100 Best Books

Here is a list of one hundred books selected by the National Education Association in 1999 as great reading for children and young people. To help make these books more useful, we have added book and author links to any TeachersFirst resources and lesson ideas. For more reading ideas - including books grouped by theme and grade level - check out the hundreds of titles in our Suggested Reading section.

You can see NEA's online survey of best books from 2007 here.

TeachersFirst includes the most recent publications in our monthly TogetheRead themes on our companion site, TeachersAndFamilies. Don't miss these opportunities to promote literacy as a family activity!

# Books for All Ages #

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein

# Books for Preschoolers #More Preschool Titles from TeachersFirst / TeachersAndFamilies

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

# Books for Children Ages 4-8 #More Primary Reading from TeachersFirst / TeachersAndFamilies

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman

Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown

Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault

Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch

Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

# Books for Children Ages 9-12 #More Books by Grade Level from TeachersFirst

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story by Roald Dahl

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura Ingalls Wilder Webquest

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Stuart Little by E. B. White

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The BFG by Roald Dahl

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

# Books for Young Adults #More Books by Grade Level from TeachersFirst

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls