List Of The Best Children's Books For Every Age.


Children have always loved reading books and consider them to be their best companions to be with, and an important source of awareness and knowledge and also for joy and entertainment.
Parents are too encouraged their children to read as much as they can, to build their personalities and to imbibe good moral values in them as they grew older.

So here it is a list of the best children's books for babies, toddlers, children and teenagers.
The list falls into four age groups: 0 - 2 years, 2 - 4 years, 5 - 8 years, 9 - 15 years.
Happy Reading.

Group 1:  Recommended books for 0 - 2 years.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.


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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a short fiction book, based on the life of a newborn caterpillar and his appetite and need for food.
It's a perfect book for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The bright and vibrant colors alongside the progressive nature of the text engage a young reader and invite them to use their imagination to consider constantly what could happen next.

2. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.


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The Going-To-Bed Book is a classic bedtime story about various animals that watch the sunset, brush teeth, take baths before going to sleep. They do this with the light of the moon. It shows things that kids can do before going to sleep. It can help with children's routines before going to sleep by watching the animals doing funny things. It is simple and quick to read making it perfect for a bedtime story to read to children, especially if they are the type of children who never want to willingly go to bed.

3. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.


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Dear Zoo is a 'lift the flap' book about a child who sends a letter to the zoo, asking the zoo to send a pet.  Various letters are sent, 'pets' arrive and are then sent back as unsuitable for a variety of reasons, e.g. the elephant is too big, the lion too fierce, the monkey too naughty, the snake too scary.  Each animal is returned to the zoo until finally, the zoo sends the perfect pet.
Dear Zoo book has few words and simple illustrations. However, it is a wonderfully entertaining book. The language is straightforward, yet engaging. It’s a quick read, and great for keeping children engaged during brief waiting periods.

4. Little Blue & Little Yellow by Leo Lionni.


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Little Blue and Little Yellow is a children’s picture book. The story is about a blue dot and yellow dot, and how they are friends with each other. They hug one day and end up turning green. Their parents don't believe the green dots are their children because their children are supposed to be yellow and blue. Eventually, the parents discover that when they hug a yellow or blue dot, they turn green.
This story sends out a powerful message to young readers. It doesn't matter what the color of someone's skin is. Be nice, play fair, and treat each other with respect.

5. Where Is Baby's Belly Button by Karen Katz.


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Where Is Baby's Belly Button? Is a favorite book for babies and younger toddlers. In this multicultural picture book, babies and toddlers can lift the flaps to find out where are baby's belly button and others parts of the human body such as mouth, hands, and face.
The illustrations in this book are bold and colorful. Every page features a different baby. Some are boys, some are girls, and they come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

6. Kitten’s First Moon by Kevin Henkes.


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Kitten’s First Full Moon is about a kitten that saw a full moon for the first time. He believed the moon was a bowl of milk. He tried and tried to reach the bowl of milk, with no luck. After jumping into a reflection made in water, she gave up and walked home.
The text and illustrations in this book complement each other perfectly. They are both so simple and cute with the black and white images and text that follows the images through the whole book.

7. Time for Bed by Mem Fox.


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Time for Bed is a rhyming book that showcases several animals rhyming a sentence and telling their baby it's time for bed. It is a beautiful, soothing book, with rich illustrations of different animals and rhyming text, It's a chance for little ones to say the names of animals and baby animals, as well as a good way to wind down at night.

8. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill.


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Where’s Spot? Is a great classic story of a mother dog searching for her lost puppy. Spot’s mom searches for Spot all across finding various other animals before finding the spot in a basket. The book has great colorful pages and the flaps make it even more fun.

9. Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin


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'Brown Bear, What Do You See' is a simple classic picture book. Each page introduces one animal and one color, and a question to that animal about what they see. That animal then tells the audience that they can see another animal of another color. This little picture book is full of large and colorful illustrations that revolve explicitly to the story.

10.  Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney


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'Guess How Much I Love You' is a simple children’s bedtime story. It is about a Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare describing how much they love each other. The little hare starts describing his love for the big hare but for some reason, he feels that it is never enough. Big Hare is always better at the things little Hare tries to do. At the end of the story, little hare describes his love is all the way to the moon, It is so sweet story and the colors are great along with the pictures and the message is just awesome. 

