Thursday, 17 August 2017

50 Children's Books to Save My Life

Tygertale is a great blog about brilliant children's books that I came across recently while I was scouring the internet after reading Elidor (for which I hope to do a review soonish). Tygertale's Elidor post is especially interesting and graphically beautiful  and soon of course I was peering about Tygertale site and found this list. I knew it had to become a Listmania list. 

I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith

The Earthsea Cycle - Ursula Le Guin (I've read the first one, and don't have the will to carry on)

Blackhearts over Battersea - Joan Aiken

Gormenghast Trilogy - Melvyn Peake

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (see my review)

The Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stephenson

The Railway Children - E. Nesbit

Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie 

The Water Babies - Charles Kingsley

Watership Down - Richard Adams (see my review)

Charlotte Sometimes - Penelope Farmer

The Changes Trilogy - Peter Dickinson

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum (well most of it, I think I ran out of steam)

Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

Journey to the River Sea - Eva Ibbotson

Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo (see my review)

Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild (see my review)

A Traveller in Time - Alison Uttley

Life: An Exploded Diagram - Mal Peet

The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton

Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh (see my review)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Ian Fleming (see my review)

The Dark is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper

Bog Child - Siobhan Dowd

Ink heart - Cornelia Funke

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

What Katy Did - Susan Coolidge 

The Family from One End Street - Eve Garnett

Are you there God, It's Me Margaret? - Judy Blume (see my review)

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak

The Chocolate War - Robert Cormier (see my review)

The Letter for the King - Tonke Dragt

The Mouse and his Child - Russell Hoban (see my review)

Smith - Leon Garfield 

Grasshopper Jungle - Andrew Smith

The Princess and the Goblin - George MacDonald (see my review)

Gullivers Travels - Jonathan Swift (well most of it, I think I ran out of steam)

Emil and the Detectives - Erich Kastner (see my review)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne (see my review)

The Otterbury Incident - Cecil Day-Lewis

Uncle - J.P. Martin

Good Omens - Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Warrior Scarlet - Rosemary Sutcliffe

Mary Poppins - P.L. Travers

The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle - Hugh Lofting

The Fantastic Four Vol 1. - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett

25/50 (ish, there's a few sneaky series in there)

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying

I've been intrigued by this book for a while now. Seems like everyone has read it, and everyone has an opinion on her Methods. Some of it sounds rather far fetched, so (this time last year!) it was time to check it out for myself. I bought the book at the start of last year- even though it seems counterintuitive to buy a decluttering book, I feel like I should be borrowing it from the library instead of adding to the (largely book) clutter that needs to be tidied.

I could do with some Life Changing, I imagine we all could. Marie Kondo (who uses her nickname KonMari) promises great things.

The KonMari Method is a simple, smart and effective way to banish clutter forever. Start by discarding. Then organise your space, thoroughly, completely in one go. If you adopt this strategy, you'll never revert to clutter again. 

But it's not just a tidier house she's promising. It's self help, self-actualisation through tidying.

when you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too. As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need in life and what you don't, what you should and shouldn't do. 

Tidying must start with discarding. It all needs to happen in one mammoth one time effort which Marie suggests will take about six months.

The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart.

Sort by category, not by location. And you must, must, must tidy in the right order- clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items and then sentimental items and keepsakes. Naturally, there are then subcategories within these categories.

All you need to do is look at each item, one at a time, and decide whether or not to keep it and where to put it.

It's rather pivotal that she has turned the decision "Should I throw this dress out?" around to become "Should I keep this ornament?" which is where the much derided "Does this jumper/book/pillow spark joy?" comes from.

Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.

KonMari doesn't encourage her clients to listen to music while they work, and listening to the TV is "out of the question". Oh and you'll need a bright early start.

When I've been considering her method in any of the dozens of articles I've read I have wondered about being wasteful, but KonMari tells us that we can't "be distracted by thoughts of being wasteful". Yes, I see why she would say that, and I have seen some of those hoarders on tv saying that they are keeping things for recycling or environmental reasons, but I think it is a consideration. I think we do need to be mindful about what we do with waste. Clothes are fairly easy - we can all donate them to charities, but what about things that are valuable, just not to you? Should these things just be tossed in landfill? It seems ridiculous to do so as polar bears are dying out and the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching.

