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Here is your guide to the many book lists I’ve written over the years for you and your children.

You’ll find board books and picture books first, followed by middle-grade chapter books.

Table of Contents

Board Books

Picture Books

4th Wall: Picture Books That Break the Fourth Wall

Age 2: 20 Best Books for Age 2

Age 3: Best Books for Age 3

Age 4 & 5: Best Books for Age 4 and 5

Addition & Subtraction: Picture Books About Addition & Subtraction

Aging: Children’s Books about Aging, Memory Loss, and Alzheimer’s

African Americans: Best Biographies for Black History Month (and anytime)

Alphabet: Kids’ Favorite Alphabet Picture Books

Amphibians & Reptiles: Amphibians & Reptiles

Animal Rescue Stories: Dog, Cat, and Other Animal Rescue Stories

Animals: Wonderful Children’s Books About Animals

Artists: Picture Books About Famous Artists, Picture Books About Creating Art

Asian Main Characters: Children’s Books to Read for AAPI Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Autism: Best Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Back-to-School: Back to School Picture Books 

Ballet: Ballet Books for Young Ballerinas

Baseball: Picture Books About Baseball

Basketball: Best Basketball Books

Bedtime: Picture Books About Going to Bed

Being Yourself: Picture Books About Growing Up and Being Yourself , Picture Books About Being True to Yourself

Biographies: Big List of the Best Picture Book Biographies 

Birds: Beautiful Bird Books for Kids

Black History Month: Biographies for Black History Month (and Anytime)

Books: Best Books About Books

Bugs: Best Children’s Books about Bugs (Insects, Worms, and Arachnids) 

Camping: Wonderful Children’s Books About Camping

Cats: Picture Books About Cats

Characters: Favorite Book Character Costumes for Kids

China / Chinese Language: Picture Books About China and the Chinese Language

Christmas: Best Christmas Secular Books, Best Christmas Christian Books

Classics: Literary Classics as Picture Books

Colors: 16 Exciting Picture Books About Color

Consent: Picture Books About Consent

Cooperation: 17 Picture Books That Encourage Cooperation

Cumulative: Favorite Cumulative Stories for Kids

Death: Helpful Picture Books About Grief and Death

Description: Mentor Texts to Teach Description

Dinosaurs: Outstanding Dinosaur Books for Kids

Diverse Main Characters: 70+ Picture Books with Diverse Main Characters

Divorce: Recommended Children’s Books about Families with Divorced Parents

Dogs: Picture Books About Dogs

E-Book Deals for Kids: Great E-Book Deals for Kids (Either Free or Under $5)

Ecosystems & Habitats: Picture Books About Habitats & Ecosystems

Emotions: Picture Books About Emotions, Feelings, Emotional Intelligence

Endangered Animals: Books About Endangered Animals

Engineering: Picture Books about Engineering and Invention 

Epic!: Review of EPIC! EBooks for Kids

Fairy Tales: Huge List of Fairy Tale Books for Kids (with reviews), Beauty and the Beast Retellings

Fall: Wonderful Picture Books About Fall

Fears: Picture Books About Facing Fears & Finding Courage

Football: Best Football Books for Kids

Funny: The Funniest Funny Picture Books

Friendship: Picture Books about Playing and Sharing with FriendsPicture Books About Friendship

Ghosts: Popular Ghost Stories for Kids

Glasses: Picture Books About Kids (and Animals) Who Wear Glasses

Global Stories: Picture Books from Countries Around the World

Graduation: Best Children’s Books to Give as Graduation Gifts

Grammar: Picture Books That Teach Grammar

Grandparents: Picture Books with Stories of Loving Grandparents (Great for Grandparents Day)

Greek Myths: Best Greek Mythology Books for Kids

Growth Mindset: 14 Growth Mindset Picture Books , Growth Mindset Biographies

Hair: Delightful Picture Books That Celebrate Hair

Halloween: Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

Hockey: Top Hockey Books for Kids

Holocaust: Children’s Books About the Holocaust

Imagination: Picture Book About Imagination

Immigration: Picture Books About Immigration and Migration

India: Children’s Books about India, Indian Culture, and Indian Mythology

Inference: Mentor Texts to Teach Inference

Interactive: The Best Interactive Children’s Picture Books (That Kids Love)

