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101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up: The must-read book list for kids (101 series for Kids) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 2 user ratings
ISBN:1633221695
LANGUAGE:English

" A perfect book to highlight perfect books! So much here to celebrate with classic reads and some surprising new ones making the cut. Each book has its own page and is wonderfully described in almost an Infographic form. I am going to put this one on my Christmas list! " said.

" Fantastic and full of ideas! It's always fun to see what others favorite reads are. How many have you read?* This is a book that I look forward to sharing with both adults and young readers in my life. *I have read 2/3 of them, looks like I have some catching to do. " said.

"Copy provided by the publisher

In this brightly colored book, heavily illustrated by Shaw Nielsen, 101 classic and newer books are highlighted. Each book has basic information about suggested age range for readers, genre, publisher, publication date and page count, a fun "Did you know" fact about the book or author, a brief description of the plot, as well as some read alike recommendations. At the bottom of the page there is a space for the reader to rate the book and enter some brief notes.

Any list of "must read" books (including the famous SLJ one) will have some contentious titles, which will differ from reader to reader. This is a solid list, which covers a variety of standard recommended titles, with a few wild cards (the author is Australian) thrown in.

This would be a perfect gift for the young bookworm in your life, and would also make future gift giving easy if one copied the table of contents and provided the books included for birthdays and holidays. It also is a handy desk reference for teachers who want to have descriptions of books available to share with students.

My only real objection is that the suggested ages seem more in line with what I would expect of very gifted readers rather than the general population. (The Phantom Tollbooth and Harry Potter at 8 and The Hobbit at 9? A bit of a stretch. My children read these books at those ages and struggled a bit with them. I think Harry Potter is best kept until the reader is the same age as Harry.) Also, it seemed odd to have random illustrations instead of the original book covers and interior illustrations, but there are no doubt copyright issues with including those.
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"This is a must have for teachers, parents and eager young readers - I often get asked about suitable books for advanced, independent readers as finding the right level of interest and suitable content can be challenging. Most parents don't have the time to read every single item before their child to ensure its appropriateness, so this book will save many headaches.

Mostly aimed at independent readers aged between 7 and 14, this book gives 101 suggested reads divided into age group appropriateness (ex: 4+, 5+, 6+, etc.) For each book there are some basic facts: Genre, publisher & publication date, number of pages, as well as an overview of the book and the reasons why you need to read it. The only thing I'd love to have added would be information on country of publication / author nationality but that's just me being picky.
What I love most is that for every book there are 3 or 4 more books suggested for further reading! So if your child loved it they have an instant idea of what to read next.

Each of the 101 books has a little space for children to write down their favourite character, when they read it and how many stars they give it.

My only real issue with this book is that some (not many) of the titles are older American ones, which might make them a little hard to find here. But having said that there are Australian classics in here too, which sometimes get neglected in these compilation books.

Primary school teachers will find this a really handy guide, not just for the suggested reading but also the 'what to read next' section and the fact the index is divided by genre, making it a great resource for finding the perfect book for a picky reader!
" said.

"Bianca Schulze has put together a comprehensive and wonderful book that is the perfect guide to help parents pick books when they navigate their children through childhood. She starts with those early books, the ones you read at night to your child when they are tucked into bed, cozy and warm. Books that evoke giggles as well as questions, sometimes rhyming silliness like The Seven Silly Eaters or deeply moving like The Giving Tree. She gives ages range for the book, genre, the publisher, publication date as well as page count. She spices up the page with tidbits of trivia, just enough to tickle the interest of both parents and children, and lastly there is a suggestion of books to read next. She includes a spot for young readers to rate the book and leave notes, creating a diary to go back and remember their thoughts. Thoughtful, thorough, and diverse, this is the ultimate guide to help develop a well-read child. It provides them a piece of our literary world, preparing them with a strong foundation to want to read and search out more as they grow into adulthood. This book will satisfy both children and parents preparing them to embrace reading and the wonder of a good book for the rest of their lives." said.

" A perfect book to highlight perfect books! So much here to celebrate with classic reads and some surprising new ones making the cut. Each book has its own page and is wonderfully described in almost an Infographic form. I am going to put this one on my Christmas list! " said.

"Copy provided by the publisher

In this brightly colored book, heavily illustrated by Shaw Nielsen, 101 classic and newer books are highlighted. Each book has basic information about suggested age range for readers, genre, publisher, publication date and page count, a fun "Did you know" fact about the book or author, a brief description of the plot, as well as some read alike recommendations. At the bottom of the page there is a space for the reader to rate the book and enter some brief notes.

Any list of "must read" books (including the famous SLJ one) will have some contentious titles, which will differ from reader to reader. This is a solid list, which covers a variety of standard recommended titles, with a few wild cards (the author is Australian) thrown in.

This would be a perfect gift for the young bookworm in your life, and would also make future gift giving easy if one copied the table of contents and provided the books included for birthdays and holidays. It also is a handy desk reference for teachers who want to have descriptions of books available to share with students.

My only real objection is that the suggested ages seem more in line with what I would expect of very gifted readers rather than the general population. (The Phantom Tollbooth and Harry Potter at 8 and The Hobbit at 9? A bit of a stretch. My children read these books at those ages and struggled a bit with them. I think Harry Potter is best kept until the reader is the same age as Harry.) Also, it seemed odd to have random illustrations instead of the original book covers and interior illustrations, but there are no doubt copyright issues with including those.
" said.

" Fantastic and full of ideas! It's always fun to see what others favorite reads are. How many have you read?* This is a book that I look forward to sharing with both adults and young readers in my life. *I have read 2/3 of them, looks like I have some catching to do. " said.

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