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(NPR)   NPR's 100 favorite books for young readers based on surveys of readers, authors, parents and librarians   (npr.org) divider line
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2020-09-01 8:14:36 PM  
Let me guess, 100 clones of freakonomics, malcom gladwell and other pop/junk science books.
 
2020-09-01 8:17:06 PM  
Go dog go is a classic.
 
2020-09-01 8:18:34 PM  
A lot of books on that list that are timeless. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Alexander and the no good very bad day, the box car kids. Good stuff.
 
2020-09-01 8:19:13 PM  
Best book ever

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2020-09-01 8:22:07 PM  

Tom_Slick: A lot of books on that list that are timeless. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Alexander and the no good very bad day, the box car kids. Good stuff.


Mike Mulligan... gosh i love that
 
2020-09-01 8:25:51 PM  
My kids said they really enjoyed this one...


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2020-09-01 8:25:52 PM  
The Stinky Cheese Man was our son's favorite for at least a year.
 
2020-09-01 8:30:28 PM  
I believe my favorite book from my early years is A Hole Is To Dig.  As an adult I bought a copy for myself.  And read it to my kids when they came along.  Not on the list, though.
 
2020-09-01 8:31:33 PM  
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2020-09-01 8:32:58 PM  
No "Go the F**k to Sleep" so list is not even trying
 
2020-09-01 8:36:10 PM  
I remember visiting my sister several years ago, when her daughter brought me over a copy of A Is For Activist for me to read it to her... at 14 months. It's available in board-book form, apparently, though it's a bit long-winded for a toddler's attention span. Needless to say, I didn't get through the entire alphabet.
 
2020-09-01 8:43:16 PM  
Munro Leaf's books are good...Ferdinand, Wee Gillis........

I read this one last night
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2020-09-01 8:44:45 PM  

Nick Nostril: My kids said they really enjoyed this one...


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If you aren't into fan fiction then there's this classic....

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2020-09-01 8:46:53 PM  

exqqqme: Nick Nostril: My kids said they really enjoyed this one...


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If you aren't into fan fiction then there's this classic....

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PS it's really bad. Like 4chan bad.
Bad.
 
2020-09-01 8:47:28 PM  

blondambition: The Stinky Cheese Man was our son's favorite for at least a year.


I read that as an adult because I loved the art and laughed so hard my friends came over to see wtf was going on. And then they started laughing. It turned into story time. What a great book.
 
2020-09-01 8:49:53 PM  
There's some hardcore SJW in that list...but it is an NPR list, so pretty much lived up to expectations
 
2020-09-01 8:52:59 PM  
No Robert Munsch? How?

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2020-09-01 8:56:50 PM  
On a serious note, I would always suggest the obvious: Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham (in my best Jesse Jackson voice) was a hit. Fox in Socks is probably my favourite.
 
2020-09-01 8:57:27 PM  

exqqqme: exqqqme: Nick Nostril: My kids said they really enjoyed this one...


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If you aren't into fan fiction then there's this classic....

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PS it's really bad. Like 4chan bad.
Bad.


Haven't read it, but I assume this is book what brought people to name an entire -ism after him.
 
2020-09-01 9:02:35 PM  
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and when they're actually capable of thinking, hand them these
 
2020-09-01 9:04:11 PM  
Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars has been lost to time, but for a young reader between 10 - 16, this is an awesome read.

I think it's out of print, but you can still get it as part of the 5 Novels compilation of Pink water's work.

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I would to option it for a movie and write the script, cast, cater and direct it, but destiny decided I should sell coffee makers and LED smart bulbs and take kids to hockey practices instead. AVENGE ME!
 
2020-09-01 9:05:17 PM  
Useless without

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2020-09-01 9:06:01 PM  

Squid_for_Brains: blondambition: The Stinky Cheese Man was our son's favorite for at least a year.

I read that as an adult because I loved the art and laughed so hard my friends came over to see wtf was going on. And then they started laughing. It turned into story time. What a great book.


I was really happy to see it on there.
 
2020-09-01 9:06:26 PM  
No Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary at all?
 
2020-09-01 9:07:16 PM  
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2020-09-01 9:11:38 PM  
Missing:

The Princess Who Saved Herself (nearly impossible to find; amazing in every way: feminist, culturally inclusive, rhymes, has plot depth, great art--and it's fun!); also, The Princess Who Saved Her Friends

Walter the Farting Dog (It's a book about a dog that farts excessively. It's not for adults, but kids think all the farting is roll-on-the-floor hilarious.)

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear (If you're reading to a little one who wants the same book every night, you only hope it's this one. The pictures are hilarious.)

Books with a good cadence that little ones become addicted to:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Pout-Pout Fish
The Bear Snores On

Press Here (It breaks the mold of typical books and is good for kids who need to actively interact with a book.)
 
2020-09-01 9:17:12 PM  
No grand kids yet,We did enjoy the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey...Wondering about Dog Man,Is Petey the Cat black by any chance...sorry
 
2020-09-01 9:22:14 PM  
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Out of all the books on the list and in this thread, this was the book I went and downloaded for my kid (and my self).  'Free' on Kindle Unlimited, btw.


We already have about half the books listed though.  Including 50 Shades of Grey and Heart of Darkness.
 
