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100 Books to Inspire Your Kids in 2020

Famous authors share the titles that made them readers—and that will captivate your child too.

A teddy bear’s search for his lost button. A wimpy kid’s misadventures in middle school. Whatever the plot, the first book you adored stays with you forever. Parents asked beloved authors for the title that opened their eyes (or their children’s) to the joy of reading. The gems on this remarkable list will turn your kids into readers too.

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Book Cover and Miracle's Boys Book Cover

Children's book authors share their favorite stories starring relatable characters who look, feel, and experience life just like your own child, making them amazing sources of support.

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From Frederick the mouse to the Little Prince, the main characters in these classic stories recommended by children's book authors are pretty much guaranteed to give kids (and parents) the warm fuzzies with every read.

The Child's Garden of Verses Book Cover and The Little Prince Book Cover
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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator Book Cover and The Borrowers Book Cover

This roundup of fantasy books chosen by children's book authors have everything required for a good adventure, including mythical creatures, aliens, and of course, Harry Potter.

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All it takes is reading the first book in these series recommended by children’s book authors to guarantee kids months of new adventures.

Nancy Drew The Secret of the Old Clock Book Cover and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Cover
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Guess How Much I Love You Book Cover and Harold and the Purple Crayon Book Cover

The true mark of a great board book? When parents can still remember the smile it put on their baby's face no matter how many years have passed. These classics pass the test.

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Whether they're into giggling at girls sprouting antlers or epic comic adventures, your kids will be entertained by these titles chosen by children's book authors themselves.

Imogenes Antlers Book Cover and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Book Cover
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Amelia Bedelia Book Cover and Little Bear Book Cover

Children's book authors love these simple stories full of memorable rhymes, characters, and illustrations for young kids just falling in love with reading.

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Whether read aloud or after school in a quiet corner at home, these fun books with irresistible wordplay will leave lasting memories, according to children's book authors who fell in love with them when they were kids themselves.

The Phantom Tollbooth Book Cover and The Lorax Book Cover
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James and the Giant Peach Book Cover and Charlotte's Web Book Cover

Looking for a story that will be as fun for you to read as it will be for your child to listen to? Children's book authors share the chapter books that captured their own attention as kids.

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From memoirs to reimagined classics, these stunning graphic novels for teens and tweens are a great way to introduce a new genre to kids.

Anyas Ghost Book Cover and A Wrinkle in Time Book Cover
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Jamaica Inn Book Cover and Black Boy Book Cover

Children’s book authors share the young adult books they couldn’t put down when they were tweens and teens.

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These classic kid’s books may be out-of-print, but it doesn’t mean you can’t find them! Children’s book authors explain why they think they’re worth the search and a read even if the pages are worn.

The Flight of Dragons Book Cover and The Brothers Lionheart Book Cover
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