More to Add to Your Shelf: Top Children’s Books


More to Add to Your Shelf: Top Children’s Books

November 13, 2017

Every adult reader probably has a favorite book for childhood or their adolescence. From picture books and pop culture favorites, to fairy tales and classics that will be adored by readers for several generations, most people’s love of books started at a very young age.

In our last post, we offered a list of 50 books we suggest everyone read in their lifetime. Many were classics, and several of them have made it in and out of the Little Free Library.

But great books are not only intended for the most ardent adult readers. There are countless wonderful books available for very young readers. In fact, many of the best children’s books are intended for youngsters who actually can’t read on their own yet, and the stories they love most must be read aloud.

We encourage reading for all, but we’re particularly focused on inspiring the next generation of future bookworms. Good reading habits begin at home, and we’re proud that the “take a book, return a book” free exchange has been so popular with very young readers.

The Little Free Library boxes at all Sipipa restaurants typically has selections of children’s books. If you’re looking for a new book to read to your children — or to share with other children in the neighborhood — here is list of great books for kids to consider.

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  2. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
  4. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  5. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  6. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  9. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  10. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  11. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  12. Curious George by H.A. Rey
  13. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  14. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  15. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  16. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  17. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  18. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  19. Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss
  20. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  21. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  22. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  23. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  24. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  25. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  26. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  27. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  28. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  29. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  30. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  31. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  32. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  33. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  34. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  35. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  36. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  37. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  38. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  39. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
  40. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
  41. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  42. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  43. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
  44. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  45. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
  46. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  47. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  48. The World of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
  49. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  50. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak