Where Is There a List of Books for Children Recommended by Teachers?


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The National Education Association, a well-regarded national teachers' union, has a website that contains a list of the Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children. The content was drawn from an online survey conducted in 2007. The list is not in alphabetical order, and there is no indication that the number assigned to the book in the list means anything; however, the book in the number one slot is, perhaps not surprisingly, "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White.

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The NEA site also recommends "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, all books by Jan Brett and "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss, among other titles it feels represents quality literature.

Every year, the International Literacy Association, an advocacy organization with literacy at the center, comes out with its Teachers' Choices reading list to encourage kids to read. The ILA's website posts these annotated lists dating back to 1998, so anyone can access them at any time.

Scholastic Inc., the education company, has a list on its website of what it calls the 25 best picture books ever, as recommended by teachers, children's authors and children's literature experts. "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak nabbed the top spot as ideal for pre-kindergarten to third-graders.

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