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.

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.

      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.

        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).

          Ages 8 to 10

          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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