Looking for a
terrific read for yourself, family, or friends? There are many first-rate
reading lists and book award lists you could consult, each with its own quirks.
But what if someone took the time to create a composite of all the major
booklists? That is just what I did in A
Lifetime of Fiction: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 2 to 102 just
published by Rowman & Littlefield. I created a database with over 23,000
entries culled from 139 of the most prestigious authorities, a who's who of
literary and journalistic excellence, including booklists such as the New York Times Notable Books, the
Newbery Medalists, Stonewall Book Awards, Time
Magazine's 100 Best English-Language Novels, the Pura Belpré Awards, and S chool Library Journal Best Books Lists. The
books that made it to Lifetime's lists
were the ones upon which most booklists agree.
five annotated age group lists of 100 books each -- preschoolers, early readers,
middle readers, young adults, and adults - Lifetime
expresses the opinion of not just one critic, but the aggregated opinions of an
army of critics. The result is a best-of-best book guide that is uniquely
authoritative - the mother of all booklists. Like the Borg, it has no real
competitors it has not assimilated.
Here are the top
two books for each age group.
Very Hungry Caterpillar. Written and
illustrated by Eric Carle. (World Publishing, 1969) A caterpillar goes from egg to chrysalis to
beautiful butterfly, devouring many different foods along the way.
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City Dog, Country Frog. Written by
Mo Willems. Illustrated by Jon J. Muth. (Hyperion Books for Children,
2010) The picture book features two
improbable friends who teach each other new games against the backdrop of
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William Patrick Martin is the author of five books, most recently A Lifetime of Fiction: The 500 Most Recommended Reads for Ages 2 to 102. He also owns Zabby Books, an online bookstore. Martin has been a professor of education at both Temple (more...)
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