50 "Must-Read" Children's Books

By building your children's library, you can demonstrate the importance of books in your life--and for less money than you think.

50 "must Read" Children's Books

By building your children's library, you can demonstrate the importance of books in your life?—and for less money than you think. Pick up lightly used books at garage sales and second-hand stores. Ask for books as gifts. Get involved at your local library. My own recommendations? Based on my years as a Montessori teacher, plus 28 years of reading to my 11 kids, these are time-tested favorites, all still in print. You might even find some of your own childhood friends here.

Birth?-3 Years


  • Best Word Book Ever, Richard Scarry, 1963 (Golden Press)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin, Jr., 1967 (Holt, Rinehart & Winston)
  • Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina, 1940 (W.R. Scott)
  • Chicken Soup with Rice, Maurice Sendak, 1962 (Harper Collins Children's Books)
  • Good Dog, Carl, Alexandra Day, 1985 (Green Tiger Press)
  • Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, 1947 (Harper Collins Children's Books)
  • The Lost Sheep (first of a series), Nick Butterworth, 1986 (Multnomah Press)
  • "More More More" Said the Baby, Vera B. Williams, 1990 (Greenwillow Books)
  • Noisy Nora, Rosemary Wells, 1973 (Dial Press)
  • On Mother's Lap, Ann Herbert Scott, 1972 (McGraw-Hill)
  • Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kunhardt, 1984 (Golden Books)
  • Read-Aloud Bible Stories, Volumes 1-4, Ella K. Lindvall, 1982 (Moody Press)
  • The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown, 1942 (Harper)
  • Shoes, Elizabeth Winthrop, 1986 (Harper & Row)
  • The Toddler's Bible, V. Gilbert Beers, 1992 (Victor Books)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle, 1979 (Collins Publishers)
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