100 Chapter Books Project Wrap-Up

Well, friends, we have finally reached the end … of my time posting here! When I started the Top 100 Chapter Books Project in September of 2012, I had no idea how many truly fantastic books I would get to read and reread. Some that I had purposefully avoided turned out to be some of my most memorable reads. Others that I once loved sadly did not stand the test of time.

Here’s the original list with my notation of how I rated the books (Buy, Buy/Borrow, Borrow, Borrow/Skip, or Skip). Just a reminder, I rated these based on how well I thought the story would work for the majority of modern kid readers. For example, some I loved but just couldn’t see many young boys reading. I had to rate those B/B instead of Buy.

#1 Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White – Buy

#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – B/B

#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Buy

#4 The Giver by Lois Lowry – Buy

#5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – Borrow

#6 Holes by Louis Sachar – B/B

#7 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg – Buy

#8 Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Buy

#9 The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin – B/B

#10 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Borrow

#11 When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead – B/B

#12 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – Buy

#13 The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – Borrow

#14 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – B/B

#15 The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Buy

#16 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (1975) – Borrow

#17 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh – Borrow

#18 The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander – Buy

#19 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Borrow

#20 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo – Buy

#21 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – Buy

#22 The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper – Buy

#23 Hatchet by Gary Paulsen – Borrow

#24 Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary – B/S

#25 The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis – Buy

#26 Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne – Buy

#27 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Skip

#28 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman – Buy

#29 The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall – Buy

#30 Matilda by Roald Dahl – Buy

#31 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – Buy

#32 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor – Buy

#33 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien – Buy

#34 Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – B/B

#35 Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume – B/S

#36 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare – Buy

#37 The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt – Buy

#38 Frindle by Andrew Clements – B/B

#39 The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick – Buy

#40 Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli – Borrow

#41 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Buy

#42 Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright – Buy

#43 Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson – Skip

#44 Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt – Buy

#45 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – Buy

#46 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi – Borrow

#47 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – B/B

#48 The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket – B/B

#49 My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett  – Buy

#50 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – Buy

#51 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo – B/B

#52 Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace – B/B

#53 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Buy

#54 Half Magic by Edward Eager – Buy

#55 All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor – B/B

#56 A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Buy

#57 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken – Buy

#58 Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome – Borrow

#59 The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo – B/B

#60 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis – Buy

#61 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Buy

#62 Clementine by Sara Pennypacker – Borrow

#63 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson – B/S

#64 The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois – Borrow

#65 Wonder by R.J. Palacio – Buy

#66 The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly – Buy

#67 A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck – Buy

#68 The High King by Lloyd Alexander – Buy

#69 The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan – B/S

#70 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech – Borrow

#71 Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles – Buy

#72 Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin – Buy

#73 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson – B/B

#74 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – B/S

#75 The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright – Borrow

#76 Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney – Borrow

#77 My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George – B/B

#78 Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – Buy

#79 The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder – B/B

#80 The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright – Borrow

#81 The Witches by Roald Dahl – Borrow

#82 The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden – B/B

#83 Ozma of Oz by Frank L. Baum – Buy

#84 The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Skip

#85 Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – B/B

#86 Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – Skip

#87 The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger – B/B

#88 The BFG by Roald Dahl – Buy

#89 The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary – B/B

#90 The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston – B/B

#91 Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – B/B

#92 Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen – Borrow

#93 Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson – Buy

#94 Ramona and her Father by Beverly Cleary – Borrow

#95 The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – B/B

#96 The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis – Borrow

#97 The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton – Borrow

#98 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – Buy

#99 The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner – B/B

#100 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech – Buy


If I’ve counted correctly, 46 of the books were straight up Buys and 24 were Buy/Borrows so, if you’re looking for a starting list for a small/home kid library, these 70 books would be a great place to start!

I want to thank all of you for putting up with this VERY LONG project. Thank you to Andi and Heather for allowing me to use this venue. I know I never would have kept the project going through to the end if I had done this on my own blog. And thank you to Betsy Bird for compiling this list in the first place! It was a great idea.

8 thoughts on “100 Chapter Books Project Wrap-Up

  1. Great job, and huge accomplishment!! Love this list, and I will be referring to it for those that I still have not yet read myself.

    • Thank you! I kind of miss it now. I just accepted an old Newbery book for review that was out of print and is now being rereleased by a small press because I miss regularly reading quality kidlit. 😉

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