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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.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Officer Buckle and Gloria

By: Peggy Rathmann
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Level: 8-9

Officer Buckle knows more about safety than anyone else in Napville, but his dull presentations put his audiences to sleep. Enter Gloria, Napville’s new police dog. Gloria knows just how to liven up the safety speeches–as long as Officer Buckle’s back is turned!

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Little Women

Little Women

By: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 14+

One of American Literature’s most loved novels, this is a story of family, of hope, of dreams, and of growing up as four devoted sisters search fro romance and find maturity in Civil-War era 19th century New England.

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The Monster at the End of This Book

The Monster at the End of This Book

By: Jon Stone
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

Lovable, furry old Grover is distressed to learn that there’s a monster at the end of this book! He begs readers not to turn the pages, but of course kids feel they just have to see this monster for themselves. Grover is astonished—and kids are delighted—to discover who is really the monster at the end of the book!

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The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

By: Margery Williams
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 6-7

This adaptation of Margery Williams’s treasured childhood classic tells how a toy rabbit learns what it means to be loved by a child–and how toys become “Real.” This book will bring kids hours of fun as they read the engaging story and color in the pictures.

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The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set

The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set

By: C. S. Lewis
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 12-13

Narnia fans, rejoice! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, here are all seven books in the magical Chronicles of Narnia series — in one gorgeous, deluxe boxed set. Featuring the original illustrations, newly painted in full color by award-winning illustrator Pauline Baynes, this incredible set is a must-have for anyone who wants to step into the unforgettable world of Narnia time and time again. Collection includes all seven of the novels in the series.

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Stellaluna

Stellaluna

By: Janell Cannon
Publisher: Harcourt
Level: 6-7

Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats.

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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

By: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when Lilly brings her purple plastic purse and its treasures to school and can’t wait until sharing time, Mr. Slinger confiscates her prized possessions. Lilly’s fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

By: Shel Silverstein
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Level: 10-11

Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist. Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is at …

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Hop on Pop

Hop on Pop

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

Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym of “Dr. Seuss” (Seuss was Geisel’s middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: “The Cat in the Hat.” The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel wrote many popular books in this series, including “Hop on Pop,” “Fox in Socks,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” Other favorite …

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

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

This nonsensical romp through a gallery of imaginary creatures introduces beginning readers to a variety of rhyming letter combinations. Meet the Yink, who likes to wink and drink pink ink. Or the Yop, who hops from finger top to finger top. Then there is morose Ned who doesn’t like his little bed. The short anecdotal poems have just the right combination of humor and the fantastic to enrapture readers.

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