The Best Books Age by Age: Big Kids

Check out some of our favorite books for kindergartners and school-age kids.

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Bread and Jam for Frances

By Russell Hoban

Struggling with a picky eater? Give this book a go to show your kids that branching out those taste buds can be a good thing!

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Courtesy of Simon & Schuester, Inc.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

By William Steig

When your kindergartner's got a case of the gimmes, this book is a great reminder that we may already have all that we really need.

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Courtesy of the Penguin Group

Make Way for Ducklings

By Robert McCloskey

You just have to love this classic tale of a mother duck's unconditional love for her ducklings.

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The Little Engine That Could

By Watty Piper

This book's famous line -- "I think I can, I think I can" -- will inform your mommy pep talks for years and years to come.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst

You can't teach this lesson too early: There are days when just everything seems to go wrong -- but tomorrow is always another day!

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By Erik Kraft

We love how this "grass is always greener" tale sparks kids' limitless imaginations.

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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

By Kevin Henkes

A few weeks before your child's ready to start kindergarten, he'll love reading this tale about "Big Kid School."

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Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Co.

Fireman Small

By Wong Herbert Yee

What's better than a fireman saving the day? Firetruck-obsessed kids will definitely enjoy this inspiring read.

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Courtesy of Simon & Schuester, Inc.

Stone Soup

By Marcia Brown

This great trickster tale will have your impish kindergartner laughing.

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Courtesy of Hyperion Books

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

By Mo Willems

Kids will find relief in their advanced language abilities when they read about a young girl who loses her bunny -- but isn't yet able to articulate to her parents what's happened!

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the March 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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