The 100 Books That Should Be On Every Child’s Bookshelf

8 children, all beside each other reading books.

Looking back to my childhood and the stories that I read, my imagination instantly comes to life. I can immediately return to those books that lit up my mind and my bookshelf as if the book were sat in front of me today. For as long as I can remember I have loved books, and not only the stories. I remember loving the feel of books, the illustrations, the colours.My fondest memory is picking up books and creating my own stories from the pictures. The love I had for books as a child has stayed with me my whole life. I have put together a list of the 100 books that every child should experience, before they reach high school / secondary school age. The books listed are in age order, but don’t worry if your child is not reading at the level specified in this post. Reading books isn’t a competition, and children will develop at their own pace. Know that if you read to your child, then they will become interested in books. Children who read will gain many skills that will help them in school and beyond.

5 Benefits of Reading with Your Kids

The benefits of reading books with children are endless. Studies show that reading to your children for as little as twenty minutes per day will have a huge impact on their language, literacy, numeracy and cognition skills later in life. The bond between parent and child during reading increases greatly. And will lay the foundations to helping them become strong, confident readers in later life.

My 100 picks of children’s books

Those who don’t believe in magic, will never find it.The Minpins by Roald Dahl

Age 2+

  • Cover of the book, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!.

    When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place—a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschool...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 70,740 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Goodnight Moon.

    In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one -- the little bunny says goodnight.

    In this classic of child...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 276,809 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

    THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?Including a special feature, dye cuts, this beautiful board book edition, perfect for teaching the days of the week, offers readers an interactive experience.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 358,657 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.

    Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends. All is uneventful until they meet Scarface Claw, the toughest tom in town, and run for home. The story is told by a brilliant, cumulative rhyming text and terrific pictures.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 12,900 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book.

    A child writes to the zoo for a pet. The zoo send a series of unsuitable pets, revealed behind flaps in the form of crates and packing cases. These animals are all sent back for different reasons, except the last one, which is perfect!Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old -- and still as popular as ever! And with an updated look, this children's classic is sure to delight a new ge...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 20,716 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Snowy Day (Peter, #1).

    Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day."K...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 95,476 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Corduroy.

    Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his missing button. It's a brave new world! He accidentally gets on an eleva...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 178,162 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Meg and Mog.

    This is a board book edition of the bestselling MEG AND MOG story.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 7,100 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

    The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. "A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. The palm tree standing straight and tall on the first page begins to groan and bend under its alphab...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 133,857 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Everyone Poops.

    Since we all eat, we all must poop. All of us! Everyone!This wonderful, modern-day toddler classic presents information that children both want and need in a refreshingly honest, informative, and age-appropriate way.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 5,557 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!.

    From Aunt Annie's Alligator to Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, this sturdy board book version of Dr. Seuss's ABC is now available in a bigger trim size. With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as fun and as funny as the feather on a Fiffer-feffer-feff!

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 38,237 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Runaway Bunny.

    A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of i...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 61,979 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Where's Spot?.

    When Where's Spot? was published in 1980, children all over America took Eric Hill's lovable puppy to their hearts. Since then, the Spot books have gone on to sell more than 20 million copies in over 60 languages. Children will be captivated by this fun, lift-the-flap book that has Spot's mother searching the house to find him at dinner time. Full color.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 15,516 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit (Rabbit Ears).

    In this original edition, Peter and his sisters are told to go gather blackberries and not to go into MacGregor's garden because Peter's father was made into a pie by MacGregor after being found in the garden. Peter, who is wearing a new coat, promptly disobeys his mother, stuffs himself with vegetables, gets spotted by MacGregor, loses his coat and barely makes it out of the g...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 187,762 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Gruffalo.

    This is a rhyming story of a mouse and a monster. Little mouse goes for a walk in a dangerous forest. To scare off his enemies he invents tales of a fantastical creature called the Gruffalo. So imagine his surprise when he meets the real Gruffalo.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 26,030 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Funny Bones.

    Clanking and clattering his way down the street, this kooky skeleton is in search of a treat. Glow-in-the-dark eyes provide a touch of Halloween magic for the youngest of trick-or-treaters. Full color.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 28 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

    The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don't expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 12,963 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Pumpkin Soup.

    By the Kate Greenaway MedalistDeep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup the same way every day. The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. But one day the Duck wants to stir instead, and then there is a horrible squabble, and he leaves the cabin in a huff. It isn't long before the C...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 2,525 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Angelo.

