The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

Terrific list – take a minute to read it. I would add The Secret Garden/A Little Princess and The Twenty One Balloons. Oh – and Homer Price. How about you?


This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of our favorite children’s books of all time, the beautiful, contemplative novella The Little Prince. To celebrate the book’s legacy (and to encourage any parents currently dragging their feet to get it for their little ones), we’ve put together a list of 25 essential books that every kid should have on his or her bookshelf growing up. Add your own suggestions to the list (it has potential to be infinite) in the comments.

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  1. funny, I was surprised how many of these I didn’t know. That wouldn’t be my choice for Seuss, but at least he was represented. I’d also represent Sandra Boynton, probably with “Moo Baa La La La”, the first book both of my kids “read”.

    1. If you are looking for amazing illustrators I am working on a post about them, but in the meantime (depending on the age group) you might want to look up Fred Marcellino (The Pelican Chorus and the Trumpet of the Swan), Tim Raglin (Birthday ABC), Wade Zahares (Window Music) and Hilary Knight (Where’s Wallace?). Helen Oxenbury also did a lovely Alice in Wonderland.

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