Do you have Junior Book Buffs at home? Trying to raise a good solid reader? Me too, and I stumbled upon an awesome list to arm you with some great material to get your child reading. The folks over at Scholastic have put together a great list of what they believe to be the 100 Greatest Books for Children. It's a really cool page, you can also search the list by age to effectively find exactly what you are looking for. Some of my childhood favorites made the list:
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Who doesn't love a good story about a suicidal tree?
The Giver by Lois Lowry
My intro to dystopian literature, and I never looked back! (Check out my Giver post here)
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Still a favorite I enjoy re-reading to this day. The White Witch still freaks the crap out of me! How about you?
See if your favorite made the list: http://www.scholastic.com/100books/
Don't see your favorite book on the list? Maybe it made the "15 Books that Almost Made the List" list. Here are some of my favorites from that list:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I understand why this one didn't make it. Yes, I believe it to be one of the absolute greatest and most important books of all time, but it isn't a kid's book. In fact I find it a bit odd that it was even considered for the list.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
As a kid I always felt Roald Dahl was a kindred spirit, good-natured and happy, but still a tad twisted :)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
See commentary on To Kill a Mockingbird, p.s. who is getting pumped for the new movie!?! *raises hand enthusiastically*
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
One word describes my opinion on the fact that this book was left off of the list: travesty.
For the rest of the list, click here: http://www.scholastic.com/resources/collection/15-books-that-almost-made-it
You can also see the Reader's Wish List on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150722011392952.457697.41884262951&type=1
And lastly, here is the list, with covers, on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150519316007952.428537.41884262951&type=3
What did you think of the list? Hit the comments!