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NEA Top 100 of 2007

The following list was compiled from an online survey in 2007 conducted by the National Education Association. Parents and teachers will find it useful in selecting quality literature for their children.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

By: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 8-9

Late one Christmas Eve after the town has gone to sleep, the boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: The Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the harness of a reindeer. The gift is granted. On the way home the bell is lost. On christmas morning the boy finds the bell under the tree. The mother of the boy admires the bell, but laments that it is broken—for …

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Stephanie’s Ponytail

Stephanie’s Ponytail

By: Robert N. Munsch
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Level: 6-7

Stephanie likes to have her own look. So when her classmates begin copying her ponytail, she finds increasingly outrageous ways to wear her hair until she outsmarts the copycats.

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No, David!

No, David!

By: David Shannon
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc
Level: 0-5

Named a 1999 Caldecott Medal honor book. When author and artist David Shannon was five years old, he wrote a semi-autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother’s rules. He chewed with his mouth open, jumped on the furniture, and he broke his mother’s vase. As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was “No, David!”

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 6-7

The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.

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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

By: Eleanor Estes
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Level: 10-11

Never out of print since its 1944 publication, this tender story offers readers of all ages a timeless message of compassion and understanding. At its heart is Wanda Petronski, an immigrant girl in an American school, who is ridiculed for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. When she tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses at home, she unwittingly triggers a game of teasing that eventually ends in a lesson for all.

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The Tale of Despereaux

The Tale of Despereaux

By: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Level: 12-13

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s …

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My Father's Dragon

My Father’s Dragon

By: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 14+

When Elmer Elevator hears about the plight of an overworked and underappreciated baby flying dragon, he stows away on a ship and travels to Wild Island to rescue the dragon.

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Knots on a Counting Rope

Knots on a Counting Rope

By: Bill Martin Jr.
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Level: 6-7

In this poignant story, the counting rope is a metaphor for the passage of time and for a boy’s emerging confidence in facing his blindness.

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I Love You, Stinky Face

I Love You, Stinky Face

By: Lisa McCourt
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 8-9

“But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?”Mothers love their children and this unconditional love is truly tested in I LOVE YOU, STINKY FACE. Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore beautifully weave a reassuring tale of the love and affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of …

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Horton Hatches the Egg

Horton Hatches the Egg

By: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 6-7

Poor Horton. Dr. Seuss’s kindly elephant is persuaded to sit on an egg while its mother, the good-for-nothing bird lazy Maysie, takes a break. Little does Horton know that Maysie is setting off for a permanent vacation in Palm Springs. He waits, and waits, never leaving his precarious branch, even through a freezing winter and a spring that’s punctuated by the insults of his friends. (“They taunted. They teased him. They yelled ‘How Absurd! Old Horton the Elephant thinks he’s a bird!’”) Further indignities await, but Horton has the patience …

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