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Time Magazine: The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time [Full List]

Time Magazine’s 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time [Click book’s cover image or title to go to its Amazon web-page. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate this website would earn from qualifying purchases through links to Amazon.]

 


Little Women 

 

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

City of the Beasts

Allende, Isabel. City of the Beasts

The Chronicles of Prydain

Alexander, Lloyd. The Chronicles of Prydain (series)

Tiger Lily

Anderson, Jodi Lynn. Tiger Lily

Speak

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak

Feed

Anderson, M.T. Feed

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Baum, L. Frank. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz *

Dangerous Angels

Block, Francesca Lia. Dangerous Angels (the Weetzie Bat Books)

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Blume, Judy. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Secret

Bosch, Pseudonymous. Secret (series) *

The Illustrated Man

Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated Man

For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker. For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland *

Boy Proof

Castellucci, Cecil. Boy Proof

Cleary, Beverly. Beezus and Ramona *

Frindle

Clements, Andrew. Frindle *

The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games

The Grey King

Cooper, Susan. The Grey King *

The Chocolate War

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War

Whale Talk

Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory *

Danny the Champion of the World

Dahl, Roald. Danny the Champion of the World *

Matilda

Dahl, Roald. Matilda *

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane *

DiCamillo, Kate. The Tiger Rising *

A Northern Light

Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light

Fitzhugh, Louise. Harriet the Spy *

Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain: A Story of Boston in Revolt

The Diary of a Young Girl

Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl

The Thief Lord

Funke, Cornelia. The Thief Lord

The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book

The Fault in Our Stars

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars

Looking for Alaska

Green, John. Looking for Alaska

Lord of the Flies

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies

The Princess Bride

Goldman, William. The Princess Bride

Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows *

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Hardinge, Frances. The Lost Conspiracy

The Outsiders

Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders

Hughes, Richard. A High Wind in Jamaica

Jones, Diana Wynne. Dogsbody

The Phantom Tollbooth

Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth *

Alabama Moon

Key, Watt. Alabama Moon

A Separate Peace

Knowles, John. A Separate Peace

Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler *

LeGuin, Ursula. A Wizard of Earthsea

To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird

A Wrinkle in Time

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time

Leviathan, David. Every Day

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Lewis, C.S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe *

London, Jack. The Call of the Wild

The Giver

Lowry, Lois. The Giver

Number the Stars

Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars *

Saffy’s Angel

McKay, Hilary. Saffy’s Angel

Twilight

Meyer, Stephanie. Twilight

Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery, L. M. Anne of Green Gables

Morpurgo, Michael. Private Peaceful

Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster

Nelson, Marilyn. A Wreath for Emmett Till

Ness, Patrick. The Knife of Never Letting Go

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls

Nix, Garth. Sabriel

O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh *

Palacio, R. J. Wonder *

Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia *

Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet *

Poe, Edgar Allan. Tales of Mystery and Imagination

Pullman, Phillip. The Golden Compass

Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials

Raskin, Ellen. The Westing Game *

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling

Riordan, Rick. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Harry Potter

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter (series)

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising *

Holes

Sachar, Louis. Holes

Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in the Rye

Scott, Michael. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret *

Sís, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events (series) *

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me *

Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society *

Taylor, Mildred D. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Thompson, Craig. Blankets

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings

Travers, P. L. Mary Poppins *

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Whaley, John Corey. Where Things Come Back

Charlotte’s Web

White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web *

White, T. H. The Sword in the Stone

Wilder, Laura Ingalls. Little House on the Prairie *

Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers and Saints

Zindel, Paul. The Pigman

The Book Thief

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief

 


Note: Starred titles are not really for “young-adult” readers, but for younger readers, according to some people’s opinion.

See also: Time Magazine: The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time

Time Magazine: The 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time [Full List]

Time Magazine’s 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time [Click book’s cover image or title to go to its Amazon web-page. Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate this website would earn from qualifying purchases through links to Amazon.]


