The Best Children’s Books

Best Children's Books | Improve Your Child

The books a person reads as a child can have a huge influence and stay in their memory for years. Some of the best children’s books are timeless classics, while others are new favorites which are here to stay. Ranging from picture books to short chapter books, here are some of the best books in children’s literature:

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends — This collection of children’s poems is goofy and lighthearted, but it also addresses the serious events of growing up.
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon — The power of creativity is celebrated in this book about a little boy’s adventures
  • The Story of Ferdinand — This classic picture book features charming illustrations and tells the tale of a bull who dislikes fighting and would rather sit and smell the flowers.
  • Charlotte’s Web — This chapter book discusses serious topics, such as life, growing up, and making friends, while maintaining a sense of humor and fun
  • Where the Wild Things Are — Fanciful illustrations tell the tale of a little boy who lets his inner wildness have free reign.
  • Corduroy — This tale of a little bear searching for his missing button and someone to love him is truly heartwarming
  • Green Eggs and Ham — Simple vocabulary makes this Dr. Seuss favorite a great choice for beginning readers
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone— This book tells the tale of an orphan boy who goes to a magical school and discovers the importance of bravery and friendship.
  • The Wind in the Willows — This fun chapter book tells the story of four animal’s adventures in the English countryside.
  • The Giving Tree — Themes of friendship and generosity are discussed through the story of a boy’s friendship with a tree.
  • Matilda — This goofy novel describes the adventures of precocious and intelligent Matilda, a girl who loves to read.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — This picture book is a humorous look at what happens when one little boy has an unpleasant day.