Books make a difference in people lives, and at no time is this more evident than childhood and adolescence. Morals, ethics, flights of fancy, decisions, and creative, imaginary realms-books help shape the mind, and the mind the course of a life. Compiling a list of the books every child read-a basic literary heritage-this canon has stood the test of time. Arranged by age group and book type (i.e. Board Books/ Birth to Age 2), discover the books you've known, and some you might have missed. Each entry features the author name, publishing information, pages, and age range, and is followed by a summary. Rediscover The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Miss Nelson is Missing!, The Snowman, Snowflake Bentley, Make Way for Ducklings, Caps for Sale, Ramona the Pest, Betsy-Tacy, Sarah, Plain & Tall, The People Could Fly, The Phantom Tollbooth, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Hatchet, Holes, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Mary Poppins, Out of the Dust, Half Magic, and many others. 192 pages, indexed, softcover; book covers ages 0-12.
From classics to new favorites, 100 Best Books for Children “points parents in the right direction [to] 100 titles no child should miss” (Booklist). With thirty-five years of experience at the heart of children’s publishing, Anita Silvey is better equipped than anyone to help parents make the right reading choices, given the enormous range of children’s books available today. From board books to titles for older readers, Silvey narrows the field to 100 “best books,” organizing them by age and providing essays on plot summary, along with fascinating insights into the story behind the story that only an insider would know.
Essential and inspiring, 100 Best Books for Children is a perfect handbook for parents who want to help their child develop a passion for reading that will last a lifetime.
Anita Silvey has spent more than thirty years in the children's book field, including eleven years as editor-in-chief at the Horn Book Magazine. She is the editor of Childrens Books and Their Creators and the author of 100 Best Books for Children and The Book-a-Day Almanac.
"Divided into age groups, Silvey lists classics old and new, from Margaret
Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's Goodnight Moon to Virginia Hamilton's The People
Could Fly to Louis Sachar's novel Holes," wrote PW. All ages. (Aug.)
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