    When Angelo is restoring an old church in Rome, he finds a small bird, barely breathing. Not being able to find somewhere safe to leave her, he has no choice but to take her home with him. Despite Angelo's 'professional dislike for pigeons', the pair become friends, and Angelo names the bird Sylvia. Eventually, Sylvia is able to repay Angelo's kindness by supporting him when he...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 213 ratings.

Age 3+

  • Cover of the book, The Snowman.

    Illustrated in full color, this is a wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow." A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman, which comes alive in his dreams that night. The boy invites him home and in return is taken on a flight high above the countryside.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 15,024 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato.

    Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won't eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they're orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won't eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they're cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won't eat, including - and especially - tomatoes. Or will she? Two endearing sibli...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 7,578 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Kipper.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 4,269 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Harold and the Purple Crayon.

    "One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fantasy. Cherubic, round-headed H...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 117,688 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Little Engine That Could.

    The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 95,234 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Curious George.

    The first adventure in this highly popular series tells how the little monkey Curious George, caught in the jungle and brought back to the city by a man in a yellow hat, can't help being interested in all the new things around him. Though well meaning, George's curiosity always gets him into trouble. Young readers can easily relate, and Rey's cheerful illustrations celebrate Cu...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 118,133 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Story of Ferdinand.

    A true classic with a timeless message, The Story of Ferdinand has enchanted readers since it was first published in 1936. All the other bulls would run and jump and butt their heads together. But Ferdinand would rather sit and smell the flowers. And he does just that, until the day a bumblebee and some men from the Madrid bullfights give gentle Ferdinand a chance to be the mos...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 82,140 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Owl Babies.

    This is the story of three baby owls who wake up one night in their hole in the tree to find that their mother has gone, so they sit on the branch and wait, wondering when she will return. At last she does, and they all bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 13,699 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Room on the Broom.

    The witch and her cat are happily flying through the sky on a broomstick when the wind picks up and blows away the witch's hat, then her bow, and then her wand!  Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items, and all they want in return is a ride on the broom.  But is there room on the broom for so many friends?  And when disaster strikes, will they be able to save t...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 13,881 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Horton Hears a Who!.

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman's masterful narration brings to life the heartwarming tale of Horton the elephant. Original music and sound effects complement the retelling. An exclusive paperback edition of the book is packaged with the audio cassette. Cassette running time: approx. 20 min.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 90,775 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Cat in the Hat.

    Poor Sally and her brother. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 in response to the concern that "pallid primers [with] abnormally courteous, unnaturally clean boys and girls' were ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 376,285 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Madeline.

    Madeline is one of the best-loved characters in children's literature. Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1940 and has as much appeal today as it did then. The combination of a spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with childre...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 181,526 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Flat Stanley (Flat Stanley, #1).

    When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he's a hero. This is the very first Flat Stan...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 13,560 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Paddington.

    Nearly fifty years ago, a small bear from Darkest Peru set out on an adventure of a lifetime. With nothing but a suitcase, several jars of marmalade, and a label around his neck that read, "Please Look After This Bear," he stowed away on a ship headed for faraway England. When the little bear arrived at London's busy Paddington Station, he was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Brown. ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 1,022 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, A Dark, Dark Tale.

    Children will delight in following the black cat's progress through the dark wood, into the dark house, and eventually to the surprise discovery at the back of the toy cupboard, in this mysterious, beautifully illustrated picture book.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 636 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Cinderella.

    "Illustrations featuring mix of styles in both clothing and architecture set the story in an imaginary yet vaguely familiar landscape, lit by a dreamlike haze. The smoothly told story contains the familiar details and a happy ending in which Cinderella forgives her stepfamily." - The Horn Book Club -

    "This satisfying tale never grows old. Koopman's ill...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 10,709 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Gentle Giant.

    On a small island way out in the middle of a silver lake there once lived a sad young man. He was sad because he had grown up into a giant of a man, very big, very strong, and very frightening. Because of this, no one liked to go near him. So his only friends were the wild creatures that lived all around him. Then one day, he saves a girl from drowning, and little does he know ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 60 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Giving Tree.

    "Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy."So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, a...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 837,386 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Green Eggs and Ham.

    “Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 553,103 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Oh, the Places You'll Go!.

    For out-starting upstarts of all ages, here is a wonderfully wise and blessedly brief graduation speech from the one and only Dr. Seuss. In his inimitable, humorous verse and pictures, he addresses the Great Balancing Act (life itself, and the ups and downs it presents) while encouraging us to find the success that lies within us. And will you succeed?Yes! You will indeed!...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 298,998 ratings.

