Top 100 Childrens Books

Here is a list of Snazal Top 100 Children’s Books: 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar [Board Book] 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle (Puffin, £5.99)

 

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar [Board Book 

Not many children’s books achieve worldwide sales that would humble a U2 album, but Eric Carle’s classic picture book about a caterpillar munching his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly has sold 22 million copies. 

Carle had only just started out as a children’s author when he wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar in 1969. Before that, he was a graphic designer. He had been experimenting with a hole-punch in his efforts to find a different kind of children’s book and had suggested a story to his publisher about a worm eating through the pages. In the story, the newly hatched caterpillar starts to look for food. On day one he eats one piece of fruit, the next two, the next three and so on, until he reaches the end of the week, when he eats a fabulous feast of muffins, pizza and pickle. The following day he has a stomach ache! By now he is too fat to move and we wonder what is next for our hero. There’s a moment of triumph as we turn the final page and discover he has been transformed into a beautiful butterfly. 

The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo 
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Macmillan, (first published 1999) 
 

  

  

It’s remarkable that this classic children’s story is less than ten years old. In it, a wily woodland mouse manages to escape being eaten by predators by telling them that an imaginary monster is going to appear at any minute. Of course, the mouse doesn’t really expect the monster to put in an appearance, and when it does, he has to use his wits to make the Gruffalo believe that he is so scary himself that the warty beast would be making a really, really big mistake if he tried to eat him!

 

Donaldson’s use of repeated narrative and smart rhymes soon has little readers chanting the story, while Axel Scheffler’s distinctive, crazy-eyed creatures stylishly underline the humour. “All the Gruffalo’s attributes were really just adjectives that sounded good in the flow of the rhyme,” says playwright/performer Donaldson. It’s a ploy that has been hugely successful. 

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

 

 Where The Wild Things Are
 by Maurice Sendak Red Fox, £5.99 (first published 1963)

 Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak’s color illustrations are beautiful, and each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder. The wild things manage to be scary-looking without ever really being scary; at times they’re downright hilarious. Sendak’s trademark run-on sentences lend the perfect touch of stream of consciousness to the tale, which floats between the land of dreams and a child’s imagination. This Sendak classic reaffirms the notion that there’s no place like home. 

   

Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh

 

Winnie-The-Pooh
by AA Milne and EH Shepard Egmont, £6.99 (first published 1926) 

Although the language and turns of phrase are from a bygone era, the Winnie-Th

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