Wednesday, February 18, 2009


More than any other skill, the ability to read and read well allows a child to succeed in school, learn about the world, and to function in society. Children who learn to love books will be children who grow up to be good readers. The very best time for children to learn to love books is while they are young. Keep a supply of books and other reading materials where children can reach them. Add new books as children's skills and interests change.

When children become good readers in the early grades, they are far more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond. Read to your children every day, Spend time talking about stories, pictures, and words. Read with expression. And choose books your children will enjoy! Create happy, warm, enjoyable times so children look forward to books and reading with enjoyment and interest. Continue to read with your children each and every day.
There are hundreds of "new" books that your children will enjoy - available at book stores and at your local library. Continue to provide familiar books and new books to keep reading enjoyable and interesting. Help children understand what they are reading.
Good readers think as they read and they know whether what they are reading is making sense. Help children to check their understanding. When children are having difficulty, show them ways to figure out the meaning of what they are reading. Teach the meanings of words, especially words that are important to understanding a book. Teach ways to learn the meaning of new words. Teach children how to use dictionaries to learn word meanings. Build reading comprehension. Talk with children about what they are reading. Ask about new words. Talk about what happened in the story. Ask about the characters, places, and events that took place. Ask what new information he or she has learned form the book. Build reading accuracy.
As each child reads aloud, point out words he or she missed and help him or her to read the words correctly. If you stop to focus on a word, have a child reread the whole sentence to be sure he or she understands the meaning. To encourage and develop good reading skills to last throughout a lifetime, means that parents must be diligent about finding the best children’s books available and taking the time to read to their children.
Many of the most popular children’s books are often referred to as classic children’s books and with very good reason. While watching the news the other day after the debate and they did a story on reading to children. They had video of Barbara Bush reading to a class of elementary students. The book she was reading to the students was titled Corduroy by Don Freeman, this is a very popular classic children's book. This book is enjoyed by many children, especially children 4-8 years of age.
Give your child a head start by selecting a book off the age appropriate list below and read it with your child, discuss it with them and take interest in reading, they will follow you're lead.
Below is a list of the top 101 children's classic books.
Enjoy and Happy Reading!
Children’s Books for Infants - 3 Years
"The 101 jewels of Books"
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carie
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
4. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
5. The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury by Janet Shulman
6. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
7. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise
8. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
9. Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
10. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
11. Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury
12. Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri
13. What’s Up, Duck? A Book of Opposites by Tad Hills
14. Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman
15. Fortunately by Remy Charlip
16. Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
17. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
18. Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres
19. Wheels on the Bus by Jerry Smith
20. Peek-A Who? By Nina Laden
21. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra BoyntonChildren’s Books for Kids 4 - 8 Years
22. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
23. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
24. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
25. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
26. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
27. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
28. The Mitten by Jan Brett
29. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
30. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
31. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
32. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
33. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
34. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
35. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault
36. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
37. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
38. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
39. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
40. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
41. Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
42. Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
43. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
44. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
45. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
46. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
47. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
48. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett
49. Corduroy by Don Freeman
50. 101 Dalmations by Walt DisneyChildren’s Books for Kids 9 - 12 Years
51. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
52. Hatchett by Gary Paulsen
53. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
54. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
55. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
56. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
57. Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
58. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
59. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Warner
60. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
61. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
62. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
63. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
64. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
65. The BFG by Roald Dahl
66. The Giver by Lois Lowry
67. James and the Giant Peach: A Children’s Story by Roald Dahl
68. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
69. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
70. Jack and the Beanstalk by Steven Kellogg
71. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
72. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
73. Harry Potter Books by J. K. Rowling
74. Of Mice and Men by Ruth Coleman and Tony Buzan
75. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
76. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
77. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
78. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis and Pauline BaynesChildren’s Books for Teens 13 and Up
79. Agatha Christie books by Agatha Christie
80. Harry Potter Books by J. K. Rowling
81. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
82. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
83. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
84. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
85. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
86. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
87. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
88. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
89. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
90. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
91. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
92. Chicken Soup For the Teenage Soul by Jack Canfield
93. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
94. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
95. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
96. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
97. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
98. White Fang by Jack London
99. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
100. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
101. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain