The Best Books Age by Age: Big Kids

Knuffle Bunny
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Check out some of our favorite books for kindergartners and school-age kids.
Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers
Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers

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!

Courtesy of Simon & Schuester, Inc.
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.

Courtesy of the Penguin Group
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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Courtesy of the Penguin Group
Courtesy of the Penguin Group

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.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuester, Inc.
Courtesy of Simon & Schuester, Inc.

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!

Courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.
Courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.

Chocolatina

By Erik Kraft

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

Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers
Courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers

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."

Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Co.
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.

Courtesy of Simon & Schuester, Inc.
Courtesy of Simon & Schuester, Inc.

Stone Soup

By Marcia Brown

This great trickster tale will have your impish kindergartner laughing.

Courtesy of Hyperion Books
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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