Japan: Picture Books About Japan

Kindness: Picture Books About Kindness

Learning: Learning Differences in Children’s Books

LEGO: Favorite LEGO Books

Library: Picture Books That Celebrate the Library and Librarians

Love: Children’s Picture Books About Love

Lunar New Year: Good Books About The Lunar New Year

Makers: 8 Picture Books to Encourage Kids to Create, Crash, and Try Again

Manners: Picture Books About Manners

Mermaids: Wonderful Mermaid Books

Mindfulness: Mindfulness Books for Kids

Movie Adaptations: Huge List of Children’s Books Adapted Into Movies

Moving: Picture Books for Kids Moving to a New House

Muslim Characters: Children’s Books with Muslim Characters

Narwhal: Best Narwhal Books for Kids

Nature: Picture Books About Nature

New Sibling: Picture Books about a New Baby and Families 

Ninjas: Best Picture Books About Ninjas

Nocturnal Animals: 12 Books About Nocturnal Animals

Numbers: Counting and Number Books for Kids

Ocean Animals: 29 Books for Kids About Ocean Animals

Olympics: Children’s Books About the Winter OlympicsChildren’s Books About the Summer Olympics

Onomatopoeia: Picture Books to Teach Onomatopoeia

OwnVoices: 45 Favorite OwnVoices Picture Books

Personification: Picture Books That Teach Personification

Perspective: Picture Books That Teach Perspective (How You See the World)

Pets: Picture Books About Pets

Pirates: Picture Books About Pirates

Physical Disabilities: Books about People with Physical Differences (Disabilities)

Poetry: The Best Poetry Books for Kids

Point of View: Mentor Text to Teach Point of View

Pollution: Picture Books About Pollution

Pop-up: Amazing Pop-Up Books Your Kids Won’t Want to Put Down

Poverty: Picture Books About Poverty

Prejudice: Picture Books That Teach About Prejudice, Inclusion, and Tolerance

President’s Day: Favorite President’s Day Books for Kids

Problem –  Solution: Mentor Texts that Teach Problem Solution

Pumpkin: 14 Pumpkin Books for Kids

Racism: Anti-Racism Picture Books About Prejudice, Inclusion, and Racism

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Picture Books To Inspire Kids to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

Reptiles: Books About Amphibians & Reptiles

Robots: Riveting Robot Books for Kids

Scientific Method: The Scientific Method in Children’s Books 

Search and Find: 20 Best Search and Find Books

Seasons: Picture Books That Teach Kids About the Seasons

Sequence: Books that Teach Sequencing (Beginning, Middle, and End)

Shapes: 15 Fun Books About Shapes

Sharks: Shark Week Books for Kids

Shoes: Picture Books About Shoes

Siblings: Warm-hearted Books About Siblings

Similes & Metaphors: Mentor Texts to Teach Similes & Metaphors

Space / Solar System: Best Books for Kids About Space

Speech-Language: Children’s Books for Speech Language Pathologists to Use with Students

Spring: Cheerful Children’s Books About Spring

Soccer: Best Soccer (Football) Books for Kids

STEM Science, tech, engineering, and math: STEM Picture Books

Story: 20 Picture Books About Writing a Story (Mentor Texts for Writing Workshop)

St. Patrick’s Day: Good St. Patrick’s Day Books 

Summer: Picture Books About Summer

Superheroes: Superhero Books for Kids

Thanksgiving: Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Trees: Children’s Books About Trees

Trucks: Picture Books about Trucks

Unicorns: 22 Magical Children’s Books About Unicorns

Valentine’s Day: Best Valentine’s Day Books 

Vehicles: Picture Books about Vehicles

Villains: The Best Villains in Children’s Books

Voice: Mentor Texts to Teach Voice

Voting: Children’s (Picture) Books about the Election and Voting

Weather: Picture Books About Weather

Women’s History: Best Biographies for Women’s History Month

Wordless: The Best Wordless Picture Books + Activities

Words: Picture Books About Words and Wordplay

Writing a Story: 20 Picture Books About Writing a Story

Yoga: Yoga Books for Children

Best Picture Books of 2020

Best Picture Books of 2019

Best Picture Books of 2018

Best Picture Books of 2017

Best Picture Books of 2016

Best Picture Books of 2015

Best Picture Books of 2014

Best Picture Books of 2013

Newbery and Caldecott Winners 2015

Newbery and Caldecott Winners 2016

Newbery and Caldecott Winners 2017

Newbery and Caldecott Winners 2018

Newbery and Caldecott Winners 2019

Newbery and Caldecott Awards 2020

Newbery and Caldecott Winners 2021

60 Multicultural Children’s Picture Books with Diverse Main Characters

Books (Author Study) of Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Books (Author Study) of Robert Munsch

