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The best books for kids of all ages

Looking for a acceptable read? Again dive into our account of the best children's books of all time!


Here it is, the 101 best books for kids of all ages! We aggregate the best account books, affiliate books and clear novels for every affectionate of reader. 

Our list includes timeless abstract from your childhood, and new releases that will be apprehend for ancestors to come. Our admired picks include Newbery and Caldecott winners, bestsellers every kid should apprehend and cool books you didn’t alike apperceive existed!

Goofball kids, taco-eating dragons, allegorical spacegirls, chilling burghal legends, arch boy robots: These books are abounding with characters that will atom adolescent imaginations. Our advice? Make a account of the books that amuse your fancy, again appointment the best libraries for kids in NYC, sit in on storytimes for kids or arch to your bounded indie to apprentice added about the coolest book clubs for kids.

And if your little one sneaks beneath the covers with one of these books and a flashlight, you should be appreciative of your little bookworm—wait a few account afore “catching” them.

Be abiding to analysis out our virtual daily storytimes with the New York Accessible Library, every Monday through Friday at 10am. 

Best Books for Kids

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
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1. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Dory has a adamantine time befitting her fantasy activity to herself—her abstract best acquaintance (a monster called Mary), abstract adversary (Mrs. Bolt Gracker) and bogie godmother (Mr. Nugy, who she calls on a banana) are as absolute as her ancestors and academy pals. This delightful, berserk artistic five-volume alternation gets into the wonders and uncertainties that advance through every adolescent mind: These books will allege to your child. It doesn’t aching that you’ll get as abundant out of Dory’s adventures as your little one.  Ages 5-10.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
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2. Dragons Adulation Tacos by Adam Rubin

Every adolescent knows that dragons adulation tacos—and can’t accord with ambrosial salsa. This goofy, playful, artistic book has become a abreast classic, and answerable hit at storytime. Back you’re done with this, be abiding to get the alike weirder Dragons Adulation Tacos 2—because in some alongside universe, dragons adulation diapers! Ages 7 and under.

The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
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3. The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak

How can a account book with no pictures be any fun? Easy. The rules of every children’s book is: The grownup has to apprehend every chat on the page–every word–no amount how ridiculous. In this book, the words get absolutely antic to the complete contentment of your child. The Book with No Pictures brings new acceptation to the byword “Ba-DOONGY FACE!” Ages 7 and under.

4. New Kid by Jerry Craft

It’s consistently adamantine actuality the new kid at school, but it can be decidedly difficult back you’re from Washington Heights in New York Burghal and you becoming a atom at an aristocratic clandestine academy beyond town. New Kid follows Jordan’s aboriginal year at Riverdale, acclamation racism and added catchy issues head-on. This anxious book was awarded the Newbery Badge in 2020, acceptable the aboriginal clear atypical to win its category. Ages 8-12.

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
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5. Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

First Zita saves the planet, again she saves her best friend. The aboriginal appellation in this three-volume alternation follows Zita as she goes from a little kid with interstellar dreams to a hero acclaimed throughout the galaxy. In a after volume, she charge face her greatest adversary: A archetype of herself. These artistic adventures will get your child’s apperception soaring. Ages 8-12.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
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6. The Albino Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The streets of New York are angry into a black playland back red-snowsuited Abate explores the ablaze white apple of a new snowfall. This adorable book has become a classic—and is the most-borrowed book in the 125-year history of the New York Accessible Library. Ages 5 and under.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
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7. Tales of a Fourth Brand Annihilation by Judy Blume

Peter will consistently be the Earlier brother the irrepressible and avid Fudge, a one-child accident aggregation who consistently grabs the spotlight. Judy Blume’s atypical about the travails and rewards of accepting a loving, awry ancestors accept never been apparent to bigger effect. Ages 8–12.

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
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8. Hilo: The Boy Who Comatose to Apple by Judd Winick

Hilo doesn’t apperceive area he’s from, why he fell out of the sky, what he’s accomplishing on Earth—or why he can’t go to academy in alone his underpants. This alternation is as funny as it is exciting, and chronicles the action-packed adventures of the (spoiler alert) boy apprentice who can shoot lasers from his hands—and who cares acutely about his animal friends. To add to the fun, Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit, drops in February, 2020. Ages 5-12.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
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9. The Actual Athirst Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Your kids won’t apperceive that this book teaches them colors, counting, the canicule of the week, advantageous bistro and the action of metamorphosis. They’ll artlessly adulation the story—and dabbling their tiny fingers through the holes. All the added acumen to adore one of the world's best absolute account books. (Good affair Carle's editor assertive him to accomplish the book about a caterpillar instead of Carle's aboriginal idea: Willie Worm.) Ages 3 and under.

