100 Great Books from Last 100 Years

Longtime San Diego resident Theodor Seuss Geisel makes the list

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    Iconic children’s book author, and longtime San Diegan, Theodor Seuss Geisel was among the authors listed on the New York Public Library’s list of 100 great books from the last 100 years.

    Along with "The Cat in the Hat," "Pippi Longstocking" and "Where the Wild Things Are" made the list which accompanies an exhibit on children's literature at the library's main building in midtown Manhattan.

    Beloved authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle helped celebrate children's literature Monday.

    The list includes picture books for preschoolers as well as books for older readers like "The Hobbit" and "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

    Blume, whose "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" is on the list, said that when she was in the fourth grade herself she always had stories in her head.

    "But I never told anybody about them because I thought if I did they would think I was weird," she said.

    Since Blume began publishing in the 1970s, many of her books dealing with subjects like racism, divorce and sexuality have been banned by authorities who considered the topics inappropriate for children.

    "Books that are loved by children are often the books that scare adults," Blume said.

    Carle made the library's list with "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," his 1969 picture book about a voracious bug that becomes a butterfly. He said he created the caterpillar by folding and manipulating paper; he first thought of the character as a bookworm, Willie the Worm.

    "And I had this wonderful editor and she didn't like the worm so much," Carle said.

    However not all the books listed were decades-old classics. There were several contemporary books on the list including “Starry River of the Sky” (2012), “Big Red Lollipop” (2010) and “One Crazy Summer” (2010).

    Read more about the list here or download the PDF and browse through it for ideas on gifts or books for your family.