Browse this list of new and classic children’s books recommended by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and grow a little reader today!
Here is a list of books recommended by The American Library Association and Oprah’s Book Club.
Infants to 2 Years
Help your little ones discover the joy of reading by starting them early with books that will excite their imagination, introduce them to colors and shapes and we’ve chosen books that adults will also enjoy coming back to over and over – as we all know is going to happen when your little ones fall in love with these books.
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
By John Burningham
On a perfect summer day, Mr. Gumpy decides to take a ride on the river in his small boat. First he adds a boy and girl, and then an array of animals until the goat’s kick causes a cumulative effect and everyone lands in the water. The book ends with a tea party for all.
The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town
By Judy Sierra; illustrations by Melissa Sweet
Parents try to round up the letters of the alphabet as they “skitter-scatter, helter-skelter.” Rhyming text and humorous illustrations highlight each letter until they are all finally asleep in bed.
Rhymes Round The World
Compiled by Kay Chorao
Rhymes and songs from across the globe will delight young children. Full-page illustrations dramatize the sense of play.
Ten Tiny Babies
By Karen Katz
Babies enjoy a bouncy, noisy day until they are finally fast asleep at night.
3 Years to 5 Years
You’ll enjoy spending time with your little ones reading these books. At this age the pictures are still part of the story and these books are beautifully illustrated.
By Leslie Patricelli
When her dad pushes a young girl in a swing, she goes “higher, higher,” until she reaches fantastical heights and meets an airplane, a rocket and even an alien!
By Carol Diggory Shields; illustrations by Sophie Blackall
Children count backward from number six when they join these adorable wombats on their walkabout. When a hungry dingo captures four of the wombats, the two that are left have to figure out how to outsmart him to save their mates.
All the World
By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Follow a circle of family and friends through a day of enjoying the world around them and their many connections.
by Magaret Mahy
In a humorous, rhyming text, Little Mabel blows a bubble that encases her baby brother. He happily floats through the neighborhood as everyone follows along trying to figure out how to rescue him.
By Kevin Henkes
A young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits and tomatoes the size of beach balls.
6 Years to 9 years
These books will help children ages 6 to 9 years discover the joy of reading by themselves. These books are so much fun though that you’ll enjoy reading these books right along with them as this is a good age for “shared reading”, you read one page, they read the next and so on until one of you falls asleep.
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters
By Lenore Look; illustrations by LeUyen Pham
When Alvin’s father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their hometown hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns he can be brave despite his fear of everything.
The Night Fairy
By Laura Amy Schlitz; illustrations by Angela Barrett
Wingless and alone, Flory the young fairy must learn to make it on her own while also learning the value of good friends
By Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan; illustrations by Cyd Moore
Miss Hawthorn, a strict and orderly art teacher, meets her match in the free-spirited Willow, whose creativity and kindness transform her teacher and their classroom.
By Astrid Lindgren; illustrations by Lauren Child; translated by Tiina Nunnally
This book is a new translation of the adventures of Pippi, a young girl with strength and imagination, who lives with her horse and monkey without adult supervision. The artwork is cleverly integrated into the text.
10 Years to 12 Years