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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.





















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

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.