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!

Top Ten Books from Childhood I’d Like to Revisit

Meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

Before my mother retired from 30 years of teaching last year, I used to look forward to helping her set up her third grade classroom every August, because there was always some extra time to go through my old books that I read as a kid. I let my mom use them with her students, because I loved the idea of other children enjoying with the same stories I cherished at their age.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, discusses which children’s books we would most want to revisit. Whether they starred princesses, wolves, wizards, dolphins, or djinni, these ten books fueled my imagination and encouraged me to believe anything is possible.

Here are the top ten books from my childhood I’d like to revisit:

Girl Against the World

 

1. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
2. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Boy Against the Supernatural World

 

 

3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
4. The Giver by Lois Lowry
5. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
6. The Bartimaeus Series by Jonathan Stroud

Romantic Fairytales

 

 

7. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
8. Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
9. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
10. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones