Excellence in Reading 2012 Challenge


This is the reading list we will be following. Keep in mind, this is recommended for children in grades K-3. If you have older children you can find a more age appropriate list at National Endowment for the Humanities. We encourage children of all ages and their parents to join us in reading. Note to parents: You may read aloud to your children, it will still count towards the goal.

  1. Aardema, Verna. Who’s in Rabbit’s House?.
  2. Aesop. Fables.
  3. Atwater, Richard and Florence. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
  4. Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline.
  5. Benchley, Nathaniel. Sam the Minuteman.
  6. Blume, Judy. Freckle Juice.
  7. Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup.
  8. Brown, Margaret Wise. Goodnight Moon.
  9. Brunhoff, Jean de. The Story of Babar.
  10. Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
  11. Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  12. Cleary, Beverly. The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
  13. Collodi, Carlo. Adventures of Pinocchio.
  14. Crews, Donald. Freight Train.
  15. Daugherty, James. Andy and the Lion.
  16. dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona.
  17. Flack, Marjorie. The Angus series.
  18. Freeman, Don. Corduroy.
  19. Fritz, Jean. The Cabin Faced West.
  20. Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats.
  21. Galdone, Paul. The Three Little Pigs.
  22. Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
  23. Grahame, Kenneth. The Reluctant Dragon.
  24. Gramatky, Hardie. Little Toot.
  25. Hoban, Russell. Bedtime for Frances.
  26. Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon.
  27. Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day
  28. Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer.
  29. Krauss, Ruth. The Carrot Seed.
  30. Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand.
  31. Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense.
  32. Levinson, Riki. Watch the Stars Come Out.
  33. Lionni, Leo. Frederick.
  34. Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends.
  35. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. Paul Revere’s Ride.
  36. Lopshire, Robert. Put Me in the Zoo.
  37. Marshall, James. George and Martha.
  38. McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings.
  39. McDermott, Gerald. Anansi the Spider.
  40. Milne, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh.
  41. Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.
  42. Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
  43. Potter, Beatrix. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
  44. Rey, H.A. Curious George.
  45. Selden, George. The Cricket in Times Square.
  46. Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.
  47. Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat.
  48. Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale.
  49. Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.
  50. Stevenson, Robert Louis. A Child’s Garden of Verses
  51. Taylor, Sydney. All-of-a-Kind Family.
  52. Thurber, James. Many Moons.
  53. Udry, Janice May. A Tree is Nice.
  54. Van Allsburg, Chris. The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.
  55. Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  56. Ward, Lynd. The Biggest Bear.
  57. White, E.B. Charlotte’s Web.
  58. Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy.
  59. Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog.
  60. Zolotow, Charlotte. William’s Doll.

After the new year begins, I will place a linky each week so all you excellent readers can share which books you have finished. This should be great fun!


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