The Top 10 Children’s Books of All Time (Plus Maurice Sendak and Teacher Appreciation Week)

In honor of Children’s Book Week, we asked our Facebook and Twitter friends to share and vote on their all-time favorite children’s books. And the winners are…

10. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

9. Love You Forever by Robert M (a regular best-seller on Better World Books)

8. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie

7. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

3. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

2. Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree

1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

We also want to give special tribute to the #1 book on this list by none other than Maurice Sendak who passed away earlier this week at age 83. What is your favorite of his stories?

Finally, not only is this week Children’s Book Week – it’s also Teacher Appreciation Week. We love teachers and hope to help them at every opportunity we can, even offering a special educator discount on our site. Please take a moment to thank the special teachers in your life. You can publicly praise them here on our Blog or even on our Facebook page. We also invite you to buy a gift we know will mean the world to them – a book from Better World Books. Not only will the teacher receive a heartwarming gift, but someone in need will get a book too.


  1. I would like to obtain a copy of the 1941 edition of Latin and the Romans, Book One, by Jenkins & Wagener. Keep me notified should you get a copy for sale.

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  3. No Dr. Suess on this list? Are you kidding me?

  4. Nominees I would have loved to have seen on the list…

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    Stuart Little

  5. Louise M Riling says:

    ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ Rules!!

  6. Agree with Chris – Dr Suess is amazing, my 3 kids love ALL his books, as do I :)

  7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
    Anne of Green Gables
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Harry frickin’ POTTER!!

  8. Cygnifier says:

    How unsettling that the creepy “I Will Love You Forever” and “The Giving Tree” are both on here –stalking adult children and TOTAL surrender of self to a relationship are not exactly healthy examples of love. And where oh where is A Wrinkle in Time, Charlotte’s Web, and The Hobbit? Or The House at Pooh Corner?

  9. wow, never saw I love you Forever as anything but beautiful. Perhaps you seeing it as creepy is something personal?

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