From my son's copy of Time for Kids, I learned about this list of teachers' favorite books for children. It comes from a 2007 survey by the National Education Association (NEA).
- Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
- Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
- The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
- Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
- Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
I don't see any surprises here, and I'd even hazard a guess that many of the teachers who filled out the survey came from the baby boom generation. I also wonder if the 10,000 educators had to vote on a pre-selected list. Anyway, what could we add to update this group a little bit? Here are my suggestions: Chrysanthemum, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, and Sam and the Tigers, written by Julius Lester and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Come to think of it, The Llama Who Had No Pajama, a poetry collection by Mary Ann Hoberman, would fit in here, too.
What are your ideas?
Edited to add: The entire results of the 2007 survey can be found at the NEA's web site, and the full list of 100 does include many more recent books. Chrysanthemum comes in at #59. Thank you to Monica Edinger, a teacher who blogs at Educating Alice, for the link to the whole survey.
I'd still like to hear readers' ideas of latter-day classics to complement the top five, above.