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Miyazaki’s Top Fifty Book Recommendations

From the exhibition at the Setagaya Literary Museum in Tokyo in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Iwanami boys’ books series.

  1. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)
  2. Il Romanzo di Cipollino (The Adventures of Little Onion) — Gianni Rodari (1956)
  3. The Rose and the Ring — William Makepeace Thackeray (1854)
  4. The Little Bookroom — Eleanor Farjeon (1955)
  5. The Three Musketeers — Alexandre Dumas (1844)
  6. The Secret Garden — Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1909)
  7. Die Nibelungensage (The Legend of the Nibelungs) — Gustav Schalk (1953)
  8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland — Lewis Carroll (1865)
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — Arthur Conan Doyle (1891)
  10. A Norwegian Farm —Marie Hamsun (1933)
  11. Конёк-горбунок (The Humpbacked Horse) — Пётр Па́влович Ершо́в (Pyotr Pavlovich Yershov) (1834)
  12. Souvenirs entomologiques — Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre (1879-1907)
  13. Toui Mukashi no Fushigina Hanashi-Nihon Reiiki — Tsutomu Minakami (1995)
  14. Иван-дурак (Ivan the Fool) — Leo Tolstoy (1885)
  15. Eagle of the Ninth — Rosemary Sutcliff (1954)
  16. Winnie-the-Pooh — A. A. Milne (1926)
  17. Les Princes du Vent (The Princes of the Wind) — Michel-Aime Baudouy (1956)
  18. When Marnie Was There — Joan G Robinson (1967)
  19. The Long Winter — Laura Ingalls Wilder (1940)
  20. The Wind in the Willows — Kenneth Grahame (1908)
  21. The Ship That Flew — Hilda Lewis (1939)
  22. Flambards — Kathleen Wendy Peyton (1967)
  23. Tom’s Midnight Garden — Ann Philippa Pearce (1958)
  24. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — Mark Twain (1876)
  25. Chumon no Ooi Ryouriten (The Restaurant of Many Orders) — Kenji Miyazawa (1924)
  26. Heidi — Johanna Spyri (1888)
  27. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea — Jules Verne (1870)
  28. The Borrowers — Mary Norton (1952)
  29. Devatero pohádek (Nine Fairy Tales) — Karel Čapek (1931)
  30. Swallows and Amazons — Arthur Ransome (1930)
  31. The Flying Classroom — Erich Kästner (1933)
  32. Robinson Crusoe — Daniel Defoe (1719)
  33. Treasure Island — Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)
  34. Двена́дцать ме́сяцев (Twelve Months: A Fairy-Tale) — Samuil Marshak (1943)
  35. Tistou les pouces verts (Tistou of the Green Thumbs) — Maurice Druon (1957)
  36. The man who planted the welsh onions — Kim Soun (1953)
  37. Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio — Pu Songling (1740)
  38. The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle — Hugh John Lofting (1922)
  39. 西遊記 (Journey to the West) — Wú Chéng’ēn (1500~?)
  40. Little Lord Fauntleroy — Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1886)
  41. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler — Elaine Lobl Konigsburg(1968)
  42. Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn (The Children of Noisy Village) — Astrid Lindgren (1947)
  43. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again — J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
  44. A Wizard of Earthsea — Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)
  45. The Little White Horse — Elizabeth Goudge (1946)
  46. Bylo nas pet (There Were Five) — Karel Polacek (1969)
  47. City Neighbor: The Story of Jane Addams — Clara Ingram Judson (1951)
  48. The Radium Woman: a Life of Madame Curie — Eleanor Doorly (1939)
  49. The Otterbury Incident — Cecil Day-Lewis (1948)
  50. Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates — Mary Mapes Dodge (1865)

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