Books (Author Study) of Mo Willems

Books (Author Study) of Audrey Wood

Chapter Books by Topic

ALL Chapter Book Recommendations by Age

Best Boxed Book Sets for Kids

Adventure: Can’t Put Down These Adventure Chapter Books

Aging: Children’s Books about Aging, Memory Loss, and Alzheimer’s

Animal Rescue Stories: Dog, Cat, and Other Animal Rescue Stories

Animals: Books for Tweens Who Like Animals

Asian: Children’s Books to Read for AAPI Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Artist: Chapter Books with Characters Who Are Artists and Love Art

Audiobooks: 27 Favorite Audiobooks for Families with Kids Ages 6 – 12

Autism: Best Books with Characters on the Autism Spectrum

Asia: Chapter Books Set in Asia (Japan, Chia, Korea, Mongolia, Hong Kong, and Nepal)

Baking & Cooking: Yummy Chapter Books for Foodie Kids (Who Like to Cook and Bake)

Ballet: Best Books About Ballet

Baseball: Chapter Books About Baseball

Basketball: Best Basketball Books

Banned Books: Banned Books for Tweens and Teens 

Black Main Characters: Chapter Books with Black Main Characters

Boxed Book Sets: The Best Book Series Boxed Chapter Book Sets for Kids and Teens

Boys: Best Chapter Books for Boys,  Short Stories for Boys, Wholesome Chapter Books for Boys

Cats: Best Cats in Chapter Books

Choose Your Own Adventure: The Best Choose Your Own Adventure Chapter Books

Civil Rights: Historical Fiction Books About the Civil Rights Movement

Civil War: Chapter Books for Kids About The American Civil War

Cry: Good Books That Will Make You Cry

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Books for Kids Who Like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diverse Main Characters: Chapter Books with Diverse Main Characters

Divorce: Recommended Children’s Books about Families with Divorced Parents

Dogs: Chapter Books About Dogs

Dragons: Best Chapter Books with Dragons 

Dystopian: Best Dystopian Chapter Books for Tweens

E-Book Deals for Kids: Great E-Book Deals for Kids (Either Free or Under $5)

Epic!: Review of EPIC! EBooks for Kids

Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast Retellings , Fairy Tale Mash-UpsHuge List of Fairy Tale Books for Kids (with reviews)

Fantasy: Favorite Fantasy Novels for Kids

Foster Care: 10 Chapter Books Featuring Kids in Foster Care

Football: Best Football Books for Kids

Funny: Funny Books Kids Love to Read

Ghosts: Popular Ghost Stories for Kids

Girls: Strong Female Protagonists You Want As Your Best Friend

Graphic Novels: The Best Graphic Novels for Kids

Greek Mythology: The Best Greek Mythology Books for Kids

Harry Potter: Books for Kids Who Love Harry Potter

Hero’s Journey: Compelling Hero’s Journey Chapter Books for Kids

Hockey: Top Hockey Books for Kids

Historical Fiction: Huge List of the Best Historical Fiction Books

Holocaust and WWII: Children’s Books About the Holocaust

Illustrated: Popular Illustrated Chapter Books For Ages 6 – 12

Immigration: Chapter Books About Immigration, Refugees, and Migration

India: Children’s Books about India, Indian Culture, and Indian Mythology

Interactive: Interactive Adventures: Read, Write, Draw

Japan: Books That Take Place in Japan and Japanese Culture

Latine/o/a Characters: Middle Grade Chapter Books Featuring Latine/o/a Main Characters

Learning: Learning Differences in Children’s Books

Magical Realism: Hook Tweens on Magical Realism with These Incredible Books

Mental Illness: Mental Illness in Children’s Books

Mermaids: Wonderful Mermaid Books

Middle School: The Best Chapter Books About Life in Middle School

Minecraft: Favorite Minecraft Books 

Movie Adaptations: Huge List of Children’s Books Adapted Into Movies

Muslim Characters: Children’s Books with Muslim Characters

Mysteries: Intriguing Mystery Chapter Books

Norse Myths: Norse Mythology in Fictional Chapter Books (For Magnus Chase Fans)

