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100 of the best children's books

The wildly imaginative stories, the vibrant illustrations, the sense of wonder, adventure, and possibility: Children’s books are a universal favorite. The children’s librarians at the New York Public Library have chosen 100 of the best children’s books ever – book that “are still flying off our shelves.” Following is a list readers of all ages will enjoy.

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1. ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,’ by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz

It’s the book that has cured many a bad day – the story of a little boy who experiences the worst of bad days in a child’s world (gum in his hair, a lunch with no dessert, a cavity at the dentist’s office) only to be consoled by the thought that he is not the only one with trials and that his tribulations aren’t so bad.


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