Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Christine's Top 10 Kids' Books

10. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. This book may not be considered classic children’s literature by many; some of you may not have ever heard of Pippi Longstocking. But she was one of my favorite characters when I got into reading chapter books.

9. Curious George by H. A. Ray. Curious George isn’t just one book; it’s a series of books about a curious monkey named George. Curious George belongs to The Man in the Yellow Hat, and he is always getting into trouble because he’s so curious about everything.

8. Corduroy by Don Freeman. This is the first title in a series of books about a stuffed bear named Corduroy. Corduroy is a lovable little chap who starts out his life in a big department store before he is bought by a little girl with a big heart.

7. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. No list of classic children’s books would be complete without the mention of Alice in Wonderland. In this fantasy chapter book, Alice goes on a wild adventure in Wonderland where she meets one-of-a-kind characters like the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.

6. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss wrote many great books, but The Cat in the Hat is one of my favorites. Dr. Seuss made a huge contribution to children’s literature with his zany cast of characters and his nonsense rhymes. No list of classic children’s books would be complete without mentioning him, either.

5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. This chapter book is a delightful story about a boy and his two hunting dogs. The ending is really heart-wrenching, though.

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry. Prolific writer Lois Lowry has written many great children’s books. The Giver is a science fiction chapter book about a futuristic society that demands perfection of its citizens, but at a great price.

3. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. This chapter book is the one that got Sharon Creech recognized in the world of children’s literature. It’s a poignant story about Salamanca, a girl who must come to grips with her past.

2. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The first in a series, this much-read and much-loved book became the catalyst for a TV show. I’ve read all of Miss Wilder’s books and loved every one.

1. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. Whenever I think about great children’s books, this title comes immediately to mind. Every child should read it.

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Beverly said...

My daughter is just falling in love with Corduroy! She has it on CD, and listens to it every night before falling asleep.

Vincetastic said...

Hey Christine, this is an excellent top ten list. "Charlotte's Web" is one of my all-time favorites and very deserving of it's #1 position. I cried my eyes out reading "Where the Red Fern Grows" and the movie did the same thing to me. You can cross-post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and link back to your site. We are trying to create a directory for top ten lists where people can find your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.