Amazon’s 100 Children’s Books To Read in a Lifetime
Do you have a reader? My daughter loves to read, but is a big fan of re-reading books that she loves instead of venturing out and trying new books. I have convinced her to read a few new books this summer, but am always looking for new options to introduce.
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This morning I had an e-mail from Amazon in my inbox detailing 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime. What I love about the list is that it incorporates books across all age ranges. There were a number of books that I read my daughter as a baby, a few chapter books that she has read, a few on our list for now, and some for future reading. A couple of the books that I convinced my daughter to read this summer were on the list, and a few others that I want to convince her to read.
As I looked over the list, I wasn’t surprised to see my daughter’s favorite book as an infant: The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We didn’t have the book but between 9-11 months she managed to find it every time we went to the library and hand it to me. She would get upset if she saw me return it to the shelves (often because we had already checked out a copy). The book definitely went on her Christmas list that year, and she continued to love it.
Another classic that we read nightly was Goodnight Moon which was always the last book before bedtime.
One classic that I have suggested several times is Charlotte’s Web. My daughter has heard parts of the book read aloud at school, so has never wanted to read it. Another on the list that was read aloud at school is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And, we just got A Wrinkle in Time from the library, but she realized that her first grade teacher had read it to her and decided against reading it herself.
Earlier this summer, I talked my daughter into reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which she loved (she also read the sequel, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, which she did not enjoy as much). At the same time, I also checked out Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective for her since I know that she likes more factual books. She resisted reading it, but it had been left in the car so she started reading it there and liked it.
The next book series I am planning to introduce her to is Percy Jackson starting with The Lightning Thief. She loves mythology so I think she would love the series. I am holding out on letting her watch the movie until she reads the book.
Another classic book on the list that I loved and want to introduce her to is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (another where I can hold out the movie until after she has read the book).
She also loved the movie Mr. Popper’s Penguins, so I am going to suggest reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
What books on the list have your kids/family loved?