25 books every child should have on their bookshelf

Fabulous Flavourwire, makers of taste and purveyors of internet good taste have posted this list.  The books are an interesting take on must read childrens classics.  Would you have chosen them?  It got me thinking, I wonder what would be on a similar list if it was made in New Zealand?  Surely there’d be a Maurice Gee or a Joy Cowley, a Jack Lasenby or a David Elliot.  There would also probably be some of the books on this list too.  I know everyone else in the country would insert a Margaret Mahey but my kids never really loved those and I didn’t much love reading her books to them.  My kids would have had Wombat Stew and Possum Magic and The Little Yellow Digger when really little and Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket and Matilda on their middle of their childhood lists.  I guess everyone would have different titles but it is nice to have a think back and remember and also to think about the books which helped form you.  Have they had an affect on your reading tastes in the long term?  I wonder.




  1. #1 by Ruawai Community Library on April 15, 2013 - 11:51 AM

    To me that is a list of the books someone might want others to see on their child’s bookshelf, rather than a list of books that would inspire their children, all worthy, worthwhile and ambitious as they are.
    Lots of classics, not a lot of modern things that would interest kids now. Sometimes all it takes is a new cover to re-interest kids, but often it’s the use of language that dates a book. The kids I deal with don’t want to struggle through a book that doesn’t speak to them.
    Having said all that, the list is worthy and would be a good list to give a student who loves reading and books, but would not be a starting point for a reluctant reader.

    • #2 by Bridget Schaumann on April 18, 2013 - 8:56 PM

      Good comment Lisa! Not mad keen on worthyness but don’t think it does any harm for students to be exposed to the classics. Some of these wouldn’t make my list at all though!

  2. #3 by Kaaren Hirst on April 17, 2013 - 12:41 PM

    And yet we have many of these in our school library, admittedly with more modern covers, and they go out frequently.

    • #4 by Bridget Schaumann on April 18, 2013 - 8:57 PM

      You must be buying them what they want to read then Kaaren and that is great. Every year I replace a couple of classics, this year more than most and they have been going in and out which is heartening.

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