OwnVoices Historical Fiction: OwnVoices Historical Fiction Chapter Books

OwnVoices Realistic: OwnVoices Realistic Fiction Chapter Books

Parent Death: Parental Death in Middle Grade Books

Physical Disabilities: Books about People with Physical Differences (Disabilities)

Poverty: Chapter Books About Poverty

Race, Racism: Anti-Racist Middle Grade Chapter Books for Ages 8 – 12

Realistic: Realistic and Coming of Age Books

Revolutionary War: Historical Fiction Chapter Books about the Revolutionary War

Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl Books and Printable

Scary: Spooky, Scary Books Kids Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Science Fiction: Science Fiction Chapter Books

Scientific Method: The Scientific Method in Children’s Books 

Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes Books for Kids

Soccer: Best Soccer (Football) Books for Kids

Social Justice: Anti-Racist Middle Grade Chapter Books for Ages 8 – 12

Summer: Summer Vacation Books About Summer Vacation

Survival: Edge-of-Your-Seat Survival Books for Kids

Steampunk: Steampunk Books for Kids

STEM Chapter Books: The Best STEM / STEAM Chapter Books for Middle Grade

Summer Vacation: Chapter Books About Summer Vacation

Unicorns: 22 Magical Children’s Books About Unicorns

Verse: 12 Novels in Verse (That Get Kids Reading)

Westward Expansion: Historical Fiction Chapter Books About Westward Expansion

Wholesome: Wholesome Chapter Books for Girls, Wholesome Chapter Books for Boys

Zombies: Horde of Zombie Chapter Books

Best Chapter Books of 2020

Best Chapter Books & Graphic Novels of 2019

Best Chapter Books of 2018

Best Chapter Books of 2017

Best Chapter Books of 2016

Best Chapter Books of 2015

Best Chapter Books of 2014

Best Chapter Books of 2013

Nonfiction Books

NONFICTION Books for 5- and 6-Year-Olds

NONFICTION Books for 6- and 7-Year-Olds

NONFICTION Books for 7-Year-Olds

NONFICTION Books for 8-Year-Olds

NONFICTION Books for 9-Year-Olds

NONFICTION Books for 10-Year-Olds

NONFICTION Books for 11-Year Olds

NONFICTION Books for 12-Year-Olds

NONFICTION Books for Teens

Best Nonfiction Books of 2020

Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

Best Nonfiction Books of 2018

Best Nonfiction Books of 2017

Best Nonfiction Books of 2015

All Nonfiction Book Reviews for Kids 

Addition & Subtraction: Picture Books About Addition & Subtraction

African Americans / Black History Month: Best Biographies for Black History Month (and anytime)

Animals: Wonderful Children’s Books About Animals

Baseball: Baseball Books for Kids

Basketball: Best Basketball Books for Kids

Big Fat Notebooks: Big Fat Notebooks for Middle School

Birds: Beautiful Bird Books for Kids

Bugs: Best Children’s Books about Bugs (Insects, Worms, and Arachnids) 

Coding: Coding Books for Kids 3 Products That Help Kids Learn to Code, 40+ Coding Classes, Websites, Games, Toys & Apps for Kids

Counting Books: Big List of Counting and Number Books

Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Books for Kids

Ecosystems & Habitats: Picture Books About Habitats & Ecosystems

Fall: Picture Books About Fall

Football: Best Football Books for Kids

Growth Mindset: 30 Biographies That Model a Growth Mindset

Lego: The Best LEGO Building Books

Nocturnal Animals: 12 Books About Nocturnal Animals

Ocean Animals: 29 Books for Kids About Ocean Animals

Poetry Books: The Best Poetry Books for Children

Presdent’s Day: Favorite President’s Day Books for Kids

Robots: Robot Books for Kids

Sharks: Shark Week Books for Kids

Short Books: Short Books for Reluctant, Struggling, and Wiggly Readers

Seasons: Picture Books That Teach Kids About the Seasons

Space / Solar System: Best Books for Kids About Space

Soccer: Best Soccer (Football) Books for Kids

Spring: Cheerful Children’s Books About Spring

STEM Science, tech, engineering, and math: STEM Picture Books, STEM Beginning Chapter Book Series  , 25 Best STEM Chapter Books for Kids

Summer Olympics: Summer Olympics Books for Kids

Trees: Children’s Books About Trees

Voting: Children’s (Picture) Books about the Election and Voting

Women’s History: Best Biographies for Women’s History Month

Yoga: Yoga Books, Videos, and Games for Kids

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