Parent and Child magazine featured the top 100 greatest books for kids by Scholastics. Here are the top 10. Be sure to check out the link below for more books on the list.
1. Charlotte’s Web
Written by E.B. White
age 8-10 Illustrated by Garth Williams
Genre: fiction, fantasy, animal character
I remember reading this book and being filled with so many emotions. I fell in love with Wilbur, the pig. I felt like most of the supporting characters were my friends. This book deals with compassion, friendship and love.
2. Goodnight Moon
Written by Margaret Wise Brown
age: 0-3 Illustrated by Clement Hurd
Genre: fiction, animal characters
This book has been around for a very long time. I remember reading it to my nephew when he was younger before bedtime. He loved it. He loved the illustrations and I loved the conversation it evoked.
3. A Wrinkle in Time
Written by Madeleine L’Engle
age: 11+ Genre: fiction, fantasy
This is a great introduction to the fantasy genre. It has been around for over 50 years. It addresses some really important issues such as love, maturation and virtue.
4. The Snowy Day
Written & Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
age: 4-7 Genre: fiction, realistic fiction
I remember stumbling upon this book in Kindergarten or first grade and being fascinated by it because it had been the first book I had ever seen that depicted people that looked like me. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is quite relevant to the targeted age group.
5. Where the Wild Things Are
Written & Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
age: 0-3 Genre: fiction, fantasy
In my experience reading this book to children, it has proven to be fascinating to some and scary to others because of the characters — monsters. The story is not intended to scare but to explore using imagination. The illustrations are wonderfully done and I enjoy seeing the monsters have a romp.
6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Written by J.K. Rowling / Illustrated by Mary Grand Pre’
age: 11+ Genre: fiction, fantasy, folktales, fairy tales, myths
This book series reignited the love for reading for many children when it debuted. Although it is a more challenging read than typical books targeting this age group, it barely feels like it because of all the adventure.
7. Green Eggs and Ham
Written & Illustrated by Dr. Seuss
age 4-7 Genre: fiction, fantasy
I have not met a child that did not enjoy the rhymes and silliness of this book. My fondest memory about this book is making and eating green eggs and ham when I was in kindergarten.
8. The Diary of a Young Girl
Written by Anne Frank
age: 11+ Genre: non-fiction, autobiography
This story is a very unique one; it’s an autobiography of a young Jewish girl who lived during the Holocaust. It has inspired many children over the years and continues to win the hearts of its readers (Please note that this book contains some mature content).
9. The Giving Tree
Written & Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
age: 4-7 Genre: fiction, fantasy, fable
I read this book for the first time about 2 years ago. I cried as I stood there reading it in the children’s section of Barnes and Nobel. This book is very moving as it tells about love and selflessness.
10. Frog and Toad Are Friends
Written & Illustrated by Arnold Lobel
age: 8-10 Genre: fiction, animal characters
I remember feeling like a true reader when I first picked up and read this, my first chapter book. I instantly fell in love with Frog and Toad and their wonderful friendship.
Have you read any of the books on the list? What was your experience reading them?
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