Scholastic and Parent & Child Magazine Have Finally Revealed the Top 100 Greatest Books for Kids

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Parent & Child Magazine 100 Greatest Books for KidsScholastic Parent & Child® magazine today released its "100 Greatest Books for Kids" issue celebrating literary excellence. Earning the coveted top spot is the 1952 best-selling children's novel Charlotte's Web by acclaimed author E.B. White. Good Night Moon (Margaret Wise Brown), scores the number two spot, followed by A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle), The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats), Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (J.K. Rowling), Green Eggs & Ham (Dr.Seuss), The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank), The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein) and Frog & Toad Are Friends (Arnold Lobe).  "100 Greatest Books for Kids" debuts in the March 2012 issue released today, which features author and mom J.K. Rowling on the cover in a never-before-seen photograph exclusive to Parent & Child.

To create "100 Greatest Books for Kids," Scholastic Parent & Child enlisted a team of highly respected literacy experts. Reading, writing and book experts included Ruth Culham, Ed.D, Shawna Hamilton Doster, Phyllis Hunter, Tim Rasinski, Ph.D., and Laura Robb. Scholastic's own experts, Chief Academic Officer Francie Alexander and Editorial Director Adrienne Betz, also contributed to the list along with Parent Bloggers Melissa Cleaver, Amy Murphy, and Crissy Page. For full bios of the contributors, click here.  With nearly 500 books considered, the final titles were chosen based on the rankings of the expert review panel as well as each book's overall quality, awards, contemporary popularity and longevity in the marketplace as evaluated by Scholastic Parent & Child editors.

"We are thrilled to offer such a comprehensive and interactive look at the children's books that have resonated with readers, young and old, for generations," said Nick Friedman, editor-in-chief, Scholastic Parent & Child. "Today, we not only celebrate the compilation of timeless titles, but also the critical importance for every child to experience the love of reading and the joy of owning his or her own book."

In anticipation of the issue, Scholastic Parent & Child launched a 10-week countdown and an online Interactive Bookshelf that allows readers to sort the 100 titles by age group and categories including: fiction, nonfiction, award winners, traditional tales and poetry, plus Parent & Child "Superlatives," the ten books that wowed the editors. Readers can also visit the 100 Greatest Books for Kids album at the Scholastic Parents page on Facebook and share their favorite book memories.

"Choosing the top titles was quite the challenge, but it was comforting to see that the same books that many of us loved as kids still resonate with young audiences today," added Friedman. "We hope that parents will take the opportunity to revisit some of these classic titles with their children, and of course to continue reading together every day, all year long."

For the complete "100 Greatest Books for Kids" list, click here

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Disclosure: I received no compensation whatsoever for posting this information or participating in the countdown itself. This post is based on my own personal experiences and is completely honest and objective.


I'm a former 7th grade Science teacher turned stay-at-home mom that lives in Houston, Texas. I am married to my college sweetheart and have a beautiful daughter named Riley, who definitely keeps me on my toes! I am also involved in starting a small business which would both manufacture and sell an invention that I've patented, called Toothpaste 2 Go. I love interacting with my readers and hope to learn as much about you as you learn about me!

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