Teacher's Top 100 Books for Children

View all Best Recommendations for Kids book lists; This list was last updated on 11/3/2014
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The following list was compiled from an online survey in 2007 by  National Education Association. Parents and teachers will find it useful in selecting quality literature for children. ( Source: Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children  )

School Library Journal also posted a similar Top 100 Book List. Check here for details.

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The BFG
This is the well-loved story of a big friendly giant who spirits a child out of bed to the land of the child-eating giants. This edition has a great new cover by Quentin Blake as well as a whole new exciting end section about Roald Dahl and his world.
release date: May 03, 2000
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The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and his incredible, astounding, magical purple crayon con go anywhere and do anything...
release date: Jun 15, 2010
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A Bad Case of Stripes
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Follows the plight of Camilla Cream, who dreams of being popular but who breaks out in ""stripes"" and is teased by the other kids, until an odd woman feeds her lima beans to cure her malady.
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The Tale of Despereaux
The cherished Newbery Medal winner receives a stunning new treatment in a slipcased edition featuring 24 new full-color illustrations.

The story of Despereaux Tilling —- a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea —- has enchanted children and adults around the globe. Now this instant classic by Kate DiCamillo, America's beloved storyteller, takes on new life with the addition of twenty-four color illustrations by the incomparable Timothy Basil Ering, specially created for this collectible gift edition.
release date: Sep 26, 1986
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The Little Engine that Could
"I think I can! I think I can!" The classic tale of the little engine who wasn't afraid to try. Here is a delightful adaptation of one of the best-selling children's books of all time with a vocabulary specially geared for beginning readers.
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Piggie Pie!
Gritch the Witch is hungry for some piggie pies. So she flies to Old MacDonald's farm for eight scrumptious pigs to make her pies. But when she arrives, there isn't a pig in sight. No pigs? How can a fam have no pigs? Something funny is going on here... Available in Book & CD Packages.
release date: Oct 25, 2011
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The Phantom Tollbooth
It has been fifty years—and millions of readers—since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug, and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason.
Now we have a remarkable 50th anniversary edition to honor this universally adored and deeply influential novel.  This special edition will include:

   • Gorgeous packaging that features the classic original art stamped and debossed on the case with a transparent acetate jacket.
   • Brief essays from esteemed authors, educators, and artists, including Philip Pullman, Suzanne Collins, Jeanne Birdsall, Mo Willems, and several others.
   • Photos of the author and illustrator at the time of writing and today on the two-color endpapers.
   • The 35th anniversary essay by Maurice Sendak.
   • The complete text of the book.

A perfect gift for longstanding fans and lucky new readers, the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth is a book to cherish.
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Make Way for Ducklings
Caldecott Award winner Make Way for Ducklings is accompanied by a compact disc that features a lively, professional reading of the story. Perfect for road trips or bedtime reading, story time, preschool, or home school, Puffin Storytime? will please children and parents alike.
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Harold and the Purple Crayon Board Book

Share this timeless classic with a new generation of readers!

"One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight."

Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. This board book edition is perfect for little hands at bedtime.

Full of funny twists and surprises and delighting readers of all ages since 1955, Harold and the Purple Crayon shows just how far your imagination can take you.

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault's rhythmic chant and Lois Ehlert's exuberant collage illustrations have made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom a read-aloud favorite for twenty years.

To celebrate, here is a special anniversary edition of this quintessential picture book with these exciting new features including completely restored artwork, twenty years of Chicka historical note and a Happy Birthday, Chicka! poster on the inside jacket that will surely delight old and new generations of Chicka Chicka fans alike!
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The Velveteen Rabbit
Engaging new illustrations by renowned artist Charles Santore—illustrator of The Night Before Christmas, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, and many others—reinvigorate the classic children's story of the Velveteen Rabbit. An oversized heirloom edition with three times as many illustrations as the original edition. Includes embossed and foil cover.

Originally published in 1922, the classic story of a toy rabbit who loves a boy so much he eventually becomes real has charmed children—and adults—for nearly a century. This heirloom edition, containing Margery Williams' original text paired with gorgeous paintings by award-winning illustrator Charles Santore, is sure to be treasured by families for many years to come.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (full color)

A full-color paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie— step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

release date: Dec 06, 2010
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Tacky the Penguin
Tacky's perfect friends find him annoying until his odd behavior saves the day.
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Stellaluna
Knocked from her mother's safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird's nest. This adorable baby fruit bat's world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats. “Delightful and informative but never didactic; a splendid debut.”--Kirkus Reviews
release date: May 01, 2001
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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can't wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

Lilly, the star of Chester's Way and Julius, the Baby of the World, is back. And this time she has her name in the title - something she's wanted all along. If you thought Lilly was funny before, you are in for a treat. So hurry up and start reading. Lilly can't wait for you to find out more about her.

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release date: Sep 09, 2008
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Corduroy
Now children can cuddle up with an adorable Corduroy plush bear as they listen to his story. A small edition of the classic Corduroy book is included in this handsome package?just the right size to carry along in the car or in a stroller. Right in time for holiday gift-giving, theCorduroy Book and Bear boxed set is a must-have for this popular character?s legions of fans.
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Are You My Mother?
A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious Board Book adapation of P.D. Eastman's classic story, perfect for babies and toddlers!
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Now for the first time ever, J.K. Rowling's seven bestselling Harry Potter books are available in a stunning paperback boxed set! The Harry Potter series has been hailed as “one for the ages” by Stephen King and “a spellbinding saga' by USA Today. And most recently, The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the “fastest selling book in history.” This is the ultimate Harry Potter collection for Harry Potter fans of all ages!
release date: Jan 27, 2016
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Bataneando Zanahorias, No Dulces
Crunching Carrots, NOT Candy is a fun nutritional picture book written in a bilingual format of English and Spanish. CCNC will help children and their families make better food choice and change their lifestyle habits.
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The Mitten
Millions of readers have fallen in love with Jan Brett's The Mitten, and over 2.5 million copies have been sold since publication in 1989. This striking oversized anniversary edition with a silver foil jacket and a fresh image of the woodland animals will attract fans old and new, and adult collectors of Jan Brett's books.

Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by one, animals crawl into Nicki's lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals flying up and out of the mitten. On each turn of the page, Jan hints at what animal is coming next in her signature borders, inspired by Ukrainian folk art.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . .

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle -- that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.
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The Cat in the Hat
Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 in response to the concern that "pallid primers [with] abnormally courteous, unnaturally clean boys and girls' were leading to growing illiteracy among children, The Cat in the Hat (the first Random House Beginner Book) changed the way our children learn how to read.
release date: Apr 12, 2012
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Thank You, Mr. Falker
Patricia Polacco's bestselling book - with over 400,000 copies sold - Thank You, Mr. Falker celebrates what a good teacher can be. And now her heartwarming tribute to the teacher who changed her life is available in a special unjacketed mini edition that makes the perfect gift for both kids needing encouragement and the teachers who are their heroes.

When Trisha starts school, she can't wait to learn how to read, but the letters just get jumbled up. She hates being different, and begins to believe her classmates when they call her a dummy. Then, in fifth grade, Mr. Falker changes everything. He sees through her sadness to the gifted artist she really is. And when he discovers that she can't read, he helps her prove to herself that she can - and will!
release date: Jan 01, 2005
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Skippyjon Jones
Holy guacamole! Meet the #1 New York Times bestselling Skippyjon Jones!

Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. . . .He's actually El Skippito, a great sword-fighter ready to battle banditos the world over! With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and takes on a bad bumble-beeto to save the day. And along the way, he'll be sure to steal young reader's hearts, yes indeed-o!

My name is Skippito Friskito. 
I fear not a single bandito. 
My manners are mellow, 
I'm sweet like the Jell-O, 
I get the job done, yes indeed-o. 


*"Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Buoyant and colorful cartoon illustrations match the exuberant text perfectly."—School Library Journal
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Little House
Virginia Lee Burton won the Caldecott Medal in 1943 for her memorable picture book The Little House, a poignant story of a cute country cottage that becomes engulfed by the city that grows up around it. The house has an expressive face of windows and doors, and even the feelings of a person, so she's sad when she's surrounded by the dirty, noisy city's hustle and bustle: “She missed the field of daisies / and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.” Fortunately, there's a happy ending, as the house is taken back to the country where she belongs. A classic!
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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

A perennial favorite, Dr. Seuss's wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery school, high school, or college grads! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life's ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes: “Seuss's message is simple but never sappy: life may be a 'Great Balancing Act,' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'”

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Goodnight Moon Cloth Book Box

It's time to say goodnight, and on each soft page of this classic bedtime book, the quiet words and pictures will lull a child to sleep.

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Green Eggs and Ham
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. ""Do you like green eggs and ham?"" asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss's beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children's classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
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The Giving Tree with CD

The Giving Tree turns fifty! To celebrate the anniversary of this classic favorite by Shel Silverstein, this edition features a beautiful metallic green jacket, a commemorative gold sticker, and a CD recording of Silverstein reading The Giving Tree.

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree, and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, Don't Bump the Glump!, and Runny Babbit.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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