If this is the best children’s literature, then children’s literature is in big trouble.
Scholastic has released a list of the top 100 children’s books. The list was reportedly culled from nominations from “literacy experts and mom bloggers.” (Sorry, dad bloggers – everyone knows that only moms are important.)
Among those books not appearing on the list:
- Aesop’s Fables.
- Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales.
- Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz.
- Jean de Brunoff’s Story of Babar.
- Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
- Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Alan Paton’s Cry the Beloved Country.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince.
- Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat.
- J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books.
- Margery Williams’s The Velveteen Rabbit.
- Anything by Alexandre Dumas, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain, or Jules Verne.
Now, my point here is that the books and authors I have listed above are known to almost every English reader! So how did they not make the list?