Children's books play such an important part in a child's life from getting to know endearing characters, to lessons learned and time spent reading with others. So, we wanted to compile a list of our top 10 must reads for young readers to advancing ones.
Are the old children’s books on your child’s shelves getting dusty? Is it time to graduate from picture books to chapter books? Read on to get a peek at our favorite children’s books for a nighttime read aloud, or reading independently.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon could be your key to making bed time painless. In a soothing, repetitive tone, a young rabbit says goodnight to all the things in the room. Instead of a plot, Goodnight Moon looks at the world from the eyes of a very young child, calming children with the ritual of naming each object around them. This is a great bedtime children’s book for children ages 0-3.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
This children’s book is a classic tale of bad fortune. Chances are you’ve read it and loved it. Author Judith Viorst takes the reader through the day of a relatable young boy Alexander who just can’t seem to have anything go right. This is a perfect book for kid’s ages 5-8 and sends the important message that it’s okay to have bad days and there will be good days to follow.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Corduroy is the tear jerking tale of a teddy bear missing a button who just wants to be taken home. Corduroy explores the department store all night trying to find his missing button before realizing he can be loved just the way he is. This children’s book is not only an entertaining story, but also portrays the important message that everyone can be loved for who they are. Corduroy is best for ages 3-7.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a fun and upbeat read aloud children’s book great for kids ages 4-6. With bright illustrations and rhythmic repetition it is a refreshing take on your typical alphabet learning books.
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Flora's Blanket by Debi Gliori
Flora’s Blanket is a heartwarming read with beautiful illustrations. This children’s book will hit home for all the blankie loving kids out there, as the story walks you through the night a sweet young rabbit Flora who loses her blanket. Enjoy this book with children ages 3-6.