Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Every Child Should Read...a listing

Found this while hunting something else, thought I'd add it here so I can check it out better.  There are links at the end for the "american" booklist, as well as the 100 picture books for little ones.  This article/post from Chrysalis was shared in March, 2008.

100 Books Every Child Should Read

Recently, the UK's Telegraph newspaper compiled a list of the top 100 books every child should read. Short descriptions of each book are included. The list is divided into 3 age groups: Early Years, Middle Years, Early Teens. Here are approximately half the selections…

Early Years

● The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
● Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
● The Tale of Samuel Whiskers, by Beatrix Potter
● Yertle the Turtle, by Dr Seuss
● The Cat in the Hat, by Dr Seuss
● Charlotte's Web, by EB White
● The Story of Babar, by Jean de Brunhoff
● Winnie-the-Pooh, by AA Milne, illustrated by EH Shepard
The complete list is here

Middle Years

● Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild
● Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling
● The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
● Tintin in Tibet, by Hergé
● The Complete Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
● Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, by TS Eliot
● The Owl and the Pussycat, by Edward Lear
● The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
● Peter Pan, by JM Barrie

● The Water Babies, by Charles Kinglsey
● A Little Princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
● Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren
● Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
● The Sword in the Stone, by TH White
● The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set, by CS Lewis
● The Railway Children, by E Nesbit
● The Selfish Giant, by Oscar Wilde
● Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell
The complete list is here

Early Teens
● The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
● Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
● The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken
● To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
● Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
● The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle
● Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
● The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
● Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, by Mildred D Taylor

● The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
● Beowulf, by Michael Morpurgo
● Treasure Island, by RL Stevenson
● Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
● Anne of Green Gables, by L M Montgomery
● The Song of Hiawatha, by H W Longfellow
● Watership Down, by Richard Adams
● Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
The complete list is here

Naturally—considering the source—this comprehensive list has an English flavor that our British and Canadian sisters will enjoy. An American version, "100 Best Books" compiled by the NEA comes with useful links for teachers. Don’t miss the New York Public Library’s delightful illustrated list for wee ones, "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know."

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