Top Children's Book Picks from Our Readers

Posted by Marie on May 31, 2018
Summer vacation is officially here! Now's the perfect time to fill those long, school-free days with books your kids will love. For inspiration, we turned to our followers on Facebook and Twitter to see what books parents are currently reading with their mini-bibliophiles. Below is a roundup of some of the most popular responses.

From award-winning picture books like Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back to side-splitting favorites like Drew Daywalt's The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, there's something to satisfy beginner readers with all kinds of taste. Make sure to add what catches your eye to your Want-to-Read shelf and don’t forget to share your own recommendations in the comments!

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What children's books do you recommend for young readers this summer? Let us know in the comments!

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message 2: by Caroline (new)

Caroline The Velveteen Rabbit


message 3: by Laurel (new)

Laurel The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

For fans of Harry Potter!


message 5: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine I love Curious George! Another favourite is "Leo the Late Bloomer".


message 6: by Amanda (new)

Amanda For older kids. I've read these out loud with my 2nd & 3rd graders.
The 39 Clues series (Book 1: The Maze of Bones)
The Menagerie Series (Book 1: The Menagerie)


message 7: by Yaaresse (new)

Yaaresse Two oldies, but goodies:
The Rainbow Goblins (best in print because of the gorgeous graphics)
Seven Little Monsters.


message 8: by Jenine (new)

Jenine Should include Dr.Suess's books


message 9: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Shelton The Jason Reynolds Track Series- Ghost #1, Patina #2, & Sunny #3


message 10: by JMV (new)

JMV The Book with No Pictures
Kids love this silly wonderful book read to them!


message 11: by Peyton (new)

Peyton Where the wild things live was a fave.


message 12: by Rosa (new)

Rosa Little Bo Peep


message 13: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch Just typing this title has me crying right now. This book is painfully true to life at the moment. From beginning to end. Should be on the list, imho.


message 14: by Anneleen (last edited Jun 01, 2018 05:11AM) (new)

Anneleen Wait what? You already have summer vacation?

Anyway, always liked the 'Boeboeks'.


message 15: by ramezan (new)

ramezan فکر کنم با توجه به رویکرد جدیدی که با ورود بازیگرای تازه به بازار کتاب کودک حاکم شده به زودی شاهد ورود این عناوین به بازار کتاب ایران باشیم.


message 16: by Martha (new)

Martha McCluskey Caroline wrote: "The Velveteen Rabbit"

Only if you like crying


message 17: by Darrel (new)

Darrel The 'Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile' book series written by Bernard Waber and the 'Winnie The Pooh' book series by A.A. Milne. Both series were huge favorites of mine as a child. And how could any of us here possibly forget to mention THE children's book classic 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak. That's a must-read for all children!


message 18: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Darrel wrote: "The 'Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile' book series written by Bernard Waber..."

I remember Lyle!


message 19: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Spy School series by Stuart Gibbs, along with his other series..

The War that Saved My Life and sequel by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Fish in a Tree

Phoebe the Unicorn Graphic novels


message 20: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Hicks Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig


message 21: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Cox Philomena's New Glasses by Brenna Maloney


message 22: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Cox Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel


message 23: by Jeanie (new)

Jeanie {coffeegirl.blog} Goldilocks and Just One Bear Leigh Hodgkinson


message 24: by Carrie (last edited Jun 01, 2018 10:27AM) (new)


message 25: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Martha wrote: "Caroline wrote: "The Velveteen Rabbit"

Only if you like crying"


You are right Martha.


message 26: by joanne hunter (new)

joanne hunter "Stuart Little", by E.B. White : a great story to read to a seven year old grandson. The original book (1945) is much better than the movie that was made.


message 27: by julie (new)

julie Melissa wrote: "Love You Forever by Robert Munsch Just typing this title has me crying right now. This book is painfully true to life at the moment. From beginning to end. Should be on the list, imho."
I know from my own personal experiences all about how "painfully true" this book can be. Please know you are not alone and my heart goes out to you. And I agree: this book is a treasure.


message 28: by { U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } (last edited Jun 07, 2018 08:48AM) (new)

