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The 50 best books for kids

We've put together a top 50 list of best books for kids including The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter and more.

21
The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

This is the only wordless children's book you'll ever encounter that will make you cry. Tan's brilliant tale of an immigrant's arrival in a wholly new world places the reader in the hero's shoes. The book is like a work of art you can hold in your hands. Scholastic. Ages 8 to 12.

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22
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Most authors' last novels are their weakest. In the case of Dahl, this tale of a book-loving girl with horrendous parents, a kid-hating principal and supernatural powers turned out to be one of his best. Penguin. Ages 8 to 12.

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23
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Just the right size for tiny hands, this tale of naughty Peter and his escapades has lasted more than 100 years because it just doesn't age. Potter was the first picture-book author-illustrator to draw realistic animals in human clothing, and she's inspired a century's worth of imitators ever since. Penguin. Ages 3 to 6.

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24
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

It's the rare picture book that can be read to preschoolers, grade-school students, and even high-school kids and still get a laugh with its twist ending. Jules Feiffer's book about a dog who sounds like anything but a dog works on many levels and is incredibly hilarious to boot. HarperCollins. Ages 3 to 6.

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25
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Don't let the 533 pages fool you. Selznick's groundbreaking mix of text and images, about an orphan seeking a family and a forgotten filmmaker in his twilight years, sometimes reads like a silent film and is mesmerizing (and fast!) from page one onward. Scholastic. Ages 8 to 12.

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26
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, illustrated by Lauren Tobia

Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Set in modern-day Africa, Nigerian-born Atinuke's charming heroine navigates her ridiculously large extended family, keeps an eye on her twin brothers, Double and Trouble, and comes to understand how lucky she is in a book that deserves to become a classic. Kane Miller. Ages 6 to 9.

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27
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Any kid who has ever loved a toy to the point of disobedience will identify with Henkes's singular mousey heroine. This gem contains the wonderful lines "Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better." HarperCollins. Ages 3 to 6.

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28
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

Great poet or the world's greatest children's poet? Either way Silverstein remains the very best way to get kids interested in poetry—and magically have them memorizing it as well. Subversive in the safest sense, this book has never gone out of print for good reason. HarperCollins. Ages 8 to 12.

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29
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Even younger siblings will sympathize with Peter, the eternally put upon older brother to the irrepressible—not to mention voracious—Fudge. There are loads of great Judy Blume novels in the world but the travails and rewards of having a loving, flawed family have never been shown to better effect. Random House. Ages 8 to 12.

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30
George and Martha by James Marshall

George and Martha by James Marshall

Nobody does wry hippos like Marshall. These easy books manage to pack big laughs with incredibly simple words and tell tales of true friendship along the way. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Ages 3 to 6.

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