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11 Children Books with Red in the Title

Updated on October 18, 2014

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Little Red Riding Hood, Clifford, and The Big Red Balloon

Red is all the craze these days. As a kid, I can remember every book that had red in the title. I don't think red was my favorite color, it's just titles like Where the Red Fern Grows, the Red Badge of Courage, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and many others all made the color red something to remember.

Below you will find a collection of 11 children's books with red in the title. There is something there for almost every age group. I've also scanned the many award winning children's books to find titles that won differerent awards. To my surprise, Little Red Riding Hood has won two different awards with two different authors.

Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault - Great for pre kindergarten thru 2nd grade.

The first known printed version of Little Red Riding Hood was by Charles Perrault in the collection of short stories titled Tales and Stories of the past with Morals. Tales of Mother Goose in 1697.

Little Red Riding Hood is about a girl who provides information to a wolf about her grandmother. The wolf then waits for Red Riding Hood at grandmother's house. Both the girl and and the grandmother are saved in the end.

The story has been adapted by many authors including the Brothers Grimm and can be found in almost any bookstore. In 1984, Trina Schart Hyman wrote and illustrated a version of Little Red Riding Hood that won the Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration. In 1990, Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China written and illustrated by Ed Young won the Caldecott Medal.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls - 3rd to 5th grade

One of my favorite stories I read while in 5th grade was Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. The story revolves around Billy Coleman, a ten year old boy living in the Ozarks. Billy wants a pair of Redbone Coonhounds. After saving his money and buying a pair through mail order, he convinces his parents to keep them and names the Old Dan and Little Ann. He teeches the dogs to hunt and legend of his dogs gets out.

According to Indian legend, a red fern can only be planted by an angel and is only planted between sole mates.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss - Great for toddlers and those beginning to read.

Here's a classic by Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Learn about all kinds of animals and creatures of Dr. Seuss.

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - Great for 6th and 7th graders

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane takes place during the Civil War. Henry Fleming of the Union Army flees from the field of battle and is overcome with shame. After returning to his regimend, he goes on to prove himself a capable soldier. Stephen Crane has a unique style for depicting realistic battle scenes. The Red Badge of Courage is a must for every pre-teen.

Hello Red Fox by Eric Carle - Great book for toddlers

Eric Carle has written many classic books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and illustrated many more including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?.

With Hello Red Fox, is about little frog's birthday party, only mamma frog perceives everyone to be the wrong color. The fun for the reader is when they are instructed to look at an animal and then a blank white page to see if the picture changes color.

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, Book 1) by Rick Riordan - great for boys in 6th grade

During an experiment, Dr. Kane unleases an egyptian god who banishes Dr. Kane. Now it is up to his siblings Carter and Sadie to find out what happened and to uncover secrets about their family. Where the 39 Clues meets Percy Jackson, you end up with the Kane Chronicles.

The Little Red Caboose by Marian Potter - Toddlers

The little red caboose is sad that the children never wave to him as he goes by. One day, the caboose saves the train, and now all the children wave at the little red caboose. A favorite story among kids since 1952.

The Red Zone by Tiki and Ronde Barber - Boys in 3rd and 4th grades

Authors Tiki and Ronde Barder were professional football players for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Red Zone is the fourth book in their football series which teaches kids good values and teamwork on and off the field

The Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan and illustrated by Sophie Blackall - Great for young readers

The Big Red Lollipop won the 2011 Golden Kite award for Picture Book Text. The book is about a girl who is forced to take her younger sister to a birthday party where her younger sister steals her Big Red Lollipop.

Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell - Great for kindergarteners and 1st graders

Sally had always wanted a dog and one day she gets a puppy and names him Clifford. Clifford, however, grows to be as tall as a house and now has some problems fitting into the neighborhood and playing with his friends. Follow Clifford on his many adventures.

The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza written by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Amy Walrod - 1st and 2nd graders

This 2000 winner of the Golden Kite Picture Book Illustration award is a new twist on the Little Red Hen. We follow the Little Red Hen as she makes a shopping list for pizza, makes the dough, and adds the toppings. In the end, her friends the dog, cat, and duck help out in the end and everyone shares some pizza.

What is your favorite Red Book?

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