List of Fiction Books for Kids

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Some books wow you with their stunning illustrations, some with their page-turning action, and still others with the lush, vivid worlds they paint for our imaginations. As we built the 100 Greatest Books for Kids list, we felt compelled to tell you about the books that wowed us. There are ten such books. To honor them, we awarded a superlative badge for each that you’ll discover as the list is revealed.

The list of 100 Greatest Books for Kids was culled by the editors of Parent & Child magazine from more than 500 titles suggested by the ten contributors below. We are extremely grateful for their brains, passion, and dedication to our project.

Reading, Writing, and Book Experts


President of the Culham Writing Company and former Unit Manager of the Assessment Program at Education Northwest, Culham is the author of many professional resources, including Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School (a 2011 Teachers Choice Award-winner) and the Scholastic Traits Writing program for K-8. She conducts teacher workshops at local, district, and state levels, and is a featured speaker at state and national conferences.


Doster is the Executive Director of Books for Kids, a national nonprofit whose mission is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschoolers by creating libraries full of books that help children learn to read and love to learn. She holds a law degree from the University of Houston.


President of Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting, Inc., Hunter was appointed by Congress and President George W. Bush to the board of the National Institute for Literacy and has served on the President’s Educational Transition Team. The National Alliance of Black School Educators honored her with the 2002 Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Distinguished Educator of the Year. As a reading consultant who specializes in scientific, research-based programs, Hunter provides on-site technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive reading programs.


Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University (Ohio) where he also directs its award-winning reading clinic. He has written more than 150 articles and 20 books and is a popular speaker on effective literacy instruction. A past member of the board of directors of the International Reading Association, Dr. Rasinski was recently inducted into the International Reading Hall of Fame.


Robb has 43 years of teaching experience in grades 4-8 and is the author of more than 17 books for teachers about reading and writing, as well as classroom libraries for grades 3-9. She presently coaches teachers in reading/writing workshops and is a keynote speaker at conferences in the United States and Canada. Robb received her Masters in Instruction and an honorary doctorate for her work in literacy from Shenandoah University (Virginia).

Scholastic Experts


As Scholastic’s Chief Academic Officer, Alexander oversees the company’s research and evaluation efforts, ensuring that its educational products and programs are effective resources for America’s schools. She also serves as a spokesperson on educational issues such as literacy and parenting, has been a guest on NBC’s TODAY Show, has written columns for The New York Post, and was “The Book Nanny” for Los Angeles Family Magazine.


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2008-11-13 17:25:57 by Senator_Chubsley

Analyzing fiction is completely pointless, even more than analyzing music. I'd say come up with a list of 500 books and hold kids responsible for reading only 1 each year. So that's 12 books by the time they graduate. And get rid of literature class. There's nothing more annoying than being forced to read shit like "The Scarlet Letter" or anything by William Wordsworth.

Book recommendations.

2008-03-07 13:14:35 by Neilby13

Fisty- The remark was... "You have sorry taste in fiction writers, I must say. pbbtthh." A little snooty, but I wasn't exactly on suicide watch because of it. The Atwood recommendation looks like a good one. I'm going to check the local Borders for "Oryx & Crake". Amazon only had it through 3rd parties.
My wish list at Amazon is now filled thanks to the responses yesterday. I ordered two Roald Dahl books, a Hitchens book, and 101 Dalmations on dvd for my daughter. Advertising on kids networks sure does work.
Venus- Thanks again for the defense and you are right

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