KonMari is ruthless here.

To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To throw away what you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful. 
And I think she does just throw things out. There was a lot of measuring of progress in garbage bags.

Let them go, with gratitude.

She's very big on folding. "By nearly folding your clothes, you can solve almost every problem related to storage." But then she goes way beyond natty Japanese space saving methods.

The act of folding is far more than making clothes compact for storage. It is an act of caring, an expression of love and appreciation for the way these clothes support your lifestyle. Therefore, when we fold, we should put our heart into it, thanking our clothes for protecting our bodies. 
There is then a written folding tutorial which gets rather complex. Thankfully for the more visual processors amongst us Gwyneth Paltrow is all over this at her GOOP site and has an illustrated video guide to folding.

I hadn't been aware that my socks needed to rest when they were not helping me walk in my shoes!

I've actually made quite a bit of progress in my War on Clutter in the past year. Most of it wasn't due to the KonMari method, but reading this book really did help me in the pre-contemplation stage.

And now by the Life Changing Magic of not tidying this post and posting it in the last year I can manage to actually post something for Women in Translation Month 2017 without really trying. 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Book Launch - The Sorry Tale of Fox & Bear

Last week I was very lucky and got to attend the regional launch of The Sorry Tale of Fox & Bear. 

This was a very special event. The Sorry Tale of Fox & Bear is the first book published by Dirt Lane Press, a new publisher based in Orange, NSW. Naturally I became a friend of Dirt Lane Press as soon as I heard about it last year. 

There was lots of delicious, organic local wine. I believe that there was white wine as well, but I didn't notice. 

I don't believe I'd had this before,
but took quite a liking to it 
Special guest Freya Blackwood
was there to launch the book

Mark MacLeod, Margrete Lamond and Heather Vallance
 The launch was held at the new Botanica Flora, and was also the opening of an exhibition of the gorgeous art work Heather Vallance made for The Sorry Tale of Fox & Bear.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Better Reading Australia's Top 50 Kids Books 2017

Better Reading is a great Australian website promote books and reading to everyone. This list is the results of their poll for the Top 50 Kids Books of 2017.

Ranger's Apprentice The Tournament at Gorlan - John Flanagan
Ranger's Apprentice The Ruins of Gorlan - John Flanagan
The Magic Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton
Matilda - Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The 13-Storey Treehouse - Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (see my review)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
The BFG - Roald Dahl
Dork Diaries - Rachel Renée Russell

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
The Bad Guys Episode 1 - Aaron Blabey
Alice-Miranda at School - Jacqueline Harvey
Alice-Miranda on Holiday - Jacqueline Harvey
Alice-Miranda Takes the Lead - Jacqueline Harvey
Alice-Miranda at Sea - Jacqueline Harvey
WeirDo - Anh Do (see my review)
WeirDo 2 Even Weirder! - Anh Do
WeirDo 3 Extra Weird! - Anh Do
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Skyfire - Michael Adams
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz (see my review)
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
The Turners - Mick Elliot
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Wonder - R.J. Palacio (see my review)
Oh, The Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
Awful Auntie - David Walliams (see my review)
The World's Worst Childern - David Walliams
Once - Morris Gleitzman

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (see my review)
Charlie and the War against the Grannies - Alan Brough (see my review)
The Adventures of Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
Unreal! - Paul Jennings
Friday Barnes Girl Detective - R.A. Spratt
Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne
Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden
Heroes of Olympus The Lost Hero - Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Deltora Quest Series 1 - Emily Rodda
Geronimo Stiltion Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye
The Silent Invasion - James Bradley
Tales of a Fourth Grade  Nothing - Judy Blume
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame (see my review)
Holes - Louis Sachar (see my review)
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Playing Beatie Bow - Ruth Park
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates - L. Pichon (see my review)
The Witches - Roald Dahl (see my review)


Always more books you haven't heard of...

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Women in Translation Month 2017

The other day I was very excited to learn about Women in Translation month from Russell over on his youtube channel Ink and Paper Blog. I really do enjoy reading books in translation, but had somehow never heard of Women in Translation month before.

Women in Translation Month was started in 2014 by Meytal Radzinski at Biblibio  to highlight the joys of reading books originally written in languages other than English.

