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What are the Best Books for Children?

Updated on September 3, 2012

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In today’s world that is filled with technology more and more children are losing out on one of the greatest past times, reading. Their lives are filled with television and video games, even reading a book is now done on an electronic device. While I admit to buying a kindle for my nine-year-old and to reading books on it as well, there is something to be said about holding a book in your hand and losing yourself into another world. The best part about reading is that although the world is created by someone else’s words, it is your imagination that conjures up the images.

With that being said, as a parent it is important to read to your children. Instill this joy while they are still young as it is something they can enjoy throughout their lives. There are thousands and thousands of books available, just pick one and start reading it. Here are some of the best books for children that I recommend.

Best Books for Infants and Toddlers

Almost any book by Eric Carl is great for this age group. His drawings are full of color and the stories are short. These books can be enjoyed with your child through preschool and kindergarten as well.

Any board book with lots of pictures is perfect for the infant toddler age group. When it comes to choosing the best books for infants and toddlers, remember the stage of development they are at. They are going to want to grab, bite, and chew on the book and you should let them! Just make sure the books are sturdy and let them explore.

Best Books for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Every preschooler and kindergarten should read books by Dr. Seuss. He is by far one of the best authors of children’s books. All of his stories are timeless and should be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” is a must read for this age group as well. This is perhaps one of the greatest children’s books of all time. He has several other books for children as well.

For children that like series type books, Junie B. Jones is a funny little girl that children of this age will really enjoy.

Best Books for Preschoolers

Books for School Aged Children

Best Books for School Age Children

This is the age where reading becomes tricky. Children are in school and there will be required reading for class. Teaching your children that they can read for fun as well is extremely important. When my son was in Kindergarten we read every night before bed. Our books of choice were the Harry Potter books. The rule in our house is that you have to read the book before you are allowed to watch the movie. My son and I would read the Harry Potter book and then have a movie night when we were done.

Some of the other books that this age group should read include:

  1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  4. The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  5. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  6. Holes by Louis Sachar
  7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  8. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  9. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

If your child likes series books, the Percy Jackson series is wonderful as well. Hunger Games is a great trilogy, but some younger children may not be ready for it. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini is another great series, but once again many children will not be ready for it until they are teens.

Overall, the key to teaching your child about the enjoyment of reading is simple, read to them! Starting when they are young, read to them every day. Use your child’s interests as your guide. If they like dinosaurs read them books about dinosaurs, if they like dogs, Clifford, Biscuit, and Kipper are all great books about dogs. The best books for children are the ones that they enjoy. I have learned to enjoy other genres of books through my son's interests. He has expanded my view on books just as much as I have expanded his. Once a child learns the magic of books it will become as fun to read as it is to play a video game and they will be much better for it.


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    • NJ Blake profile image

      NJ Blake 5 years ago from United States

      We've read and enjoyed all of those books, I would also add the stories by E.B. White and of course Eloise!

    • wolfee profile image

      wolfee 5 years ago

      I would be happy to link to your hub about Dr. Seuss if you would like. What is the title?

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Every child should read these books, preferably the paper, board and ink version. I still keep a copy of Charlotte's Web in one of my bookcases to read to/with visiting children.

    • livelovelaugh5 profile image

      livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

      Great book suggestions! Agree with the classics Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, and A Wrinkle in Time. The Harry Potter series is definitely worth reading. Have my own set as well.

      Books are a great way to have open communication with your children. I've read the Percy Jackson books on my son's recommendations. Dr. Seuss books are also great reads with little ones. Actually wrote a hub about the author. Thanks for sharing!

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      thebookmom 5 years ago from Nebraska

      What a great list of books. I think you are right on, starting young makes a huge difference.

    • wolfee profile image

      wolfee 5 years ago

      Thanks for asking a great question Robie. I have been wanting to write a hub about books, but needed some inspiration. Your question gave me the starting point I needed.

    • Robie Benve profile image

      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Hi wolfee, I totally agree with your philosophy. I'm the proud mom of two book-loving children, and I am also the one who asked the question that you chose to answer with this informative hub. Thanks! :) Good luck for the contest!

    • Mary R. Schutter profile image

      Mary R. Schutter 5 years ago

      Excellent suggestions for different age groups. Thanks for reminding parents to read with their kids instead of plunking them down in front of the TV or with a video game. Nothing beats the mental stimulation of reading.