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1. "Charlotte's Web" written by E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams.
This classic’s whimsical brand of fantasy, coupled with the message of a little girl's unconditional love and a noble spider's resourcefulness, make it a treasured must-read of childhood. Children love it and for adults who last read it as children, it's a treat to pick up again. Ages 8-10

Charlotte's Web

2. "Goodnight Moon" written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.
Published more than 50 years ago, Brown's charming book remains one of the most popular children's bedtime tales. Though a simple story, the illustrations are filled with details that can inspire many conversations as you read it again and again with your children. Ages 0-3

Goodnight Moon

3. "A Wrinkle in Time" written by Madeleine L'Engle.
Continuously in print since 1962, this renowned science fiction has lost none of its appeal over the years. A must-read classic, this clever and enduring work sheds light on good, evil, self-actualization, and the redeeming power of love. Ages 11+

Wrinkle in Time

4. "The Snowy Day" written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats.
One of the first picture books with an African American hero, this 1963 Caldecott Medal-winner is a simple and beautifully depicted story of a young boy venturing out to explore his snowy surroundings. Ages 4-7

The Snowy Day

5. "Where the Wild Things Are" written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
What do you do when your little wild things are roaring their terrible roars and rolling their terrible eyes? Tell them to "Be still!" of course, while you mesmerize them with this fabulous all-time favorite by the beloved Maurice Sendak. Ages 0-3

Where the Wild things are

6. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone" written by J. K. Rowling and illustrated by Mary GrandPré.
This is probably the one book that can make a difference and motivate kids to read more challenging material than ever before. Harry Potter was, and is, that important first book for many readers. Ages 11+

Harry Potter

7. "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss.
Whether The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, or others, everyone has a Seuss favorite. These classics are sure to get kids rhyming, repeating, and most of all, reading. This book showcases Seuss's sneaky-fun way of getting kids to think deep—about why they should never judge an egg by its color. Ages 4-7

Dr. Suess

8. "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank.
This candid and heartbreaking look inside the life of Holocaust victim Anne Frank offers a compelling reminder of the destructive power of hatred and prejudice. A powerful, necessary read for all future citizens and leaders. (Note: This book contains some mature content.) Ages 11+

Anne Franke

9. "The Giving Tree" written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. The clear and simple text of this book reveals a complex fable about the joy of giving and the risks of taking too much. It opens the door for a wide variety of discussions on topics from love and self-sacrifice, to conservation and the environment. Ages 4-7

The Giving Tree

10. "Frog and Toad Are Friends" by Arnold Lobel.
A landmark series that helped put early chapter books on the map. Simple language, expressive pictures—a story and humor that is as engaging today as it was 50 years ago. Ages 8-10

Frog and Toad are Friends

11 . "Anne of Green Gables" by L.M. Montgomery.
Anne Shirley, the spunky orphan heroine of this acclaimed series, is as popular today as she was at first publication in 1908. Strong, humorous, and resourceful, but above all, kind, Anne is not just a charming character, she's also been a lovable role model for countless readers. Ages 11+

Anne of Green Gables

12. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.
From numbers, to healthy eating habits, to the life cycle of the butterfly, acclaimed author Carle and his large, colorful illustrations take readers through important concepts in a witty way that has captivated children for more than 40 years. Ages 0-3

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

13. "Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans.
This timeless classic engages young readers with its brave and free-spirited heroine as she faces a scary trip to the hospital. The detailed illustrations transport children to a foreign city full of culture and beauty. Ages 4-7

Madeleine

14. "The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame.
It's impossible not to become good friends with Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad as you read about their comical antics and pastoral surroundings. Celebrating more than 100 years in print, Grahame's lithe, melodic text continues to bring enjoyment to young readers. Ages 8-10

The Wind and the Williows

15. "The Dot" written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.
This award-winning book is about self-expression, creativity, taking risks, and making your mark. Ages 4-7

The Dot

16. "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt.
This modern classic paints a wistful picture of the Tuck family and their unusual gift. With a catching plot and intriguing characters, this fairy tale about immortality and its implications immerses readers in truly masterful writing from beginning to end. Ages 11+

Tuck Everlasting

17. "Pat the Bunny" by Dorothy Kunhardt.
This original touch-and-feel book was revolutionary for its time, and has inspired an entire genre of interactive books for infants. It continues to delight little ones with its colors, textures, flaps, and and all around simple fun. Ages 0-3

Pat the Bunny

18. "When Marian Sang" by Pam Munoz Ryan.
An inspiring story straight from real life. This six-time award-winning book recounts the story of African American singer Marian Anderson and her beautiful voice and powerful courage in the face of prejudice. Ages 8-10

When Marian Sang

19. "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale" by Mo Willems.
This wonderful book deals with miscommunication with great humor while the urban environment gives the story a modern feel. This is sure to become one of the most requested bedtime stories for generations to come. Ages 0-3

Knuffle Bunny

20. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein.
A children's poetry classic that has shaped much of the modern children's poetry that is published today. It's lighthearted, engaging style has propelled children to explore more of Silverstein's poetry and in some cases more poetry in general. Ages 8-10

Where the Sidewalk Ends

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
 
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