{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y } Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Little House on the Prairie
Babysitters Club
Trixie Beldon
Sweet Valley Kids
Anne of Green Gables
Boxcar Children
R.L. Stine Goosebumps
Encyclopedia Brown
Eerie Indiana
Choose your own Adventure Series

There are so many.


message 29: by Theresa (last edited Jun 09, 2018 04:06AM) (new)

Theresa Here is a list of some of my favorites:
A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library
Islandborn
Nerdy Birdy
I Need My Monster
The Library Dragon
Sheila Rae, the Brave
Library Lil
Zen Shorts
A Rose for Pinkerton
Verdi
Raising Dragons
Princess Smartypants
Princess Nina
Never Fear, Snake My Dear!
Library Lion
Ignis
Hooway for Wodney Wat
The Grannyman
Giggle, Giggle, Quack
The Giant Hug
The Flea's Sneeze
An Extraordinary Egg
The Different Dragon
Diary of a Spider
Diary of a Worm
Children of the Earth... Remember
Bob
Blue Moo: 17 Jukebox Hits From Way Back Never
And Tango Makes Three
Americans Who Tell the Truth
Uno's Garden
Stellaluna
The Sissy Duckling
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (Scaredy Squirrel)
Pinduli
The Paper Bag Princess
Castaway Cats
Old Cat
Mrs. Katz and Tush
Miss Rumphius
Love You Forever
The Library
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't!
Farfallina & Marcel


message 30: by Sharon (new)

Sharon For young kids anything Dr. Seuss or Charlie Brown
The Key in the Cupboard is great for independent reading
tweens would enjoy The Hardy Boys series and Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew mysteries -Little House on the Prairies series
Teens - The Red Convertible - Black Beauty - The Count of Monte Crisco
Anne McCaffery Dragons of Pern series
Mercedes Lackey Valdemar series
Robert Heinlein ' Friday
***remember the best gift to kids is to help them enjoy reading


message 31: by Amberlee (new)

Amberlee Definitely the Hilo series by Judd Winick and the Secret Coders books by Gene Luen Yang. My 9 year old son loves them!


message 32: by Amery (new)

Amery “I Love You, Forever”, The Giving Tree, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, Amelia Bedelia, Miss Nelson, Berenstain Bears, Pinkalicious, and more.


message 33: by Chris (new)

Chris The Book of Virtues was a book that got me through some tough times. Other beloved books of my child self were The Phantom Tollbooth, Hatchet, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Redwall, Junie B. Jones, and Captain Underpants. Also, special mention goes to Joey Pigza for being so dark.

As for picture books, anything by Eric Carle. The Rainbabies is one of the most gorgeous children's books to exist. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is an American classic. And don't even get me started on Animalia!

Lastly, books I WISHED I had read as a kid; There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, the Origami Yoda series, The Bad Guys, and Joy of Spooking.


message 34: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Flap Your Wings


message 35: by Amber (new)

Amber For middle school kids I recommend the Fear Street books by R.L. Stine, for High school kids and Adults young at heart The Virals series by Kathy Reichs and the Steel heart series by Brandon Sanderson with the warrior cats series by Erin Hunter are awesome too.


message 36: by Vilma (new)

Vilma My son is in 1st grade and loves the Diary of the Wimpy kid books. I'm looking for something similar since he has read all of them.


message 37: by Jeane (new)

Jeane Vilma wrote: "My son is in 1st grade and loves the Diary of the Wimpy kid books. I'm looking for something similar since he has read all of them."

Think he would enjoy the Captain Underpants series. Boys will be boys!


message 38: by H.E. (new)

H.E. Lewis For itty bitty kids, my family has suggested the children's book Claire: Clear & Bright.


message 39: by Allison (new)

Allison For MiddleGrade books, I recommend The Chronicles of Egg and The Blackthorn Key series. Both are little known, but both are AMAZING reads and at the top of my list of favorites! If you love adventure, mystery, and enjoy great characters, then these are for you!


message 40: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Fay i definitely second the wild robot being at the top of this list. I've read both Wild Robot books, and gotten them both signed, and i ADORE them, they're so cute and so full of heart. I adore them, and think most kids will too (and adults. I don't see how a person of ANY age could dislike these books, because they're fantastic)


message 41: by Alisha (new)

Alisha Mo Wilhems books love the pigeon books


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