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Everymom's Reader’s Bucket List: Top Ten Children’s Classics to Read Before You Die (or Grow Up!)

Updated on October 24, 2012
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I’ve always loved books. I don’t even remember learning to read. Although I know it’s not true, it just seems a skill I was born with, a natural part of who I am, an autonomous function – like breathing. My very first book, and one that, until the Great Flood of ’98, has always travelled with me through life, was Dr. Seuss’ And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. My real reading explosion, though, happened in third grade with the discovery of Beverly Cleary’s Henry and Beezus in my classroom library at Ancon School in the Canal Zone and with Mrs. Trim’s read aloud of E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. These two books set me off and – much like locusts demolish crops or brides-to-be used to ravage Filene’s Basement during the Running of the Brides® – I was soon rapaciously going through books – any books, all books – wherever I could find them. I’d like to share my Top Ten List of Children’s Classic here, in no particular order, but predominantly for kids ages 8 to 10:

1. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

2. A Little Maid of Massachusetts Colony by Alice Turner Curtis

3. And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

4. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

5. Louly by Carol Ryrie Brink

6. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

7. Call of the Wild by Jack London

8. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

10. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

There are so many more books I had to leave off here, mainly because I said I'd give you only ten books; almost every book I've ever read is "Tops" on my list!

What are the books that immediately come to mind for you, dear readers and followers, when you think of third, fourth and fifth grade? Please comment and share!

© 2012 Everymom/Language Development Company

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