Tuesday, March 6, 2012

100 Greatest Books for Kids

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!

1 comment:

  1. I saw Mo Willems read from Knuffle Bunny Free when it was released a couple of years ago. He was hilarious and captivating. (His new pigeon book is to be released next month!!!!!!) Thanks for the Matilda reminder. I'll have to do that for my next read aloud next.