20 Great Books To Read For Young Kids


Reading good books to your young children is a priceless gift that you can offer your kids. I cannot emphasize enough the positive impact it has on a child and that children who read good books often grow up smarter and communicate better.

I have always promoted reading with my children, and though at times I would get real busy, I’d ensure that the very least I did was to purchase books online or borrow books from the library for my kids to read.

If my children read the books independently or I had them play the audio books, I promoted reading as an essential part of our lives. You know, it does not have to be difficult and time-consuming to instill good reads in your household, because you can raise readers with minimal effort.

I have compiled a list of 20 books for young children to read in their childhood and I hope it serves as a guide if you’re looking for recommendations for your little one.

20 Books I Highly Recommend For Children 7 And Under

  1. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

This book is silliness that appeals to young children and is written by Mo Willems.


2. Goodnight Moon

One of my kid’s absolute favorites and a must-keep book to pass down to your grandchildren! Written by Margaret Wise Brown.


3. The Little Island

Another great read by Margaret Wise Brown about a seashore world that comes alive.


4. The Snowy Day

This classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow. Written by Ezra Jack Keats.


5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

A humorous read that kids will love about a caterpillar's development. Written by Eric Carle.


6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter is a famous children’s author and this was her first and best book about a Rabbit named Peter.


7. Curious George Books

Curious George has been a favorite of ours for years. It is the perfect mix of funny and educational as it follows the antics of a monkey named George. Written by H. A. and Margret Rey.


8. Amelia Bedelia Collection of Books

This set of books is absolutely hilarious and fun for kids. They love the quirkiness of Amelia Bedelia as she takes life way too literal and brings tons of laughter from it. One of our favorites! Written by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel.


9. The Frog and Toad Collection Of Books

Engaging stories spotlight charming characters of Frog and Toad. Written by Arnold Lobel and we read the 3-series set of books.


10. The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh

A beloved, classic book filled with stories and poems about the famous Winnie The Pooh Bear, Christopher Robin, and friends. Written by A.A. Milne.


11. Harold and the Purple Crayon

Imagination reigns in this timeless classic about a boy named Harold who loves to draw with his purple crayon. Written by Crockett Johnson.


12. The Cat in the Hat Books

Everyone knows about the famous Cat In The Hat Books which adds silliness and humor to build upon a child’s imagination. Written by the famous Dr Seuss.


13. Where the Wild Things Are

A classic masterpiece with some wild imagination for kids to enjoy. Written by Maurice Sendak.


14. Last Stop On Market Street

A sweet story of Nana showing her grandson the city’s beauty via bus. Written by Matt de la Peña.


15. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

A charming book for both boys and girls to enjoy. Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker


16. Owl Moon

A Well-written children’s book about one winter’s night when a little girl and her father go owling. Written By Jane Yolen.


17. Make Way for Ducklings

Another keeper! This beautiful tale of mallards on the move received the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of the year, and has been a favorite of of ours. Written by Robert McCloskey.


18. Locomotive

Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads. Written by Brain Floca.


19. Where The Sidewalk Ends

An irresistible collection of clever, hilarious poems for kids. Written by Shel Silverstein.


20. The Story of Ferdinand

One of my son’s loved this book so much he could not stop reading it as a young child. This delightful classic story is about a gentle bull who does not want to fight. Written by Munro Leaf.


Well there you have, it - our favorite collection of the top 20 books we love and read together as a family when my kids were young. We had them on our bookshelf and read them over and over. These are keepers and ones you can even pass on to the next generation.

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