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.
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30 Books Every Child Must Read plus Alternatives
30 Books Every Child Must Read
Dear Zoo & Friends: Dear Zoo; Farm Animals;Giraffes Can’t Dance
The Very Hungry CaterpillarBrown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Green Eggs and HamWacky Wednesday (Beginner Books(R))
Steam Train, Dream TrainLittle Blue Truck board book
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (Ready-to-Reads)Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure (Click, Clack,
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, andThe Napping House
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)Corduroy
Where the Wild Things AreAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (TheThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Dover Children’s Evergreen
Fox in Socks (Beginner Books)The Cat in the Hat
Charlotte’s WebPippi Longstocking
Henry HugginsMr. Popper’s Penguins
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1DogMan:An Epic Novel (Scholastic Reading Club)
Little House in the Big WoodsL.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables
Harriet the SpyThe Secret Garden (Macmillan Collector’s Library)
James and the Giant PeachMatilda
The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E.
Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a PorcineIf I Built a Car
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The
WonderInside Out and Back Again
Ramona Quimby, Age 8Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Box Set: Books 1-4
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)Where the Red Fern Grows
The Boxcar Children Books 1-4Encyclopedia Brown Box Set (4 Books)
Tales of a Fourth Grade NothingDear Mr. Henshaw
Bridge to TerabithiaTuck Everlasting
The HobbitThe Wind in the Willows
Hold FastUpside Down in the Middle of Nowhere
The Black StallionThe Island Stallion (Black Stallion)
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood UpA Little Piece of Ground