10 Books Every Child Should Read

There are so many incredible children books out there that it would be impossible for me to list all my favorite’s. Here are just a few that I love and recommend. 
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. 

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats 
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff 

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
Pete and Pickles by Berkeley Breathed 

Knots On a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault 
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 
Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor 


Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

14 thoughts on “10 Books Every Child Should Read

  1. The only one of these we have is Guess How Much I Love You (a wonderful book). Thanks for the list, I love hunting for new children’s books and these look great!

  2. Lovely list! I love The Giving Tree and I was surprised at how much my girls and my nephews love Brown Bear, Brown Bear. I would add Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are. Oh, and there is a beautiful book called Shaker Lane I think every child should read.

  3. After raising two girls anD having taught younger children for many years, I would have to add three books to your list.
    WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
    GOODNIGHT MOON
    THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK
    And for the older children
    NUMBER THE STARS
    BRIDGE TO TARABITHIA

  4. OH I LOVE LOVE LOVE Knots on a Counting Rope. What great books. I am so glad that you visited my blog, I have had a great time reading yours!

  5. The Giving Tree? Really? Wow, I read it once & got rid of it as fast as I could. I think it has a horrible message. I have Guess How Much I Love You & The Snowy Day, though. I'd add Good Night Moon & Love Song for a Baby. The art on the second one is just beautiful.

  6. I love this list. So many of my favorites are on here. I would add The Way Mother’s Are. I loved it as a child and my mom bought me a copy when I had my son and I can hardly get through it without choking up. It’s especially cute for moms of boys.

  7. A lot of my favorites are up here! I have to add a few though:

    I Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
    Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox (or any book by Mem Fox)
    Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

    The Giving Tree always makes me cry so much b/c the boy is so selfish. We own it, but I'm not sure how often I'll read it to my son. I do love Shel Silverstein though!

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