Best Children's Books

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4.13 avg rating — 111,721 ratings
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4.45 avg rating — 103,594 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 113,924 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 125,956 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 121,708 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 145,248 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 108,788 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 834,882 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 163,744 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 104,613 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 69,614 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 371,175 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 128,024 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 82,575 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 77,778 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 519,321 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 2,158,424 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 86,389 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 63,511 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 71,653 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 181,357 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 71,270 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,331,751 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 273,764 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 46,922 ratings
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61

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62

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3.97 avg rating — 347,580 ratings
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63

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4.21 avg rating — 51,976 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 77,079 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 128,155 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 122,249 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 12,879 ratings
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98

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4.34 avg rating — 298,961 ratings
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99

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4.12 avg rating — 25,790 ratings
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3,918 books · 5,426 voters · list created June 25th, 2008 by Laura (votes) .
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Lists are re-scored approximately every 5 minutes.


Laura 5151 books
1184 friends
Ashley 970 books
44 friends
Heather 328 books
14 friends
Tamra 187 books
17 friends
Val 573 books
107 friends
Kristin 808 books
119 friends
E.d. 6 books
1 friend
Lara 1436 books
185 friends

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message 1: by Debbie (new)

Debbie wow



message 2: by Silvana (new)

Silvana geez...i wish i have those when i was a kid...
i'll nominate the voyages of dr dolittle...my fave children lit so far.


message 3: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie This was fun because I loved to read so much as a kid. I always had a book. There were some missing choices such as James and the Giant Peach and lots of Judy Blume titles.


message 4: by Jo (new)

Jo I have 3 grandsons that I read to One has ADHD and another just likes to be read too and the middle one just likes me to be near him so I read what better whay to make their minds open up then read.


message 5: by Amina (new)

Amina thes are cool


message 6: by Amina (new)

Amina i love stellaluna it is a cute story


message 7: by Janette (new)

Janette I loved Charlotte's Web and Pippi Longstocking when I was little, for my three year old son I love to read Goodnight Moon and No David books! (Not on the list but should be!)


message 8: by Pauline (new)

Pauline O'meara Look what blew into the Zoo and Peek at the Week in the Zoo by Fiona Tierney and illustrated by Úna Healy are definite 'must haves' for children who love funny, witty, colourful books. Would recommend to all children especially 3-6yr olds. Go on - treat your kids!


message 9: by Katriina (new)

Katriina These books bring back so many happy childhood memories.


message 10: by Jo-Ann (new)

Jo-Ann Joey Kanga Roo: First Day of School

Great Book! I loved the colorful illustrations.


message 11: by Kaela (new)

Kaela Most of these books are really good!


message 12: by Jacqueline (new)

Jacqueline The "Gaia Girls" series by Lee Welles features girl eco-heroes. Any kid with environmental interests would enjoy them immensely!


message 13: by keriah (new)

keriah I just adore this book it's one of the best children's book of all time.


message 14: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Love books haha




message 15: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Really great book


message 16: by Emily (new)

Emily It's been great taking a walk down memory lane and having a go-to list for books for my [future:] kids. I will say that it's impossible to rank my favorites, as they're all good for different ages/occasions. Still, thanks for the fun time.


message 17: by Marina (new)

Marina Does anyone remember the name of the book about a man who painted a town all one color and the emotions that ensued?


message 18: by Saf (new)

Saf back in the day :)


message 19: by CeJayCe (new)

CeJayCe Where are all the Judy Moody books? Loved those when I was a kid!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You could add them.


message 21: by Sequoia (new)

Sequoia Jillian Jiggs!


message 22: by Roni (new)

Roni My favourite by far is Where The Wild Things Are.....


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Ronda wrote: "My favourite by far is Where The Wild Things Are....."

