Find out what's hot on our reading list for kids!

By Teresa Kump
October 03, 2005

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.

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 DayBy 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

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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