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Reading List for Kids (and Babies, Too!)

January 20th, 2008

Have I ever run this reading list before? (If I did, I can’t find it on my site.) I love it. Friends shared it when Wacky Girl was a baby — I printed it out and for years carried it in our library bag for our weekly trips to story time.



The following is a list of books for kids that we really enjoyed. The books are loosely grouped by age, youngest first. Some of these are just one in a series so you can search for more by the same author. Also, if you search for one on Amazon, you’ll get recommendations for similar books and will be well on your way to finding more good books. Some books are out of print, but you might find them at eBay or Powells.com.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

P, R & C

McDuff and the Baby, Rosemary Wells
The Wide Mouthed Frog, Keith Faulkner
The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, Jack Kent
Pickin’ Peas, Margaret Read MacDonald
Make Way for Ducklings, Robert McCloskey
Time for Bed, Mem Fox & Jane Dyer
Penguin Pete, Marcus Pfister
Miss Spider’s Tea Party, David Kirk
The Curious Sea Horse, ISBN 0-89577-639-1 (out of print)
Good Night Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann
How Are You Peeling? Food With Moods, Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers
Mama Do You Love Me? Barbara Joosse & Barbara Lavallee
The Napping House, Audrey Wood & Don Wood ISBN 0-15-256711-9 oversize
The Little Red Hen, Lucinda McQueen ISBN 0-590-71718-9 oversize
Tadpoles, Betsy James
The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
Mouse Letters, Jim Arnosky
Bark George, Jules Feiffer
Bit by Bit, Steve Sanfield

Talking Like the Rain, X. J. Kennedy
Martha Calling, Susan Meddaugh
The Best Place, Susan Meddaugh
Paper Bag Princess, Michael Martchenko
Fall Is Not Easy, Marty Kelley
The Owl and the Pussycat, Edward Lear
Danger, The Dog Yard Cat, Shelley Gill
Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey
Annie and Alphie Rose
The Old Woman Who Lived in the Vinegar Jar, Margaret Read MacDonald
A Sign, George Ella Lyon
Three Little Pigs (Waffles to the World), Steven Kellogg
Henry’s Happy Birthday, Holly Keller
Aurora, A Tale of the Northern Lights, Mindy Dwyer
Building An Igloo, Ulli Steltzer
Antarctic Antics, Judy Sierra
Insectlopedia, Douglas Florian
Frederick, Leo Lionni
At The Beach, Huy Voun Lee
The Paper Dragon, Marguerite Davol & Robert Sabuda
Piggie Pie, Margie Palatini & Howard Fine
Lyle, Lyle, the Crocodile
If You Give A Pig A Pancake, Laura Numeroff
When I Was Little, Jamie Lee Curtis
Very First Thing to Know About Ants, Patricia Grossman
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp, Carol Diggory Shields
The Dress I’ll Wear to the Party, Shirley Neitzel
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Doreen Cronin
The Royal Nap, Charles C. Black
Two Mrs. Gibsons, Toyomi Igus
Poppleton, Cynthia Rylant
The Starry Night, Neil Waldman

Stone Girl, Bone Girl, The Story of Mary Anning, Laurence Anholt
Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries by Don Brown

Abby Cadabra, Super Speller, Joan Holub
The Boy of the Three Year Nap, Dianne Snyder & Allen Say
Yokos Cranes, Rosemary Wells
Amanda and the Witch Switch, John Himmelman
The Pig in the Spigot, Richard Wilbur
Snowflake Bentley, Jacqueline Briggs Martin
A Cache of Jewels, Ruth Heller
How Do Bears Sleep?, E.J. Bird
Beethoven Lives Upstairs (music)
Mozart Magnificent Voyage (music)
Mr. Putter and Tabby Series, Cynthia Rylant & Arthur Howard
Bats on Parade, Kathi Appelt
There is a Carrot in my Ear, Alvin Schwartz
The Secret Code, Dana Meachen Rau

The Thirteen Clocks, James Thurber
The Boy Who Drew Cats, Arthur Levine
The Magic School Bus Series
The Search for Delicious, Natalie Babbitt
Manxmouse, Paul Gallico (out of print)
Catwings, Ursula K. Le Guin
American Girl Series
All Aboard Reading Books
Electro Wiz Electricity, Penny Norman
Holes, Louis Sachar
Sea Biscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand
Going to the Getty, J. Otto Seibold
The Ordinary Princess, M.M. Kaye
Stuart Little, E.B. White
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

1 Comment

  1. nan says

    Thank you, thank you!

    I am always grateful for book suggestions. My kids read like voracious book-cannibals. Booknivals?

    January 21st, 2008 | #

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