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100 Must-Reads for Kids 9-14 from NPR

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NPR just released their list of 100 Must-Reads for kids 9-14. By a stroke of luck, I found myself on the committee to curate the list with with some serious children’s literature heavy hitters – Rita Williams-Garcia, Margi Preus, Linda Sue Park, Gussie Lewis, and Soman Chainani.

As for how the list came together, our committee looked at all the audience nominations that came in a few weeks ago, then narrowed from there.

So now it’s here for you to take a gander at. What’s good? What’s missing? Have at it.

Click here for the list.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Stacy Dillon says:

    Well, Travis…I’m sure you know what I am going to say is missing. The Westing Game. Lately, I’ve heard some librarians call the book confusing, but I can assure you, the kids I give it to year after year aren’t confused. They tend to revel in the figuring!

    That said, I think i might just take your headings and see what I can do! Of course, I won’t have to take into consideration a million NPR responses!

    Thanks for doing the hard work. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during your conversations!

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