Your 2018 Age-to-Age Guide to What Your Kid Should Read Next

The secret to raising a reader? Knowing which book to give your child after he’s just finished one he loved. Colby Sharp, the co-founder of The Nerdy Book Club Blog, selected follow ups that will be the perfect match. These ideas are page-turners! 

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Ages 0-2

Peter Ardito

Ages 0-2

For Kids Who Liked: Look Look! by Peter Linenthal

Because: They loved experiencing the actions of everyday life through breathtaking black and-white illustrations.

Try: I’m Scared by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Because: They’ll get to learn about their emotions while experiencing comics for the first time. 

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Ages 0-2

Peter Ardito

Ages 0-2

For Kids Who Liked: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrations by Eric Carle

Because: They were captivated by the colors and animals in this famous book. 

Try: My Little Cities: New York by Jennifer Adams, illustrations by Greg Pizzoli

Because: They’ll be introduced to one of the four beautiful cities in this boldly illustrated series.

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Ages 0-2

Peter Ardito

Ages 0-2

For Kids Who Liked: The I Spy series by Jean Marzollo, photography by Walter Wick

Because: They relished searching for every last riddle.

Try: Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson

Because: There are dozens of snails hidden in the illustrations throughout this book about two very different explorers. 

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Ages 3-5

Peter Ardito

Ages 3-5

For Kids Who Liked: The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems 

Because: They loved seeing how Gerald and Piggie found ways to answer all of life’s big questions.

Try: The Ballet Cat series by Bob Shea

Because: Ballet Cat’s eccentric personality leads to dramatic dilemmas as she navigates her friendships with Butter Bear, Sparkle the Pony, and Goat. 

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Ages 3-5

Peter Ardito

Ages 3-5

For Kids Who Liked: Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

Because: They enjoyed seeing how a paint spill could be turned into an elephant.

Try: The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

Because: They’ll see how goofs like drawing a leg that’s too long can lead to a character becoming a master tree climber. 

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Ages 6-8

Peter Ardito

Ages 6-8

For Kids Who Liked: The Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker, illustrations by Marla Frazee

Because: They related to her as she navigated school with confidence and spunk.

Try: Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Because: They’ll meet an animal lover trying to find her voice in a world where she isn’t sure where she fits.

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Ages 6-8

Peter Ardito

Ages 6-8

For Kids Who Liked: Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Because: They were wowed by the wacky events at this school with 30 floors and only one classroom on each floor.

Try: The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert

Because: They’ll want to know how each student uses more than a billion dollars. 

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Ages 6-8

Peter Ardito

Ages 6-8

For Kids Who Liked: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Because: They saw Billy go from being an anxious boy to one who inspired his father and appreciated his sister.

Try: Weekends With Max and His Dad by Linda Urban

Because: They’ll root for Max as he learns to imagine a world with divorced parents.

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Ages 9-10

Peter Ardito

Ages 9-10

For Kids Who Liked: Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Because: They watched Raina deal with the drama of middle school as she went through a whole slew of intense dental procedures. 

Try: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Because: They’ll see a homeschooled kid who works at a Renaissance fair start going to a regular school.

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Ages 9-10

Peter Ardito

Ages 9-10

For Kids Who Liked: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Because: They followed Bud as he ran away to find himself.

Try: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Because: They hope Clayton can become a musician after his blues-playing grandfather dies unexpectedly. 

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Ages 9-10

Peter Ardito

Ages 9-10

For Kids Who Liked: Wonder by R. J. Palacio 

Because: Their heart grew as they got to know Auggie.

Try: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Because: They’ll empathize with Malú, who has to fit in at a new school, and they’ll want to befriend every student in this book that has it all: a punk-rock band, zines, and a cilantrohating heroine. 

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Ages 9-10

Peter Ardito

Ages 9-10

For Kids Who Liked: The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Because: They were crazy about Percy’s story and his adventures alongside Greek gods.

Try: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Because: They’ll be enchanted as Minli goes on an epic quest inspired by Chinese folktales.