There are so many excellent books for children, and picking ten that every child will love is a challenge. Our list has books that will appeal to children of any age and also prove a delight to parents as they share this book with their kids. They are all an excellent addition to a family library, guaranteed to delight generations to come.
Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
This 1963 children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak tells the story of Max, a young boy who wreaks havoc on the household one evening while dressed as a wolf. Max is sent to bed without his supper and spends time on an island inhabited by “wild things.” He becomes king of the creatures, but ultimately decides to return home.
The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
“Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy.” So begins this story of giving everything up for love suitable for all ages and perfect for reading aloud.
The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss
All of the Dr. Seuss books are perfect for children, but this is probably one of his most famous. The Cat shows up at the home of two children while their mother is away. With the assistance of his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, he proceeds to wreck the house. Finally, the Cat cleans up the house and disappears just before the mother comes home.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
This tale of mischievous Peter Rabbit and Mr. Macgregor’s garden has delighted readers for over 110 years. The colorful pictures help make this children’s classic one of the best-selling books ever.
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Another classic over a hundred years old, this tale of four friends — Rat, Mole, Badger and Toad —never seems to get old. The friends have adventures that emphasize morality and friendship, all in the evocative Thames valley of England.
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Little Prince is a poetic tale of human relationships with watercolor illustrations by the author. The story of a pilot stranded in the desert who meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid delights children. Additionally, the philosophical story with social criticism and remarks on the strangeness of the adult world make it meaningful for adult readers.
Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne
Young and old will delight in Pooh and his friends who live in the Hundred Acre Wood. Readers love the first time Tigger “pounces” Pooh; laugh aloud when Pooh’s rumbly tumbly tummy gets him stuck in a hilariously sticky situation, and cheer him on as he tries to find the ever-elusive honey.
Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White
This classic and beloved novel tells the memorable story of Wilbur, a little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors. With the help of Charlotte and her “terrific” webs, Templeton the rat, and other barnyard friends, Wilbur becomes the prize-winning pig of the County Fair. Lessons of friendship, loyalty, and truth bind this story together and show readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes.
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Readers of every age are enchanted by this story of young Sophie and the benevolent BFG (Big Friendly Giant)—inspired by Dahl’s own granddaughter. Together, Sophie and BFG take on the Bonecruncher, the Bloodbottler, and other monsters and concoct a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
A beautifully illustrated tale of a stuffed rabbit that dreams of being real and a little boy’s love that makes the dream come true is sure to provide tears for the whole family.