jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG   22nd August 2018



Today I give you a list of the best books for children from the National Education Association (of America). These kid’s books were the most popular and acclaimed in the year 1999 (latest available but it does not date). The year’s most well-known children’s books are timeless, and are still perfect for the classroom or for your own children. The list covers all ages.


You will find on the list many classics that we are familiar with here in the UK. You will also find some you are not so familiar with.


It is good to let our children have a taste of other cultures and books are a good way to do it. Although Americans appear to be like us, after all the language is similar, isn’t it? But we find there is a huge difference. It is good for children to learn this.


To select a suitable book for your child read the blurb on the cover or a description of the book. Most are available from high street booksellers if not definitely online.


Source: National Education Association (NEA).


1              Charlotte’s Web                                                                   E. B. White

2              The Polar Express                                                                Chris Van Allsburg

3              Green Eggs and Ham                                                          Dr. Seuss

4              The Cat in the Hat                                                              Dr. Seuss

5              Where the Wild Things Are                                                Maurice Sendak

6              Love You Forever                                                               Robert Munsch

7              The Giving Tree                                                                   Shel Silverstein

8              The Very Hungry Caterpillar                                             Eric Carle

9              Where the Red Fern Grows                                                Wilson Rawls

10           The Mitten                                                                            Alvin Tresselt

11           Goodnight Moon                                                                 Margaret Wise Brown

12           Hatchet                                                                                 Gary Paulsen

13           The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe                           C. S. Lewis

14           Where the Sidewalk Ends                                                  Shel Silverstein

15           Bridge to Terabithia                                                            Donna Diamond, Katherine Paterson

16           Stellaluna (by Janell Cannon): Teacher’s Resource for Grade Level 2     Elly Schottman

17           Oh, the Places You’ll Go!                                                    Dr. Seuss

18           Strega Nona                                                                          Tomie dePaola

19           Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Judith Viorst

20           Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?              Bill Martin, Jr., Eric Carle

21           Charlie and the Chocolate Factory                                  Roald Dahl

22           The Velveteen Rabbit                                                         Margery Williams

23           A Wrinkle in Time                                                               Madeleine L’Engle

24           Shiloh     Phyllis                                                                    Reynolds Naylor

25           How the Grinch stole Christmas                                       Dr. Seuss

26           The True Story of the Three Little Pigs                            Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith

27           Chicka Chicka Boom Boom                                            Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault

28           Little House on the Prairie                                                 Laura Ingalls Wilder

29           The Secret Garden                                                               Frances Hodgson Burnett

30           The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh                      A. A. Milne

31           The Boxcar Children                                                          Gertrude Chandler Warner

32           Sarah, Plain and Tall                                                          Patricia MacLachlan

33           The Indian in the Cupboard                                              Lynne Reid Banks

34           Island of the Blue Dolphins                                               Scott O’Dell

35           Maniac Magee                                                                     Jerry Spinelli

36           The BFG                                                                                Roald Dahl

37           The Giver                                                                              Lois Lowry

38           If You Give a Mouse a Cookie                                         Laura Numeroff

39           James and the Giant Peach                                               Roald Dahl

40           Little House in the Big Woods                                          Laura Ingalls Wilder

41           Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry                                         Mildred D. Taylor

42           The Hobbit                                                                           J. R. R. Tolkien

43           The Lorax                                                                             Dr. Seuss

44           Stone Fox                                                                              John Reynolds Gardiner

45           Number the Stars                                                                 Lois Lowry

46           Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH                                  Robert C. O’Brien

47           Little Women                                                                       Louisa May Alcott

48           The Rainbow Fish                                                               Toni W Linder

49           Amazing Grace                                                                    Mary Hoffman

50           The Best Christmas Pageant Ever                                    Barbara Robinson

51           Corduroy                                                                               Don Freeman

52           Jumanji                                                                                 Chris Van Allsburg, George Spelvin

53           Math Curse                                                                           Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith

54           Matilda                                                                                  Roald Dahl

55           Summer of the Monkeys                                                   Wilson Rawls

56           Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing                                      Judy Blume

57           Ramona Quimby, Age 8                                                    Beverly Cleary

58           The Trumpet of the Swan                                                  E. B. White

59           Are You My Mother?                                                         P. D. Eastman

60           The Chronicles of Narnia                                                   C S Lewis

61           Make Way for Ducklings                                                   Robert McCloskey

62           One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish                             Dr. Seuss

63           The Phantom Tollbooth                                                     Norton Juster

64           The Snowy Day                                                                   Ezra Jack Keats

65           The napping house                                                              Audrey Wood

66           Sylvester and the Magic Pebble                                        William Steig

67           The Tale of Peter Rabbit                                                    Beatrix Potter

68           Tuck Everlasting                                                                  Natalie Babbitt

69           The Wonderful Wizard of Oz                                            L. Frank Baum

70           Anne of Green Gables                                                        Lucy Maud Montgomery

71           Horton Hatches the Egg                                                     Dr. Seuss

72           Basil of Baker Street                                                           Paul Galdone, Eve Titus

73           The Little Engine That Could                                            Watty Piper

74           The Cay                                                                                                Theodore Taylor

75           Curious George                                                                    H. A. Rey, Margret Rey

76           Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge                                Mem Fox

77           Arthur                                                                                    Marc Brown

78           The Great Gilly Hopkins                                                    Katherine Paterson

79           Lilly’s purple plastic purse                                                  Kevin Henkes

80           Little House                                                                          Laura Ingalls Wilder

81           The Little House                                                                  Virginia Lee Burton

82           The Runaway Bunny                                                         Margaret Wise Brown

83           Sideways Stories From Wayside School                         Louis Sachar

84           Amelia Bedelia                                                                    Garrett Christopher

85           Harriet the Spy                                                                     Louise Fitzhugh

86           A Light in the Attic                                                              Shel Silverstein

87           Mr. Popper’s Penguins                                                         Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater

88           My Father’s Dragon                                                            Ruth Stiles Gannett

89           Stuart Little                                                                           E. B. White

90           Walk Two Moons                                                                Sharon Creech

91           The Witch of Blackbird Pond                                           Elizabeth George Speare

92           The Art Lesson                                                                     Tomie Paola

93           Caps for Sale                                                                        Esphyr Slobodkina

94           Clifford, the Big Red Dog                                                  Norman Bridwell

95           Heidi                                                                                      Lucy Coats

96           Horton Hears a Who!                                                         Dr. Seuss

97           The Sign of the Beaver                                                       Elizabeth George Speare

98           The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963                        Christopher Paul Curtis

99           Guess How Much I Love You                                          Sam McBratney

100         The Paper Bag Princess                                                      Robert Munsch


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