Reading was a big part of growing up for my two boys. Even though they are 14 & 18 now, they are very much attached to their books. Here are a few of our favorites. The age ranges are suggestions as every child reads at a different pace.
Ages 0-5 years:
Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown & Pat Hancock
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Eric Carle & Bill Martin Jr.
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani (our bed time song)
Tails & Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet
Working by Helen Oxenbury
My Aunt Came Back by Pat Cummings
Machines At Work by Byron Barton
The Wheels on the Bus — Leap Frog Lift a Flap book (one of many)
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
While You Were Sleeping by John Butler
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed by Eileen Christelow
Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
Stop, Train, Stop! by Rev. W. Awdry (one of many Thomas books)
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books by P. D. Eastman
Maisy Goes On A Plane by Lucy Cousins (one of many by this author)
Dr. Seuss’ ABC & The Foot Book (among other Dr. Seuss books)
Ages 5-7 years – Early Readers:
The Fire Cat by Esther Averill
More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman
Mr. Putter & Tabby Fly The Plane by Cynthia Rylant & Arthur Howard (one of many in this series)
Henry & Mudge series by Cynthia Rylant
Detective Dinosaur Lost And Found by James Skofeild
The Truck Book by Harry McNaught
Curious George by H. A. Rey (one of many by this author)
The Adventures of The Magic School Bus
All Aboard Airplanes by Frank Evans
Faster, Faster, Little Red Train by Benedict Blathwayt (one of many)
Take A Flight by Peter Kent
Amelia Bedelia series (comes in different reading levels – 4-8 years/6-8 years)
Ages 8-11 years – Middle Readers:
Nate The Great detective series by Marjorie & Mitchell Sharmat
Cam Jansen book series by David A. Adler
The Complete Ramona collection by Beverly Cleary
Magic Tree House series
Junie B. Jones series
According to Humphrey books by Betty G. Birney
Fancy Nancy series
Flat Stanley series
Big Nate books by Lincoln Pierce
Flora & Ulysses series by Kate DiCamillo
Goddess Girls book series by Joan Holub
Heroes In Training book series by Joan Holub
Enola Holmes Mystery books by Nancy Springer
The Sherlock Files series by Tracy Barrett
Ages 11+ years: We happen to love dragons, action, mystery & mythology!
The Five Ancestors Book series by Jeff Stone
The Warriors series by Erin Hunter
The Roald Dahl collection
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Harry Potter series
Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Dragon Rider & Inkworld series by Cornelia Funke
Shadow Squadron series by Carl Bowen
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan(we really like him :))
All of Rick Riordan books can be found here.
Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
The Adventures of Tintin by Herge
The Blackwell Pages series by K. L. Armstrong & Melissa Marr
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WOW ROOMI!!! this is such an exciting and extended list! kudos to you! how did you manage to remember all the books the boys have loved over the years, that too after so long?!! i guess you’ve really been an integral part of their reading journey!
do you remember our nddb library? i was there ever so often and have very fond memories from 5th std finishing all the famous five, tintin, alfred hitchcock, nancy drew, hardy boys, agatha christie and then of course hardcore adult fiction.
i owe much of it to that little library we all shared!
thank u ever so much for sharing your boys’ list of fav books – i hope one day soon you come visit us india and i get to meet them!
I remember these books because we still have them! 🙂 Like I said, boys are attached to their baby books. The NDDB library was one of my favorite places to go to. The love for mystery books is thanks to that library. And can’t forget the thick bounded collections of Amar Chitra Katha we had there. Hope to make a trip to beautiful Goa and finally see you in person soon!
Noted this above list. Must try some for sure. Thanks for sharing your book world with us.
I would like to mention that as first time parents, we went by the book 😀 And that book was Baby Brain Basics Guidebook by Brilliant Beginnings. It had recommendations for which books to read and games to play at different stages of growth. A lot of our first books are from that guide. The list grew depending on the kids’ interests.
Very informative👍👍I am always confuse for which book to order for my 20 months old kiddo. As an adult we are quite sure about our interest but it is difficult to choose for kids. All the book reviews at KBC is helping a lot to choose different kind of books.