100 Books Every Child Should Read

The 100 titles below have been selected from classic and popular children’s book titles. Some are fiction, and some cover nonfiction subjects.

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Author – Title

    • Asch, FrankHappy Birthday, Moon
    • Bang, MollyTen, Nine, Eight
    • Barrett, JudiAnimals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
    • Barton, Byron – The Three Bears
    • Bauer, Marion – If You Were Born a Kitten
    • Bemelmans, LudwigMadeline
    • Beskow, Elsa – Pelle’s New Suit
    • Boynton, Sandra – Moo Baa La La La
    • Brett, JanThe Mitten
    • Brown, MarciaStone Soup
    • Brown, Margaret WiseGoodnight Moon
    • Brunhoff, Jean deThe Story of Babar, the Little Elephant
    • Burningham, John Gumpy’s Outing
    • Burton, Virginia Lee – The Little House
    • Burton, Virginia LeeMike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    • Campbell, Rod – Dear Zoo
    • Cannon, Janell – Stellaluna
    • Carle, EricThe Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • Crews, DonaldFreight Train
    • Cronin, Doreen – Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
    • Daywalt, Drew – The Day the Crayons Quit
    • Degen, Bruce – Jamberry
    • DePaola, TomiePancakes for Breakfast
    • Dorros, ArthurAbuela
    • Eastman, P. D.Are You My Mother?
    • Ehlert, LoisGrowing Vegetable Soup
    • Emberley, EdGo Away, Big Green Monster!
    • Falconer, Ian – Olivia
    • Feiffer, Jules – Bark, George
    • Flack, MarjorieAsk Mr. Bear
    • Flack, Marjorie – Story about Ping
    • Fleming, DeniseGo, Shapes, Go
    • Freeman, DonCorduroy
    • Gag, WandaMillions of Cats
    • Goble, PaulThe Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
    • Guarina, DeborahIs Your Mama a Llama?
    • Henkes, KevinKitten’s First Full Moon
    • Henkes, Kevin – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
    • Ho, MinfongHush!: A Thai Lullaby
    • Hoban, RussellBread and Jam for Frances
    • Hoban, TanaIs it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? An Adventure in Color
    • Hoffman, MaryAmazing Grace
    • Holabird, KatherineAngelina Ballerina
    • Hutchins, PatRosie’s Walk
    • Isadora, Rachel – Say Hello!
    • Jenkins, Steve – What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
    • Johnson, CrockettHarold and the Purple Crayon
    • Kasza, KeikoThe Wolf’s Chicken Stew
    • Keats, Ezra JackThe Snowy Day
    • Kennedy, JimmyThe Teddy Bears’ Picnic
    • Kent, JackThe Caterpillar and the Polliwog
    • Kimmel, EricI Took My Frog to the Library
    • Klassen, Jon – I Want My Hat Back
    • Kraus, RobertWhose Mouse are You?
    • Krauss, RuthThe Carrot Seed
    • Leaf, Munro – The Story of Ferdinand
    • Lester, Julius – John Henry
    • Lionni, LeoLittle Blue and Little Yellow
    • Lobel, AnitaOn Market Street
    • Lobel, ArnoldFrog and Toad
    • London, Jonathan – Froggy Gets Dressed
    • Marshall, James – George and Martha
    • Martin, BillBrown Bear, Brown Bear
    • Martin, BillChicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom
    • Martin, Jacqueline Briggs – Snowflake Bentley
    • Mayer, Mercer – Frog Goes to Dinner
    • Mayer, Mercer – There’s a Nightmare in My Closet
    • McBratney, SamGuess How Much I Love You
    • McCloskey, RobertBlueberries for Sal
    • McDermott, Gerald – Raven
    • McFarland, Lyn – Widget
    • McKissack, Patricia Flossie and the Fox
    • McLimans, David – Gone Wild : An Endangered Alphabet
    • McPhail, DavidPigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!
    • Meddaugh, SusanMartha Speaks
    • McMullan, Kate – I Stink!
    • Miller, Margaret Whose Hat?
    • Mother Goose: (choose one)
      • Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose
      • The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Wright
      • My First Mother Goose by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells
    • Munsch, Robert – Love You Forever
    • Noble, TrinkaThe Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
    • Numeroff, LauraIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    • Parish, Peggy – Amelia Bedelia
    • Penn, Audrey – The Kissing Hand
    • Pfister, Marcus – The Rainbow Fish
    • Pinkney, Jerry – The Lion and the Mouse
    • Piper, WattyThe Little Engine that Could
    • Portis, Antoinette – Not a Box
    • Potter, BeatrixThe Tale of Peter Rabbit
    • Rathmann, PeggyGood Night, Gorilla
    • Rey, H. A. – Curious George
    • Rinker, Sherri Duskey – Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
    • Rohman, Eric – My Friend Rabbit
    • Rosen, MichaelWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt
    • Rylant, CynthiaThe Relatives Came
    • Scarry, Richard – Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
    • Seeger, Laura Vacaro – First the Egg
    • Sendak, Maurice – Where the Wild Things Are
    • Seuss, Dr.Green Eggs and Ham
    • Shannon, GeorgeBad Case of Stripes
    • Shaw, CharlesIt Looked Like Spilt Milk
    • Simmons, Jane – Come Along Daisy
    • Simont, Marc – The Stray Dog
    • Sis, Peter – Madlenka
    • Slobodkina, EsphyrCaps for Sale
    • Steig, William – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
    • Taback, Simms There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
    • Taback, Simms – Joseph Had A Little Overcoat
    • Tulet, Herve – Press Here
    • Van Allsburg, Chris – Jumanji
    • Viorst, JudithAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    • Waber, Bernard – Lyle Lyle Crocodile
    • Waddell, Martin – Owl Babies
    • Walsh, Ellen – Mouse Paint
    • Walter, Virginia“Hi, Pizza Man!”
    • Wells, RosemaryNoisy Nora
    • Wiesner, David – Flotsam
    • Willems, Mo – Knuffle Bunny
    • Wilson, Karma – Bear Snores On
    • Wong, Janet – Buzz
    • Wood, Audrey Silly Sally
    • Yolen, Jane – How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
    • Yolen, JaneOwl Moon
    • Yorinks, Arthur – Hey, Al
    • Young, EdSeven Blind Mice
    • Ziefert, Harriet – A New Coat for Anna
    • Zimmerman, Andrea – Trashy Town
    • Zion, GeneHarry, the Dirty Dog

List updated 01/25/2020.