Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 100 List of the All Time Best Classic Literature for Children and Young Adults

 While it would be nearly impossible to list all the best books in classic literature for children and young adults, we have created a compilation based upon selections from our staff, reviewers and fans of Literary Classics.  Our list of top 100 books for children and young adults is sorted by recommended reading age.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown -  Age 2 and up

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch - Age 2 and up

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman - Age 2 and up

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - Age 2 and up

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault - Age 3 and up

Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss - Age 3 and up

The Giving Tree by Shell Sliverstein - Age 3 and up

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson Age 3 and up

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper - Age 3 and up

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney - Age 3 and up

Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss - Age 3 and up

The Saggy Baggy Elephant by K. Jackson and B. Jackson - Age 3 and up

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter - Age 3 and up

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne - Age 3 and up

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good ,Very Bad Day by  Judith Viorst - Age 4 and up

Curious George by H.A. Rey - Age 4 and up

George and Martha by James Marshall - Age 4 and up

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr Seuss - Age 4 and up

If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff - Age 4 and up

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn - Age 4 and up

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes - Age 4 and up

The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell - Age 4 and up

Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth - Age 4 and up

The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen - Age 4 and up

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams - Ages 4 and up

Matthew and the Sea Singer by Jill Paton Walsh - Age 5 and up

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner - Age 5 and up

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats - Age 5 and up

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg - Age 6 and up

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein - Age 6 and up

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - Age 7 and up

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume - Age 7 and up

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - Age 8 and up

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Age 8 and up

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White - Age 8 and up

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh - Age 8 and up

Holes by Louis Sachar - Age 8 and up

The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards - Age 8 and up

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis - Age 8 and up

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George - Age 8 and up

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White - Age 8 and up

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls - Age 8 and up

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle - Age 8 and up

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Age 9 and up

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - Age 9 and up

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis - Age 9 and up

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling - Age 9 and up

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - Age 9 and up

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery - Age 9 and up

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - Age 9 and up

Watership Down by Richard Adams-  Age 9 and up

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Age 10 and up

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling - Age 10 and up

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - Age 10 and up

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - Age 10 and up

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Age 12 and up

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - Age 12 and up

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien - Age 12 and up

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - Age 12 and up

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Ae 12 and up

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - Young Adult

Emma by Jane Austen - Young Adult

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Young Adult

The Giver by Lois Lowry - Young Adult

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - Young Adult

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Young Adult

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain - Young Adult

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Young Adult

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - Young Adult

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - Young Adult

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Young Adult

This top 100 list of best books for children and young adults has been created as a reading guide to help parents and young readers gain exposure to some of the most highly respected works of literature of all time.
(Feel as though our list is lacking?  Let us know. We'd love to hear your comments.)  

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