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.
Thu Mar 1 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.