31 Highly Recommended Books to Read to Your Kids – Start Young and Have Fun!
If you’ve read yesterday’s post on 30 Captivating Reasons Why You Should Start Reading to Your Kids Now, we do hope you’ve made some plans to read to your kids in the nearest future. If you’ve made some plans, then this follow-up post is exactly for you. We’ve listed down 31 most highly recommended children’s books that you can read to your kids, or together, whenever it’s convenient. In the morning, before bedtime, after naps, it’s always family time. Take your time to select the best book for your kid. In return, you may even unlock a hidden talent on your part in voicing out certain special characters from the book. Go all out with the reading and make it a memorable one, as good stories will encourage a love for reading, with or without conversation.
“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” ― Roald Dahl
The prequel to the epic fantasy saga The Lord of the Rings chronicles the adventures of the inhabitants of Middle-earth and of Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who brought home to The Shire the One Ring of Power.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
A mischievous boy’s pranks and escapades in a 19th-century river town — whitewashing the fence, seeking buried treasure, trying to impress the adored Becky Thatcher and more.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
This novel of the Crusades, chivalry, and courtly love not only recreates history, but made history as well.
Ivanhoe by Walter Scott
Chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
Charts a young man’s progress through a difficult childhood in Victorian England to ultimate success as a novelist, finding true love along the way.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate’s fortune.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Eighteen science fiction stories deal with love, madness, and death on Mars, Venus, and in space.
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Presents the epic depicting the Great War of the Ring, a struggle between good and evil in Middle Earth.
Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
That’s the rule. That’s the deal. Brilliantly irreverent and very, very silly, The Book With No Pictures will delight kids and have them begging for more.
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
An adaptation of the nineteenth-century science fiction tale of an electric submarine, its eccentric captain, and the undersea world, which anticipated many of the scientific achievements of the twentieth century.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Seuss made a point of not beginning to write his stories with a moral in mind, stating that “kids can see a moral coming a mile off.” There’s an inherent moral in any story.
All books by by Dr Seuss
The voyages of an eighteenth-century Englishman that carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall, and Brobdingnag, a land peopled by giants.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Millions of young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his lively companions as they journey through the magical land of Prydain.
Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
A classic novel of the future follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks who prey on the Eloi.
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Ronia, the daughter of a robber who lives in a great fortress in an enchanted wood, causes mayhem by befriending the son of her father’s sworn enemy.
Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren, Patricia Crampton
Farmer Giles did not look like a hero. He was aft and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life.Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered – Farmer Giles was a hero.
Farmer Giles of Ham by J. R. R. Tolkien
And in that wood, lives the Magic Faraway Tree. This is no ordinary tree – it is home to more magical lands full of elves, pixies, talking creatures and wonderful adventures than the children ever imagined possible!
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600’s an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Dahl’s books see the triumph of the child; children’s book critic Amanda Craig said, “He was unequivocal that it is the good, young and kind who triumph over the old, greedy and the wicked.”
Esio Trot, The Twits, The mofuckin’ BFG, Boy, Going Solo, George’s Marvellous Medicine & Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dreams of becoming a gentleman — and one day finds himself in possession of great expectations.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
From cases involving a strange group for red-headed men to a missing thumb, Holmes uses his powers of observation and deduction to solve even the weirdest mysteries.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Jurassic Park takes you to an amazing theme park on a remote island where dinosaurs once again roam the earth and five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Tells the story of four adventurous children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, who have been evacuated to the English countryside in 1940 following the outbreak of World War II.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Time is running out for the Famous Five – who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?
Famous Five by Enid Blyton
The adventures of Huck Finn and a runaway slave Jim, down the Mississippi river. The series of escapades and situations and the journey down the river is truly a voyage.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Recounts the legend of Robin Hood, who plundered the king’s purse and poached his deer and whose generosity endeared him to the poor.
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle
Some years before, in the mid 1800’s, Anna’s mother, father and brother Baby Jacob had come from Poland to live in a tiny sod house in Western Wisconsin and establish the very first farm in the entire Latsch Valley. Sometimes she dreams of going back to the Poland she is always hearing about, but increasingly she realizes that life in Latsch Valley, with its rich cultural rhythm of work, play and religious faith, holds everything she could possibly want.
First Farm in the Valley: Anna’s Story by Anne Pellowski
The stories are related in first-person narrative from Watson’s point of view. In general the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes identify, and try to correct, social injustices.
The Five Orange Pips by Arthur Conan Doyle
This epic poem retells the story of Odysseus’s ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
The Odyssey by Homer