Books for Kids (by age)

The books listed below are broken down by age to help you choose the right gift for the right age. But just because a book is in a specific age group doesn’t meant that it can’t be enjoyed by all ages. Some of my kids’ favorite books are still the ones I started reading to them as babies. As they get older, I  experiment with books that are a little longer, more involved, or have less pictures, to see if they are ready. If they jump down off your lap and go running around the room after three to four pages, they’re not ready. But keep trying. I also found that kids, especially younger kids, really like what they already know, so when I  introduce a new book, it might take two or three “forced” readings before they get into it.

It is also important for the reader to enjoy reading the book too! There are definitely a few of the kids’ favorites that make me groan every time they pull them off the shelf. They love the book and that’s what’s important, but it makes for a much more enjoyable reading session when everyone is having fun. My favorite read-out-loud books are marked with ROL! to signify the books I have the most fun reading with the kids.

Infants (0-1)

It’s never too early to start reading to kids. As soon as my kids were able to hold up their heads, we started looking at books. By six months, we were reading books to the kids. Reading to my kids is my all-time favorite activity with them, and they love it too.

Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo

From Head to Toe Board Book

All Sandra Boyton Books, favorites include:

  • Happy Hippo, Angry Duck
  • 15 Animals

Tabbed Board Books: My First Words!: Let’s Get Talking

All Matthew Van Fleet books, favorites include:

  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Color Dog
  • Alphabet
  • Heads
  • Tails
  • Moo
  • Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings

I Love You Through & Through

Goodnight Moon



Toddlers (1-2)

Little Blue Truck Board Book (by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry) ROL!


Little Blue Truck Leads the Way (by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry) ROL!

Bear Snores On Series


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

My Big Dinosaur Book

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (& Series)


Pre-school (2-4)

Everything Goes: By Sea


Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book

Elephant & Piggie Series
Favorites include:

  • We Are In A Book
  • Can I Play Too?

In My Heart

All My Treasures

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (& Series)

Curious George Goodnight Book

Daniel Tiger’s Goodnight Book

Little Critter Series

Steam Train Dream Train

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?




Early Readers – Read to Me (4-5)

I actually had a really hard time finding books for Daniel to read when he was first getting started in Kindergarten. All of the “early readers” and “my first books” that I had purchased in anticipation of this time were way too difficult and destroyed his confidence. Below are books that really are great for beginning readers to build their confidence and their vocabulary.

Dr. Seuss I Can Read Books

  • Dr. Seuss’s ABCs
  • Hop On Pop
  • Cat in the Hat
  • One Fish Two Fish



Early Readers – Read Together (4-5)

The World According to Humphrey Series

The Grufflo & The Gruffalo’s Child

The Day the Crayons Quit

Those Darn Squirrels

Dragons Love Tacos

DK Readers Series, according to interest

The Polar Express


First-Second Grade – Read to Me (6-7)



First-Second Grade – Read to Me (6-7)

DK Readers Series, according to reading ability


Favorite Authors

Julia Donaldson

Mo Willems


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