Enjoy the benefits of reading to your child with this list of 10 classic children’s books and children’s authors that include the best children’s books of all time.
Do you have preschoolers and kindergarteners who love board books and colourful storybooks for kids? This list of stories to read from the best children’s books for kids will help you enjoy the benefits of reading for kids and create a lifetime of memories.
If you’re wondering which stories to read to older kids that also make engaging storybooks for adults, this list of 10 classic children’s books and children’s authors will help you and your child rediscover timeless stories from the best children’s books of all time.
The Little Prince
The Little Prince is a charming novella by French aristocrat, writer, and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry follows a young prince who visits various planets in space including the Earth and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss.
Despite being a children’s book, The Little Prince makes deep observations about life, adults and human nature.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Although Jonathan Livingston Seagull is not strictly a children’s book, this motivational fable by Richard Bach will teach older kids inspirational lessons about the importance of love, respect, freedom, and forgiveness.
Read it to your kids to implant the message of seeking a higher purpose in life, even when circumstances seem inconvenient. Of all the novels to read to kids (and adults), you’ll find this the most inspirational.
If your child and you love animals, this is one of the best novels to read to your kids. White Fang is a ferocious and magnificent creature who is part wolf, part dog.
This classic adventure story by Jack London keenly observes the extraordinary working of one of nature’s greatest gifts to its creatures – the power to adapt. It helps us see and feel the rhythms and patterns of life in the animal kingdom and mankind.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit is the endearing story of a toy rabbit who loves a boy so much it eventually becomes real. This classic children’s book by Margery Williams has captured the hearts of generation after generation.
Its story of transformation and redemption through a child’s unwavering love continues to delight readers of all ages.
Harold And The Purple Crayon
Harold And The Purple Crayon is an imagination-sparking picture book by children’s book creator, Crockett Johnson, tells the story of Harold who decides to go for a walk in the moonlight armed only with an oversize purple crayon.
Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement travelling through woods and across seas and past dragons before returning to bed, safe and sound. This charming story is full of funny twists and surprises and shows just how far your imagination can take you.
Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales are grounded in the real and often focus on the significance of small or overlooked things. His fairy tale collection is one of the best children’s books you can get for your kids.
His stories like The Little Mermaid, The Red Shoes, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier, have entranced and bewitched millions of readers, adults and children alike and will do the same for you and your kids.
Enid Blyton Books
Besides the list of stories to read to kids above, I just can’t leave out beloved children’s author, Enid Blyton’s books, which are a staple for any kid’s library. I consider her series of books for kids to be some of the best fiction books of all time for children.
Some of her best storybook series for kids include:
- The Magic Faraway Tree
- The Wishing Chair Collection
- The Famous Five
- The Secret Seven
- The Adventure Series
Panchatantra Stories is a collection of all-time favourite children’s stories from Indian storytelling tradition that teaches us lessons about wisdom, courage, and bravery.
Written in simple language that kids will easily understand, this book for kids is an enjoyable reading experience for parents and children.
Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Books
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has made Jeff Kinney one of the bestselling children’s authors on the planet.
All Diary Of A Wimpy Kid books in the series are great for kids over 12 in middle school, who can relate to the adventures and struggles of Greg Heffley, his friends and family, especially his big brother, Rodrick.
Julia Donaldson’s Books
Julia Donaldson’s books are compelling and full of wit and imagination. Some of her best stories to read aloud include Gruffallo and Gruffalo’s, Monkey Puzzle, Paper dolls, Room on the Broom. They are great books for kids aged 3 to 5 years so your preschoolers will love them.
Besides improving their cognitive abilities, reading to your kids can improve their English communication skills and many other skills too. You can’t go wrong with this list for your kids of the most popular books of all time.