As a mother and avid reader, I am a firm believer in reading with your children no matter their age.
I also believe that books are the perfect gift for anyone, regardless of their age.

I started reading to my children when they were only a few months old. My oldest son is 12 years old and his thirst for knowledge and love of reading really moves me. I like to think I have something to do with it. Even if I no longer read for or with him, I will always cherish the times we spent together snuggled under a blanket and being transported into a fantasy world that I was able to experience through his eyes.

I decided to do some research and compile the List of the 10 Best Children’s Books of All Time, from babies to young readers. These books will make the perfect gift that will keep on giving for years to come.

Most of these books I enjoyed reading with and for my children and I hope you enjoy them with your little ones.

top 10 baby books

1. Pat The Bunny By Dorothy Kunhardt

2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

3. Go, dog, go! By P. D. Eastman

4. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

5. Mr. Brown can moo! Can? By Dr Seuss

6. Toes, ears and nose! By Marion Dane Bauer

7. Mrs. Mustard’s Baby Faces by Jane Wattenberg

8. Sandra Boynton’s Navel Book

9. The Book of Going to Bed by Sandra Boynton

10. My car by Byron Barton

Top 10 books for young children

1. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

2. Audrey Wood’s Nap House

3. Ruth Krauss’s Happy Egg

4. Yummy Disgusting By Leslie Patricelli

5. Sheep in the Jeep By Nancy E. Shaw

6. Green Eggs and Ham By Dr. Suess

7. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

8. Todd Parr’s Family Book

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

10. Saxton Freymann’s Fast Food

Top 10 Books for Preschoolers

1. Ezra Jack Keats’ Snowy Day

2. Harold and the Purple Crayon By Crockett Johnson

3. Jamberry by Bruce Degen

4. Cars, trucks and things that pass By Richard Scarry

5. Nina Crews’ neighborhood mother goose

6. The Incredible Boy Eats Books by Oliver Jeffers

7. Happy Birthday Luna By Frank Asch

8. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

9. Walter the Farting Dog By William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray

10. The Big Shiny Sparkly First Words Book by Willabong Tong

Top 10 Books for Older Kids (Kindergarten – Grade 2/3)

1. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

2. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

3. Alexander and the terrible, horrible, not good, very bad day By Judith Viorst

4. Lilly’s purple plastic bag by Kevin Henkes

5. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

6. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs By Judi Barrett

7. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

8. Olivia by Ian Falconer

9. Shel Silverstein’s Giving Tree

10. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

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