Summer

The People Could Fly: American

Black Folktales

The Phantom Tollbooth

Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue

Pink and Say

Pippi Longstocking

Ramona the Pest

Rickshaw Girl

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry


A Sick Day for Amos McGee

The Snowy Day

Starry River of the Sky

The Stories Julian Tells

The Story of Ferdinand

Strega Nona


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit

Tar Beach

Ten, Nine, Eight

Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Watsons Go to Birmingham

The Westing Game

When You Reach Me

Where Is the Green Sheep?

Where the Wild Things Are

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears


A Wrinkle in Time