I heard from the author of the Fuse 8 blog yesterday about why she had not included all of the children’s votes for the 100 favorite children’s book list. She wrote:
Well, just to justify the tampering, had I allowed every child vote to count (and initially I did) you would have seen numbers 1-50 consist entirely of Fablehaven, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, iCarly, and Rainbow Fairy sequels and series. In the future, I’ll have a better method for handling child votes. As it was, any child that sent me a vote individually counted. If they were in classes, however, then for each of their votes, two adults also had to vote. Not perfect, but amenable.
So if you hadn’t tinkered, then the “wrong” books would have been chosen as favorites? Favorites are favorites! Perhaps what we need, then, is two lists. I would love to read the true list of what children pick as their favorite books even if we consider them twaddle, and I also would love to read a list of what adults consider the 100 best books.
I am not trying to be snippy or difficult, but I really have a problem with saying that children’s opinions don’t count, for any reason.
I find the 100 book list very helpful and plan to try to finish them all off with my kiddos by the end of the summer (or year at the least). Luckily, we’ve read an awful lot of them so it shouldn’t be that difficult!
That said, I would really like to know what other books children would pick — even if they all would be books that grown ups might look down upon.
Please ask your kids and spread the word that I would love to hear their votes for their all-time favorite children’s books. All respondents must be under 18 and they can vote for any book they please!
If books are in a series, I will count them together as such instead of making children pick just one book in the series. I suspect the Harry Potter books and Little House books would have been higher up if they had been counted as one entry, for instance, and other series might have made the list if the whole series could be listed (such as the Paddington Bear series, Nancy Drew, Magic Treehouse and American Girl books, just to name a few).
That said, if your favorite book is part of a series you can feel free to tell me which one and I’ll make a note so others will know to check it out!
I realize that my little blog will not get nearly the votes and traffic of the School Library Journal’s, so please help spread the word so we can get as many book recommendations as possible!
I’ll leave the voting up till the end of June and then write up the results. Perhaps I’ll do a parents’ book poll then.
So please gather up your kiddos and ask them to weigh in. What’s your favorite novel or chapter book?