There comes a time in every parents’ evening story time when you’ve read the same book so many times you recite it from heart. Although kids love the repetition and familiarity of their favorite stories, adding a new book to your repertoire can spark new pathways for little imaginations to take.
When browsing for stories, don’t be afraid to try more advanced books to your kids. Even kindergartners enjoy listening to longer chapter books, and toddlers can easily sit through a captivating picture book. Rather than choosing books based on reading level difficulty, instead select content for read-aloud time that is appropriate to your child’s maturity level in terms of themes. I have personally read 85% of the books below (either as a child myself or to my children) and the others listed are widely known and still loved by kids and classrooms today.
If you are reading this child book list on a desktop, its set up so you can find over 30 books that you must read and over 30 that are alternatives. If you cannot see the alternative list as its in a grid, please scroll down to the mobile friendly book list at the bottom of the page.
30 Books Every Child Must Read plus Alternatives
30 Books Every Child Must Read