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The best kids' books, age-by-age

Head to your local library and check out some of our favorite kid titles. These mom-tested books are guaranteed to please your budding bookworm!   BabyThe Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra BoyntonGood Night Moon by Margaret Wise BrownDear Zoo by Rod CampbellThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarlePeek-A-Zoo! by Marie Torres CimarustiTime for Bed by Mem FoxKitten’s First Moon by Kevin HenkesWhere’
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Head to your local library and check out some of our favorite kid titles. These mom-tested books are guaranteed to please your budding bookworm!   

The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Peek-A-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Kitten’s First Moon by Kevin Henkes
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Little Blue & Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Ages 2-4
My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough
I’m the Best by Lucy Cousins
Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
Big Dog... Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Corduroy by Don Freeman
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
No, David! by David Shannon
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
Art & Max by David Weisner
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Ages 4-8
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Ramona by Beverly Cleary
Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo
Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norman Juster
Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama
Paula Deen’sMy First Cookbook
Amelia Bedelia
series by Peggy Parish
Chicken Butt by Erica Perl
Duck! Rabbit! By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Ages 9-12
Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard Atwater
SuperFudge by Judy Blume
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies
Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon
Guinness Book of World Records
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl
39 Clues series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

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