Reading is an integral part of the childhood experience, and every family should keep a good stock of books available for their children to dive into. Along with fostering creativity, reading furthers brain development and is just plain fun. You can even make reading into an exciting routine for your little ones by creating a fun reading nook in their bedroom or playroom.
But what books should you stock up on? We think every family should own these 8 classic kids books. Which ones do you have, and which ones would you add to our list?
- Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingles Wilder’s classic series, Little House on the Prairie is set in the the 1870s and follows the life Laura Ingles as a child growing up in the Midwest. The nine series novel isn’t ideal for toddlers or younger kids, but it’s great for family reading time for 6 years old and up.
- The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – We don’t know if there’s another series that’s as timeless as Winnie-the-Pooh. A.A. Milne’s tale of a teddy bear that lives in the Ashdown Forest and has adventures with his human friend, Christopher Robin (who was actually modeled after Milne’s son). The tales are sweet and cuddly, and make for perfect bedtime stories.
- The Little Prince – The Little Prince is also one of those books that is a timeless classic, and a great story too. Written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and originally written in French, The Little Prince has been translated into almost every known language and is a children’s classic around the world. This story is really best for older children, around 3rd to 4th grade, especially if they’re reading it themselves.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – A Mad Hatter at a tea party, the Queen of Hearts, a Cheshire Cat and falling down a rabbit hole? What child wouldn’t love Lewis Carroll’s imaginative world full of silly characters and off-the-wall adventures?
- Velveteen Rabbit – The Velveteen Rabbit is an oldie, but goodie from way back in 1922. The tale is about a toy Velveteen Rabbit that’s given to a little boy as a present. And the rabbit sits in the playroom with all of the other toys waiting for the day that the boy chooses him to play with. It’s widely known for its beautiful illustrations and is considered a great read for kids aged 3 and up.
- The Complete Adventures of Curious George – Ah Curious George. Always getting himself into trouble. A silly monkey that finds himself in silly situations is pretty relatable for toddlers and early elementary school kids alike. The only downside is that these books might give your kiddos some ideas about how to get into mischief.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – It’s probably safe to say that almost everyone has seen the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie at this point, but there’s probably a larger group that hasn’t actually read the book. And that’s a shame, because there are so many great nuances found in the writing that don’t necessarily translate onto the big screen. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is just a fun read for early to mid elementary school students.
- Goodnight Moon – Goodnight Moon is the quintessential bedtime book for toddlers. It’s illustrations are bright and fun to look at, the writing is short and easy to grasp, and it’s a good learning opportunity for 2-3 year olds who are learning new words and phrases.