Top Ten Books To Read To Children

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week’s TTT topic made me very happy! One of the things I love about bookstores and libraries are checking out what the newest selections are and picturing what I would read to my future child. It makes me so happy to see the cute and empowering books that I could read to a little girl or boy. I hope you like my selections! The first section is books that I read/ had read to me when I was a child. The second section is full of lovely new books.

1. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

My mother used to read this to me at bed time. She even had a puppet of one of the wild things. I want to read it to me kids and make them creative little monsters too.

2. The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi

I remember the day my school librarian read this to me class. I don’t think there was another student as in awe. I loved how it lacked color and I loved how it was dark. It was the predecessor to the exact type of stories I LOVE today.

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This is the book that officially cemented my reading. I don’t know if I would read this to them when they are young and hopefully inspire their love of magic or wait and have them read it themselves. I always felt so good when I finished those large books as a young child.

4. The Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadley and Marcia Thornton Jones 

The same librarian from number two also read us these books in a higher grade. They’re also weird, with kids being detectives and trying to find out if their teacher and other adults around them are mythical creatures.

5. The Magic Tree House Books by Mary Pope Osborne

One of the first chapter books that I read. I think kids will really enjoy them and they teach all about history in a really interesting setting.

6. The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I think reading series is a really cool thing for young kids. It’s a sense of accomplishment and if you find a great series, they can follow it for years. They can also talk about it with their friends like I did with these books. I had a friend in sixth grade who was always a little bit ahead of me in these books. I always let her spoil the endings because it made her happy.

7. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

This seems like a beautiful collection of stories about powerful women. Reading this to a child so they can have powerful dreams would make me happy.

8. Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell

I actually follow Jen on YouTube and she is lovely. This book seems so happy and full of imagination.

9. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I need to get to this one! I know that it is good for all ages and it has great messages involved.

10. The Bearskinner by Laura Amy Schlitz, Max Gafe, and Wilhelm Grimm

Based on the tale of the Brother’s Grimm? I think that’s so cool and the artwork is so rustic and magical.


Let’s chat! What do you think are great books to read to children? If you have kids, what do they enjoy? What do you think should be required for children to read?

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!!


About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

8 Responses

  1. Rachel

    Reading this put a smile on my face and took me back to my childhood. I loved the Magic Treehouse books; I think they began my love of time traveling stories. When I was really young, I loved any books with beautiful artwork. I think that began my love of art, and I wanted to grow up to write and illustrate children’s books.

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  2. Great choices. Here’s my TTT
    But there are really SO many great books out there. A lot of my picks were nostalgic from MY childhood. Last year one of my students (2nd grade) had a copy of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. She and her friend would read it together at recess. The girl told me that that she “can’t wait to be a rebel girl someday”

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