Miss Nelson is Missing

Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson is Missing

Anno's Journey

Anno, Mitsumasa. Anno’s Journey

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Jenny and the Cat Club

Averill, Esther. Jenny and the Cat Club

Extra Yarn

Barnett, Mac. Extra Yarn

Base, Graeme. Animalia

Becker, Aaron. Journey

Madeline

Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline (series)

Berenstain, Stan and Jan. The Berenstain Bears (series)

A Bear Called Paddington

Bond, Michael. A Bear Called Paddington

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Color Kittens

Goodnight Moon

Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Important Book

Brown, Margaret Wise. The Runaway Bunny

Bradfield, Roger. Hello, Rock

Brown, Marc. Arthur’s Nose (series)

Burton, Virginia Lee. Katy and the Big Snow

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Miss Rumphius

Cooney, Barbara. Miss Rumphius

Click, Clack, Moo

Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo

Day, Alexandra. Good Dog, Carl

The Day the Crayons Quit

Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit

Deacon, Alexis. Slow Loris

de Brunhoff, Jean. The Story of Babar

Donaldson, Julia. The Gruffalo

Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind

Go Dog, Go

Eastman, P. D. Go Dog, Go

Olivia

Falconer, Ian. Olivia

Corduroy

Freeman, Don. Corduroy

French, Jackie. Diary of a Wombat

Millions of Cats

Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats

Gannett, Ruth Stiles. My Father’s Dragon

The Cat in the Hat

Geisel, Theodore. The Cat in the Hat

Geisel, Theodore. Green Eggs and Ham

The Lorax

Geisel, Theodore. The Lorax

Geisel, Theodore. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Yertle the Turtle

Geisel, Theodore. Yertle the Turtle

Gomi, Taro. Everyone Poops

Henkes, Kevin. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Hills, Tad. How Rocket Learned to Read

Hoban, Russell. Bread and Jam for Frances

Holling, Holling Clancy. Paddle-to-the-Sea

Mama Don't Allow

Hurd, Thacher. Mama Don’t Allow

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon

Joyce, William. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Kalman, Maira. Sayonara, Mrs. Kackleman

The Snowy Day

Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day

Whistle for Willie

Keats, Ezra Jack. Whistle for Willie

I Want My Hat Back

Klassen, Jon. I Want My Hat Back

Knudsen, Michelle. Library Lion

Lamorisse, Albert. The Red Balloon

The Story of Ferdinand

Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand

Lee, Dennis. Alligator Pie

Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking

Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat (series)

Frog and Toad

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad (series)

Lowrey, Janette Sebring. The Poky Little Puppy

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Martin, Jr. Bill. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Blueberries for Sal

McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal

Make Way for Ducklings

McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings

Winnie the Pooh

Milne, A. A. Winnie the Pooh

Little Bear

Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear

Mosel, Arlene. Tikki Tikki Tembo

Munsch, Robert. Love You Forever

Muth, Jon J. The Three Questions

Myers, Walter Dean. Jazz

Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship

Numeroff, Laura Joffe. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Oxenbury, Helen and Rosen, Michael. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia

Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Prelutsky, Jack. The New Kid on the Block

Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey

Scarry, Richard. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

Scheer, Julian. Rain Makes Applesauce

Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Sendak, Maurice. In the Night Kitchen

Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are

The Giving Tree

Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Silverstein, Shel. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Srinivasan, Divya. Little Owl’s Night

Stead, Philip C. A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Brave Irene

Steig, William. Brave Irene

Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Eloise

Thompson, Kay. Eloise

Press Here

Tullet, Herve. Press Here

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

Van Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

Van Allsburg, Chris. The Stranger

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Wiesner, David. Tuesday

Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Willems, Mo. Elephant and Piggie (series)

Wright, Blanche Fisher. The Real Mother Goose

Owl Moon

Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon

Young, Ed. Lon Po Po

Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog


See also: Time Magazine: The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time

Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate this website would earn from qualifying purchases through links to Amazon.