Musings on children's and YA literature, the academy, and the relationship between them, from an English professor and mother.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Children's Classics?

Apparently if you ask the former Children's laureates (British) to come up with a list of "greatest children's books of all time" you get a list that's heavily white and, um, old. (Was Ballet Shoes really from 1936? Shocked me...) I can't really complain about too many of the books on the list, but I could certainly come up with a few newer ones. How about you?

What are the ‘classics’ of children’s lit? |


  1. Ok, this isn't new, but what about Anne of Green Gables as a classic?

  2. I wonder if Anne of Green Gables is less popular in Britain than here (or Japan, where it's huge)?

    Here's the full list--many newer works on the individual lists: