Teachers list beloved books to give as Valentine's gifts; NEA picks to be used in Read Across America


America's teachers have suggested giving the books they love as valentines for the ones you love -- especially young readers and pre-readers.

For last-minute shoppers, the National Education Association has put together a list of the 100 children's books that teachers find particularly appealing. The association asked more than 1,000 members to pick their five favorites, and compiled the list based on the results.

Teachers also suggest a gift of time with a book -- time to read aloud, talk about a favorite story and show children how important reading is.

"This Valentine's Day, show your love by sharing a book," said association President Bob Chase.

Here are the top 10 books from the teachers' favorites, with the appropriate age level:

"Charlotte's Web" by E. B. White (ages 9 to 12); "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg (4-8); "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss (4-8); "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss (4-8); "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (4-8).

Also, "Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch (4-8); "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein (all ages); "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle (baby-preschool); "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls (young adult); and "The Mitten" by Jan Brett (4-8).

The complete list -- called the "Cat-a-List," in a play on words honoring "The Cat in the Hat" -- can be found on the education association's Internet Web site: www.nea.org/readacross.

The list will be used in the Read Across America celebration March 2, on the birthday anniversary of the late Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel.

Pub Date: 2/14/99

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