Tuesday, May 15, 2012

100-91 SLJ's Top Chapter Books Poll

Over at A Fuse 8 Production the new polls have started posting. I shared the picture books I voted for a couple weeks ago. I'm not going to share the chapter books I voted for until next month even though the results have started posting. Today revealed the first 10 of the Chapter Books. I have listed them and linked each to the post Betsy Bird did on it today. The links are followed by brief thoughts of my own.

100. Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
I used this book in my poetry unit every year and the kids loved it. Without fail.

 99. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner 
Always a crowd favorite. I was never really into these books and Bit outgrew them fast but it is definitely a must read for students who are venturing into chapter books.

 98. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
I am in the camp that believes this is where the editing of the series started to go awry. Yet I still love it. I love the tournament, and the Yule Ball, and the darker elements introduced that upped the stakes so very much.

97. The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton
I had never heard of this book before today and according to the post it is out of print. My library has a copy though and it is now on its way to me. (Thank you library holds system.)

96. The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
I am oh so happy about this as it is my favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia.  It is also probably the most controversial (as Betsy addresses in the post) so I'm really surprised to find it here.

 95. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expury
I have never read this one, apparently my not taking French can be blamed for this. The cover has always been off putting as well. I suppose I need to read it.

 94.  Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
I read this book way back in 2nd grade so don't remember much about it. It was one I never really wanted to reread but maybe I should.

 93. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
 I have only read a few of Ibbotson's books and this isn't one of them. I will be reading it now.

 92. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Well this is quite a surprise. I wasn't expecting to see this here at all. And it's another one I haven't read. It has been on the TBR forever but never near the top. This is despite my very much enjoying the author's most recent work The Running Dream.

91. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
I don't get the love for this book. I didn't get it as a child and I still don't get it as an adult. Oh well. To each his own.

So we are only on day one and I already have 4 books on the list I haven't read. Hopefully that won't keep up. My TBR is already long enough as it is.


  1. I don't like Pippi either, as you well know. :-) I found it amusing that it is listed on many Christian parents' "Safe to read" list (don't get me started on that) as Pippi is majorly disrespectful to adults.

  2. Also, my crap library does not have the Diamond one, so I may have to read it at your house some time. :-)

  3. Thank you for posting the listing of the 100-91. This is an interesting list and I'll be watching for more. The NYT Book Review this Sunday will cover their top choices for summer reading for children.

    1. I'm looking forward to seeing what the NYT will include.