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Looking for some fresh book ideas for your kids? Look no further! We asked Kidlist readers for their favorite kids books suitable for toddlers through tweens and added all of ours too! So either head to your local library, neighborhood bookstore or click on the book to buy it on Amazon and get ready to curl up together with a good book or two! For school-aged kids, it helps to have some new recommendations to add to their summer reading lists.

Babies, Toddlers and Preschool

Goodnight Moon – by Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – by Eric Carle

Moo, Baa, La La La! – by Sandra Boynton

The Curious Garden – by Peter Brown

Elephant and Piggie – We Are in a Book – by Mo Willems
(also great as a beginning reader in kindergarten and first grade!)

The Giving Tree – by Shel Silverstein

The Napping House – by Audrey Wood

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – by Bill Martin, Jr.

Where the Wild Things Are – by Maurice Sendak

Harold and the Purple Crayon – by Crockett Johnson

Llama Llama Misses Mama – by Anna Dewdney

Imogene’s Antlers – by David Small

Dig, Dog, Dig – by James Horvath

The Book with No Pictures – by B. J. Novak

The Snatchabook – by Helen Docherty and Thomas Doherty

Caps for Sale – by Esphyr Slobodkina

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site – by by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

Young Elementary Years (Kindergarten – 2nd grade)

Violet the Pilot – by Steve Breen
This is the story of a plucky inventor, named Violet, that uses her ingenuity to solve problems. She is now a mainstream character and endures being seen as the outsider, but has the confidence and drive to enter an air show. You’ll have to read it to find out what happens. The storyline is great and we enjoyed the hand drawn illustrations.

Miss Rumphius – by Barbara Cooney

The Plant Sitter – by Gene Zion

What Do You Do With A Problem? – by Kobi Yamada
The ideas in this book are abstract but a wonderful conversation starter with your kids. It is a celebration of original ideas, how our thoughts make us unique and our need to nurture them. I think it’s so important to teach our kids that no matter how small they are, their thoughts and ideas make a different and this book is a wonderful way to show that.

Elmer and the Dragon – by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Henry and Mudge – by Cynthia Rylant

Scaredy Squirrel – by Melanie Watt

Owl at Home – by Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad All Year – by Arnold Lobel

The Day the Crayons Quit – by Oliver Jeffers

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – by Judith Viorst

Bread and Jam for Frances – by Russell Hoban

When Penny Met Potus – by Rachel Ruiz

Life on Mars – by Jon Agee

It’s Only Stanley – by Jon Agee

Iggy Peck, Architect – by Andrea Beaty
With a passion in architecture, Iggy creates famous structures from any type of materials he can find. When his teacher doesn’t understand his interest and squashes his creative outlet his enthusiasm level dwindles… until they go on a field trip and his building skills save the class. I like how this book celebrates each of our different talents and how our unique interests contribute.

Rosie Revere, Engineer – by Andrea Beaty
Rosie is a creative girl with a lot of inventions that other people view as flops, but her Aunt Rose shows her that failures are something to celebrate. The only true failure is if you quit. This book has a great message that is told in fun, rhyming verse. I know some of you are aware that I studied engineering, so the main character being a female engineer is a huge plus in my book. -wink-

The Rainstorm Brainstorm – by Valerie Tripp and Thu Thai

A to Z Mysteries – by Ron Roy

Magic Treehouse Series – by Mary Pope Osborne

Who Was…? Biography Series – by various authors

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle – by Betty MacDonald

Older Elementary Years (3rd – 6th grade)

Amulet – by Kazu Kibuishi

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
This is the first book in a series about an adventurous boy who takes on the world. Each book takes place in a different country and is packed with action and intrigue. My son is burning through these and really enjoys reading them to himself. We started reading them together, but he keeps reading them after I leave and has to fill me in later!

Big Nate’s Greatest Hits – by Lincoln Peirce

Elementia Chronicles – by Sean Fay Wolfe

Minecraft: Essential Handbook – by Stephanie Milton

Framed! A T.O.A.S.T Mystery – by James Ponti

Frank Einstein – by Jon Scieszka
This series is written by another New York Times Bestselling Author and does a wonderful job explaining physics concepts in a fascinating way to young audiences. If you have a child interested in science I recommend these books. There are three of them so far, each of which introduces different areas of science and technology. The banter between the protagonist and antagonist is fun and appeals to kids while the storyline intrigues and fascinates.

The World According to Humphrey – by Betty G. Birney

Because of Winn Dixie – by Kate DiCamillo

The BFG – by Roald Dahl

The One and Only Ivan – by Katherine Applegate

Wonder – by R.J. Palacio

Smile – by Raina Telgemeier

A is for Activist – by Innosanto Nagara

Maniac Magee – by Jerry Spinelli

The Mysterious Benedict Society – by Trenton Lee Stewart

Harry Potter – by J.K. Rowling

The Adventures of Captain Underpants – by Dav Pilkey

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