Group 2: Recommended books for 2 - 4 years.

1. Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney.


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“Llama Llama Mad at Mama” is a cute story about a little llama who wants to play but mama llama makes him go to the store with her. After being at the Shop-O-Rama for too long Llama becomes impatient and bored at the store until his mama decides to make it fun for him.
It’s a sweet book that teaches empathy, patience, and working as a team. The rhymes are fun to read aloud and the illustrations are excellent and they convey the emotions of Llama while he is shopping with his mother.

2. Big Dog... Little Dog by P.D. Eastman


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“Big Dog… Little Dog” is classic children's picture book about two different dogs, Fred and Ted that are best friends but they live total opposite lives, This book has clear illustrations for young children. The moral of this story is for friends to be able to accept each other’s differences and interests.

3. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.


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Planting a Rainbow book is a story about a little girl and her mother plant seeds together in their garden, This book has a great explanation about how plants and flowers grow and bloom. It has bright color illustrations that show how bulbs and seeds are planted and then how they grow into beautiful flowers.(the process of planting).

4. Corduroy by Don Freeman.


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Corduroy is a class children's book about a little bear “Corduroy” in a toy store waiting for someone to take him home, One day a little girl wanted to buy him, but her mother explained that he was missing a button, Corduroy never noticed this before, so he went on an adventure through the store to find one. However, the next day, he’s still missing a button. This does not matter to the little girl who gets to bring him home. Gives him a new button, and hugs him saying he is her new friend. 
This wonderful book teaches a powerful lesson about friendship and finding comfort. And how even if you have a flaw, you can still mean the world to someone.

5. My Garden by Kevin Henkes


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This is a great book to read in the springtime, It is about a little girl who helps her mother take care of her garden. She then begins to imagine what it would be like to have her own garden. Her imagination starts to shine through with her visions of growing chocolate bunnies, beach balls, seashells, and so much more. It is a very interesting story with bright and colorful illustrations that will keep the children very interested in what will she grow next.
This book focuses on children’s imaginations, Also it had a strong positive theme of hope and believing in your dreams.

6. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.


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This book is about a little boy named Peter who experiences his first snowfall, He immediately falls in love with snow and starts to play in it. He makes a snowman, and snow angels, and has so much fun enjoying the fluffy snow. He tries to bring in a snowball to keep until tomorrow but finds its melted when he climbs into bed. Peter dreams of the sun melting away all the snow but when he wakes up the next day the snow is still on the ground and even more is falling. Peter goes out to play in the snow again, but this time with his friend. The story is simple, cute, colorful, and it can relate to any child. 
The important theme of this story is not to worry about tomorrow, but just be excited each day of what could happen. Life is unexpected.

7. A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na.


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The book tells the story of how different animals sleep as compared to the owl, It is a really sweet book with cool illustrations that can help children to explore the ways that different animals spend their nights.

8. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff.


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“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is a very fun and humorous story about a little boy who discovered a little mouse. He kindly gives the cookie to the mouse. After the mouse eats the cookie, he asks for some milk and then a straw. The mouse's requests begin simple enough but he continues to ask for more and more and until he ends up moving into the boy's home. The illustrations in this book are really nice and help tell a huge part of what is going on.
This book could be a wonderful example to teach children about cause and effect, and also to work on their prediction skills.

9. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis.


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This book is about a bunny who uses his imagination to make different things out of a cardboard box, Each time someone asks why he is playing with a box, he says, “It’s not a box!”. The illustrations are both simple and great. The illustrator uses black ink for the realistic drawings and red ink for showing the imagination of the bunny.
This fun book teaches children to use their imagination and be creative.

10. No, David! by David Shannon.


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This humorous book is about a little boy who does a number of things that upset his mother. Such as running naked in the street, walks around the house with dirty feet, makes loud noises, And more. In the end of the book, after David's timeout, David's mother gives him a big hug and tells him that she loves him despite his mischievousness. It is a good story with Cute and colorful illustration.
This book is a good lesson to all children. It teaches them that no means no. And when you listen, you get rewarded. Also, it can be used to teach young boys proper manners through David's good and bad actions.

11. Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea.


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“Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime” is a bedtime story that follows dinosaur while he defeats anything he comes up against, but his greatest challenge will be bedtime. 
It has a simple narrative, colorful illustrations, and it's great for kids.

12. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems.


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“The Knuffle Bunny” is a wonderful story about a little girl named Trixie, who goes with her dad to the laundromat. Trixie cannot talk but had fun helping her dad with the laundry. While they were walking home, the little girl realizes that she has left something behind, she got upset and upset her dad because he didn't know what was going on. When they get home, Trixie's mom immediately asks where Knuffle Bunny is. After searching through the laundromat, Knuffle Bunny is found and Trixie exclaims her first words. 
The illustrations in the book are laid over black and white photographs, It is a unique and adds a certain real life touch to the story. And it also conveys the emotions that the characters are experiencing throughout each page.

Group 3: Recommended books for 5 - 8 years.

1. The Mitten by Jan Brett.


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“The Mitten” is a book about a little boy named Nicki, who persuades his grandmother to knit him a cozy pair of white mittens. After being warned not to lose them in the winter snow, Nicki finds himself searching for one of his lost mittens. While he searches, the animals from the forest encounter his white mitten and start going inside and making it their home. This book has beautiful illustrations throughout. The side panels on each page provide a picture clue of what character or event will be occurring on the next page.

2. Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban


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“Bread and Jam for Frances” is about a young girl, Frances, who does not like to eat anything but bread and jam, When her family starts giving in and letting her only eat bread and jam and nothing else, she starts to not like it so much and wants to try new things. 
It is a great and interesting book to show children the importance of eating a balanced meal.

3. The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norman Juster.


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“The Hello, Goodbye Window” is a fun story about a little girl who has a special window at her grandparent's house. Through this window, she can say hello and goodbye to them or imagine a whole new world. The illustrations in this book are definitely fantastic and kid friendly. The illustrator “Chris Raschka” uses pastel and color pencil in a way that looks as if a child drew the pictures.
This book could be used to show the children the importance of relationships in their lives, especially with family members.

4. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann


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This book is about a girl who loves the color pink. The little girl has eaten too many pink cupcakes and wakes up next morning to find her whole body turned pink. Her parents called the doctor and the doctor prescribed green food to change her back. She could not get over her love of pink, so she ate more pink cupcakes. It only made her color worse and she turned red. She wanted to go back to normal so she ate as much green food as she could get her hands on. Finally, she changed back, but it ends with a twist with her brother turning pink. The illustrations in this book are quirky and bright and go perfectly with the story. Each illustration follows the text and shows facial expressions on the little girl’s face.
This book could be used to teach the children the importance of listening to the parents, and making sure not to have too many sweets because as we all know “you are what you eat”.

5. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor


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“Fancy Nancy” is about a young girl who loves everything fancy. She loves fancy clothes, fancy words, fancy foods, etc. She even attempts to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy and the outcome is wonderful. The illustrations within the book are eye-catching, colorful, and it will keep the reader's attention.
The book teaches kids that playing dress up is okay but not to take it too far, And it also teaches the importance of family members supporting each other in what they love.

6. Of Thee, I Sing by Barack Obama.


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“Of Thee, I Sing” is a wonderful book, It's written by President Barack Obama as a letter to his daughters. In this book, President Obama discusses outstanding human qualities that have changed history and are still prevalent among America’s youth. Such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jane Addams, and Cesar Chavez, Albert Einstein, Jackie Robinson, Maya Lin, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Neil Armstrong, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and more. Through the bright and colorful pages of the book the illustrator, Loren Long brings to life the historical aspects of this story. He perfectly captures individual personalities and the innocence of childhood that we always wish to protect.

7. Chicken Butt by Erica Perl.


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“Chicken Butt” is a very funny book, It's about the joke when you say “Guess what?” the person answers “What?”, and then you say “Chicken Butt!” it's pretty hilarious book that will make kids laugh hysterically. The illustrations in this book are so cute and funny.

8. Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal.


