30 Favorite Children’s Books.

Everyone who loves books for children has their favorites.  Those special books that have  left a mark or demand to be read over and over again.  So here are 30 of mine…in no particular order.  Some are old classics, others new.  Some picture books, middle grade and young adult.  All are wonderful additions to every child’s library.

Picture Books:

The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Suess

Leo the Late Bloomer – Jose Aruego

The Runaway Bunny/Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown

The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt

Inside the Slidy Diner – Laurel Snyder

Middle Grade:
Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery
Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
Charlotte’s Web – E B White
Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
A Northern Light – Jennifer Donnelly
Harry Potter Books –J K Rowling
The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly
The Midwife’s Apprentice – Karen Cushman
The Phantom Toolbooth – Norton Juster
Ramona Quimby series – Beverly Cleary
An Unfinished Angel – Sharon Creech
Moon Over Manifest – Clare Vanderpool
Flora and Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo
One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street – Joanne Rocklin
When Audrey Met Alice – Rebecca Behrens
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky – Holly Schindler
Glory Be – Augusta Scattergood
The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
Wonder – R J Palacio

Young Adult:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series – Anna Brashares

13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Which treasured books would you add to this list?


4 thoughts on “30 Favorite Children’s Books.

  1. God’s honest truth, Darlene, there are way too many to list which is why I’m not good with “favorites” lists : / There are MANY picture books, and a few that pop to mind are ALL the Dr. Seuss books, Madeline, Make Way for Ducklings, The Polar Express, and more recent ones like Journey, Flora & the Flamingo, Hank Finds an Egg, I Want My Hat Back & This is Not My Hat, Ball!, The Napping House, oh, way too many and I’m not looking at a list for reference. With Middle Grade you covered a lot, but there are many I still haven’t read and of ones I have, two pop to mind: One for the Murphys, and The Tale of Despereaux. Young Adult I would add the Hunger Games series and the Legend Series. I’d have to be looking at a list to come up with the rest! lol

    • For me, lists are just the starting point. My list is not anywhere near complete. Merely the first books that came to mind and ones I’d read over the past year. I’d have no trouble adding your titles to another list of good reads.

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