  • And she loves a boy, very very much — even more than she loved herself.The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Cover of the book, Albert's Impossible Toothache.

    Albert Turtle wakes up one morning and complains that he has toothache. But turtles don't have teeth, as his family gently explains to him, so it's impossible for Albert to have toothache. Or is it? This is a classic and light-hearted story about the importance of taking children seriously.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 85 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Are You My Mother?.

    ARE YOU MY MOTHER? tells a very simple story for children who have just started to read. their younger brothers or sisters will also want to follow the baby bird's quest as he asks everyone and everything he meets, "Are You My Mother?".Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseu...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 197,100 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Frog and Toad Treasury: Frog and Toad are Friends/Frog and Toad Together/Frog and Toad All Year  (Frog and Toad #1-3).

    Why do I love Frog and Toad? I'm not really sure. Not much really happens in these stories. The illustrations are beautiful but rather small. The eponymous friends carry on their friendship through mild misunderstandings and misadventures, always ready to forgive each other and forget. These gentle stories are among my favorite kids' books. I have fond memories of Frog and Toad...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 15,467 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.

    Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein's poetry books for generations.Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who turn...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 1,116,577 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Usborne Children's Bible.

    Beautiful collection of Bible stories for young children

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 84 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.

    "The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason."Dr. Seuss's small-hearted Grinch ranks right up there with Scrooge when it comes to the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time. For 53 years, the Grinch has lived in a cave on the side of a mountain, looming above the Whos in Whoville. The noisy holiday prep...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 299,477 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Were Going on a Bear Hunt.

    "We're going on a bear hunt. / We're going to catch a big one. / What a beautiful day! / We're not scared." So begins Michael Rosen's award-winning read-aloud romp We're Going on a Bear Hunt. In this lovely boxed gift edition illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, a small paperback version of the book is packaged with the softest, most fabulous little brown bear we've ever seen. Reenac...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 38,136 ratings.

Age 5+

  • Cover of the book, The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1-4).

    In 1926, the world was introduced to a portly little bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his young friend, Christopher Robin, Pooh delighted readers from the very beginning. His often befuddled perceptions and adorable insights won the hearts of everyone around him, including his close group of friends. From the energetic Tigger to the dismal Eeyore, A. A. Milne created a ch...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 41,956 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Twits.

    How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything -- except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 106,213 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1).

    Mildred Hubble is a trainee witch at Miss Cackle's Academy, and she's making an awful mess of it. She's always getting her spells wrong and she can't even ride a broomstick without crashing it. Will she ever make a real witch?

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 16,198 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook.

    The stories of Milly-Molly-Mandy and her family and friends have charmed generations of children since they first appeared in 1925. This collection of twenty-one classic tales about this resourceful and thoughtful little girl reflect with accuracy the dilemmas and challenges of a child's world. Young children today will love to hear how Milly-Molly-Mandy decides to spend her fi...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 2,841 ratings.

Age 6+

  • Cover of the book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1).

    Charlie Bucket's wonderful adventure begins when he finds one of Mr. Willy Wonka's precious Golden Tickets and wins a whole day inside the mysterious chocolate factory. Little does he know the surprises that are in store for him!(back cover)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 589,788 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Stuart Little.

    A paperback edition of E.B. White's classic novel about one small mouse on a very big adventure! With black and white illustrations.Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he's shy and thoughtful, he's also a true lover of adventure.Stuart's greatest advent...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 101,434 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Sheep-Pig.

    Knopf is proud to present a handsome 20th-anniversary edition of Dick King-Smith’s bestselling novel that became an Academy Award–nominated movie. When Babe arrives at Hogget Farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops—until he reveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is. Before long, Babe is handling Farmer Hogget’s flock better...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 13,471 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Wind in the Willows.

    One of the most celebrated works of classic literature for childrenMeet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they've become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 165,199 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Pinocchio.

    A classic tale of mischance and mischief based on the original adventures.

    A naughty wooden puppet gets into trouble, disobeys his father, forgets his pomises, and skips through life looking for fun. Just like a "real boy." Until he learns that to become truly real, he must open his heart and think of others.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 63,853 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Asterix the Gaul (Asterix, #1).

