100 Books You Should Read to Your Child

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

Few things in life are as memorable and beneficial as sharing one of your favorite books with your child. Spend hours bonding together and prepare to find a new favorite with these 100 books you should read to your child.

Birth to 1 Year
1. Hug by Jez Albourough
2. Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont
3. Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
4. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
5. Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
6. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
7. Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
8. Black on White by Tana Hoban
9. Red, Blue, Yellow Shoe by Tana Hoban
10. Ten Little Fingers by Annie Kubler
11. Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis
12. Splash! by Flora McDonnel
13. I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
14. All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury
15. The Wheels on the Bus by Raffi
16. Oh, David! by David Shannon
17. Little Quack/Cuaquito by Lauren Thompson
18. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
19. More More More, Said the Baby by Vera Williams
20. Piggies by Audrey Wood

1-2 Years
21. Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Albourough
22. Little Green by Keith Baker
23. Toes, Ears, and Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer
24. Baby’s First Laugh by Beverly Blacksheep
25. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
26. Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue by Peter Catalanotto
27. Jamberry by Bruce Degen
28. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
29. Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
30. In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
31. Time for Bed by Mem Fox
32. Sleepy Boy by Polly Kanevsky
33. My Arctic 1, 2, 3 by Michael A. Kusugak
34. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky
35. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
36. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
37. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
38. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
39. Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
40. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

2-3 Years
41. Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Farrett Bang
42. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton
43. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
44. Good Night Walk by Elisha Cooper
45. Freight Train by Donald Crews
46. Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack by Doreen Cronin
47. Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
48. Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack
49. Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
50. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
51. Little Miss Spider by David Kirk
52. Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
53. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
54. I Love Colors by Margaret Miller
55. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
56. Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
57. Spicy Hot Colors by Shannon Shahan
58. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
59. Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
60. Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

3-4 Years
61. Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher
62. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judith Barrett
63. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
64. How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by Joseph Bruchac
65. Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
66. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
67. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
68. Corduroy by Don Freeman
69. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarnio
70. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
71. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
72. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
73. Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin
74. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
75. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff
76. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendek
77. Good Boy, Fergus! by David Shannon
78. Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
79. Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Suess
80. Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

4-5 Years
81. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
82. Roar of a Snore by Marsha Arnold
83. When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really, Angry by Molly Farrett Bang
84. D.W.’s Library Card by Marc Brown
85. First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac
86. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
87. Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi
88. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
89. Abuela by Arthur Dorros
90. Olivia by Ian Falconer
91. Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
92. My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
93. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
94. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
95. Gift Horse by S.D. Nelson
96. White Is for Blueberry by George Shannon
97. Wild about Books by Judy Sierra
98. Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitch Smith
99. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
100. Napping House by Audrey Wood

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