The New York Public Library has published a list of 100 Great Children's Books of the last 100 years. It's a mix of picture books and chapter books for older children, everything from Frog and Toad are Friends and Strega Nona to Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry and A Wrinkle in Time. It's a great list, and I am overcome with nostalgia. Some of these are books I'd forgotten I loved that much. Swimmy! Corduroy! Some of them I bought more recently and loved as an adult. The Arrival! The Graveyard Book!
Lots of them I can't wait to give to my niece and nephew.
There are a few Tomie dePaola books on the list. BTW, if you've never experienced Tomie dePaola, it's not too late. Not only are his books just lovely, he is a lovely lovely man. I met him when I was a very young child, and he taught me how to draw sheep.
This is important. Every child should learn how to draw sheep. :) You draw a big cloud, then a little cloud inside, and then you draw a big U coming down from the little cloud, and that's the face. Then you draw teardrops on either side, and that's the ears. Then you draw lines coming down from the big cloud like this and connect them like this for the legs and hooves.