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New York Public Library names 100 greatest children's books

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is on the

"Harold and the Purple Crayon" is on the New York Public Library's list of "100 Great Children's Books of the Last 100 Years." (Credit: Handout)

The New York Public Library has unveiled its list of “100 Great Books Of the Last 100 Years.” This is the first time the librarians have compiled this sort of list. Parents can download a copy at nypl.org/childrens100; the pdf has check boxes so parents and children can keep track of which books they’ve read.

The list was unveiled by children’s book author Judy Blume and illustrator Eric Carle, both of whom have books on the list. (“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” respectively.) Books are listed in alphabetical order, so there’s no “count down” to No. 1.

Some of the other titles that made the cut? “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina (1938), “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (1960) and “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson (1955). Share your own favorites at facebook.com/nypl.

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