Age-by-Age Suggested Reading List

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Up to 18 Months

Make reading fun for both you and your child. Check out this age-by-age guide of recommended books.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed By Eileen Christelow Just like the song, they're bouncing around on the bed, of course!

Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? By Nancy White Carlstrom A day in the life of a little bear in lilting verse.

Peek-A-Boo By Janet and Allan Ahlberg The favorite baby game.

The Little Engine That Could By Watty Piper A persistent train with a positive attitude ("I think I can") carries the day.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle The tale of a ravenous caterpillar who eats his way through the week.

Where's Spot? By Eric Hill A mischievous spotted puppy is the star of this series.

18 Months to 3 years

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr. Repetition is key to this story's appeal to toddlers.

Curious George By H.A. Rey A classic tale about a childlike monkey with whom toddlers will identify.

Goodnight Moon By Margaret Wise Brown The classic bedtime book (see also Runaway Bunny by the same author).

Off We Go By Jane Yolen Baby critters head for their respective grandmothers' homes (see also How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by the same author).

Oh My Baby, Little One By Kathi Appelt Mama Bird reassures baby that her love is with him while they are apart.

Next: Ages 3 to 5

Ages 3 to 5

Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman A classic tale of a lost baby bird's search for his mother (see also Go, Dog, Go by the same author).

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie By Laura Joffe Numeroff One thing leads to another in this circular tale.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel By Virginia Lee Burton As fresh and entertaining as it was when first published more than 60 years ago.

Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever By Richard Scarry A word "encyclopedia," illustrated with Scarry's sweet cartoonish characters.

The Wheels on the Bus By Paul Zelinsky A gorgeous version of the song, with flaps to lift and tug at.

Wemberly Worried By Kevin Henkes A worrywart mouse faces the first day of nursery school.

When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry By Molly Bang A reassuring book about how one little girl handles her anger.

Next: Ages 5 to 8

Ages 5 to 8

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day By Judith Viorst A humorous story about a day when everything goes wrong.

Cassie Loves Beethoven By Alan Arkin The actor's funny and philosophical tale of a talking cow who loves Beethoven's music.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato By Lauren Child A fussy eater learns to see foods in a new way.

Little Bear By Else Holmelund Minarik Simple and tender stories about a little bear and his mother.

Ramona the Pest By Beverly Cleary The first in a series about a kindergarten child who can't stay out of trouble.

The Cat in the Hat By Dr. Seuss A silly tongue-twisting story (see also One Fish, Two Fish by the same author).

Next: Ages 8 to 10

Ages 8 to 10

Betsy-Tacy By Maud Hart Lovelace The first in a series about lifelong friends who first meet in grade school.

Fourth Grade Rats By Jerry Spinelli Newbery Medal winner writes about peer pressure and growing up.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler By E.L. Konigsburg The classic tale of a sister and brother who hide out in New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH By Robert C. O'Brien Newbery Medal winner writes about a widowed mouse who helps a colony of lab rats escape.

The Great Gilly Hopkins By Katherine Paterson A story about a determined-to-be-unpleasant 11-year-old girl in a foster home.

The Way Things Work By David Macaulay A delightfully detailed examination of how things work.

Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt What happens when a magic potion can make people live forever?

Wayside School Is Falling Down By Louis Sachar One of several hilarious books about wacky Wayside School (see also Holes by the same author).

Ages 10 and Up

A Wrinkle in Time By Madeleine L'Engle Children travel through space and time to rescue their scientist father.

Absolutely Normal Chaos By Sharon Creech A 13-year-old girl's angst about growing up one summer.

Stepping on the Cracks By Mary Downing Hahn The story of a conscientious objector being sheltered during World War II.

The Battle for the Castle By Elizabeth Winthrop Suspenseful adventures in a miniature castle (sequel to The Castle in the Attic).

The Wish Giver By Bill Brittain A humorous tale about wishes disastrously granted.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond By Elizabeth George Speare Newbery Medal winner writes about a feisty girl who moves to a Puritan colony and befriends a woman accused of witchcraft.

Books for Parents

How to Make Your Child a Reader for Life By Paul Kropp Practical information on how children learn to read and what you can do to help them.

The Mother-Daughter Book Club By Shireen Dodson Tips on how to organize your own book club.

The Reading Group Handbook By Rachel Jacobsohn A book-group leader shares her secrets.

The Read-Aloud Handbook By Jim Trelease The definitive guide to reading aloud to kids.

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