13 thoughts on “Top 100: Best Books for Kids by Teachers (for ages 2-18)

  1. Thanks for posting this… I need all the suggestions I can get considering I have 5 of my own to keep busy this summer along with my daycare kids!!

    1. To Read Aloud Dad,
      Thank you but I can’t take credit for this list. A bunch of teachers voted and this was their list. I found it online and just added links. I like to see the book covers as it’s easier to recognize the book at the library.

    1. To Easy IEP Help,
      I think the results are based on number of votes per book. I would have trouble ranking the Dr. Sues books too; there are so many good ones. I’m glad you like the list but I can’t take credit for it.

  2. The picture for Horton Hatches and Egg looks like it’s for Horton Hears a Who!

    I’m pleased to see I know about 90% of them.


    1. To Kim,
      Oops. Sorry about that. I will fix that. I think the only image I could find on Amazon was a compendium of Dr. Suess books. Horton Hatches an Egg is in this book but not on the cover. I promise to update as soon as the book is available on Amazon. Thank you for catching that!

  3. wonderful books but yikes, I read most of them when I was young and I’m now56 years old. How about some Mo Willems or Kate DiCamillo? There are wonderful new books out there, I would love to see some on the list.

    1. To Laurie,
      I am surprised too that the teachers went with so many older books. Maybe they all haven’t read the new stuff?! Not sure on that! I have other lists with newer authors if you want to check my tab on nav bar: My Best Book Lists. For great brand new books, see what Fuse #8 and Amanda Stuckmeyer predicted for last year’s Newbery Awards. Amanda was an ex-judge and Fuse #8 has great taste in books.

      Links: Amanda Stuckmeyer http://www.pragmaticmom.com/?p=11579
      Fuse #8 http://www.pragmaticmom.com/?p=10774

  4. They went with the “older” books because this is an older list! It was written in 1999, 12 years ago, so the kids’ books you’re mentioning hadn’t been written yet. 🙂

    These are almost all winners in my book, but I agree. There are oodles of equally good and more current stories too.

    Quality children’s books, like good adult literature, never really goes out of style. They just scoot over and leave more room on the shelf! 🙂

    1. To Paula,
      Ahhhh…. That makes sense. Someone should survey teachers again and get a newer Top 100 list. Hmmm…. If I can figure out the technicalities of how to do online, I will try.

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