I feel I need to confess my addiction.  I am a bibliomaniac.  In spite of the fact that I have a library card, which gives me access to plenty of wonderful books, and which I enjoy using regularly, I still find the need to OWN them.  I just love books!  It doesn’t help that my husband feels the same way.  Who’s going to put on the brakes? 

In our home library we have one side of shelves filled with children’s picture books (largely my doing), and another side filled with a mixture of leather-bound literary greats, biographies of historical figures, and Tom Clancy-type novels (all my husband’s forte).  Of course between those two collections there is also a smattering of how-to’s, neighborhood book club favorites, and of course a bit of Calvin and Hobbes.  We just love books around here!  I feel like it’s a justifiable guilty pleasure.

So with all that said, I hope you appreciate the hazard of what I’m about to do.  A friend of mine asked if I could find a list of the 100 books you should read to your preschooler and post it here.  I agreed to do it, but I hope you know that because of that, I’ve discovered about 20 fantastic books that I don’t own, and now feel the compulsive need to find them!  (So while you’re perusing the list, I’ll probably be over at half.com!)

I found my favorite 100s list at Children’s Book Guide, complete with cover shots, summaries, and individual links to amazon.

Reading Rockets also has several other lists, including Caldecott and Newberry winners and the most notable books for the years 2010 and 2009.  (I’m afraid to even look at them!)

What do you think?  Was there a book on the top 100 list that brought back memories of sitting “criss-cross-applesauce” on the reading rug of your first-grade classroom?  What book did you not find on the list that you would definitely have in your personal top 100?  Go ahead.  I already want 20 more books.  What’s another 10?

Top photo by Horton Group.




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