Kids Looking for Something New? Give Them a Whole World to Explore


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Are your kids looking for something to read this summer? Expand their minds and horizons? Look no further! The National Education Association has published a list of the top 100 children’s books based on a poll of parents and children, and a second list based on a poll of teachers.

The top 10 book from the Parent/Children poll are:

1. Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling
2. Goosebumps (series) by R. L. Stine
3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
5. Arthur (series) by Marc Brown
6. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
7. Shiloh (trilogy) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
8. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
9. Holes by Louis Sachar
10. The Giver by Lois Lowry Source: NEA

The top 10 books from the Teacher poll are:

Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (9-12 years)
2. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (4-8 years)
3. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (4-8 years)
4. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (4-8 years)
5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (4-8 years)
6. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch (4-8 years)
7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (All ages)
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Baby-Preschool)
9. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Young Adult)
10. The Mitten by Jan Brett (4-8 years)
Source: NEA

Summer is the perfect time for kids to explore new worlds and polish their reading skills. Sitting in front of the TV may be a popular time killer, but spending eight or more hours per day watching cartoons is certainly not a brain builder.

Believe it or not, with a little encouragement, most kids actually enjoy reading. There are hundreds of series books that have become popular over the years, which can provide months of daily reading in a familiar setting. If price is a problem, search out a used book store, or visit your local library. Many libraries now have their catalogs online, and books can be ordered from other branches and delivered to one of your choosing.

With the explosion of children’s and young adult literature over the past decade, there has never been a wider selection. Take advantage of the upcoming long hot summer, and invest in your child’s future by handing them an entire world to explore.

Chris Yarbrough writes for Ebay Guides. The full National Education Association lists can be viewed at


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