Recently I found myself eagerly checking the School Library Journal's blog every single day. They had called for librarians, writers, readers and all who were interested to rate their top ten children's novels of all time. There was a system of how many points a book got according to its placement on each person's list. I'm glad I'm not the one who had to figure it all out, instead I just got to read and enjoy. Now I'm going to make it even easier on you and tell you to click here to see the complete list.
I was delighted to find that the list split equally among books I'd never read or never heard of, books I love and cherish and own, and books I remember reading at some point but don't own. I would have shuffled some of the order of the books to suit my preferences, but in general it was pretty close to what I consider the best. I've put some of the books I'd like to own on my Amazon wish list and will now have Christmas present ideas for a few years.
If ever you find yourself in need of a good book for you or your kids to read, hop over to the list and see what might fit. I might have my kids work their way through the list over the summer, now that I think about it. Maybe I will too.