50 Best Children’s Books + Book Plates


50 best childrens books

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I’m all about books today people!

I really believe that it is very good to start instilling good reading habits to children by letting them read early in their childhood. I made a list of the 50 best books for children age 0-12 which you can download for free.

For all you mommies whose kids are still super duper little, this is a great starter for you. You can start collecting the books in the list while your kiddos are still crawling. That way, when they get to reach the “reading age”, they’ll appreciate the effort you made in collecting the most well-loved books of all time. And for mommies whose kids range from those who are big enough to read and those too old to read (teehee), it’s never too late to gather these books.

50 Best Children’s Books

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Stuart Little by E. B. White
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

To use this, print the free file onto an A4 size cardboard or vellum board. Use this as a checklist which you can tick mark for the books you’ve collected. You can make use of the circles beside each book title for the check marks.

I also made matching book plates for all the books you will be collecting.

childrens book plates

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To use the book plates, print them on an A4 size sticker paper (satin finish works best) and cut along the black border of each book plate. Stick these onto your children’s books and have fun!

You can also give these as gifts to expecting mothers on their baby shower.

Have fun collecting books for your kids and tagging each book with these super adorable book plates!

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  1. I love this list! We have a lot of these from MY childhood that I’ll be passing on to my children and now we can add a bunch more!

    And, not to be even MORE nit-picky, there’s actually only 48 – The Cat in the Hat is also listed twice.

  2. This is so great! I’ve been trying to find books to add to my collection! I see quite a few that I’ve been meaning to read myself. Thank you so much!

    Oh, and not to be nit picky, but there are only 49 books. The Napping House by Audrey Wood is on there twice.

    Anyway, Thanks again!

  3. Great list, I have all those books but I have been an elementary teacher for over 20 years! The one thing I would mention is that several of these books are chapter books and if you have tiny ones, you can hold off on them for a few years. I do read aloud chapter books to my pre-k class at rest time and they LOVE them! They must tell me where we left off before I begin reading, great for recall and comprehension! Thanks again for the list!

  4. This list hits the children’s book nail right on the head! I work for an online children’s book company focused on the classics, and this list definitely includes the most important ones! Kudos! My favorite is “Are You My Mother?” So sweet and will forever remind me of my mom 🙂

  5. “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juston is an absolute must on any children’s reading list.

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