Wondering What to Read Next?

Here are 100+ books for kids of all ages, recommended by teachers, parents, read-aloud experts, and our readers.

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Picture books and early readers (up to 1st grade)

Each Peach Pear Plum

Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Who Sank the Boat?

Pamela Allen

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Andrea Beaty


Ludwig Bemelmans

Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell

Are You My Mother?

P.D. Eastman

Where’s Spot?

Eric Hill

Rosie’s Walk

Pat Hutchins

Rascal the Dragon

Paul Jennings

Love the Baby

Steven Layne

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle

Betty MacDonald

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin, Jr., and Eric Carle

The Salamander Room

Anne Mazer

I Need a New Butt

Dawn McMillan

Hey Grandude!

Paul McCartney

Ashraf of Africa

Ingrid Mennen

Skippyjon Jones

Judy Schachner

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

“Could Be Worse!”

James Stevenson

Wombat Stew

Marcia Vaughan

Owl Babies

Martin Waddell

I Went Walking

Sue Williams

Grades 2-3

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown

The Enormous Egg

Oliver Butterworth


Andrew Clements


Roald Dahl

Kenny & the Dragon

Tony DiTerlizzi

The Giants and the Joneses

Julia Donaldson

Half Magic

Edward Eager

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

All About Sam

Lois Lowry

Treasure Hunters

James Patterson

Max and the Midknights

Lincoln Pierce

Grades 4-5

Grades 9-12

Counterfeit Son

Elain Alphin

The Underneath

Kathi Appelt

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

The Princess Bride

William Goldman

The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ambelen Kwaymullina

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch

The Light in the Forest

Conrad Richter


Neal Shusterman

Poetry and rhymes

Thanks to author Meghan Cox Gurdon for allowing us to share her poetry recommendations.

What the Ladybug Heard

Julia Donaldson

Orange Pear Apple Bear

Emily Gravett

17 Kings and 42 Elephants

Margarety Mahy

A Child’s Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson

They All Saw a Cat

Brendan Wenzel

Beastly Verse

JooHee Yoon
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