Every year I attend the book fair at my daughter's school, only to be disappointed by the highly commercialized selection available to young readers. Barbie? Angry Birds? Really? If you're looking for a good selection of quality chapter books for elementary readers, check out this list instead.

1. The Wizard of Oz

Your kids may know the story of Dorothy and her red slippers, but have they read the original book? With the recent release of Oz The Great and Powerful, now is a particularly good time to dive into this L. Frank Baum classic.

2. Charlotte's Web

Frequently ranked as one of the best children's stories ever published, this beautiful story about true friendship is one all children should know.

3. Peter Pan

What better place for a child to explore than a magical land where you never have to grow up? Even if they've seen the Disney movie, children deserve to read the book too.

4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Young readers will most enjoy Tom's mischief and sense of adventure, but more importantly, they'll be discovering one of America's literary masterpieces.

5. The Little House on the Prairie books

Though they revolve primarily around a female character, even boys will enjoy Laura Ingalls Wilders' stories of rugged frontier life.

6. Betsy-Tacy (and Tib)

The Betsy-Tacy series, which centers around three best friends in the small, turn-of-the-century town of Deep Valley, Minnesota, is a must-read for girls of any age.

7. Strawberry Girl

Lois Lenski might be best known as an illustrator, but her novel about rural Florida "Crackers" in the early 1900s won the Newberry Medal in 1946, and is one of my all-time personal favorites.

8. Sarah, Plain and Tall

This short 1986 Newberry Medal winner is simply but powerfully written, and is considered to be a good read for ages 6 and above.

9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Or James and the Giant Peach. Or The BFG. Or Danny, the Champion of the World. Roald Dahl's wild imagination surprises and delights children of all ages.

10. The Story of Helen Keller

There are many books about the blind and deaf Keller, but The Story of Helen Keller is perfect for introducing young readers to her inspirational life.

11. Ramona the Pest

Just about any child can identify with Ramona Quimby's frustration at feeling small and unimportant, thanks to author Beverly Cleary's keen insight into what it's really like to be a kid.

12. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Themes of poverty and racism are at the forefront of this Newberry Medal winner set in Depression-era Mississippi in 1933. It's an intense read, but excellent for more mature readers.

13. Number the Stars

Yet another Newberry Medal winner, Number the Stars takes young readers into the realities of life during the Holocaust. It is considered best for ages 9 and over (depending on reading level).

14. Bridge to Terebithia

The death of a child at the end of this book makes it a tough read, but it's a poignant story of an unusual childhood friendship.

15. The Chronicles of Narnia

Talking animals? Mythical creatures? C.S. Lewis? Of course! All children should know the books in this series, the best known being The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

16. Mary Poppins

It was author P.L. Travers (sorry, not Julie Andrews) who created the character of Mary Poppins. There is an entire series of Mary Poppin's books about the magical English nanny, all highly entertaining.

17. Mr. Popper's Penguins

Jim Carrey is NOT the original Mr. Popper. Make your kids read the book. It's better.

18. The Boxcar Children

The mysteries and adventures of the four orphaned Alden children are ideal for readers in grades 2-6, and there are over 100 titles in the series to choose from.

19. The Hardy Boy/Nancy Drew Mysteries

These amateur teen detectives have been around for ages, but they still appeal to kids today.

20. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

If you've never heard of Mrs. Piggle, who lives in an upside down house and was once married to a pirate and knows how to cure children who don't want to go to bed, then you (and your kids) are seriously missing out.

There are many, many wonderful chapter books for children (despite the selection at school book fairs). Which of your favorites didn't make the list?