Review! 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up By Bianca Schulze Blog Tour! AND GIVEAWAY!!!


101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up

Series: 101 series for Kids

By Bianca Schulze

Published by Walter Foster Jr on October 1, 2016

144 pages / ages 8-12

Synopsis from the publisher: 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up provides a comprehensive list of kid-friendly books for children to read before they grow up. This must-read review list acts as an interactive journal where kids can document the books they read, why they like them, and how they rate them. Divided into sections by subject, from fairy tales and fantasy to sports and nonfiction, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up celebrates the importance of reading and encourages family participation to develop lifelong readers. The perfect reference guide for book lovers of all ages, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up helps both kids and parents decide which books to read next!

What I thought: This is a nice addition to the 101 Series for Kids. When I first saw the title of this – 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up – I immediately thought – come on, how can you possibly come up with this list? There are SO MANY books you should read before you grow up! Then I read the following author’s note –

“There are so many amazing books to be discovered and read—and far too many to list in one fun book. The 101 awesome books contained in these pages have one collective message: Be kind, be brave, and make good choices. Remember the struggles of those that came before you and those who will come after you. Be true to yourself, and with every page you turn, live your life like an epic adventure.”

Makes sense.

Plus, Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review so she knows what she is talking about. Scanning through the table of contents, yes I did see some books I think should have been listed, but I can’t argue against any of the books Schulze lists (well maybe one). And, she only got to name 101 (although in the “What to Read Next?” section following each book description Schulze got to list a few more).


As with all the books in the 101 Series for Kids, the pages are well-organized and colorful. Schulze gives a brief synopsis of each book and some comments as to why the book belongs on the list. There is also a section below each book named for kids to record that they read it and write what they thought of it. The variety of books Schulze suggests is wonderful – ranging from classics to adventure, humor to historical fiction. Schulze even gives a nod to graphic novels. There is a nice selection of culturally diverse books and I was happy with the mix of classic and more modern titles represented.



Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review, a resource devoted to children’s literature and recognized by the American Library Association as a “Great Website for Kids.” She is a reader, reviewer, mother, and children’s book lover. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s bookseller, Bianca’s goal is to share her passion to help grow readers.


To enter the giveaway to win this book, all you need to do is comment telling us what book you think everyone should read!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 12+, Age 6-9, Age 9+

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13 replies

  1. Curious to know if any of my books are in there! Best, Debbie

    Debbie Dadey is the author and co-author of 162 books, including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids series and Mermaid Tales. LinkedIn Twitter Facebook

  2. I would love to win this book! I’m working on a list of 100 Diversity Books Everyone Should Read.

  3. You know I would love to read this book, for many of the same reasons you wanted to, I’m sure. I am curious, what book would you not have listed? Well, time to send a book my way, so I hope I win. Nice review.

  4. If You are asking me what book I think everyone should read, in my opinion, it is “Animal Farm” 🙂
    I would love to enter this awesome review and giveaway, too!
    Thank You 🙂

  5. There are so many children’s books I love now and loved growing up. I probably narrow it down to the Boxcar Children and The Westing Game.

    • Ooh! The Boxcar Children – a great series! And, I loved the Westing Game too! (But I can’t help but think it was a more kid-friendly “version” of And Then There Was None by Agatha Christie – as in, no death. But I think that is just me.)

  6. 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up looks like a great read. One book I think everyone should read is Little Elliot, Big City. Feeling invisible, friendship, and resilience! Wonderful illustrations with a vintage feel.

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