12 Classic Books Every Child Must Read

Building an interest in reading for children will help set their future to a brighter start. But what books can we read to them? Here we have compiled a list of our favorite childhood stories that vary per age. Here’s our list of the best twelve classic books every child must read.

1. Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon is a favorite storybook for kids and parents alike. The pace, rhythm and repetition of the story help children with their bedtime routine as the little bunny says goodnight to all the things in his home. It is the perfect story to read to children before they set off to dreamland.

2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is another great story for younger children. Parents and children will enjoy the colorful pictures that pair with the counting game story. To the children’s delight, they can poke their fingers through the caterpillar holes and watch him grow page by page.

3. Love Your Forever

Love you forever starts out as a song about a mother to her child. The story evolves the relationship between the boy and the mother as they both grew older.

4. Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are is another classic masterpiece for children of all ages. Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is a classic children’s story that is considered as a masterpiece of writing, art and the store overall. Children will surely enjoy and ask for repeated readings as the can get lost in the world of imagination and colorful language. Where the Wild Things Are is truly a fun learning experience.

5. Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a classic children’s story that was published in 1955. The story features an upbeat but silent boy who creates things with his purple crayon. He makes up his own fun and even creates drawings that scare him. He finds himself in trouble has to draw a boat to save himself from the sea he accidently b. The story is a wonderful celebration of creativity and imagination. It has since adapted to an animated HBO TV series as well as an app.

6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The tale of Peter Rabbit is about a young Peter Rabbit who explores his neighbor’s garden, despite his mother’s warnings. The story depicts the wanting to explore forbidden things as Peter Rabbit gets chased by Mr. McGregor until he becomes frightened. This then leads to his consequences of missing dessert and learning his lesson.

7. The Cat in the Hat

This is a must-read classic for every child as Dr. Seuss spent years shuffling words until he produced the Cat in the Hat. The story is about two kids who are forced to stay indoors on a rainy day when the Cat in the Hat comes in. The lanky feline is stylishly dressed as he creates a tornado of misbehavior. The Cat creates mishaps in the house and even invites his odd friends to come over and wreak havoc.

8. Madeline

Madeline is known to become an instant among children as the story is about twelve girls living in a boarding school with a small, yet brave girl named Madeline. Before the prediction gets boring, Madeline gets sick and has to have her appendix out. The author captures the mix of envy and concern children feel when another child who is ill gets attention.

9. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends is a treasure for young readers as the charming collection involves subversive poems and drawings. The book includes a boy who is fed-up with his sister and tries to sell her, a child who hoards wishes, a lazy girl who waits for the rain to she can drink, a boy who uses his magical eraser, and a sharp-toothed snail that waits for nose-pickers.

10. Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is another all-time classic children’s book with a story of wisdom and friendship. This gentle story is both timeless and universal as it will inspire young readers to be concise of how they make friends and keep them.

11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter’s magical parents were killed by Voldemort, an evil wizard when he was a baby. He became famous to be the only survivor of Voldemort’s curse and was taken to live with his muggle – non-wizard- aunt and uncle who were nasty. After ten years, he received an invitation to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and his adventures begin.

12. A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time is one of the best literature works for children as it provides in exciting story and inspiration for kids who have ever felt lonely or different. It celebrates the power of individuality and bravery.

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