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Scholastic’s List of 100 Best Books for Kids

Posted on: March 7, 2012

What do you consider the best books for kids?

Scholastic, one of the largest publishers and distributors of children’s books, recently created its own controversial list. To compile it, they asked for recommendations from literacy experts, educators, and parents for recommendations. They received over 500 titles!

From there, they used various criteria to narrow the number down to 100. Factors such as literary and/or illustration excellence, popularity, and longevity or innovative freshness were all qualities of books in the final round.

In number one is Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White! Other favorites of mine which made the list include:

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  • Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O’Brien
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Those with clickable links are ones I have already reviewed. Obviously, there are a number of books that I still need to review.

At the same time, I don’t agree with everything on the list. Some are too recent and haven’t stood the test of time. An example would be Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Will the series still being read in even ten years? Some are for older readers and are too mature for kids to read. An example would be Hunger Games. Should elementary students really read a series based on violence?

I also don’t agree with order of the list. The books above appear by ranking on the Scholastic list. As much as I love the Harry Potter series, sixth place seems rather high. Besides Charlotte’s Web and Wrinkle in Time, only two picture books were considered better than it.

About picture books, Scholastic has them too. Interesting, far more of those were classic selections. I didn’t list them above, simply because I wanted to keep my favorites list relatively short.

What do you think of Scholastic’s list? Click the link, then hop back to Allison’s Book Bag, and post your comments.

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