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Top 100 Kids books, according to Kids

What do children like to read? I found a list of the top books according to a survey done by the NEA.

The National Education Association (NEA) published this list in 2000: Here are the top 100 books as of the year 2000, when kids were surveyed. I'll list some of the top books since 2000 in a future post.

Keep in mind, these books are multiple age levels. I asterisked ** the ones I've read. Just about all of the books that I read are books geared toward the young adult. I apologize if the list is long.

I linked them all to, if you wanted to purchase any of these books for your children, or children you know. If you don't have children, or don't know any, then this post isn't for you. I just love reading. You can also get a synopsis of the book there, which gives a good description of subject area and content.

1. Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling **
2. Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine **
3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss **
4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss **
5. Arthur (series) by Marc Brown
6. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White **
7. Shiloh (trilogy) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
8. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen **
9. Holes by Louis Sachar **
10. The Giver by Lois Lowry **
11. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
12. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (series) by Judy Blume
13. Sideways Stories from Wayside School (series) by Louis Sachar
14. The BFG by Roald Dahl **
15. The Boxcar Children (series) by Gertrude Chandler Warner
16. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss **
17. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (series) by Beverly Cleary
18. Pokemon (series) by Tracey West, Maria S. Barbo
19. The Babysitters Club (series) by Ann M. Martin
20. Ralph S. Mouse (series) by Beverly Cleary
21. Little House on the Prairie (series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder
22. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein **
23. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl **
24. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein **
25. Clifford the Big Red Dog (series) by Norman Bridwell **
26. Stuart Little by E. B. White
27. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls **
28. The Adventures of Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
29. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg **
30. The Berenstain Bears (series) by Jan and Stan Berenstain **
31. Animorphs (series) by K. A. Applegate
32. The Witches by Roald Dahl **
33. Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene
34. The Hobbit (series) by J. R. R. Tolkien **
35. American Girls (series) by Susan Adler, Valerie Tripp, Connie Porter, Janet Shaw, et al
36. Matilda by Roald Dahl **
37. The Call of the Wild by Jack London **
38. The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss **
39. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss **
40. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl **
41. Junie B. Jones (series) by Barbara Park
42. Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner **
43. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein **
44. A Wrinkle in Time (series) by Madeleine L'Engle
45. Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen **
46. Amber Brown (series) by Paula Danziger
47. The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds
48. Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley (Mankind)
49. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry **
50. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein **
52. Chicken Soup for the Soul (series) by various authors
53. Curious George (series) by Margret and Hans Augusto Rey
54. The Teacher from the Black Lagoon (series) by Mike Thaler
55. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff **
56. The Bailey School Kids (series) by Debbie Dadey, et al
57. The Hardy Boys (series) by Franklin W. Dixon
58. The Mitten by Jan Brett
59. Amelia Bedelia (series) by Peggy Parish
60. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
61. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell **
62. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
63. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
64. The River by Gary Paulsen **
65. Magic Tree House (series) by Mary Pope Osborne
66. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka
67. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson **
68. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss **
69. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne **
70. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt **
71. Redwall by Brian Jacques
72. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
73. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
74. Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
75. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
76. Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
77. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
78. Sweet Valley High (series) by Francine Pascal
79. The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley (series) by Judy Katschke, Cathy Dobowski, Lisa Eisenberg, Nancy E. Krulik, Nina Alexander, Frances Lin Lantz, et al
80. Garfield (series) by Jim Davis
81. Magic School Bus (series) by Joanna Cole
82. Math Curse by John Scieszka
83. White Fang by Jack London **
84. I Spy (series) by Walter Wick, Jean Marzollo, Diana Noonan, et al
85. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch **
86. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
87. The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
88. Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech **
89. Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircraft and Spacecraft (series) by Lee J. Ames
90. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
91. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain **
92. The Rock Says by Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
93. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
94. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
95. All About Sam by Lois Lowry
96. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
97. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
98. Hank the Cow Dog (series) by John R. Erickson
99. Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini
100. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan **


At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for the list -- that took some time and trouble! Are you in an online writers' group yet? I'm in IWW, Internet Writers' Workshop, in the YA/Children's group. Check it out. You might really enjoy it! For some reason, Blogger's acting up, so I have to post as "Anonymous."

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Tachizuno said...

Thank you very much Candace...

I'll check that out as well as your blog.

And yes, that took a long time to generate the list...

take care

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have two schoolage children. Thank you for posting this list, so that I can know some of the books to possibly get.


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