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The Best Classroom Books of All Time

What are the best kids’ books of the past 25 years? Instructor magazine asked teachers and eminent children’s authors to vote for their favorites and announced the top 25 picture books and chapter books in the November/December issue. If your teachers are looking for inspiring titles for the classroom, check out these perennial favorites. Here are the top 10 in both categories.

1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins)
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Penguin)
3. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin)
4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (HarperCollins)
5. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, illustrated by
Sheila McGraw (Firefly)
6. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins)
7. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
(Simon & Schuster)
8. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Penguin)
9. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton Mifflin)
10. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (Penguin)

1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (HarperCollins)
2. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (HarperCollins)
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic)
4. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (HarperCollins)
5. Holes by Louis Sachar (FSG).
6. The Giver by Lois Lowry (Random House)
7. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
8. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume (Penguin)
9. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (FSG)
10. Frindle by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster)

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