While I really enjoy reading books In Translation (see my In Translation tag, although embarrassingly few are by female writers), I also enjoy thinking about books In Translation, and have done a few posts exploring these ideas before. It kicked off for me in December 2013 with an article about Why Don't French Books Sell Abroad? and I thought long and hard about it, and it gave me an excuse to use some more of my Paris pics. 

Books in translation are important. They give us a perspective beyond that of English language works, a small window looking outwards from our big Anglophone world. Plus they're interesting and fun.

Rather incredibly "about half of all the books available in translation around the world have been translated from English, and only 6% are translated into English"! (Found in Translation 2014), so obviously it's important to support the authors, translators and publishers that create that 6%. We don't like to open our non-English window very wide- we've just opened a crack. 

Now to find some time to read at least one book in translation this month. Some of the books that I have already  in the house that are calling to me.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Banksy Does New York

I love watching something interesting when I do the ironing. Often it's the French News, other times I watch something I've taped from the tv. Generally documentary or something light, I prefer to enjoy fiction when I have the opportunity to sit on the couch and fully enjoy it. Last night I watched Banksy Does New York. I quite like Banksy. I like his artistic style, his incorporation of the site he uses and signs or objects already present, I generally like his political messages, and I like his humour. He has a great twitter feed. I am astonished that he has maintained his anonymity in the modern world. That must be incredibly difficult to do.

I've watched other documentaries on Banksy before, but recently came across Banksy Does New York on ABC 2. In October 2013 Banksy did a month long residency in New York, and created a new art work every day. He would put clues up on his twitter account each day and New York would go out looking for it. Of course word would spread like wildfire on social media and crowds of people would go Banksy hunting.  One of the commentators called it the first hipster scavenger hunt which is possibly rather true. The response of the established art world and art journalism was especially interesting (yes they completely ignored the art taking the city by storm for a month).

Apparently you can be a Banksy hunter. I was hoping to see one when I went to London in 2013 but it wasn't to be. And if the folks in London act at all like the people in New York then I see why. Often these works were painted over within hours, or defaced by jealous and stupid "graffiti artists", or removed so that they could be sold. A Banksy art work is often a fleeting experience.

Banksy Does New York was fascinating, it made the ironing fly by. It's about art, politics, history, animal rights, philanthropy, greed, urban decay and renewal, even Nazis. Life really. In Australia it's available on ABC iView until Aug 20.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

10 Must-Read Books That Should be Mandatory Reading in High School

I just came across this very interesting list this morning. It wasn't at all what I suspected. Just a little list, a mere ten books, and still with four that I've never heard of. 

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

Citizen - Claudia Rankine

The House of Spirits - Isabel Allende

Persepolis. The Story of a Childhood - Marjane Satrapi

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler 

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie (see my review)

Angels in America - Tonu Kushner


It's nice to see The Handmaid's Tale cropping up on lots of lists lately. I need to reread it sometime soon, I read it way back in the 80s I think. Naturally I also need to make some time to watch the series. Persepolis is on lots of lists too. I bought it, I need to read it. 

Monday, 31 July 2017

How to Organize Just About Everything

So, I'm still going through my downsizing/decluttering phase. I'm watching lots of youtube videos on decluttering and minimalism, even though Minimalism isn't particularly my goal, I do find them helpful and inspiring. Somewhere along the line I came across Peter Walsh's name. It rang some faint bells from my Oprah watching past. Indeed I had read one of his other books, It's All Too Much at some stage (see my Goodreads review). Clearly that attempt didn't work, and I'm having another crack at it, and making a much better go of it. But decluttering seems to be a bit like giving up smoking (not that I ever needed to do that because I never actually started), you just need to keep having another go.

This book is completely bizarre. I'm really not sure who it was written for as in trying to cover "Everything", the more useful every day topics are lost amidst all the rest. I don't expect that I'll ever need to Fight an Ebola Outbreak, Become a Cowboy or Defend Against a Hostile Takeover but if I did I doubt that I would ever end up with this book in my hands. It's trying to do too much, be everything to everyone and we all know that you can't do that. 

