Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Books All Children Need to Read

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a back-to-school special! As the daughter of a retired third-grade teacher, I have many fond memories of helping her set up her classroom every August, but my favorite is curling up at her desk and re-reading all my favorite children’s books.

Not all of the books I’m about to mention are at a third-grade level, but I do consider them classics that all kids should read. Most have won Newbery Medals or Caldecott awards, but all have stood the test of time and positively impacted my love for reading:

  1. Best Dystopia: The Giver by Lois Lowry
  2. Best Juvenile Delinquents: Holes by Louis Sachar
  3. Best Local Claim to Fame: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (you can thank Lone Star Elementary in my hometown for the movie adaptation!)
  4. Best Survivor Story: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  5. Best #SquadGoals: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  6. Best Life Lesson: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  7. Best Sob Fest: Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  8. Best Fantasy: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  9. Best Country Tale: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  10. Best Security Blanket: Owen by Kevin Henkes

Many of my peers are now having children of their own, so I can only hope the next generation loves these books as much as I do!

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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Classic Books All Children Need to Read

  1. Yes to this list!! I think these could even be beneficial to adults if they haven’t read them (there might be a couple I haven’t read….). I think Where the Red Fern Grows was my first sob fest. So sad.

  2. Great list! I love all of these. Julie of the Wolves (and My Side of the Mountain) are absolute favorites of mine. I hope they never go out of fashion!

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