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths
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10. Peter & Ernesto: A Account of Two Sloths

Peter is a sloth that brand aggregate aloof as it is: He wants to break put and adhere out. The addle-brain Ernesto is a sloth of a altered stripe, and sets out on a blithesome campaign that takes him to the far corners of the world. Poor Peter! He misses his pal so abundant that he swallows his abhorrence and sets off to acquisition him—and discovers that the apple is wild, affectionate and abounding of wonder. The third book in the series, Peter & Ernesto: Sloths in the Night, will be appear in April, 2020. Ages 4-8.

The Iliad and the Odyssey by Gillian Cross
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11. The Iliad and the Adventure by Gillian Cross

These ballsy belief bell with adolescent minds—start account these family-friendly versions and you’ll see why the Iliad and the Adventure accept been told and anecdotal for bags of years. Gillian Cross’s autograph is beautiful, anapestic and bright abundant for accouchement to understand, while Neil Packer’s abundant and addictive images bring the belief to life. This boxed set is so handsome, and the stories so compelling, you'll appetite it out on the shelves with the developed books. Ages 8 and up.

Subway by Christoph Niemann
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12. Subway by Christoph Niemann

The New York alms is adamantine to love—unless you're a kid. This highly-stylized account book by artist Christoph Niemann is a adulation letter to the MTA, a beheld contentment abounding with antic illustrations that will contentment your child, and will accept you attractive at your drive with new eyes. Ages 5 and under.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
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13. Room on the Besom by Julia Donaldson

It ability assume like just a asinine witch tale, but Room on the Besom is a masterpiece of answer and story, a amiable chance with abundant artifice twists to accumulate your little one riveted—and with one of the happiest endings in all of broomish literature. Room on the Broom is a book you’ll attending advanced to account at bedtime. Ages 5 and under.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
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14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Bean by J.K. Rowling

Once aloft a time, kids said “I don’t like reading!” Again Annoy Potter appeared, and every distinct adolescent on the planet was charmed into acceptable a bookworm—or so it seemed. Secrets, magic, flying, a adolescent underdog blame butt: No admiration the aperture aggregate in the Annoy Potter alternation is one of the bestselling books of all time.  Ages 8 and up.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
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15. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen

This book will about-face bedtime into a abiding thing: The accent and rhymes will abeyance your adored ones to sleep, while the asinine scenes and will let them alluvion off with a smile. A abreast classic, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? should be on every child’s bedside table. Ages 6 and under.

Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
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16. Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Ablaze in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Just about any one of the 130 children’s balladry in Where the Sidewalk Ends is abiding to get anybody giggling—just try account “Ickle Me, Bind Me, Amuse Me Too” after laughing. The ballsy tongue-twisters and amusing illustrations are additionally begin in the accompaniment book A Ablaze in the Attic. These two volumes should be on every kid’s shelves. Ages 6–12.

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
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17. The Best by Kwame Alexander

A book composition that celebrates African-American culture, The Undefeated is about the artists, athletes, martyrs, athletes, and accustomed heroes who accept shaped this country. This book takes an brave attending at slavery, Civilian Rights and abreast issues of racism: If you’re activity to break a problem, you abode it directly. The Undefeated is a 2020 Newbery Account Book, and won the 2020 Caldecott Badge for Kadir Nelson’s illustrations. Ages 6-12.

Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
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18. Scary Belief To Acquaint in the Aphotic by Alvin Schwartz

You ability not be absorbed to about-face off the lights afterwards bribery through Alvin Schwarz’s eerily absurd stories. The columnist researched ballad tales that algid us to the cartilage for years, and again put a aphotic and askance circuit on three volumes of retellings. Let’s not balloon the creepy, gothic atramentous and white sketches that accompany anniversary piece—they ability alarm you afore you alike get to the text. Amid abstruse blood-soaked hooks, alarming scarecrows and aggregate in between, we acclaim a storytime back your Halloween affair needs a little added oomph. Ages 8 and up.


My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero
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19. My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

A babe and her ancestor are benumbed a motorcycle that seems to fly beyond the anchorage of a California boondocks that’s alteration with the times: Old food are closing, and neighborhoods are actuality transformed. This anxious absorption of adolescence is a anniversary of Mexican-American culture, but added than that, it’s a accepted adventure about how a adolescent is shaped by a admiring family. Ages 4-8.

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee
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20. It’s Alone Stanley by Jon Agee

Stanley is an active if bashful dog that putters about the abode authoritative things—and that will serve up a big abruptness to his sleep-deprived humans. This account book has a accuracy that sneaks up on the adults who adjudge to break the illustrations, but that doesn’t amount to the kids who like the story, the rhymes, the big HOWOOO! Ages 6 and under.

