In the March 2012 issues of Scholastic's Parent & Child magazine they have created a list of the 100 Greatest Books for Kids. I enjoyed reading this article, as I have read many of the books. The list was created with input from educators (yea!), literacy experts, and mom bloggers (yea!). They took into consideration popularity, longevity, and literacy and/or illustration excellence. The list includes books for children, and adults, of all ages. This is a great list to debate with colleagues, family, or friends. I personally see this list as a reading challenge. Here is a link to the full list: http://www.scholastic.com/100books, and here are some of my personal favorites that made the cut:
#16 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit. This is my favorite children's book of all time! I was so pleased to see it on the list. It is a book that is easily overlooked. My mother, who taught for over 30 years, had never read this book until I recently suggested it. This book is beautifully written, with a plot that evokes every emotion, and thoughts about life, death, and the possibility of eternal life.
#19 Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems. This story cracks me up. Perhaps it is because I can relate to the book whole heartedly. As a mother of a child who carried and sucked on a flannel blanket for years, this book brings back memories...good and bad!
#41 Matilda by Roald Dahl. My favorite read aloud. The main character has a love of knowledge and reading. Your students will laugh and laugh and laugh. My favorite scene is Bruce Bogtrotter and the cake. I still laugh when I read it!
Check out this list. It really will have you reminiscing about and discussing good children's literature. Enjoy!