18 Best Children’s Books by Age Group (Reading Kids Books)

We can all agree, finding the best children’s books by age can be a long search. There are so many kids books that it can be hard to find the right one.

Search no more! We found the 18 best children’s books by each age group…just for you. Take a look:

18 Best Children's Books by Age 

18 Best Children’s Books by Age

Is your family filled with library lovers? We’ve got the scoop on Kansas City libraries!

…we headed back to our roots and actually went to the library!

Yep! An honest to goodness brick and mortar library. When I walked in, a very nice woman introduced herself as a librarian and said that she could help me find what I needed.

Some we found on lists of well-respected journalists, some from those in the “biz” of teaching kids, and some I just had from my own list of loves.

Hopefully you can take this list and add it to the list of reading books for your kids.

Reading Book for Younger Kids

Reading Book for Younger Kids

Find the best books for young kids below. There is a wide variety of popular books for babies, classic books, & interesting reads for your little kiddos.

#1 Owl Moon by: Jane Yolen

When I was a kid, I thought it would be the coolest thing to go out on a snowy night with my parents. I can just imagine the cool air and the quiet. Now that I am older it seems this could be the thing of nightmares! What if I freeze? What if I come across a serial killer or a rabid wolf? Still, it’s a beautiful book—and a classic!


#2 The Giving Tree by: Shel Silverstein

ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES! And no one understands why. I think because the relationship between the boy and the tree can be taken so many different ways. Is the tree taking care of the boy? Or should the tree have told the boy to go out, get a job, and figure out how to do things for himself? It’s up for interpretation, but such a great quick read!


#3 The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by: Jon Scieszka

My girls love this book. Every night this is on our list. And I think I like it too because of the different viewpoint—from the Wolf. He just needed a simple cup of sugar for his dear granny’s birthday cake! There is always two sides to a story!


#4 Harold and the Purple Crayon by: Crockett Johnson


#5 Make Way for Ducklings by: Robery McCloskey

I always remember this one from school and I am not sure why, the simple story of a family of ducks in a Boston park and their journey to find a new home that is safe to raise a family. What was kind of cool is when I visited Boston last year for work, I took a whole bunch of pictures of the same park (they have a statue for the ducks and everything) and then made kind of a photo album out of the book and my real pictures for my girls, they thought this was so cool!


#6 The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Back by: Drew Daywatt


#7 There’s a Giraffe in my Soup by: Ross Burach

Just a fun read. And really great for those younger kids because they can interact with the story by naming the animals and making the animal sounds.


#8 The Paper Bag Princess by: Robert Munsch

If you have a daughter or if you just need a reminder that we are strong independent women then give this one a read. Just another view of the typical princess story and gives a fun interpretation. Definitely on my list of favorites.


#9 School’s First Day of School by: Adam Rex


#10 Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by: Virginia Lee Burton

A classic that still speaks to modern themes. Industrialism, new machines and technology taking over for older models. If you find a copy it is guaranteed to have that old book smell, but worth it!


#11 Bedtime for Frances by: Russell Hoban


Best Books for Elementary & Middle Schoolers

Find the best chapter books & popular reading books for kids that are a little older. These books can be read independently to help your child grow their love for books!

Best Books for Elementary & Middle Schoolers

#12 Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by: Astrid Lindgren

From the author of Pippi Longstocking, this is a good one for those aged 8-12, again it’s an oldie but a goodie. A wild-haired girl, a forbidden friendship and a war just to top it all off. Great, quick read for a book report if you teachers want something that maybe hasn’t been done over and over again!


#13 Inspector Flytrap by: Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell

A really cute series for ages 6-9 years old. It’s got everything, humor, mystery but still silly enough to be interesting to younger kids. I have heard from several kids in this age group that these are just “awesome!”


#14 The Wild Robot by: Peter Brown


#15 The Serpent King by: Jeff Zentner


Best Chapter Books for Teens

Teenagers like to read different kinds of books. Be sure you are aware of what your child is reading. There are great chapter books below that appeal to a wide variety of readers. Check them out!

Best Chapter Books for Teens

#16 The Girl from Everywhere by: Heidi Heilig

Leave an anonymous note to your teen to check out this book. This is the first in a series about a time- traveling sixteen year old who travels the globe and has to fight for everything, including her very own existence. It may even get your teens interested in history again.


#17 Outrun the Moon by: Stacey Lee


#18 The First Time she Drowned by: Kerry Kletter

I found this one on a “Teen” list but warning: it deals with some pretty heavy topics including mental health and family issues. I suppose I can’t be that naïve to think that teens don’t go through this every day! It is a beautifully written story about an eighteen year old just trying to control the demons of her present to untangle the past. I would recommend, reading this too; could be an eye opener to how we interact with our own teenagers!

What are some of your family’s favorite books to read? Please, share in the comments!

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