With all of today’s technologic gadgets and whizbang toys, parents everywhere often find themselves struggling to get their kids to expand their minds instead of simply sitting in front of a computer, mindlessly chatting with their friends on Club Penguin or Facebook.
And there’s nothing wrong with encouraging kids to read a little bit more once in a while.
It won’t hurt you. Heck, today’s kids really liked those Harry Potter books, and even some parents did too — even though Harry Potter really was a childrens book. Even JK Rowling admitted that.
So when the magazine SCHOLASTIC PARENT & CHILD decided to put together their own list of the 100 GREATEST BOOKS FOR KIDS, you knew that there would be some high-quality classics on here.
So parents – we have two questions for you:
- How many of the following books have you read yourself?
- How many of the following books do you know your kids have read?
The top 25 books on the list are:
- Charlotte’s Web
- Goodnight Moon
- A Wrinkle in Time
- The Snowy Day
- Where the Wild Things Are
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Green Eggs and Ham
- The Diary of a Young Girl
- The Giving Tree
- Frog and Toad are Friends
- Anne of Green Gables
- The Very Hungry Catepillar
- The Wind in the Willows
- The Dot
- Tuck Everlasting
- Pat the Byunny
- When marian Sang
- Knuffle Bunny
- Where the Sidewalk Ends
- Bud, Bot Buddy
- The Phantom Tollbooth
- The Little Engine That Could
- The Giver
The next 75 contain some interesting choices, if Web Watch does say so ourselves:
- The Hunger Games
- House at Pooh Corner (really? This one ranks #53 on the list? C’mon people – we all know it should be ranked higher…)
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
- The Adventures of Captain Underpants
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