Must-Have Classics for Every Child's Library
Choosing a book for your child? Consider not only the age and reading level, but maturity, interests, and comprehension. Here's a list of classic books that are sure to please the entire family!
The Runaway Bunny
What small child wouldn’t want to be assured that no matter where they go, mommy or daddy will follow, “for you are my little bunny.” Written by Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, this classic first appeared in 1942. Good for newborns and babies.
Miss Spider's Tea Party
The illustrations in Miss Spider’s Tea Party are not only breathtaking but packed with enough detail to occupy the “reader” for some time. Written by David Kirk. Good for newborns and babies.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle’s unique illustrations and fun touches are just icing on the delightful stories. In The Very Hungry Caterpillar the caterpillar teaches the days of the week as well as what overeating can do to you. Good for toddlers and preschoolers.
The Jolly Pocket Postman
Readers will think it great fun to pull letters, magnifying lenses and little books from each real envelope in this book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Good for toddlers and preschoolers.
Winnie the Pooh
This is the original Pooh series, first published in 1926. The grace and depth of the characters, the understated simplicity of the illustrations-it doesn’t get better than this. Every child should get to know A.A. Milne’s Pooh. Good for gradeschoolers.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants
In this book by Dav Pilkey, who wouldn’t love two zany elementary school cartoonists who can zap their principal into a cartoon? And who can resist titles like “Wicked Wedgies” and “Talking Toilets?” Good for gradeschoolers.
Poetry for Young People
This is a collection some of Robert Frost’s short poems arranged according to season. Each has a sweet watercolor to illustrate and paragraph to explain, without ever talking down to the reader. Good for gradeschoolers.
Gusty Girls: Young Women Who Dare
Twenty-five profiles from athletes to scientists as well as advice on caring for a young girl’s mind and body. By Tina Schwager and Michelle Schuerger. Good for gradeschoolers.
Before H.P. of wizardry school fame, readers were hooked on this 10 book series featuring a mouse living in Redwall Abbey. Published first in 1986, Brian Jacques’ book still makes many top-ten lists. Good for gradeschoolers.
In this story, Tuck and his family drink water that gives them eternal life. “Sad mushy and breathtaking” says one young reviewer. By Natalie Babbit. Good for gradeschoolers.
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