Title: 100 Children’s Books
Author: Colin Salter
Arranged in chronological order, this book is a collection of 100 children’s books that inspired the world. From classics like Black Beauty and Matilda to modern-day bestsellers by Oliver Jeffers and Julia Donaldson; with stories aimed at pre-schoolers to teenagers including beloved series such as Harry Potter and His Dark Materials. Each entry has a double page spread which gives a brief account of the author and their writing career as well as a list of some of their other books too, so there is plenty of opportunity to discover new books to enjoy. There is also a caption at the top of each page that gives you an interesting anecdote.
I knew from the end papers that I was going to love this collection because it featured so many of the books that I’ve read and adored.
My favourite picture book of all time has to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is also my daughter’s favourite. And, thanks to Colin, I now know it was also President Bush’s favourite! It is a classic that all generations love – I really hope I can get to the Eric Carle museum one day.
This is a lovely keepsake for book lovers who can look back on the stories that shaped their childhoods (and adulthood!). It is also a nice gift for children who can discover some “new” books, or learn about the authors who wrote some of their favourites. Which books should make the top 100 is always up for debate, and indeed Colin includes a list of an additional 50 books. I’ve read many of the titles Colin included, and I may just challenge myself to read the rest! How many have you read?
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Publication date: 2 April 2020
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.