Hello, Kansas City! With all the time spent indoors during the winter, it’s an excellent time to reignite a love of reading in our kiddos. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Sarah, has a great list to get you started of great books for children from very young to teen. Take a look!
Check Out 18 of the Best Children’s Books by Age Group
My topic this week is supposed to be 18 of the best children’s books. But what does that mean? Most popular? Of all time? For ages 3-5, newborn, (ugh!) teens? Honestly, I was lost and didn’t know where to start. So where do you go if you need answers…yes first I went to Google but then went back to my roots and actually went to the library! Yep! An honest to goodness brick and mortar with windows and doors library. When I walked in, a very nice woman introduced herself as a librarian and said that she could help me find what I needed. I thanked her and tried to remember her name so I could send her a fruit basket later and headed to the children’s section.
I’m joking—at least about the library part. I am actually a passionate advocate for reading and the library is one of my girls’ and mine more popular date spots! But I was still lost about the topic, so here is my attempt of a list of the best books for kids. Some I did find on lists of well-respected journalists and papers, some from those in the “biz” of teaching kids and some I just had from my own list of loves. I am by no means an expert and I haven’t even come close to reading every book on the planet. But one thing I do know, I am a passionate reader and I want to instill that in my kids. I would much rather build their personal libraries than give them gifts and hope that one day they will appreciate that. Hopefully you can take this list and add it to your own families’ reading list.
#1 Owl Moon by: Jane Yolen
When I was a kid, I thought it would be the coolest thing to go out on a snowy night with my parents. I can just imagine the cool air and the quiet. Now that I am older it seems this could be the thing of nightmares! What if I freeze? What if I come across a serial killer or a rabid wolf? Still, it’s a beautiful book—and a classic!
#2 The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstein
ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES! And no one understands why. I think because the relationship between the boy and the tree can be taken so many different ways. Is the tree taking care of the boy? Or should the tree have told the boy to go out, get a job, and figure out how to do things for himself? It’s up for interpretation, but such a great quick read!
#3 The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by: Jon Scieszka
My girls love this book. Every night this is on our list. And I think I like it too because of the different viewpoint—from the Wolf. He just needed a simple cup of sugar for his dear granny’s birthday cake! There is always two sides to a story!
#4 Harold and the Purple Crayon by: Crockett Johnson
#5 Make Way for Ducklings by: Robery McCloskey
I always remember this one from school and I am not sure why, the simple story of a family of ducks in a Boston park and their journey to find a new home that is safe to raise a family. What was kind of cool is when I visited Boston last year for work, I took a whole bunch of pictures of the same park (they have a statue for the ducks and everything) and then made kind of a photo album out of the book and my real pictures for my girls, they thought this was so cool!
#6 The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Back by: Drew Daywatt
#7 There’s a Giraffe in my Soup by: Ross Burach
Just a fun read. And really great for those younger kids because they can interact with the story by naming the animals and making the animal sounds.
#8 The Paper Bag Princess by: Robert Munsch
If you have a daughter or if you just need a reminder that we are strong independent women then give this one a read. Just another view of the typical princess story and gives a fun interpretation. Definitely on my list of favorites.
#9 School’s First Day of School by: Adam Rex
#10 Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by: Virginia Lee Burton
A classic that still speaks to modern themes. Industrialism, new machines and technology taking over for older models. If you find a copy it is guaranteed to have that old book smell, but worth it!
#11 Bedtime for Frances by: Russell Hoban
#12 Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by: Astrid Lindgren
From the author of Pippi Longstocking, this is a good one for those aged 8-12, again it’s an oldie but a goodie. A wild-haired girl, a forbidden friendship and a war just to top it all off. Great, quick read for a book report if you teachers want something that maybe hasn’t been done over and over again!
#13 Inspector Flytrap by: Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell
A really cute series for ages 6-9 years old. It’s got everything, humor, mystery but still silly enough to be interesting to younger kids. I have heard from several kids in this age group that these are just “awesome!”
#14 The Wild Robot by: Peter Brown
#15 The Serpent King by: Jeff Zentner
#16 The Girl from Everywhere by: Heidi Heilig
Leave an anonymous note to your teen to check out this book. This is the first in a series about a time- traveling sixteen year old who travels the globe and has to fight for everything, including her very own existence. It may even get your teens interested in history again.
#17 Outrun the Moon by: Stacey Lee
#18 The First Time she Drowned by: Kerry Kletter
I found this one on a “Teen” list but warning: it deals with some pretty heavy topics including mental health and family issues. I suppose I can’t be that naïve to think that teens don’t go through this every day! It is a beautifully written story about an eighteen year old just trying to control the demons of her present to untangle the past. I would recommend, reading this too; could be an eye opener to how we interact with our own teenagers!
What are some of your family’s favorite books? Please, share in the comments!
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