That seems to be a favorite of a lot of us, Ronda!


message 24: by Amber (new)

Amber Edmonson there are so many books i love. i think tiki tiki tembo was my favorite though


message 25: by Biddy (new)

Biddy Most of the books I chose were ones I had read to my children and grandchildren. Hardly surprising as I grew up in Ireland and was exposed to a completely different range of books. I have come to love many many children books by American authors and Illustrators. When my kids were young I spent more money on books for than than I did on their clothes! One author, Julia Donaldson of Scotland, really deserves her books to be listed - at least some of them!


message 26: by Betty (new)

Betty Brooks Great list of books and interesting to see how many hundreds of great children's books there really are. I voted for a few new ones as well: Tyrannosaurus Dad, Clink, and Amos McGee to name a few. The very best books will grow along with you-- like the Pooh books, Charlotte's Web, Anne of Green Gables.


message 27: by Carol (new)

Carol this list brings so many great memories!!!


message 28: by Marie (last edited Aug 20, 2011 07:04AM) (new)

Marie Haha these books were great. Loved them, such good memories. Great list! :)


message 29: by Mariel (new)

Mariel i just went through and added all the books i've read. which were a lot :3


message 30: by Carolyn (new)

Carolyn Oh dear, such great books, Fox in Socks is so lovely. <3


message 31: by Ines (new)

Ines Starkey A lovely story to introduce to young little minds is Chrichi and the Little Blue Bird. I am the author and have created a line of books that weave simple stories packed with lessons about friendship, giving, receiving and basically turning life's lemons into delicious lemonade. Over the holidays, we have shared this beautifully illustrated story with thousands of little readers (no promoting, just word of mouth). I hope every one enjoys Chrichi's story!


message 32: by Amy (new)

Amy Norman I think it is awesome that many of the books I love are on this list, and that there are many that I would like to read!!!! As everyone can see by what I like and what I voted for, silly are the best!!! My kids love the ones that make them laugh! I was a little disappointed in some of the absent books, but maybe I'll get brave and add a few. GOOD READING!!!!


message 33: by Nate (new)

Nate These books were definitely well chosen. I remember reading at least three quarters of them


message 34: by Turtle (new)

Turtle The Giving Tree, The Velveteen Rabbit, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Green Eggs and Ham, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Dude, you have good taste! I will love these books forever!


message 35: by Justice (new)

Justice I love the wrinkle in time and will remeber every thing


message 36: by Loveliest (new)

Loveliest Evaris How is A Wrinkle in Time a children's book? I think it's a little too complex for a child.. :/

Is it wrong that I'm marking all the books I've read as a child as 'read'? It feels like I'm just doing this as a desperate attempt to up my 'read' counts on Goodreads... :/


message 37: by JazzyJams (new)

JazzyJams I have read most of these... YAY!!!


message 38: by Adeayo (new)

Adeayo Odedina It is exelent because of the attitude swear words,oh what a horror.good because it tells the reader what is happening in the story.well Tony Hughes was the person who created the story of the Iron Man.And did you know that Matilda and The Twits are actually Shakespeare stories actually.and MARGARET MAYO created the facinating story called PEGASUS AND THE PROUD PRINCE and and the flying carpet.If you read It,It will sound amazing and please become my friend because I am very lonely and I,Adeayo Odedina needs a friend and please sponser me I am disabled.take pity of me. i am poor


message 39: by Aleksandra (new)

Aleksandra I love this list omg! Brings back loads of memories!


message 40: by Ana (new)

Ana Popielnicki The Help is a children's book??? Seriously.


message 41: by Julie (new)

Julie Fischer As a primary elementary school teacher of grades K-5, I feel each of the books should be in the classroom library for readers at different levels to read during independent reading time or as read alouds by the classroom teacher.


message 42: by Rim (new)

Rim Marmar Mathilda by Roald Dahl !
It's a really nice book :) Recommended!


message 43: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Where The Wild Things Are and all the Arthur books are my favorite picture books.


message 44: by Purita (new)

Purita Banila most of the books I rated are the ones I used during several of our Christmas programs. I tried to make the characters come alive by having my 5 year old kindergarten kids dramatize/mime the story to the delight of their families.


message 45: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin I cried for I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm , by far my favorite


message 46: by Wednesdaya94 (new)

Wednesdaya94 How am I supposed to choose?!?!? :(


message 47: by Zarina (new)

Zarina Shaikh how to read im unable to download


message 48: by Azkamalazka (new)

Azkamalazka guys, vote for "The Giving Tree".
Its the best children's book EVER.


message 49: by Martha (new)

Martha Wise Silvana wrote: "geez...i wish i have those when i was a kid...
i'll nominate the voyages of dr dolittle...my fave children lit so far."


I would love that book if it was not for all the racism.


message 50: by Biddy (new)

Biddy I have just reread "Because of Winn-Dixie"( by Kate Dicamillo) with my 8 year old granddaughter as part as our summer book club for two....the magic is still there!


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