I’ve always loved reading, and one of my favorite things as a child was having a teacher or one of my parents read to or with me. Now that I’m older, I love reading to the children in my life. Below is a list of ten of my favorite books to read to children from birth to teens.
1) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
Age Group: 0-5
Goodnight Moon is my absolute favorite book to read to children-and not just infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers! I love reading it with children who are a bit older, too. And you know what? I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love it. The words are simple, and as children grow older they are able to read it along with you, and they love looking for the little mouse in each page.
2) Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.
Age Group: 0-5
Brown Bear, Brown Bear is another wonderfully written and illustrated book for children. Children love the rhymes as well as its rhythm. Infants and young toddlers love the colors of the illustrations, and older children love finding out what each animal sees next. It also is a lovely tool for teaching colors and animals to pre-schoolers.
3) Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Age Group: 4-8
Knuffle Bunny is one of the best children’s books written in the last decade. Mo Willems has an amazing voice in writing children’s literature, and this story touching on a very real subject for most pre-schoolers-losing their favorite stuffed animal. The illustrations are not the norm, as they are a blend of cartoon and photos.
4) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Age Group: 2-6
Children love the rhythmic writing in this tale of the letters in the alphabet racing to the top of a coconut tree. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will love the bright an funny illustrations and they’ll enjoy the repetitive phrases.
5) The Spiderwick Chronicles Series by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
Age Group: 7-11
This series has something for everyone-young, old, girl or boy. It’s filled with adventure, fantasy, mystery, and wonderfully odd creatures. Parents get just as enthralled with this series as their children.
6) Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Age Group: 9-12
The Little House series is another series great for everyone, from toddlers to adult. This series is also filled with something for everyone, and kids love learning that it actually happened.
7) A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Age Group: 12 +
This book is definitely for older kids, but was read to me when I was 8-and I loved it. It’s full of mystery, adventure, time travel and more, and has a wonderful message behind it all.
8) The Polar Express by Chris Vn Allsburg
Age Group: 5-8
What’s not to love about a Christmas story in which a young boy goes on a magical train ride to the North Pole to see Santa? This is a must-read for any Santa believers, and has an amazing moral for older children as well.
9) Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
Age Group: 6-8
This series is great for both kids and parents. Kids love it because it has adventure, time travel, mystery, and excitement. Parents love the series for the fact that there is a huge educational component-and kids don’t always know they’re learning!
10) Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Age Group: 5-7
This is a sweet little story about a cap peddler and mischievous monkeys. Young children love the monkeys and the hilarity that ensues. Your kids will be laughing and asking to read it again and again.