Yay! It’s time for me to gush about some books and convince you to buy them for every child you know. This has become a yearly tradition for me. (For five years now!)
I admit – I get excited going through my Goodreads list and rediscovering the books I’ve read that year. I get less excited trying to whittle it down to a reasonably sized list to share with you.
Some books have descriptions listed afterward to identify genres and features. For instance, kids love series – if you can get them to fall in love with the first one, they’ll often binge read the entire series.
And if you somehow don’t find a book on this list, check out the extra lists at the bottom of the post.
Babies and Toddlers
(Board books: Babies and toddlers)
When Your Lion Needs a Bath Series
See also: Roundup of 12 board Books
(Picture Book: Age 3-8)
7 Ate 9: The Untold Story Humor Series
A Friend for Henry Friendship Autism
Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years Nonfiction Series
The King of Kindergarten (great for kids entering kindergarten!)
(Early Readers: Age 6-9)
Ten Eggs in a Nest (for kids who are reading short books)
The Trouble with Chickens Humor Series (for kids who are ready for short chapter books)
Another great option for kids who are past easy readers but not ready for full-novels is graphic novels, which brings us to…
(Age 3-99. I have indicated the approximate age appropriateness. Most books will appeal to younger children with a willing reader.)
All’s Faire in Middle School (age 8+)
Anya’s Ghost (age 13+, may be scary for younger readers)
Babymouse Series Humor (age 6+)
Roller Girl (age 8+)
(Middle Grade: Age 8-12)
Cogheart Series Adventure
The Fourteenth Goldfish Humor Series Science
It Ain’t So Awful Falafel Historical Fiction
Spirit Hunters Creepy Thriller
When You Reach Me Mystery
(Young Adult: Age 13+)
Note that these books have mature content (roughly equivalent to PG13). This post gives tips for determining if a book is appropriate for your child.
#MurderTrending Series (Dark but so good)
One of Us is Lying Series
Need more ideas? Check out these: