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100th Anniversary of Children's Book Week: Top Books from Each Decade

100th Anniversary of Children's Book Week: Top Books from Each Decade

Look who’s turning 100! The longest-running national literacy initiative, Children’s Book Week, continues its centennial celebration this fall with a second dedicated week of reading fun November 4 through November 10. For those who may have missed out on the April 29 through May 5 festivities, here’s your chance to get in on the action. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Read Now. Read Forever,” we’re ringing in a century of reading by rounding up some of the best children’s books from every decade of the last 100 years.

Whether these glorious stories launched a once-unknown author into the spotlight or created time-honored series and characters we’ll never forget, these memorable classics (of old and new) hold a special place in the hearts of children and adults alike. Enjoy this look back through the decades.

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1930s

 

1940s

 

1950s

 

1960s

 

1970s

 

1980s

 

1990s

 

2000s

 

2010s

 

Inspired by this trip down memory lane? With the right books in hand, you’re off to a good start getting your students to fall in love with reading. Now, check out this guide to designing and implementing a successful literacy program. 

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Madison Michell has been a member of the Edmentum team since 2014 and currently serves as a Marketing Manager. As a former Kindergarten and 3rd grade teacher during her time as a Teach For America corps member, she believes education truly has the power to transform lives. She is passionate about connecting educators with online programs, best practices, and research that improve teaching and learning for today's students.

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