Today I am sharing a few of my favorite books for kids. This is nowhere close to my complete list, but a few is better than none. I love, love, love books which is probably why I decided to become a teacher and share that love with kids.
I have included books that are good for a range of ages and reading abilities. I have also tried to include some newer titles with some old favorites.
For the Youngest
Babies love to look at other babies. This book has it!
Little Puppy: Finger Puppet Book
Anything with a puppet and a book? Sold! The boys liked it even better when the puppy barked, sniffed, and interacted with them.
My boys loved Maisy! I'm not sure why but when they hit two years old Maisy was the go to book. This one was their favorite. They loved to lift the flaps.
Sandra Boynton Books
I have to admit, I really get into these ones. When you read them, you can't help but sing...and maybe rock out just a little. Our favorites are the Belly Button Book and Barnyard Dance.
Elephant and Piggie Books by Mo Willems
We have just discovered these. My 6 year old loves, loves, loves to read them and hearing him read them with excitement is his voice warms my heart. I actually love all of Mo Willems' books which also include Knuffle Bunny and the Pigeon books.
Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Another of my 6 year old's favorite books. These two friends are unconventional, but still have some good times.
Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
Any time you can get a kid hooked into a series you are golden. If they love it they will read each and every book in the series and cherish them. This one is great because it has history mixed in.
Elementary Readers (1st - 6th)
DK Publishers Eyewitness Books
These books are all nonfiction, and fascinating. One of my favorites is the Titanic, but they have a ton of information about a ton of topics. With great illustrations, photographs, and information!
Warriors by Erin Hunter
This is another series that kids fall in love with. This one is about a cat clans who talk. (Think Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nim) You will get sick of hearing about the different clans and who belongs with who, but the kids REALLY get into it.
Rick Riordan Books
Rick Riordan has a knack for incorporating mythology from Rome, Greece, and Egypt into real world settings. His Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles series are all instant hits. Kids line up to get the newest editions on the day they come out.
Older Kids (Middle School - High School)
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
This book is about listening to yourself and not worrying about fitting in with the crowd. It teaches kids that everyone has something special and interesting about them. You just need to give them a
Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
The main character, Melody, in this book is unable to speak due to Cerebral palsy. Although her body has failed her, her mind has not. The girl is a genius, only no one knows it. The entire book is from her point of view. A great read for
Wonder by RJ Palacio
A boy with a birth defect (a facial deformity) is sent to school for the first time in his life. To make it worse, it is middle school. This is the story of Auggie's journey into the public world. Palacio tells the story from not only Auggie's point of view, but also from the point of view of those around him. Another great read for kids and adults alike.
Cinder by Marisa Meyer
This book blends a futuristic world where cyborgs and humans intermingle with the classic tale of Cinderella. And, somehow, it works! This book is also part of a series.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Want to read the next Hunger Games? This is it! This series will become just as popular and be made into movies, guaranteed. The science fiction is set in a world where people are separated into factions that tell them how to dress, act, and govern how they are treated in their society. Teenagers have one chance in their lives to switch factions. Read this book to see what happens when one does.
The Angel Expirement (Maximum Ride Series) by James Patterson
Did you know that James Patterson writes books for young adults? Well, he does. This book is about a group of teenagers who have been born with special powers/genetic deformities (it all depends on your perspective) and their struggle to stay free.