Reading Lists
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Recommended Reading List: Baby

Recommended Reading List: Toddler

Recommended Reading List: 3-4 Year olds

Recommended Reading List: 5-7 Year olds

Recommended Reading List: 8-9 Year olds

Recommended Reading List: 10-12 Year olds

Recommended Reading Lists: Special Subjects

The following recommended reading lists are for adult consideration. The subject matter for many of these categories is sensitive, and should be approached under adult supervision . As with any sensitive matter, parents should determine which books are appropriate for their children. We provide these reading lists so you can research which books are compatible with your family beliefs and values.





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Recommended Reading List: Baby

Baby’s First Words, by Lars Wik

Baby’s Mother Goose, published by Platt & Munk

Eye Winker, Tom Tinker, Chin Chopper: 50 Musical Fingerplays, by Tom Glazer

The Me Book, by John E. Johnson

Mother Goose Singing Bee! A Collection of Favorite Children’s Songs, compiled by James Hart

What Is It, by Tanya Hoban


Recommended Reading List: Toddler

Early Words, by Richard Scarry

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown

Marmalade’s Nap, by Cindy Wheeler

Pat The Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt

Sam Who Never Forgets, by Eve Rice

Shopping Trip, by Helen Oxenbury

Taste the Raindrops, by Anna Hines

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

Where’s My Baby, by H. A. Rey

Where’s Spot?, by Eric Hill


Recommended Reading List: 3-4 Year Olds

The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss

Curious George, by H. A. Rey

Freight Train, by Donald Crews

Gilberto and the Wind, by Marie Hall Ets

The Little Red Hen, Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey

May I Bring A Friend, by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Poems to Read to the Very Young, selected by Josette Frank

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

The Tales of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter


Recommended Reading Lists: 5-7 year olds

Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst

Amos and Boris, by William Steig

Bedtime for Frances, by Russell Hoban

The Best Word Book Ever, by Richard Scarry

Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Fairy Tale Treasury, by Virginia Haviland

Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel

Go, Dog, Go, by P. D. Eastman

The House at Pooh Corner, by A. A. Milne

The Little Engine that Could, by Walter Piper

Mike Mulligan, by Virginia Lee Burton

Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag

Nutshell Library, by Maurice Sendak

Ramona the Pest, by Beverly Cleary

The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown

The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs

Stevie, by John Steptoe

Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown

The Story about Ping, by Marjorie Flack

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak


Recommended Reading List: 8-9 year olds

Bunnicula, by James Howe

Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White

The Cricket in Times Square, by George Selden

Dominic, by William Steig

Freckle Juice, by Judy Blume

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, by Chris Van Allsburg

Little House Series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

No One is Going to Nashville, by Mavis Jukes

Ramona Quimby, Age 8, by Beverly Cleary

Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan


Recommended Reading List: 10-12 year olds

Are You There, God? It’s Me- Margaret, by Judy Blume

The Book of Three (The Prydain Chronicles), by Lloyd Alexander

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katharine Paterson

Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert O’Brien

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean George

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor

Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle


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