    The year is 50BC, and all Gaul is occupied. Only one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. But how much longer can Asterix, Obelix and their friends resist the mighty Roman legions of Julius Caesar? Anything is possible, with a little cunning plus the druid Getafix's magic potions! Their effects can be truly hair-raising...

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 21,886 ratings.

Age 7+

  • Cover of the book, Ramona The Pest.

    This is the second title in the hugely popular series about Ramona Quimby. Ramona doesn't think she's a pest - she knows that she isn't a pest on purpose. So how in the world does Ramona get in trouble? Why does Davy run away whenever Ramona comes near him? And how does she manage to disrupt the whole kindergarten class during their rest time? Beverly Cleary is one of America's...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 58,877 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Magic Faraway Tree (The Faraway Tree, #2).

    Jo, Bessie and Fanny take their cousin Rick on an adventure he'll never forget to the magic Faraway Tree, where he meets Moon-Face, Silky the fairy and Saucepan Man, and visits all the different lands at the top of the Faraway Tree. Like the Land of Spells, the crazy Land of Topsy-Turvy, and the land of Do-As-You-Please, where the children ride a runaway train!

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 30,937 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Mrs. Pepperpot Stories.

    A fantastic collection of much-loved, classic stories for all the family!Mrs Pepperpot can't choose when she will shrink to the size of a pepperpot - it just happens! But whatever she encounters, whether it be a monstrous mousetrap, a crafty fox or a gigantic mountain of ice cream, little Mrs Pepperpot will always come out on top.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 530 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The BFG.

    Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that they are flush-bunking off in ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 324,692 ratings.

  • You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Age 8+

  • Cover of the book, Coraline.

    The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring....In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it's different. At first, ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 430,853 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

    There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media.In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 1,947,096 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Stig of the Dump.

    Barney is a solitary eight-year-old, given to wandering off by himself. One day he tumbles over, lands in a sort of cave, and meets' somebody with shaggy hair wearing a rabbit-skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. They together raid the rubbish dump at the bottom of the pit, improve Stig's cave dwelling, and enjoy a series of adventures.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 8,946 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Iron Man.

    Mankind must put a stop to the dreadful destruction caused by the Iron Man. A trap is set for him, but he cannot be kept down. Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 8,067 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Happy Prince and Other Tales.

    Oscar Wilde made up these very special fairy stories for children. He was telling them more than stories about princes, giants, nightingales, and roses, he was teaching them about life and the way to live it. You will find in them so much sweetness and tenderness you will never forget them.They can be read aloud to children of six, and everybody will want a copy for their own p...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 13,712 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Phantom Tollbooth.

    Librarian's Note: For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN, click here.Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story -first published more than fifty years ago- introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond. For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 220,367 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, James and the Giant Peach.

    When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends--the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multip...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 340,899 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Creakers.

    Lucy Dungston has woken up to find all the grown-ups in her town have disappeared. Lucy's friends are thrilled there are no more grown-ups. They're running wild! They're building roads of trampolines, and eating cereal for every meal.But Lucy wants her mum back, and nothing is going to stop her. Even if it means having to venture into the strange, upside-down world of the myste...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 1,054 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

    A cyclone hits Kansas and whirls away Dorothy and her little dog Toto to the magical Land of Oz, where wild beasts talk, silver shoes have magic powers, and good witches offer protection with a kiss. But Dorothy has made an enemy of the Wicked Witch of the West. With her new friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, they brave many dangers in search of the ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 333,503 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Peter Pan.

    Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie Peter pan, the mischievous boy who refuses to grow up, lands in the Darling's proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael and teaches them to fly (with a little help from fairy dust). He and Tinker Bell whisk them off to Never-land where they encounter the Red Indians, the Little Lost Boys, pirates and the dast...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 241,211 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Charlotte's Web.

    This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." This high-quality paperback features vibrant illustrations colorized by Rosemary Wells!Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's spiderweb tells of her feeling...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 1,291,513 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1).

    Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and W...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 6,194,456 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Explorer.

    Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 2,440 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Grandpa’s Great Escape.

    Grandpa lives in a Maximum Security Twighlight Zone, and his Grandson attempts to set him free.Jack’s Grandpa… wears his slippers to the supermarketserves up tinned tongue for dinnerand often doesn’t remember Jack’s nameBut he can still take to the skies in a speeding Spitfire and save the day…An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grand...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 5,027 ratings.

Age 9+

  • Cover of the book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1).

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a work of children's literature by the English mathematician and author, the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, written under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy realm populated by grotesque figures like talking playing cards and anthropomorphic creatures. The Wonde...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 192,234 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1).

