A list of the best children’s books from the 1990s that every kid should read.
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The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver is a 1993 American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be a utopian society and is gradually revealed to be a dystopian one as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas through the course of his training to become the Receiver of Memory. jonas’s society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to “sameness”, a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
This is the first book in the Harry Potter series, and it follows young Harry as he discovers he is a wizard and attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This book is beloved by kids and adults alike, and it started a phenomenon that has taken over the world.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children by C.S. Lewis, published by Macmillan on 16 October 1950. It is the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956). among all the books written in the ’90s, it was one of the best selling novels with over 100 million copies sold worldwide.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This classic picture book follows a young boy named Max who is sent to bed without dinner. Max’s room transforms into a jungle, and he sails to an island of “wild things.” He becomes their king and leads them in a series of wild rumpuses before sailing home for his supper.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This classic book by Eric Carle has been a favorite of kids for decades. The story of a caterpillar who turns into a butterfly is simple and delightful, and the illustrations are beautiful.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
ranks at the top of many best Dr. Seuss book lists and is often considered one of the most popular kids books of all time. First published in 1957, the story of a mischievous cat who creates havoc while a mother is out has become a classic.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings is a 1941 children’s picture book written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. It tells the story of a pair of mallards who decide to raise their family on an island in the middle of Boston harbor.
The book won the 1942 Caldecott Medal for McCloskey’s illustrations, which are markedly simple and stylized. It has become one of the most popular children’s books of all time and is considered to be a classic of American literature. It has been reissued numerous times and translated into many languages.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Few children’s books are as beloved as Charlotte’s Web, published in 1952. The classic tells the story of a pig named Wilbur who befriends a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered, Charlotte writes messages in her web praising Wilbur in an effort to save his life. The book has been translated into 23 languages and was adapted into a successful film in 1973.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Corduroy is a teddy bear who lives on the shelves of a department store and dreams of being bought by a child. One day, a little girl named Lisa comes into the store and notices Corduroy. She’s drawn to him because he’s missing a button on his overalls, just like she is. Lisa’s mother isn’t sure they can afford Corduroy, but Lisa is determined to find the money to buy him. She does some chores and saves up her allowance, and finally buys Corduroy just in time for Christmas.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon is a children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was first published in 1947 and is a classic of children’s literature. The book is about a young rabbit saying goodnight to everything around him, from the Moon to his toys.