The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury: Picture Books and Stories to Read Aloud

by Janet Schulman Author

(From Amazon): In the eight years since this blockbuster anthology of 44 classic picture books of the 20th century was compiled, important new picture books have been published that Janet Schulman believes are too good to miss. She has selected 15–some by brand-new voices of the 21st century, some by young authors and illustrators who were just getting started during the last decade of the past century, and a few by familiar names, such as Kevin Henkes with his 2005 Caldecott Medal Winner. This recommended list with descriptive annotations is intended to guide parents to these new books and new voices of the 21st century.Unparalleled in scope and quality and designed for reading aloud and sharing, this splendid anthology brings together some of the most memorable and beloved children's books of our time. Here are classics such as Madeline and Curious George; contemporary bestsellers such as Guess How Much I Love You and The Stinky Cheese Man; Caldecott Medal winners such as Make Way for Ducklings and Where the Wild Things Are; and family favorites such as Goodnight Moon, The Sneetches, and Winnie-the-Pooh. The selections range from concept books and wordless books to picture books and short read-aloud stories, and represent the complete array of childhood themes and reading needs: ABCs, number and color books, stories about going to bed and going to school; tales about growing up, siblings, parents, and grandparents; animal stories, fantasies; fables; magical stories; stories about everyday life--and more. Also included are an introduction, capsule biographies of the 62 writers and artists represented in the collection, color-coded running heads indicating age levels, and indexes. As a gift, a keepsake, and a companion in a child's first steps toward a lifelong love of reading, The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury belongs in every family's bookcase.


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Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
Early Years - 2nd
Knopf Books for Young Readers


  • 1 Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • 2 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. et al
  • 3 Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • 4 A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  • 5 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • 6 The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats
  • 7 "The Letter" from Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • 8 Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • 9 Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky
  • 10 A Million Fish...More or Less by Patricia C. McCissack
  • 11 A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer
  • 12 Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • 13 Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • 14 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • 15 Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • 16 I Hear, I See, I Touch by Helen Oxenbury
  • 17 Miss Nelson in Missing! by Harry Allard
  • 18 Titch by Pat Hutchins
  • 19 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • 20 "The Cat Club" from Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
  • 21 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • 22 Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • 23 Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • 24 Stevie by John Steptoe
  • 25 The Tub People by Pam Conrad
  • 26 "In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Space" from Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne
  • 27 Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • 28 "The Stinky Cheese Man" from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Sciezka
  • 29 The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
  • 30 The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • 31 "The Elves in the Shelves" from A Necklace of Raindrops by Joan Aiken
  • 32 Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  • 33 Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • 34 D.W. the Picky Eater by Marc Brown
  • 35 Petunia by Roger Duvoisin
  • 36 First Tomato by Rosemary Wells
  • 37 Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  • 38 I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom
  • 39 Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  • 40 Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus
  • 41 Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • 42 The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • 43 "The Sneetches" from The Sneetches and Other Stories
  • 44 The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman

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