Although I love book lists, I am not currently following one, for quite a few reasons. The first is because I still have LOTS of to-read books on pile. Second, looking through book lists makes me feel a bit frustrated whenever I find out that among the books mentioned, I have only read a few. And here I am, going about bragging that I am a booklover. And third, I feel overwhelmed by the great volume of books that I am “supposed” to read.

The 501 Must-Read Books list, though, is quite appealing, especially the first 51 books which are all Children’s Literature. I have recently taken a fancy over children’s books again, especially after reading The Velveteen Rabbit, and so seeing the children’s books in 501 has encouraged me to challenge myself in completing the list.

I know my hands are already full with the number of reading challenges I am participating in (and trying to keep up!) this year, but this is one reading challenge that I cannot seem to pass up. Plus, there’s no harm in challenging myself a bit more, right? 😛

Here’s the list of the children’s books included in the 501 Must-Read Books:

  1. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  2. Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Andersen
  3. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  4. The Wonderful World of Oz – L. Frank Baum
  5. The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
  6. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  8. Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  10. Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  11. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – Alan Garner
  12. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
  13. Children’s and Household Tales – Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
  14. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon
  15. Emil and the Detectives – Erich Kästner
  16. Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
  17. The Complete Nonsense Books – Edward Lear
  18. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  19. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  20. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  21. Dr. Dolittle – Hugh Lofting
  22. At the Back of the North Wind – George Macdonald
  23. Nobody’s Boy – Hector Malot
  24. Winnie-the-Pooh – A.A. Milne
  25. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  26. Five Children and It – E. Nesbit
  27. Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce
  28. The War of the Buttons – Louis Pergaud
  29. Fairy Tales – Charles Perrault
  30. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
  31. The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  32. Northern Lights – Philip Pullman (aka. The Golden Compass)
  33. Swallows and amazons – Arthur Ransome
  34. Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang – Mordecai Richler
  35. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
  36. The King of the Golden River – John Ruskin
  37. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  38. The Human Comedy – William Saroyan
  39. The Misfortunes of Sophie – Comtesse de Segur
  40. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
  41. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulburry Street – Dr Seuss
  42. Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
  43. The Golem – Isaac Bashevis Singer
  44. Heidi – Johanna Spyri
  45. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  46. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R. Tolkien
  47. Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers
  48. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
  49. The Sword in the Stone – T.H. White
  50. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  51. The Happy Prince and Other Tales – Oscar Wilde

YAY! Something to look forward to, again. And another reason to hunt and hoard more books. 🙂


  1. Two of my favorite books are at the top 5! I love Little Women, and The Wonderful World of Oz. The latter book especially, because I read that one as a child. I hope you get to read it really soon. 🙂

    I’m surprised that Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder is in the list, I wouldn’t exactly classify it as a children’s book because of the philosophical nature of the plot. Also, The Fellowship of the Ring, because of the manner in which it was written. It’s more of an epic for me than a children’s book, haha. 🙂

    Let me know if I can help you procure any of the titles, I’d be happy to buy them for you from Booksale and send them by mail. 🙂

    1. Wow, thanks for the offer, Monique! If ever you chance upon any of these in BS, do text me please. 🙂 I’ll try to look for free ebooks online for the others. I already have Little Women, Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and The Fellowship of the Ring on PDF. Don’t you just love children’s stories? I’m so glad to see Anne of Green Gables on the list. I completed my copies of all the books in the series in Booksale! There are items on the list I’m not too excited to read, though, like The Little Prince and Sophie’s World. They just remind me of college. Haha!:)

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