    Dear Reader,I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on thr...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 357,580 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1).

    Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate toIt’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up befor...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 355,672 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again.

    In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now re...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 2,594,972 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1).

    Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found herePercy Jackson is a good kid, but he can't seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse - Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy's mom finds out, she knows it's time that he knew the truth about w...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 1,768,359 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Matilda.

    Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 545,223 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Five Children and It (Five Children #1).

    The five children find a cantankerous sand fairy, a psammead, in a gravel pit. Every day 'It' will grant each of them a wish that lasts until sunset, often with disastrous consequences.Never out of print since 1902. The Introduction to this edition examines Nesbit's life and her reading, showing the change in childrens' literature from Victorian times.

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 21,393 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Secret Garden.

    "One of the most delightful and enduring classics of children's literature, The Secret Garden by Victorian author Frances Hodgson Burnett has remained a firm favorite with children the world over ever since it made its first appearance. Initially published as a serial story in 1910 in The American Magazine, it was brought out in novel form in 1911. The plot centers round Mary ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 813,210 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Shakespeare Stories.

    By skillfully weaving his own prose with Shakespeare's language, Leon Garfield has refashioned twelve of the Elizabethan playwright's most memorable dramas into stories, capturing all the richness of the characters, plot, mood, and setting. This format will delight both those who know the great dramatist's works and those who are new to them. Michael Foreman's dramatic color il...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 257 ratings.

  • Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable.Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Cover of the book, The Borrowers (The Borrowers, #1).

    Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers -- Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply "borrow" from the "human beans" who live above them. It's a comfortable life, but boring if you're a kid. Only Pod is allowe...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 84,803 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Railway Children.

    In this much-loved children's classic first published in 1906, the comfortable lives of three well-mannered siblings are greatly altered when, one evening, two men arrive at the house and take their father away. With the family's fortunes considerably reduced in his absence, the children and their mother are forced to live in a simple country cottage near a railway station. The...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 48,369 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Suitcase Kid.

    When my parents split up they didn't know what to do with me . . .My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me - and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase. One week with Mum's new family, one week with Dad's.It's as easy as A B C. That...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 9,652 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Wonder.

    NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN WILSON, AND JACOB TREMBLAY!Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 619,826 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Where the Wild Things Are.

    One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are.Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus be...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 748,067 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1).

    It was a dark and stormy night.Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure - one that will threaten their lives and our universe.Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L'Engle's classic T...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 977,645 ratings.

Age 10+

  • Cover of the book, I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.

    I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 353,126 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1).

    Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival. In a spellbinding, t...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 58,126 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Black Beauty.

    Black Beauty spends his youth in a loving home, surrounded by friends and cared for by his owners. But when circumstances change, he learns that not all humans are so kind. Passed from hand to hand, Black Beauty witnesses love and cruelty, wealth and poverty, friendship and hardship . . . Will the handsome horse ever find a happy and lasting home? Carefully retold in clear cont...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 220,195 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, War Horse (War Horse, #1).

    A powerful tale of war, redemption and a hero's journey.In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey's courage touches the s...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 38,268 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Treasure Island.

    "For sheer storytelling delight and pure adventure, Treasure Island has never been surpassed. From the moment young Jim Hawkins first encounters the sinister Blind Pew at the Admiral Benbow Inn until the climactic battle for treasure on a tropic isle, the novel creates scenes and characters that have fired the imaginations of generations of readers. Written by a superb prose st...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 366,192 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Little Prince.

    Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth ...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 1,156,397 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, A Monster Calls.

    An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting - he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 182,299 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Ballet Shoes.

    An alternate cover edition for this ISBN from 1993 can be found herePauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it's going to be such hard work! They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 31,113 ratings.

Age 11+

  • Cover of the book, The Diary of a Young Girl.

    Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two y...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 2,477,944 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Good Night, Mr. Tom.

    London is poised on the brink of World War II. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech -- the abused child of a single mother -- is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 35,662 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Oliver Twist.

    'Let him feel that he is one of us; once fill his mind with the idea that he has been a thief, and he's ours, - ours for his life!' The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published. Dickens's tale of childhood innocence beset by evil depicts the dark criminal underworld of a Lon...(Read More)

    ★★★★★
    ★★★★★

    based on 293,222 ratings.

  • But the children knew, as I’m sure you know, that the worst surroundings in the world can be tolerated if the people in them are interesting and kind.Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

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