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Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children

Source: National Education Association (NEA). Web: www.nea.org/readacross/resources/catalist.html .

This list was compiled from an online survey by the NEA in 1999. See also Kids' Top 100 Favorite Books.

  1. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (9–12 years)
  2. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (4–8 years)
  3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (4–8 years)
  6. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch (4–8 years)
  7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (All ages)
  8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Baby–Preschool)
  9. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Young Adult)
  10. The Mitten by Jan Brett (4–8 years)
  11. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Baby–Preschool)
  12. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (9–12 years)
  13. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (9–12 years)
  14. Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein (All ages)
  15. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (9–12 years)
  16. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (4–8 years)
  17. Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  18. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola (4–8 years)
  19. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (4–8 years)
  20. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr. (Baby–Preschool)
  21. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (9–12 years)
  22. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (4–8 years)
  23. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (9–12 years)
  24. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (9–12 years)
  25. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  26. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (4–8 years)
  27. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault (4–8 years)
  28. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder (9–12 years)
  29. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (9–12 years)
  30. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (4–8 years)
  31. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner (9–12 years)
  32. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (9–12 years)
  33. Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks (9–12 years)
  34. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (9–12 years)
  35. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (9–12 years)
  36. The BFG by Roald Dahl (9–12 years)
  37. The Giver by Lois Lowry (9–12 years)
  38. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff (4–8 years)
  39. James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story by Roald Dahl (9–12 years)
  40. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (9–12 years)
  41. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (9–12 years)
  42. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Young Adult)
  43. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  44. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner (9–12 years)
  45. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (9–12 years)
  46. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien (9–12 years)
  47. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (All ages)
  48. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (Baby–Preschool)
  49. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (4–8 years)
  50. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (9–12 years)
  51. Corduroy by Don Freeman (Baby–Preschool)
  52. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (4–8 years)
  53. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka (4–8 years)
  54. Matilda by Roald Dahl (9–12 years)
  55. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (Young Adult)
  56. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (9–12 years)
  57. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (9–12 years)
  58. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White (9–12 years)
  59. Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman (4–8 years)
  60. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (9–12 years)
  61. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (4–8 years)
  62. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  63. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (9–12 years)
  64. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (Baby–Preschool)
  65. The Napping House by Audrey Wood (4–8 years)
  66. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (4–8 years)
  67. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (4–8 years)
  68. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (9–12 years)
  69. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (All ages)
  70. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (9–12 years)
  71. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  72. Basil of Baker Street, by Eve Titus (4–8 years)
  73. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper (4–8 years)
  74. The Cay by Theodore Taylor (Young Adult)
  75. Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey (4–8 years)
  76. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (4–8 years)
  77. Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown (4–8 years)
  78. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson (9–12 years)
  79. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (4–8 years)
  80. Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (9–12 years)
  81. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (4–8 years)
  82. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (Baby–Preschool)
  83. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (9–12 years)
  84. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish (4–8 years)
  85. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (9–12 years)
  86. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein (9–12 years)
  87. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater (9–12 years)
  88. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett (9–12 years)
  89. Stuart Little by E. B. White (9–12 years)
  90. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (9–12 years)
  91. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (9–12 years)
  92. The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola (4–8 years)
  93. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (4–8 years)
  94. Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell (4–8 years)
  95. Heidi by Johanna Spyri (All ages)
  96. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss (4–8 years)
  97. The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (Young Adult)
  98. The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis (9–12 years)
  99. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Baby–Preschool)
  100. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch (4–8 years)

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