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The Best Books to Read With Your Kids


    Where The Wild Things Are
    By Maurice Sendak

    "I loved it when I was little—you get that awesome full circle moment when you read it. Also I love the message that even when you're being very naughty, your parents still love you—and keep your dinner hot." —Sasha Emmons

    Where The Wild Things Are 

    Trying to hook a little one on reading? Try these great picks for preschoolers!


    The Snowy Day
    By Ezra Jack Keats

    "Snow may be a major pain for those of us who have to shovel it, but in Peter's world, a fresh snow is the perfect canvas for footprints and snow angels and snowballs are meant for saving in your pocket. To us, this is a story as sweet and gentle as a beautiful winter wonderland." —Denene Millner

    The Snowy Day

  • James and the Giant Peach
    By Roald Dahl

    "I liked everything Roald Dahl, but especially James and the Giant Peach—nothing seemed more dreamy than crawling into the center of the most delicious peach ever grown, nibbling at the walls as you went along." —Ganda Suthivarakom

    James and the Giant Peach

  • Wonder Bear
    By Tao Nyeu

    "A book with no words, encourages kids to make up their own. The author's master's project and first book—so gorgeous!" —Laura Sullivan

    Wonder Bear

  • When Sheep Cannot Sleep
    By Satoshi Kitamura

    "This has held the top spot on my bookshelf for years. The colors are vibrant and the artwork is sophisticated, but it's accessible to kids." —Michelle Dozois

    When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book (Sunburst Book)

  • No Flying in the House
    By Betty Brock

    "A huge childhood fave of mine was No Flying in the House, about a little girl who discovers she's half human and half fairy and will have to choose which one she'll ultimately be." —Deborah Skolnik

    No Flying in the House (Harper Trophy Books)

  • Skippy Jon Jones, Lost in Spice
    By Judy Schachner

    "A latino cat that thinks he's a Chihuahua—multilingual and hilarious!" —Laura Sullivan

    Skippyjon Jones, Lost in Spice

  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
    By Betty MacDonald

    "I thought Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's solutions to kid-problems like refusing to bathe, were C-R-A-Z-Y. Telling his parents to let the dirt collect and plant radishes on his skin while he was sleeping? I remember thinking, 'Where do they get this stuff!? Mrs. Piggle Wiggle rules!'" —Lauren Passell

    Mrs. Piggle Wiggle 

  • Ruby and the Booker Boys: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby
    By Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley Newton

    "Ruby is simply delicious—eccentric, clever, and determined to get out of the shadows of her super cool older brothers at her new school, which leads to a bit of hi-jinks and a lot of spirited Eloise-styled fabulousness. This is the stuff little sisters are made of! (Trust me, I know what I speak of.)" —Denene Millner

    Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby

  • Where The Sidewalk Ends
    By Shel Silverstein

    "This should be in every kid's bookshelf—an imaginative other-world!" —Laura Sullivan

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

  • Amelia Bedelia 
    By Peggy Parish

    "My dad used to read this book to me, and even though he changed the story to his liking, (Amelia Bedelia always went on violent rampages and was fired for trying to murder Mr. and Mrs. Rogers), I loved Amelia Bedelia's silliness. I once told my (stay-at-home) mother, "Mom, you're just like Amelia Bedelia!" But I meant it to be the highest compliment." —Lauren Passell 

    Amelia Bedelia

  • Strega Nona 
    By Tomie dePaola

    "Growing up I loved Strega Nona, because it reminded me of my grandmother and her family in Italy." —Diane Rice

    Strega Nona 

  • Five Little Peppers
    By Margaret Sidney

    Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

    Rachel Fishman Feddersen

  • Fancy Nancy
    By Jane O'Connor

    "I like Fancy Nancy (any of them) for the simple reason that my daughter is a real life Fancy Nancy for which I thank my lucky stars every day (after two boys I wished so hard for a girly girl and I got one.)" —Christina Vercelletto 

    Fancy Nancy

  • Free to Be You and Me
    By Marlo Thomas

    Free to Be...You and Me (The 35th Anniversary Edition, Hardcover)

    Jessica Dukes

  • I Want to Go Home!
    By Gordon Korman

    "I really loved I Want to Go Home!, a Gordon Korman children's novel on going away to camp. I never went to camp, so I loved reading about it. It was one of my first laugh-out-loud experiences with a book." —Ganda Suthivarakom

    I Want to Go Home!

  • Peppermints in the Parlor
    By Barbara Brooks Wallace

    "This book is the perfect kind of creepy—intriguing and great for kids. I couldn't put it down when I read it in fourth grade, and just thinking about it makes me want to pick it back up again." —Lauren Passell

    Peppermints in the Parlor

  • The Great Brain
    By John D. Fitzgerald

    "The Great Brain is an amazing chapter book series for older kids, and it's not very well known." —Michelle Dozois

    The Great Brain (Great Brain, Book 1)

  • B is for Betsy
    By Carolyn Haywood

    "B" Is for Betsy

    Rachel Fishman Feddersen

  • Bobbsey Twins
    By Laura Lee Hope

    Bobbsey Twins 03: The Secret at the Seashore

    Rachel Fishman Feddersen

  • Heidi
    By Johanna Spyri

    "I loved having it read to me when I was very young and loved reading it myself, once I learned how!" —Gina Grant


  • The Lorax
    By Dr. Seuss

    The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

    Rachel Fishman Feddersen

  • Tar Beach
    By Faith Ringold

    "When Cassie lays down on "tar beach" (a fancy word a tar-covered apartment rooftop) and imagines herself soaring high above the "diamond necklace" that is the George Washington Bridge, my girls and I think her dreamy journey is nothing short of magical. This is Cassie's world, and we happily soar with her." —Denene Millner

    Tar Beach

  • Madeline
    By Ludwig Bemelmans

    "Madeline is so beautiful and rhythmic that I easily memorized it as a tiny girl, and then I would try to convince everyone that I was reading the text. I still can tell the story from memory, but now I can finally read the text allll by myself. Sweet!" —Lauren Passell


  • If I Built a Car
    By Chris Van Dusen

    "In terms of relatively new books, I'm very into If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen." —Deborah Skolnik

    If I Built a Car

  • Bread and Jam for Frances
    By Russel Hoban

    Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2)

    Rachel Fishman Feddersen

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    By Robert O'Brien

    "We love Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH—also The Sisters Grimm series." —Jennifer Geddes

    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (Aladdin Fantasy)

    The Fairy Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, Book 1) (Bk. 1)

  • What Do People Do All Day?
    By Richard Scarry

    Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day

    Rachel Fishman Feddersen