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Top 100 books by Indigenous Masters

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Everyone loves a good list but finding lists that reflect the intelligence of experts in a given field can sometimes be tricky.  Consider, if you will, books about American Indians for the kiddos.  I can’t tell you how many summer reading lists I see every year that have The Indian in the Cupboard, The Matchlock [...]

The Top 100 Lists Are Nigh. Nigh, I Say! Nigh!

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Remember when we were young and I conducted these craaaazy polls asking you guys to vote on your Top 10 Picture Books and Top 10 Children’s Novels?  Remember when I enlisted the help of some talented survey monkeys and we calculated the results, coming up with some top 100 lists?  And remember when I promised [...]

Fusenews: Look for the Girl with the Caterpillar Tattoo and She’s Gone

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I apologize for the recent radio silence, folks.  There’s something goofy in the state of Fuse 8.  For one thing, I can’t seem to comment on my own posts.  Most peculiar.  I will assume that this is just a passing fancy of the blog and that all will be well and good from this day [...]

Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results

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And now the results of the Top 100 Chapter Books Poll.  Like what you see?  Don’t like what you see?  Now’s the time to say it.  If you would like this list in a lovely PDF, suitable for handing out to patrons, friends, teachers, parents, etc. you can sign up for it here.  Et voila! [...]

Top 100 Picture Books Poll Results

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And here at last they all are! Pressed and cleaned and ready for your perusal. From one to one hundred and everything in between.  And remember that if you want this list in a fancy handout PDF that looks a lot nicer and can be given to patrons, parents, teachers, etc. just sign up for [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #1: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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Sign up today and be the first to receive School Library Journal‘s exclusive PDF collecting all of the Top 100 Children’s Novels posts from Fuse 8′s Betsy Bird. Simply fill out linked form and you will receive an email with a link to download the PDF as soon as it’s published! #1 Charlotte’s Web by [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #1: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Sign up today and be the first to receive School Library Journal‘s exclusive PDF collecting all of the Top 100 Picture Books posts from Fuse 8′s Betsy Bird. Simply fill out linked form and you will receive an email with a link to download the PDF as soon as it’s published! #1 Where the Wild [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #2: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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#2 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962) 307 points The only book I’ve ever finished, turned over, and immediately started reading again. – Lauren Martino Magical. Thrilling. As a kid, I loved that it stretched my brain. Other dimensions! Time travel! Oh how I loved the “Aunt Beast” creatures — how in a [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #2: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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#2 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979) 258 points One of the very few pictures books that is just perfect – language appropriate, interactive, a great story, a counting exercise and a science lesson all rolled together. – Pat Vasilik Carle is a genius, pure and simple. Is there a 5 year old [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #3: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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#3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (1997) 287 points Oh, our family got hours and hours and hours of enjoyment out of these books. We read all of the first five out loud as a family, with no reading ahead. (Or as little reading ahead as we could stand.) Her imaginative [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #3: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

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#3 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003) 198 points Proof that temper tantrums are an art form of their own. – DaNae Leu Top three betraying my love for fourth-wall-breaking. – Robin Parry Remember when picture books never broke the 4th wall? When I read this book to students after [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #4: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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#4 The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993) 260 points The original dystopian. – Jennifer Padgett My 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Morgan, read this aloud to us. My best friend and I checked a copy out of the library and finished it on a sleepover, sharing a single copy until we finished it because we could [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #4: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

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#4 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947) 167 points Well, it’s a classic for a reason. – Joanne Rousseau This one I can still recite even though I last read at least 10 or more years ago. Again a classic that will endure and delight for a long time to [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #5: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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#5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950) 204 points The book that made me a reader, by a writer whose pure enthusiasm for life and story carries you on a lion’s back through the best of adventures. – Susan Van Metre I remember at my vast old age in 7th [...]

Top 100 Picture Books #5: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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#5 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962) 166 points The first book I would run to on my trips to the library. Just wonderful. – Hotspur Closser What is it like to be a small child in the snow? Ezra Jack Keats gave us the answer with this timeless story of Peter’s gentle [...]