Kids’ Reading List :: Age Appropriate Books for Reading Aloud Together


Experts says that reading aloud is the number one best thing parents can do to prepare their child for reading and learning. The benefits of reading aloud are numerous—including language development, creating a bond with your child, building literacy skills, brain development, and establishing a love of reading. And remember! You don’t have to stop reading to your kiddo once they’ve learned how to read. There’s something special about reading aloud to your children that creates a wonderful bond and warm memories. Not familiar with enough or confident in your ability to pick out great books to read aloud? Check out this handy list to help you get started!

Ages 0-1

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Any book by Sandra Boyton

Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault

Ages 2-3

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Ages 4-6

Any Curious George books by Margret & H.A. Rey

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Olivia Dances for Joy by Natalie Shaw & Patrick Spaziante

Ages 7-9
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

James and the Giant Peach by Ronald Dahl

Poppy by Avi

McBroom’s Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales by Sid Fleischman

Ages 10-12

The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Wilderking Triology by Jonathan Rogers

The Wingfeather Saga series by Andrew Peterson

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Great Brain series by John Fitzgerald

This is just the tip of the iceberg of a huge list of amazing books to read aloud with your family. And there’s no time like the present to start!

We’d love for you to add your favorite read-aloud books in the comments section!


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