2020-09-01 9:23:00 PM  
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*Fun Reading For The Whole Family!*
 
2020-09-01 9:23:44 PM  
Kidnapped & Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Kim and Stalky & Company by Rudyard Kipling
Mike and Psmith by PG Wodehouse

I remember the summer that Catch 22 came out in paperback. My oldest sister and I would read it aloud to each other and howl. Much better stuff than the drivel kids were usually allowed to read. (I just went to wiki to read the history of the book, and it appears that my sister's and my experience was hardly unique among teenagers.
Apparently the book was championed largely by younger readers.) Reading was a given in our family, but our parents read dreck. Around this time I read more True Crime books than was probably healthy. The Lindbergh Kidnapping and the mysterious Violet Sharpe. The Hall-Mills Murders and the crazy testimony of the Pig Woman. Lizzie Borden. I remember that Andrew Borden had cold mutton and a banana for his last meal. It's not really healthy that I should remember that almost 60 years later.

7th grade found me smack in the middle of the Great Books effort. We were to read Don Quixote. (Among other things.) Oddly, I got further into the book when I was 12 then I have ever been able to manage since. A couple of hundred pages. I think I looked at how many more were left unread and I despaired.

By and large, I think children should be given free rein over their reading -- let their own curiosity be their guide -- and not have their fare drawn from a kid's lit ghetto.
 
2020-09-01 9:24:41 PM  

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got The Librarian's Seal of Approval? Cool.
 
2020-09-01 9:34:43 PM  
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2020-09-01 9:36:19 PM  
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2020-09-01 9:38:21 PM  
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2020-09-01 9:43:27 PM  
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2020-09-01 9:43:53 PM  

Calehedron: No Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary at all?


No Paula Danziger either? What a crime.

/going to stuff my teddy bear's head with orange pits
 
2020-09-01 9:50:57 PM  
The Westing Game is a little known title I always recommend.

The Redwall series is pretty close to my heart.

Greek and Norse mythologies give context to the modern superhero.

There's always Calvin and Hobbes.

I do feel a bit guilty I can't recommend female... Oh, shiat! Anne of Green Gables! How could I forget? Puffed. farking. Sleeves.
 
2020-09-01 10:16:02 PM  
Holy farking mother of Buddha
That is the EXACT same cover from encyclopedia Brown from back in the late 70's
 
2020-09-01 10:27:46 PM  
When I was a kid, I got the Mission Earth series thru the libary as they were published.  The top librarian at our local branch was a friend of my grandma's so I got them pretty quick.  I'm not saying that's what warped my brain but it certainly didn't help.
 
2020-09-01 10:38:38 PM  
 
2020-09-01 11:04:38 PM  
The Good Dog, Carl series is fantastic. I started buying them 28 years ago when my niece was a baby and I still have them. Glad to see they made the list.
 
2020-09-01 11:23:13 PM  
Henry and Mudge is a great series.

Also, you jokers are not funny.
 
2020-09-01 11:33:20 PM  
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Glad to see this one made the list. I'd read it to my preschool class and they loved it. I think it's important to instill in children the idea that books can still be fun even without pictures, so they won't be as intimidated by them later in life.
 
2020-09-01 11:34:42 PM  
I loved the great brain series: , the phantom tollbooth, and the house with a clock in its walls. I know there are others, but those were definitely some of my favorites!
 
2020-09-02 12:02:32 AM  
gave my SIL "I Love You, Sun- I Love You, Moon" when my niece was a toddler.  it's about 87 cardboard pages of "I Love You"s to every living and inert thing on the planet.  "I Love You, Wolf!  I Love You, Bug!  I Love You, Skree!  I Love You, Fungus!"  yes, this was a dig from the tree-hugger to the hunter/trapper/fisher/gigger, and i still laugh remembering it.
 
2020-09-02 12:06:52 AM  
*scree.  not skree.
also, "Helga's Dowry- a Troll Love Story".
Frog and Toad are Friends!
i better quit.
one more- Wind in the Willows.
 
2020-09-02 1:09:41 AM  

Herr Morgenstern: [images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com image 824x1024]
Glad to see this one made the list. I'd read it to my preschool class and they loved it. I think it's important to instill in children the idea that books can still be fun even without pictures, so they won't be as intimidated by them later in life.


On the other hand, the author is encouraging kids to judge the book by its cover.
 
2020-09-02 9:34:54 AM  

Herr Morgenstern: [images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com image 824x1024]
Glad to see this one made the list. I'd read it to my preschool class and they loved it. I think it's important to instill in children the idea that books can still be fun even without pictures, so they won't be as intimidated by them later in life.


I love "The book with no pictures", my kids went nuts for it for a long time.

They also really liked "Press Here" in the same period of time
https://www.amazon.com/Press-Here-Her​v​e-Tullet/dp/0811879542

I almost always recommend the two together when talking to parents of toddlers and preschoolers about books.
 
2020-09-02 10:07:40 AM  

cyberspacedout: Herr Morgenstern: [images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com image 824x1024]
Glad to see this one made the list. I'd read it to my preschool class and they loved it. I think it's important to instill in children the idea that books can still be fun even without pictures, so they won't be as intimidated by them later in life.

On the other hand, the author is encouraging kids to judge the book by its cover.


That's the opposite of what I got from it. I see it as saying "Books without pictures are fun too".
 
2020-09-02 3:08:03 PM  

Herr Morgenstern: cyberspacedout: Herr Morgenstern: [images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com image 824x1024]
Glad to see this one made the list. I'd read it to my preschool class and they loved it. I think it's important to instill in children the idea that books can still be fun even without pictures, so they won't be as intimidated by them later in life.

On the other hand, the author is encouraging kids to judge the book by its cover.

That's the opposite of what I got from it. I see it as saying "Books without pictures are fun too".


Yeah, I wasn't quite sure if my comment would work as a joke. Had to try, though.
 
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