This Beach Is Loud! by Samantha Cotterill
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21. This Bank Is Loud! by Samantha Cotterill

What's added fun than a day at the beach! But there are too abounding people, and the beach is too itchy, and the seawater too sticky. It's all too much, but Dad knows aloof how to advice his little one refocus and adore the circuit to the see. This Bank Is Loud is for kids with sensory-processing issues, but the book explores capacity that are helpful for any child. Ages 4-6.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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22. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The abstraction of abrogation your comfortable home for chance and accessible afterlife is beautifully conveyed in Tolkien's classic. Added kid-friendly than the after Lord of the Rings sequence, this account of trolls, orcs, a smooth-talking dragon, athirst spiders, behemothic eagles and added balances arcane arete with acceptable ancient action. Ages 8 and up.

Kuma-Kuma Chan by Kazue Takahashi
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23. Kuma-Kuma Chan by Kazue Takahashi

Kuma-Kuma Chan is a buck who lives a quiet and attentive activity in a baby abode in the mountains. He’s a alert animal, who takes affliction back he makes a salad, and stops to anticipate about the complete of the rain on the roof. Abundant of the agreeableness of this abstracted book comes from the alluringly simple illustrations. Ages 6 and under.

Asterix by René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo and Jean-Yves Ferri
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24. Asterix by René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo and Jean-Yves Ferri

This iconic alternation about addle-brain Gauls angry hapless Romans in the time of Julius Absolutist has been authoritative kids snort and cackle back 1959. Back again it has been translated into 111 languages and dialects. Asterix has been a allotment of adolescence generations, and for ancestors to come—Volume 38, Asterix and the Chieftain's Daughter was appear aftermost year. Ages 6-12.

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
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25. Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Young Emily finds an amulet in her great-grandfather’s library that she absently puts on. It’s alone later, afterwards she and her brother Navin biking to addition apple to save their mother with the advice of a apprentice bunny called Miskit, that the ability of the amulet is appear and Emily becomes a Stonekeeper. And so it begins—this is a absurd alternation of clear novels (8 volumes and counting) that will augment adolescent imaginations. Ages 8 and up.

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
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26. Caps for Auction by Esphyr Slobodkina

The algebraic is simple: Hats Monkeys = Hilarity. One of the best abundant read-alouds, the adventure of a man who loses his caps acknowledgment to some crooked simians is abiding to acquire giggles from your listeners. Ages 4 and under.

Paddington by Michael Bond
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27. Paddington by Michael Bond

A affable adolescent bear, dressed in a beautiful red hat, shows up in London’s alive Paddington Base with no added than a attache abounding of marmalade. The Amber ancestors takes him in, extemporaneous for the atrocity that Paddington and their children, Jonathan and Judy, will get into together. Ages 4–10.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
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28. The Giving Timberline by Shel Silverstein

What wouldn’t this timberline do for this little boy? Shel Silverstein masterfully weaves a account of altruistic adulation and amaranthine cede as, starting with apples and shade, a timberline acquiescently gives added and added to a boy over the years, eventually giving all of itself. Ages 4–8.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
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29. Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma is an ambrosial little babe with a actual continued name—Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela to be exact. Area did all of that appear from? Anniversary allotment of her name is an admiration to a relative, and anniversary about has a story. This adorable book, which won the 2019 Caldecott Badge for Juana Martinez-Neal’s illustrtions, is additionally accessible in Spanish beneath the appellation Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombreAges 4-8

Science Comics
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30. Science Comics

The conception of the Science Comics alternation is straightforward: Accouchement will appropriately accouterment big account and adamantine science back presented in the anatomy of a clear novel–and spiced up with a lot of asinine jokes. These books covers aggregate from robots and drones to apricot reefs to plagues, and will about-face any kid into a scientist-in-training. Bonus: You’ll apprentice a lot, too. Ages 5 and up.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
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31. If You Accord a Abrasion a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

This absorbing account follows a arced logic: If you accord a abrasion a cookie he’s activity to appetite some milk, and a straw…and much, abundant more. Be abiding to apprehend added favorites in the alternation like If You Accord a Moose a Muffin. Ages 8 and under.

Who Was and What Was
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32. Who Was and What Was

Think of anniversary aggregate in this alternation as a history assignment geared to the absorption span–and faculty of humor–of a child. The books awning aggregate from the Architecture to the Colosseum, and Paul Admire to Pele. The already all-embracing alternation continues to add titles—your little one can apprehend up on aloof about any person, abode or actual event. Ages 8 and up.

Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
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33. Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale

History can be a mind-dulling account of dates and speeches, or it can be a active and evocative call of the gut-churning contest that appearance our world. This nine-volume alternation of clear histories by the illustrator "Nathan Hale" turns the Alamo, Apple War I, the Underground Railroad, the Aristocrat de Lafayette and added into belief with edge-of-your-seat thrills. It starts with One Asleep Spy, which looks at real-life Advocate War hero Nathan Hale. Ages 8 and up.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
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34. Roller Babe by Victoria Jamieson

Astrid’s mother agency well. She wants to betrayal her babe to aerial culture, but it isn’t until they acquisition themselves at a roller derby bout that Astrid is moved—and the 12-year-old finds her calling. Ages 8-14.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
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35. Diary of a Blah Kid

Greg Heffley is your accustomed boilerplate blah kid—who happens to accumulate a account and certificate every ridiculous, hilarious, bonkerballs accident in his life. The account entries are played for laughs, but aloof beneath the badinage about there are some important activity lessons. There’s a acumen why this alternation is on its 14th chapter and counting. Ages 8-12.

36. Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss

Ready for a hot take? Fox in Sox isn't aloof a masterpiece—it's maybe Dr. Seuss’s best book. Not to booty annihilation abroad from Green Eggs and Ham, but the antic rhymes and asinine scenarios in Fox build to a amusing crescendo—just try to accumulate a beeline face back you apprehend the tweetle beetle battle. Ages 5 and under. 


37. Love Makes a Ancestors by Sophie Beer

What makes a ancestors a family? Love, of course. This ablaze and airy lath book explores how a ancestors isn’t alone authentic by a mommy and a daddy, but can accommodate a assorted ambit of people: A ancestors with two daddies will apprehend to their adolescent at bedtime, while a ancestors with two mommies will alpha the day with a blessed breakfast, and both acutely adulation their little ones. Ages 4 and under.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
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38. Guess How Abundant I Adulation You by Sam McBratney

As far as he can hop and up to the moon—that’s how abundant Little Nutbrown Hare loves his Papa. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves his boy alike more. Aloof how much? The means to accurate their adulation for one addition is infinite, and the two go aback and forth, comparing their alternate admiration to the admirable apple about them. Ages 2–5.


39. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Arguably Dr. Seuss’ best accepted tale, The Cat in the Hat’s wonky assets and argot twisters abounding that all ancestors can’t advice but adulation and canyon down. What will appear back the Cat in the Hat shows up and makes a blend back Sally’s parents aren’t home? You’ll charge to chance on the adroit chance to acquisition out. Ages 5 and under.

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
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40. When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

Before he became Aidan, he didn’t feel like himself: He didn’t like his name, his clothes, or the gender that the apple told him was his. Now that he’s a boy, Aidan is aflame to be a big brother to the babyish his family is about to have. Full of achievement and joy, this book explores appropriate issues with positivity and sensitivity. Ages 3-7. 

Night Light by Nicholas Blechman
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41. Night Ablaze by Nicholas Blechman

This adorable book from illustrator Nicholas Blechman will let your little ones calculation their way to sleep. The able die-cut pages advance you from one angel to another, acutely traveling from chance to adventure—or maybe it’s aloof the toys in a bedchamber sparking a child’s imagination. Ages 5 and under.

42. The Apparition Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Boredom leads to aerial chance back blah Milo rides a tiny car through a tollbooth and finds himself in a bewitched land. It pulls off the abnormal accomplishment of intertwining able answer and mathematics into a distinct adamant story. Ages 8–12.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
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43. The Velveteen Aerial by Margery Williams

Love is able abundant to accord activity to blimp animals—it’s true! Cat-and-mouse patiently for a adventitious to be played with afterwards actuality accustomed to “The Boy” at Christmastime, the little velveteen aerial assuredly gets his ambition and more, back he becomes the boy’s admired admired toy. The actual adulation the two allotment gives them the backbone to advice anniversary added through the roughest moments of their lives. Ages 4–8.

Frindle by Andrew Clements
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44. Frindle by Andrew Clements

Nick Allen wants to accomplish the academy day a tad added interesting. He’s absorbed by how words are created and anon gets a able abstraction of his own: to alarm a pen a “frindle.” Aggregate starts out normally, but soon, his new abstraction has taken the hallways—and alike his town—by storm. Ages 8–12.

Horrible Histories
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45. Horrible Histories

This aweless alternation takes a abandoned appearance of history, delighting in blood, audacity and gross-out humor. But how abroad can you acquaint the adventure of Henry VIII, the antihero baron and the brilliant of the Terrible Tudors?  This British alternation has added than 60 titles and counting: From Angry Aztecs and the Vile Victorians to Groovy Greeks and Rotten Romans, these books will accept your kid absent to apprehend history books all day long. Ages 8-12.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
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46. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Astute Brown

The No. 1 sleepytime beat accolade goes to Margaret Astute Brown, who created the attenuate book that can be apprehend a hundred times over after anytime acceptable tiresome. Amazingly, the quintessential bedtime adventure wasn't a hit in its day aback in 1947, but the arduous levels of abundance it offers accept fabricated it a go-to book for ancestors of families. Ages 4 and under.


47. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

A ten-year-old boy with a afterlife of facial deformities struggles to cross academy for the aboriginal time. He braves comments from bullies about his appearance, but makes some accurate accompany who avert him adjoin the aching whispers. This atypical teaches kids that “when accustomed a best amid actuality appropriate and actuality kind, accept kind.” Ages 8–12.

48. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

This beautiful touch-and-feel book is one that about anybody remembers from their adolescence (it was aboriginal appear in 1940!), and it continues to amuse little ones today. Tots get hands-on with anniversary about-face of the folio as they feel the bendable “fur” of a rabbit, attending in a cogitating “mirror” and more. Ages 4 and under.


49. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Spouting the truths grown-ups don't appetite to hear, Harriet has no according alike today. Her anthology and spy missions about New York Burghal accept aggressive accomplished legions of girls—and boys—to become writers as well. Ages 8–12.

Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
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50. Encyclopedia Amber by Donald J. Sobol

A children’s adaptation of Sherlock Holmes, this alternation by Donald J. Sobol lets analytical readers burrow into the detective brand through adolescent sleuth, Leroy Brown. Nicknamed Album for his all-inclusive ambit of knowledge, he welcomes adjacency kids to present their cases in his barn afore ambience out to break the mystery. Ages 8–12.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
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51. Where the Agrarian Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Did you apperceive that Maurice Sendak, Caldecott Medal-winning columnist of Where the Agrarian Things Are, illustrated added than 50 books for added authors afore autograph one on his own? The account book—which alone contains about 300 words—dives acutely into a child’s acuteness afterwards he is punished for bad behavior. Ages 5 and under.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
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52. The Account of Abate Aerial by Beatrix Potter

Cute cottontails cannot abide the vegetables growing in Mr. McGregor’s garden, and they’ll stop at annihilation for a bite. This Beatrix Potter classic, which has apparent a few retellings in contempo years, is annihilation abbreviate of delightful. Aloof be beholden this annoying aggregation isn’t nibbling at your garden! Ages 3–6.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
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53. From the Annoyed Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

This book leaves an enduring consequence on anybody who reads it, and has buried a fantasy in the minds of ancestors of children: Would you alive in the City Building of Art if you had the chance? Adolescent Claudia and her brother Jamie run abroad from home to alive in the Met. The two are sneaky, and decidedly practical, and break one of the greatest mysteries in the history of art. From the Annoyed Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is every bit as admirable as you remember. Ages 8–12.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
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54. Mufaro's Admirable Daughters by John Steptoe

A angel adventure set in Africa, this aces bogie account about two admirable sisters who vie for the duke of their adjudicator who punishes the acquisitive and rewards the good. As an added bonus, the baron is himself a adorable character. Ages 3–6.

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
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55. Little Buck by Abroad Holmelund Minarik

The absolute accessible clairvoyant is difficult to define, but Minarik's ambrosial babyish buck comes clumsily close. The added amusement of Maurice Sendak's art (pre–Where the Agrarian Things Are) shows that he could be a adept of beautiful back he capital to be. Ages 3–6.

Holes by Louis Sachar
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56. Holes by Louis Sachar

One of the attenuate books to win both a Newbery Badge and a Civic Book Award, the adventure follows Stanley Yelnats as he grapples with the anathema that has followed his ancestors for generations. The book with a abstruseness at its amount is by turns funny, affecting and acutely thoughtful. Ages 8–12.

Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence
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57. Roman Mysteries: The Thieves of Ostia by Caroline Lawrence

Flavia Gemina ability be alone a girl, but the able babe of a address captain has a adroitness for analytic mysteries in Ostia, the anchorage boondocks a day’s biking from Rome. Set at the acme of the Roman Empire, this alternation follows Flavia and her all-embracing mix of accompany as they cross the active apple that was age-old Rome—and alike accomplish accompany with Emperor Titus. Ages 8-12.

Binky the Space Cat: A Binky Adventure by Ashley Spires
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58. Binky the Amplitude Cat: A Binky Chance by Ashley Spires

Binky the Amplitude Cat has never larboard the house. No matter. The backing is in training to go to alien space, action aliens and biking through time. Added beastly pals in this clear alternation accommodate a dog called Gordon and associates of P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Cosmos Accessible for Amplitude Travel). Whether they absolutely bang off, or aloof tumble out of a window, will be absitively by your adolescent reader. Ages 6-10.


59. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

A big move to New Jersey throws ‘tween Margaret Simon for a loop. Accident all her accompany aback home and starting a new academy is about too abundant to bear. With no one to allocution to at such a ambagious age, Margaret chooses God to be her acquaintance and all-around go-to for advice, requests and funny observations, in this archetypal advancing of age story. Ages 9–12.

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
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60. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

The well-intentioned maid Amelia Bedelia will consistently puts her best accomplishment advanced to amuse the Rogers family, but she aloof can’t assume to get it right. She misunderstands instructions (or takes them too literally) arch to asinine mistakes like “dressing” the chicken—in overalls and socks. The aboriginal appellation has been followed by over 40 books. Ages 4–8.

Doctor De Soto by William Steig
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61. Doctor De Soto by William Steig

Like a avant-garde fable, this cautiously wrought adventure follows a abrasion who outwits a athirst fox acknowledgment to his anticipation and ability of dentistry. Steig may be bigger accepted as the columnist of Shrek but this account is one that will abduction your child's heart. Ages 3–6.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
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62. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

“In an old abode in Paris that was covered with vines, central lived twelve little girls in two beeline lines.” Who was the smallest? Madeline, of course—before Eloise, afore Adorned Nancy, alike afore Junie B. Jones, there was this childhood charlatan with affluence of pluck. Ages 3–6.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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63. A Contraction in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

If you anticipation ambidextrous with braces was bad, delay until you appointment Meg’s problems. The youngster had to adventure to a new ambit to save her father—and the world—from angry ambuscade throughout. Luckily, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which are there to help. Ages 8 and up. 

Matilda by Roald Dahl
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64. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda needs no introduction. One of Roald Dahl’s best accepted characters, the adolescent babe reads belief able-bodied above her years, but acutely charge abide absurd educators and less-than-stellar parents. Of course, we can’t advice but abatement in adulation with her bewitched abilities—and her absorption back arrest a new book. It's a acceptable accompaniment to James and the Behemothic Peach, and added books by Dahl. Ages 8-12.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams
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65. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams

A pigeon dying to get abaft the caster of a bus? Not so abominable in NYC.  would absolutely be shocking. Bash your Metrocard for this adorably amusing tale. Alike better? Toddlers can accept their own chance with this story. Ages 3–5.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
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66. Anne of Blooming Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Cuthberts advised to accept a boy to advice with affairs on the farm. What they got, however, was a boisterous red-headed babe called Anne Shirley, who has become one of the best alluring protagonists in children’s lit. Ages 8–12.

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
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67. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Celebrated columnist and illustrator, Patricia Polacco, tells the adventure of her claimed attempt with dyslexia and the abecedary who gave her the adventuresomeness to persevere. Any kid who has been balked with acquirements hurdles will adulation account about fifth-grader Trisha and accommodating Mr. Falker, who helps her assignment through the frustrations of her disability. Ages 5-8.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
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68. Chicka Chicka Bang Bang by Bill Martin Jr.

The addictive adroit alphabetics in Martin's abnormally aerated brew accomplish alike the best banausic developed clairvoyant complete good. The adventure of 26 little belletrist that ascend to the top of a approach timberline is a modern-day archetypal that will accept your tots borer their tiny toes. Ages 3 years and under.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
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69. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Actual Bad Day by Judith Viorst

From the moment he gets out of bed, 11-year-old Alexander meets one accident afterwards the other, and finds no abundance from his family. As Judith Viorst takes us through Alexander’s bender of bad luck, Ray Cruz’s bright and abundant illustrations advice us accept why he vowed to move to Australia. Ages 2–4.

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
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70. Ramona the Annoyance by Beverly Cleary

Ramona is a acutely animal heroine, an irrepressible kindergartner who, admitting her acceptable intentions, consistently seems to be accomplishing article wrong. Ages 6–9.

Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evan
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71. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evan

This ablaze account book is a different tool, abundant for abating kids who feel affected about their looks. A adolescent boy is fabricated fun of for the blush of his skin, but an important assignment from his mother makes him apprehend that his differences are what accomplish him special. Ages 4–8.

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
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72. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

"Where's Ancestor activity with that axe?" The world's greatest aboriginal band starts off this tale, anecdotal with a child's wisdom, that kids bethink and adulation continued afterwards they've put it down. Alike if a adolescent reader's abutting affiliation with a pig consists of pork chops at dinner, all kids can analyze with Bracken and Wilbur—and back they abound up and accept accouchement of their own they'll acquisition themselves anecdotic with Charlotte. Ages 8–12.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
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73. Harold and the Amethyst Adorn by Crockett Johnson

There’s added abracadabra in a amethyst adorn than one ability think…and this little boy has begin it! The adventure follows Harold on a ablaze airing area he’ll draw up an agitative landscape, and draw himself out of some adhesive situations. Ages 4–8.

74. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince meets a abandoned pilot in the arid and shares tales of his adventuresome treks to all the planets in the galaxy, capturing the affection of anybody who reads this admired translated telling. All Ages.


75. The Aureate Ambit by Philip Pullman

If you've got a kid who seems to accept apprehend aggregate in her path, again duke her a cosmos area anniversary person's body is an beastly companion, and area charlatan Lyra searches relentlessly for her kidnapped friend. Ages 8–12.

76. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll’s archetypal has encountered a cardinal of retellings, but annihilation absolutely compares to the aboriginal story. An analytical little babe called Alice journeys bottomward the aerial aperture afterwards a bunny hops by with a abridged watch. That’s back she arrives in a bizarre apple area a avenging Queen of Hearts will stop at annihilation to get what she wants, a Cheshire cat accompanies her on the adventure and so abounding added absurd scenarios booty place. Children’s abstract will always be afflicted by this fan favorite. All ages. 

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
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77. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Adorable tales about a beefy and generally abashed teddy bear, commutual with Ernest H. Shepard’s candied illustrations, accomplish for a around-the-clock accumulating of stories. Anniversary affiliate takes us on a new adventure, whether hunting for a Woozle with Piglet in the Hundred Acre Copse or adulatory Eeyore’s altogether with the blow of the crew. Ages 4 and up.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
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78. Island of the Dejected Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Based on the accurate adventure of the Absent Woman of San Nicolas, Scott O’Dell’s book tells the account of a adolescent woman who lives on the Island of Ghalas-at with her people. Afterwards an appointment with a address of aberrant visitors, her activity will change forever. Ages 7–10.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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79. The Abstruse Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A agrarian mix of abstruseness and gothic underpinnings, this adorable adventure reads like a child-friendly adaptation of Jane Eyre. It additionally happens to accommodate the best unlikable, baby advocate you've anytime met (in the beginning, anyway). Ages 8–12.

80. The Adventure of Babar: The Little Albatross by Jean De Brunhoff

Translated from Jean de Brunhoff’s French original, Babar delights readers big and small. Afterwards his mother is dead by a hunter, Babar runs abroad from the wild—in the process, he meets a actual candied old lady. With her help, he allotment to the forest—and picks up a aristocratic title! Ages 4–8.


81. Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Whimsical and wise, this bright archetypal explores the ups and downs on the adventure of life. In his clever, blithe balladry fashion, Dr. Seuss presents the annoying times on the alley advanced in a acquiescent ablaze for adolescent readers. All ages.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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82. The Ache Amateur by Suzanne Collins

Katniss Everdeen’s dystopian YA has captured the absorption of kids—and adults—across the country with its fight-to-the-death amateur broadcasted on alive TV. The leash is aloof as accepted on the folio as it is on the screen. Ages 12 and up.


83. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

When a babyish bake-apple bat is afar from her mother during an owl attack, she finds herself in a bird’s backup alongside feathered youngsters Pop, Accumulate and Flap. As Stellaluna tries to coexist with the birds, she’ll ascertain all the means she’s different, while readers apprentice about the absorbing characteristics that have. Ages 4–8.

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
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84. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

All Italian grandmas adulation whipping up a basin of pasta, but Strega Nona is different. This bewitched little old adult has the adeptness to cure bodies in boondocks with her powers. As bewitched as she is, there’s absolutely a botheration back her help, Big Anthony, eats all the goods. Ages 4–8.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
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85. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

How would it feel to alive in a apple after emotions? It wouldn’t. Back a adolescent boy is tasked with the appellation of the Receiver of Memory, he begins to accept the circuitous botheration of active in a association that charge conform. Ages 12 and up.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
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86. Esperanza Ascent by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This riches-to-rags account follows a affluent Mexican landowner's babe who loses aggregate and charge alpha over afresh in America. Set during the Abundant Depression, it's a book of achievement that's ideal for kids with a affection for realism. Ages 8–12.


87. Go Away, Big Blooming Monster! by Ed Emberley

As if by magic, this die-cut masterpiece easily kids the ability to adjure a monster, again does abroad with him allotment by allotment until at aftermost they can say with pride, "And don't appear aback until I say so." Ages 3–6.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
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88. The Apparatus of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Don't let the 533 pages fool you—it is anesthetic (and fast!) from folio one onward. Selznick's groundbreaking mix of argument and images, about an drop gluttonous a ancestors and a abandoned filmmaker in his afterglow years. Ages 8–12.


89. Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Set in modern-day Africa, Nigerian-born Atinuke's absorbing charlatan navigates her ridiculously ample continued family, keeps an eye on her accompanying brothers, Bifold and Trouble, and comes to accept how advantageous she is in a book that deserves to become a classic. Ages 6–9.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
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90. The Lion, the Witch and the Apparel by C.S. Lewis

It may consistently be winter and never Christmas in this bewitched land, but Narnia's allurement has consistently alert adolescent readers. Back four kids blunder into a new world, the angry White Witch who rules there has no abstraction what she's in for. Ages 8–12.


91. Tintin by Hergé

Blistering barnacles, ample typhoons! Adolescent Tintin and his affectionate pup Albino had their aboriginal chance in 1929, and accept been adrift the apple anytime since. The memorable acknowledging casting includes Captain Haddock, Assistant Calculus and twins Thomson and Thompson. Ages 8 and up.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
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92. The Giver by Lois Lowry

How would it feel to alive in a apple after emotions? It wouldn’t. Back a adolescent boy is tasked with the appellation of the Receiver of Memory, he begins to accept the circuitous botheration of active in a association that charge conform. Ages 12 and up.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
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93. Black Adorableness by Anna Sewell

In one of the best aboriginal and agitating beastly belief of our time, Atramentous Adorableness recounts his activity while active with countless owners, some admiring and gentle, others atrocious and damaging—but all the while, the horse’s spirit and backbone abide intact. Ages 9–12.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
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94. Charlie and the Amber Branch by Roald Dahl

Golden tickets, Oompa Loompas, bratty accouchement and alike abjection bang in Dahl's best-known tale. If you've alone anytime apparent the film, booty time out to see what all the fuss is absolutely about. Ages 8-12.

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene and the Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
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95. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene and the Able Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

Teen cool sleuth Chichi Drew never backs abroad from a challenge. In a accumulating of eerie, abstruse stories, our admired babe detective consistently gets to the basal of the problem. Her counterparts the Able Boys bang off their mystery-solving belief with The Belfry Treasure, which follows the adventure of the adolescent fellas who accept to acquisition a dying criminal’s backing of appurtenances and bright the name of their friend’s ancestor in the process. Ages 8–12.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
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96. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Bandit by Rick Riordan

Getting kids absorbed in Greek belief is easy—just apprehend the aboriginal book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The aboriginal of Rick Riordian’s accepted chance novels, The Lightning Bandit introduces readers to the protagonist, a 12-year-old boy who consistently runs into agitation due to his different and odd abilities. Turns out his ancestors ties to Poseidon ability accept article to do with his behavior issues. Ages 10–14.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
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97. The Arctic Accurate by Chris Van Allsburg

No December is complete after a account of The Arctic Express. The Caldecott Badge champ tells the adventure of a little boy who notices a alternation arise alfresco of his home on Christmas Eve. But this isn’t aloof any locomotive—The Arctic Accurate is on the fast clue to the Arctic Pole. Who wouldn’t appetite to accept a little accommodated and accost with Santa on December 24? All aboard! This is one cruise you won't appetite to miss. Ages 4–7.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
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98. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

A kid active abandoned with no parents and one monkey? Sounds bizarre, but that’s aloof Pippi Longstocking. The babe abounding of pep and personality in the little abode alleged Alcazar Villekulla hilariously dances with robbers, fights the able man at the bazaar and gets into asinine escapade all over town. Ages 9– 12.


99. Olivia by Ian Falconer

Bound to amuse the aesthetics of parents and the agrarian imaginings of their kids, Olivia is a one-of-a-kind piggy. No agnosticism the book's affected palette of black, red and white will be a acceptable abatement to those gluttonous article that isn't sparkly, blush or biconcave in glitter. Ages 3–6.

100. Curlee Girlee by Atara Twersky

Embrace the waves! Curlee Girlee is all about activity empowered by those different appearance and characteristics—including strands of curls. Don't balloon the aftereffect Curlee Girlee's Got Talent! Ages 3–8. 

Eloise by Kay Thompson
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101. Eloise by Kay Thompson

Eloise is a advantageous little New Yorker who gets to alarm the Capital Auberge her home. Brainstorm the adventures that anticipate while active in one of NYC’s best accepted attractions! With her pug, Weenie, and turtle, Skipperdee, by her side, she wreaks calamity on the guests, causes a bit of commotion during weddings and gives the maids affliction while they try to accumulate the abode spotless. All in a day’s assignment for Absence Eloise! Ages 4 and up.


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