It does have some more relevant sections for me though. Mainly the beginning of the book- Get Organised, Get Rid of What You Don't Want and Live with Less. I have been thinking about this quite a bit over the past few months and I don't think that I learned anything particularly different, although some of the Youtube channels that I watch cite Peter's methods, and then I skimmed through the rest of it. And you never know if I ever do need to Plan an Invasion or Organize a Recall then I know where to look. Or Deal with Amnesia, oh wait, how will I remember?

I've now found that Peter Walsh has his own Youtube channel so I'll check out some of that too, to keep the decluttering fire burning. 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Mrs Whitlam

Who can resist the lure of a book about a Clydesdale horse named after the wife of a former prime minister? Certainly not me. As soon as I saw this on the CBCA Shortlist this year I knew that it would be one of the books that I would search out. I'm so glad that I did.

Mrs Whitlam is a lovely slip of a book, a mere 77 pages. Local Aboriginal girl Marnie Clark is horse crazy and dreams of having a horse of her own, but her father is out of work and her family can't afford it. When a girl from her school dies her grieving mother finds that her daughter's horse and riding things are too painful to see, too powerful a memory to keep, so she gives Mrs Margaret Whitlam to Marnie. Marnie and the horse form an immediate bond. 
I pressed my face into Mrs Whitlma's neck, tears rolled down my cheeks. I was hoping they were for Vicki but really, I knew most of them were for me. 
Set in western Victoria Mrs Whitlam is a simple story, well written. Bruce Pascoe writes beautiful descriptive prose. 
The track was firm but damp and Maggie's hooves made a rhythmic sound like someone whacking a hot water bootle with a stack wrapped in lamb's wool. I could hear it echo faintly off the trees on the other side of the river. It sounded like a hostly rider was keeping stride for stride with me on the other bank. 
This little book fits in a lot, it deals with small town racism both towards Marnie and her family, and also the local immigrant families. It also deals with notions of family, class and bitchy pony club girls. There is a gentle warmth to the book, and a lovely humour in the dialogue. 

Bruce Pascoe was a new author to me. I'd seen his previous book Fog a Dox around a bit the past few years, but don't really know anything about it and haven't read it, and indeed I didn't actually put two and two together for a while. Bruce Pascoe was born in Melbourne and has Bunurong and Tasmanian heritage, he writes fiction and nonfiction, and has been a publisher and editor. I look forward to reading more of his work. 

Teacher Notes

Monday, 24 July 2017

The Outsiders

The Outsiders is a seminal YA novel, indeed its publication in 1967 is credited with creating realistic YA as a genre.

S.E. Hinton was only 15 years old when she wrote a 40 page short story that would evolve into The Outsiders. She rewrote her story when she was 16, it was accepted for publication when she was 17, and published when she was just 18 years old. It has now sold more than 15 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. S.E. Hinton grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and this is where The Outsiders is set.

Somehow I didn't really know that much about The Outsiders before I read it this month. The Outsiders tells a tale of two rival groups of teenage boys, The Greasers and The Socs (Socials). The Greasers are poor and are named for their fondness for hair oil, while The Socs are kids from the richer families in town. The story is a first person tale told by Ponyboy Curtis, and yes that's his real name. Sadly S.E. Hinton can't remember why she gave her characters names like Ponyboy, Sodapop and Two-Bit, but she has said that she's glad that she did as they are much more memorable than the common 1960s boy names. Although the Socs do  have more traditional names like Bob and David.
We're poorer than the Socs and the middle class. I reckon we're wilder, too. Not like the Socs, who jump greasers and wreck houses and throw beer blasts for kicks, and get editorials in the paper for being a public disgrace one day and an asset to society the next. Greasers are almost like hoods: we steal things and drive old souped-up cars and hold up gas stations and have a gang fight once in a while. 
A lot is made of the different temperament of the two groups too. 
'That's why we're separated,' I said. 'It's not money, it's feeling-you don't feel anything and we feel too violently.'
So all the Socs are supposed to be sociopaths? But everyone can recognise and relate to teenage tribes and cliques. We all experienced them at high school.

Ponyboy is fourteen and lives with his two older brothers as their parents have been killed in a car accident eight months earlier. His brothers Darry and Sodapop work, while Ponyboy is still a school. Darry is strict with Ponyboy and keeps a watchful eye on him. Ponyboy doesn't appreciate his strict rules and misinterprets his methods. 

