Best Book Recommendations for Kids

Story time is a great way for kids to learn through what they see and hear in books. Reading to your child, no matter how early, aids in their development of language skills while instilling a love for reading. It can also help them identify objects from what they see in the pictures. I’ve compiled a list featuring some of the best book recommendations for kids based on age.

There are many wonderful things that come from reading books to your children. One of the best things about reading with your child is that it creates a great bonding experience your children will remember for years to come. From early on, I would read to my daughter almost every night. Now she loves books and waits for me to come and read to her when I tuck her into bed. We also have reading time during the day so she and her brother get to hear stories together. I have some of my own personal favorites from classic stories I remember as a kid. Some of these are featured here in the following lists.

Best Books for Babies Under a Year

It’s never too soon to begin reading to your baby; although, they are still a bit young to grasp stories depicted in great detail. Shorter stories that typically consist of one sentence per page are more suitable for their attention span like these mentioned.

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
This is a touch and feel book that not only tells a story about two little bunnies, it offers a sensory component for your little one to really interact with the story. There are pieces of textured cloth and other features that encourage baby’s senses for a mentally stimulating experience.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
This is one of those books that will deeply touch your heart as it illustrates the story of a mother’s unconditional love for her son from infancy into adulthood. It’s a timeless classic with a sweet lullaby you never forget, making this a favorite for bed time stories.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
If you follow a bedtime routine with a bath, bottle, then book to get your little one settled down for bed then this is the perfect night time story. It has a very gentle, soothing tone in a poem  as a rabbit prepares for bedtime by saying goodnight to everything in its room.

Best Books for Toddlers

These books are great for toddlers with fun illustrations and interesting stories that also add learning value.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Eric Carle has written many children’s books in his career, though this one is by far one of his best-known publications and a best seller in children’s classics. It is adored by children who are fascinated with the brightly colored illustrations and even comes in a puppet book version. It is great for toddlers with counting as the caterpillar eats his way through the different foods.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen
I can still remember acting out each part of this story during story time at the library as a kid. In this book there is a father who takes his four kids on an adventure as they encounter different obstacles which you can physically play out with your kids as you read it. It’s a fun story and your kids will love acting out the parts.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Among his many other best sellers, this Dr. Seuss book is one to add to your child’s book collection. Sam-I-Am is the most popular, well-known character of the Dr. Seuss series in his persistent attempt to try his green eggs and ham. The repetitive, rhyming pattern that is typically associated with his books help in promoting your child’s literacy as they are fun to read.

Best Books for Preschoolers

This collection includes books with a little more detail for preschoolers who are able to focus on the story line and fully grasp what is being read.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This is one I’ve personally read to my daughter on countless nights. This is most likely due to the funny monsters that Max encounters in his journey throughout the book that she loves to look at. It has few words with some pages that have none, but the detailed illustrations give more meaning to the story than words can express.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstine
I love this book. It’s one that can be enjoyed by parents and children alike as it tells the story of a generous tree who gives everything it has to offer to a boy. There are many different interpretations of the book, though it is moving no matter what you take of it.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr.
Here’s another great book that features colorful illustrations by Eric Carle. In this book, little ones identify and recognize colors as they spot a variety of different animals in bright hues. The pattern of the rhyming words also make it easier for preschoolers to read along.

There are so many good stories; the list could go on and on of the best book recommendations for kids of various ages. Almost all of these books listed here are ones that I’ve read myself when I was a child and they are still top sellers among children’s books. If you live near a local library stop in and get a library card for your child so they can experience the endless magic and joy of reading books. There are also many online book clubs that you can join where they’ll send your child a free book each month.

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