100 Books for 100 Days

Inspired by the Reading Countess’s post here, I decided to change my lesson plans at the last minute this morning. It’s been one of those weeks and the 100 Books for 100 Days seemed like exactly what my class and I needed. And you know what? It worked!

I began each class by having the students open their binder to their mini-lesson section and labeling a sheet of paper “My Most Important Books”. Each student was charged with listing 20 books that impacted their life- it could be a favorite book, a book that they read to their younger siblings, or a book they shared with Mom and Dad. Books could be picture books or chapter books. The only requirement was that the books be meaningful to them. I share my own list, and then set them free. Let me tell you, they set to work like little worker bees! It was quieter than normal and it was amazing to look out at the students scratching away at the paper in front of them. A few students in each class would approach me with, “I remember this book where……..But I can’t remember the name of it!” If I did not know the title off the top of my head I would google it for them.

After each student listed their 20 books, I placed the students into random groups and handed each group a blank sheet of paper. I then informed them that they would have ten minutes to combine all their lists into a single list of 20 titles their group could agree on. I listened in as students debated books, became excited over shared favorites, and laughed as students cried out, “Whoa! I totally forgot about that book! I loved that one in third grade!” It was a fantastic class.

At the end of the twenty minute period, I collected each list. I read the books to the entire class and then asked them to put their heads down on their desk. At that point, I read each title and the students raised their hand if they felt it should go on our class list of Top 25 books. (4 periods x 25 books each= 100 books). The first half of the list was always easy, but the second half of the list always resulted in students debating books and championing their favorites.

At the end of the day, I tallied all the lists, deleted duplicates, and added the books that just missed the list in each class, to reach 100. Without further ado, here are the Top 100 Books for our team (in no particular order)!

1. Dr. Seuss books (we grouped these together)
2. The Cay series
3. Shadow Children series
4. Magic Tree House series
5. Tuck Everlasting
6. Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me
7.Where the Sidewalk Ends
8. Skeleton Creek
9. The Little Engine That Could
10. Chrysanthemum
11. Number the Stars
12. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
13. The Twilight Saga
14. The Dollhouse Murders
15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
16. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
17. A Bad Case Of Stripes
18. All The Broken Pieces
19. The Phantom Tollbooth
20. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
21. Thomas the Tank Engine
22. Dear John
23. Daniel’s Story
24. Heat
25. Wayside School series
26. When You Reach Me
27. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
28. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
29. The Giving Tree
30. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
31. The Hunger Games
32. Fablehaven series
33. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
34. Guinness World Records
35. Love You Forever
36. Frindle
37. Arthur series
38. Where the Wild Things Are
39. The Berenstein Bears books
40. A Series of Unfortunate Events series
41. Tuesday
42. The Bible/The Torah
43. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not
44. Swindle
45. Junie B. Jones’s series
46. Goodnight Moon
47. Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
48. Biscuit Storybook Collection
49. Clifford the Big Red Dog
50. Where’s Waldo?
51. Goosebumps series
52. The Kissing Hand
53. Franklin’s Classic Treasury
54. Holes
55. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
56. Stuart Little
57. Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story
58. A Million Dots
59. There Was an Old Lady
60. Guess How Much I Love You
62. Hatchet
63. Charlotte’s Web
64. Lunch Lady graphic novels
65. Rolie Polie Olie
66. On My Honor
67. The Magic School Bus series
68. Amelia Bedelia books
69. Fantastic Mr. Fox
70. Matilda
71. Anything But Typical
72. Flat Stanley
73. Because of Winn-Dixie
74. Harry Potter series
75. The Alex Rider series
76. Grayson
77. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
78. Life As We Knew It series
79. James and the Giant Peach
80. The 39 Clues series
81. Inheritance series
82. Maximum Ride series
83. Cirque Du Freak series
84. Found (The Missing, Book 1)
85. Coraline
86. Stolen Children
87. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life
88. Chains
89. Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery
90. The Name of this Book Is Secret
91. Speak
92. My Life in Pink & Green
93. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
94. Make Lemonade
95. The Chocolate Touch
96. Stone Fox
97. Marley: A Dog Like No Other
98. Babe & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
99. The Cricket in Times Square
100. Love Story (Amiri And Odette)