Netflix and iPhones and Facebook are great, but there’s still nothing better than getting cozy on the couch and reading a story with your child. Here are 75 books that are guaranteed to engage and inspire, from age 1 to 15.
The Best Kids’ Books for Every Age (from 1 to 15)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
So far, your kid just eats and sleeps, so he’ll totally identify with this adorable insect.
Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy
Is your kiddo brushing up on her animal sounds? She’s gonna love this one.
I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins
Teach your kiddo that confidence is great, but so is the ability to stay humble.
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
If your toddler is struggling with bedtime (hellooo, terrible twos), give this guy a read.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Uh-oh. Drama ensues when Trixie and Daddy go to the Laundromat, accidentally leaving Knuffle Bunny behind.
Art & Max by David Wiesner
This gorgeous picture book about two friends that bond over painting is a work of art in itself.
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Your child won’t cry through this one, but you probably will.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Some four-year-olds are totally ready for a trip to the jungle, but if it’s too scary the first time around, hold it for a few more months and try again.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Whether you’re city or country dwellers, this one is a must-read.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Guaranteed to be a favorite all through elementary school.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Read this when she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.
Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown Ups by Kay Thompson
Sigh, we still dream of living at the Plaza Hotel.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Prediction: Your daughter will be begging to go as Pippi for Halloween.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
The first in the Fudge series will have him (and you) hooked.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Read the story of this auburn-haired spitfire before the Netflix series comes out.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
This new hit about an extraordinary boy with a facial anomaly will be devoured in a day, guaranteed.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Because living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the coolest thing ever.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Try this one together (it’s even weirder when you revisit it as an adult).
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
He’s been begging to read Harry Potter books for years, and he’s finally the perfect age to read ‘em on his own.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The story about a girl’s determination to survive will help your daughter appreciate the little things (and maybe stop complaining about not having a cell phone).
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
This 1970s coming-of-age novel is definitely dated, but the themes (um, training bras and periods) are timeless.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Brave Liesel’s tales of living in Nazi Germany will enthrall your teen, guaranteed.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
It’s a gritty read about a girl who refuses to tell anyone the secret of what happened to her…until one day, everything changes.