Reading to children has been a longstanding favorite pastime for parents. The wide selection of books for children makes reading resources readily available, but the one lingering question we hear from moms and dads is, “Which books are best to keep my child entertained and pique their interest to fall in love with literacy?
We’ve gone through volumes of children’s books to find the best ones, and we’re happy to share them with you. So without further ado, here are our all time top 10 favorite recommended children’s books!
1. Recommended Books for Children: The Wind in the Willows
This book, initially published in 1908, is a classic in books for children. Its four key animal characters combine to create a magical quality that is irresistible.
2. Recommended Reading for Preschoolers: Are You My Mother?
Are You My Mother? is a story that follows a confused bird as he travels asking everything from cows to steam shovels, “Are you My Mother?” It’s a classic book many kids love, and is perfect for kids under age 6.
3. Recommended Reading for Kids: Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are tells the story of a young boy whose mischief gets him sent to his room without supper. There, his imagination transforms his bedroom into an extraordinary setting, with a forest and an ocean and a boat that takes him to a land full of “wild things.”
4. Recommended Reading for Kids: The Giver
In a community that is supposedly perfect but where everything and everyone is identical, Jonas, the main character, discovers that he is “different.”
5. Recommended Reading for Kids: James and the Giant Peach
In this book, Roald Dahl, a superb storyteller, tells the story of James, an orphan who is forced to live with his wicked aunts. His sad and lonely life is transformed when he receives a bag of magic crystals. When James accidentally spills the crystals on a withered peach tree, amazing adventures are set in motion.
6. Recommended Reading for Kids: Island of the Blue Dolphins
One of the huge payoffs of novels is their ability to take us to worlds that are far beyond the one we know.
Island of the Blue Dolphins is a superb example of this. Based on a true event, the book tells the story of a teenaged girl and her 7-year-old brother who have been left behind by their tribe. As a result, they spend their days stranded on a deserted island in the middle of nowhere.
7. Recommended Reading for Kids: Bridge to Terabithia
The Bridge to Terabithia is an award winning story of two lonely children who create a magical forest kingdom. The time they spend in Terabithia gives them the strength to cope with the trials of everyday life.
8. Recommended Reading for Kids: Pancakes for Breakfast
Along with being funny and full of a range of emotions, this delightful book has some important principles to teach. As with other well-designed wordless books, this book represents one of those wonderful experiences where parents can tell the story to their children and children can do the same with their parents. Many adults report wonderful memories of this book and when you pick it up, you’ll see why.
9. Recommended Reading for Kids: Ben and Me
Ben and Me is a light-hearted biography of Benjamin Franklin as told by his mouse, Amos. Perfect for kids ages 7 and older, this book will delight, entertain and educate children.
10. Recommended Reading for Kids: The Sign of the Beaver
In this book, a family is settling into a new homestead on the frontier. The father has to return East to bring back his mother, sister, and newborn baby and Matt, a boy just entering his teens, has the responsibility to care for the place while he is gone.
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