The book gets off to a bit of a slow start but things really pick up 45 pages in when there is a rather sudden, dramatic event. The rest of the book is really the fall out from this one night. While I did enjoy the story arc of the book, I found Ponyboy's voice contradictory and inconsistent. He does well at school, is reading Great Expectations and relating to Pip, and "nobody in our gang digs books and movies the way I do" (it was the sixties after all), and yet he can't spell Socs. "I'm not sure how you spell it, but it's the  abbreviation for the Socials". I wondered at the beginning if it would take me a while to settle into Ponyboy's voice - but I never was able to settle in and enjoy it. 

I'm very glad to have read The Outsiders given its fame and influence. I just wish that I had liked it more.


Saturday, 22 July 2017

A Frosty Start

It's winter in Australia, and sometimes getting to your day shift takes a little longer. The frost has been quite heavy of late. Some days it looks more pretty than others. 

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Gilmore Girls

I was particularly excited last year when news broke that there would be a new series of the Gilmore Girls. I'd always loved Lorelei and Rory's super fast talking banter. But I'd never watched all of it. I knew I'd seen most of the first few series but was pretty sure I hadn't seen all seven series. I have a DVD set of Series 1, and had started that a few times but never really got to the end of it.

Enter Netflix and the era of binge watching. Not that I have a lot of time for binge watching. Two maybe three episodes is a binge for me. But late last year Master Wicker and I started on the quest of watching all seven series of the original Gilmore Girls so that we could watch the four new episodes.

I'm so glad we did. Yes, it's taken quite a while. But there are 22 episodes every series. 22. For seven series. 154 episodes. Those Girls did a lot of machine gun talking. It's funny. It shows a mother and daughter can get along (generally). And it's kind at it's core.

I realise now that I was most familiar with series 1-4. Which is not surprising. I'm not a great series fan. I don't generally like endless series of the same show as generally they will run out of ideas rather soon. The Simpsons is a rather obvious exception to this rule. I don't like reading book series either.

I thought it all lost a bit of direction in series five when there were quite a number of story lines that I found annoying. Look away right now if you don't want to know - the whole Emily and Richard situation, Lane and Zach- really?? Really? Although there was a whole episode devoted to Pippi Longstocking and that's just great.

But there were some particularly excellent lines in Series 6.

Episode 1 Emily to Rory:
There's plenty of time for sleeping in when you've gone up a few dress sizes.

And Episode 21 of Series 6 was a cracker episode- perhaps one of my favourites!
Liz: I'm going to do all the things I didn't do last time I was pregnant, like not binge drink.

Richard - I'm sitting in one of South Dakota's finest hotels. It smells like a foot.

I did find some of the toing and froing of the last few seasons a bit tedious. Will they? Won't they? It all flip flopped a few too many times. 

And the four new episodes? Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Most of it was good, and it was nice to see the characters again. I thought Summer was totally bonkers, and was worried it had all lost it's way. It didn't get tied up in the way I expected, but I'm glad to have watched them, and glad to know what the long anticipated final four words were (but no spoilers here, but I'm not about to spill). 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

101 Books To Read Before You Grow Up

Back in 2009 I became obsessed with 1001 Children's Books You Should Read Before You Grow Up, so much so that I decided to read the 1001 books. That turned out to be quite the undertaking. I'm nearly a third of the way through. I do now realise that my life would have been much simpler if I had managed to find 101 Books To Read Before You Grow Up instead, although it was only released last year.

I was a bit surprised to find five Australian books in this list, including one of Mem Fox's lesser known titles at #4 (although the order is reading age, not numerical), but it makes sense when you learn that author Bianca Schulze is an Australian who grew up in Sydney, before living in Colorado and founding The Children's Book Review.

I came across 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up quite accidentally when I made a spelling mistake on a search in my library catalogue. Naturally, I couldn't help myself and requested it immediately. I'm now ordering my own copy. 

1. Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

2. Oh, the Places You'll Go - Dr. Seuss
3. The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
4. Whoever You Are - Mem Fox, Leslie Staub (illustrator)
5. The Seven Silly Eaters - Mary Ann Hoberman, Marla Frazee (illustrator)
6. The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (illustrator)
7. The Little House - Virginia Lee Burton
8. The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
9. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - Judi Barrett, Ronald Barrett (illustrator)
10. Last Stop on Market Street - Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson (illustrator)
11. Tikki Tikki Tembo - Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent (illustrator)
12. The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (illustrator)
13. Journey - Aaron Becker
14. Bread and Jam for Frances - Russell Hoban, Lillion Hoban (illustrator)
15. Rosie Revere, Engineer - Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (illustrator)
16. Mango, Abuela and Me - Meg Medina, Angela Dominguez

17. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepherd (illustrator)
18. The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (illustrator)
19. Lon Po Po - Ed Young
20. The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (illustrator)
21. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (illustrator)
22. Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad - Ellen Levine, Kadir Nelson (illustrator)
23. The Invisible Boy - Trudy Ludwig, Patrice Barton (illustrator)
24. Matilda - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)
25. Fantastic Mr Fox - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)
26. Anna Hibiscus - Atinuke, Lauren Tobia (illustrator)
27. The 13-Story Treehouse - Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton (illustrator) (see my review)
28. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White, Garth Williams (illustrator)
29. The Boxcar Children - Gertrude Chandler Warner
30. Beezus and Ramona - Beverly Cleary, Jacqueline Rogers (illustrator)
31. The Borrowers - Mary Norton, Beth and Joe Krush (illustrator) (see my review)
32. Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship and Freedom - Tim Tingle, Jeanne Rorex Bridges (illustrator)
33. Rickshaw Girl - Mitali Perkins, Jamie Hogan (illustrator)
34. Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren, Michael Chesworth (illustrator)
35. The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (illustrator)
36. The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick (see my review)
37. The One and Only Ivan - Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (illustrator)
38. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum, W.W. Denslow (illustrator)
39. El Deafo - Cece Bell (see my review)
40. The Year of the Dog - Grace Lin
41. All-of-a-Kind Family - Sydney Taylor
42. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
43. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe -  C.S. Lewis 
44. D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths - Ingri d'Aulaire and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
45. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle (see my review)
46. The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
47. Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh (see my review)
48. George - Alex Gino
49. Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
50. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes - Eleanor Coerr, Ronald Himler

51. The Crossover - Kwame Alexander
52. The Secret of the Old Clock - Carolyn Keene
53. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Avi
54. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales - Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (illustrator)
55. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing - Judy Blume
56. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien
57. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler - E.L. Konigsburg (see my review)
58. Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
59. Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo 
60. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbit (see my review)
61. A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
62. Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls 
63. The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket, Brett Hellquist (illustrator)
64. The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
65. Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
66. Frindle - Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick
67. The Magic Pudding - Norman Lindsay (see my review)
68. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (see my review)
69. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien (see my review)
70. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
71. Ballet Shoes - Noel Streatfeild (see my review)
72. Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie, Michael Hague (illustrator) 
73. Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery 
74. The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich
75. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli
76. Out of My Mind - Sharon M. Draper

77. Better Nate Than Never - Tim Federle
78. Mockingbird - Kathryn Erskine
79. Hating Alison Ashley - Robin Klein (see my review)
80. Esperanza Rising - Pam Muñoz Ryan
81. My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George (see my review)
82. Blubber - Judy Blume
83. Mary Poppins - P.L. Travers, Mary Shepherd (illustrator)
84. Holes - Louis Sachar (see my review)
85. Smile - Raina Telgemeier
86. Inside Out and Back Again - Thanhha Lai (see my review)
87. The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
88. Black Beauty - Anna Sewell
89. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
90. The Evolution of Calpurina Tate - Jacqueline Kelly
91. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne (see my review)
92. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
93. One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
94. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred D. Taylor (see my review)
95. The Arrival - Shaun Tan (see my review)
96. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank (see my review)
97. The Dreamer - Pam Muñoz Ryan, Peter Sis (illustrator)
98. Hatchet - Gary Paulsen (see my review)
99. A Long Walk to Water - Linda Sue Park
100. The Secret Garden - Franes Hodgson Burnett (see my review)
101. Wonder - R.J. Palacio (see my review)

A respectable 53/101. Of course there is considerable crossover with my 1001 list. But there are still quite a few books here that I've never heard of. I think I'll make reading this list a quiet little side project.