The Best Young-Adult and Children’s Books of All Time

atkins-bookshelf-books“We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature,” writes American author Meg Wolitzer, “when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In the likes of Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen, they’re produced characters and conceits that have become currency of our pop-culture discourse — and inspired some of our best writers to contribute to the genre.” Time magazine collaborated with 10 independent booksellers and several young-reader experts and organizations to develop a definitive list of the 100 Best Young-Adult Books and 100 Best Children’s Books. Time is also conducting a poll among its readers to find out which book they rank as the best young adult and children’s book of all time. Below are the top 10 books from each list.

Top Ten of the Best Young-Adult Books
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
4. A Wrinkle in Time by Mdeleine L’Engle
5. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
6. Holes by Louis Sachar
7. Matilda by Roald Dahl
8. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
9. The Phantom Tollbooth by Jules Feiffer
10. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Top Ten of the Best Children’s Books
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
4. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
5. Litter Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik
6. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
8. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
9. Tuesday by David Weisner
10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

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Why Study Literature?

For further reading: Time magazine, January 19, 2015

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