Kids Reading Lists

The following lists offer suggestions of books for young children, infant to elementary.

Best Picture Books

This list from Goodreads offers the best picture books, Caldecott Contenders by year, from 2009 to currently published.

Children’s Books with Beautiful Illustrations

The best picture books that have beautiful, detailed, color illustrations. Obviously a good storyline as well! Caldecott Contenders by year, from 2009 to present.

Books for Beginner Readers

From Goodreads, these are books that make learning to read fun for 4 – 6 year olds.

Early Chapter Books

(From the Goodreads website) First chapter books for new readers, including most of the following criteria:

  • larger-than-normal print
  • under 150 pages
  • plenty of pictures
  • short chapters

Time’s 100 Best Children’s Books of All time

Time Magazine lists their definitive list of the 100 best children’s books ever published.

The New York Public Library’s 100 Great Kids Books

Selected from books published over a 100 year period, the NYPL offers their list of the 100 great books for children.