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This is a very cute and funny story, It's about two characters, who argue over whether the animal they see is a duck or rabbit, The illustrations are simple, yet ambiguous enough to create the confusion. The text is big, clear, and uses words that children can read and understand.
“Duck! Rabbit” is an interesting way to teach children the importance of accepting another's perspective that may be different from their own.

9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.


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“Where the Wild Things Are” is a story about a kid who uses his imagination to play in his room. After his mother sent him to his room without having dinner. He travels across the sea and plays with wild things. Then he went back to his room to find his supper waiting for him. The story is sweet, simple and short, And it contains plenty of colorful and imagination stimulating pictures that can offer the children endless opportunities to let their imaginations run wild.

10. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner.


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“Skippyjon Jones” is a book about a cat who has a very big imagination. He is constantly pretending to be another type of animal, And when his mother told him to think about what it means to be a Siamese cat, He gets lost in his imagination once again and pretends to be a chihuahua. 
The illustrations in the book are very humorous and show a lot of emotion through Skippyjon’s facial expressions.
It's really a great book for children, It teaches them that the most important thing is to be yourself.

Group 4: Recommended books for 9 - 13 years.

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.


The Harry Potter series revolves around a young orphan named Harry, who studies magic at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Lord Voldemort attacked Harry's parents on October 31st in their home when they were attempting to protect Harry. Lily, Harry's mother saved him by ultimately placing him under ancient magic that protected him, but lost her life in the process. In the series, Harry has two friends, Ron and Hermione, that are there to help him through the trials and tribulations that he faces. Trials and tribulations that include the normal awkward moments of growing up as well as fighting evil and stopping villains. The Harry Potter series of books look at many important topics, like friendship, love, death, prejudice, and courage. It consists of seven unique stories that have been beautifully crafted, These seven stories have also found their way to the silver screen and have cast their magic on the movie bound audience as well.

     1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


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     2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


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     3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


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     4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


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     5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


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     6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


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     7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


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2. SuperFudge by Judy Blume.


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“Super Fudge” is a wonderful and funny book about a sixth-grade boy, named Peter Hatcher, and his family. Peter's family lives in New York, but they move to a small town outside of New York. Peter's mom having another baby when Peter already has a little brother named Fudge who is a pain. Peter thinks the new baby will be just like Fudge. But After the baby is born, Peter realizes the baby girl is not as bad as Fudge and then funny things start happening in the Hatcher house. It's a funny story for the children, but also will teach adult a lot.

3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.


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“The Secret Garden” is a classic children’s book, It's about how two sad, lonely children find happiness through love, nature, friendship. It's a great book plenty of morals and lessons, And It's a magical way to learn about some very tough subjects such as behavior, death, and loneliness. It is all about overcoming difficulty, overcoming prejudice, perseverance, cooperation, hope, and happiness.

4. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.


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“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a funny and interesting book, It's about the adventure of Charlie Bucket and four other children who won the Golden Ticket and was given the privilege to spend a day inside the largest chocolate factory in the world owned by Mr. Willy Wonka. This book is very imaginative, well-written and has funny pictures. It's not only for children but adults, too.

5. The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.


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This book is about Evan and his sister Jessie. Evan is upset because his sister is skipping a grade and will now be in his 4th-grade class. So because of that, They made a competition to see who can sell the most lemonade and gets $100 or close to $100 by Saturday. This book has great life lessons for kids, It teaches about business, family relationships, teamwork, relationships and also forgiveness.

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.


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This book about a boy named Greg Heffley. Greg finds himself in his first year of middle school. Greg is happy to have his best friend Rowley join him in his next three years of middle school. But Greg will find out that middle school will not go as planned and his friendship with Rowley will be tested. It is a very interesting book with delightful drawings. It discusses a lot of problems in student's life.

7. When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl.


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This book is about a girl that really wants a dog, But her parents do not agree and refuse to get her a dog. Then Her grandfather convinces her that a great way to prove that she is ready for a dog is to have a “practice dog”, in the form of an empty orange juice carton. It's a cute and funny book, It discusses several issues such as relationships with family members, being proud of your heritage, learning responsibility, fitting in, friendships, and more.
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