Every kid needs stories over time to give them a bigger perspective.


Giraffes Can’t Dance: Touch and Feel by Giles Andreae 

B is for Baby by Atinuke  

Dear Zoo: A Lift-The-Flap Book by Rod Campbell 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

Time For Bed by Mem Fox

Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

Black On White by Tana Hoban  

Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt 

Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz  

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

First 100 Words: A Padded Board Book by Roger Priddy 

Numbers Colors Shapes by Roger Priddy 

Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson 

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 

Whose Toes Are Those? by Jabari Asim 

Who Takes Care of You? by Hannah Eliot

We All Play by Julie Flett 

Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia 

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann  

That’s Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault 

Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt 

Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton  

Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim 

Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan and Jan Berenstain  

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton 

Opposites by Sandra Boynton  

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed by Eileen Christelow  

Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke 

Freight Train by Donald Crews  

Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin 

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman  

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman 

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton 

Can I Have a Pet? by Gwendolyn Hudson Hooks  

Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora 

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats  

Sheep In A Jeep by Nancy Shaw 

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina  

Let’s Dance! by Valerie Bolling 

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker  

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle 

Duck On A Bike by David Shannon  

Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon 

Llama, Llama (Series) by Anna Dewdney  

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews 

Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke 

Llama, Llama (Series) by Anna Dewdney  

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman 

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman  

I Want That! by Hannah Eliot  

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi  

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats 

One Love by Bob Marley  

A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock 

Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey  

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff 

Bunny Days by Tao Nyeu 

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold 

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker 

Sheep In A Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw 

Even Firefighters Go To The Potty by Wendy and Naomi Wax  

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems 

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle 

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 

Duck On A Bike by David Shannon 

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett 

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans 

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham  

Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton 

Hair Love by Matthew A.Cherry  

Corduroy Takes a Bow by Viola Davis 

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen 

How Do You Say I Love You? by Hannah Eliot 

Corduroy (Series) by Don Freeman  

Rain Feet by Angela Johnson 

Harold And The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson 

Pete The Cat (Series) by Eric Litwin and James Dean 

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard  

I Hope by Monique Gray Smith 

Press Here by Herve Tullet  

Little Taco Truck by Tanya Valentine and Jorge Martin 

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman  

Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion 

Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh 

In My Heart: A Book Of Feelings by Jo Witek 

What To Do With A Box by Jane Yolen  

Mooncake by Frank Asch 

Strega Nona (Series) by Tomie dePaola  

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper 

Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed 

Feelings by Aliki  

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon 

Corduroy (Series) by Don Freeman 

Pete The Cat (Series) by Eric Litwin  

A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu 

The Hueys in The New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers 

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers 

Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey 

Princess Hair by Sharee Miller 

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora  

It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr¬†

You Matter by Christian Robinson  

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell 

Elephant and Piggy (Series) by Mo Willems

A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams 

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood 

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen  

Sylvester And The Magic Pebble by William Steig 

The Monster At The End Of This Book by Jon Stone 

Curious George by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey  

The Mitten by Jan Brett  

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown 

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton  

Strega Nona (Series) by Tomie dePaola 

Once Upon A Memory by Nina Laden  

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes 

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs by Judi Barrett 

Soul Food Sunday by Winsome Bingham and C.G. Esperanza

Zoey and Sassafras (Series) by Asia Citro 

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes 

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners Joanna Ho 

Frances (Series) by Russell Hoban  

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers 

Frog and Toad (Series) by Arnold Lobel 

Elmer by David McKee 

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    2. Magic Tree House (Series) by Mary Pope Osborne https://amzn.to/4aQeVot 
    3. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pe√Īa https://bookshop.org/p/books/last-stop-on-market-street-matt-de-la-pena/15998472?ean=9780399257742
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    5. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-sick-day-for-amos-mcgee-philip-c-stead/8979596?ean=9781596434028
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  1. Elephant and Piggie (Series) by Mo Willems https://amzn.to/4cOwzdS 
  2. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney https://bookshop.org/p/books/miss-rumphius-story-and-pictures-barbara-cooney/10132119?ean=9780140505399
  3. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt https://amzn.to/3TOoWvf 

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant 

Little Bear (Series) by Else Homelund Minarik  

The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble 

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins  

Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino 

Good As New by Barbara Douglass  

Waiting by Kevin Henkes 

Nanna Upstairs And Nanna Downstairs by Tomie dePaola 

George and Martha by James Marshall 

Mrs. Nelson Is Back by Harry G. Allard Jr.  

Flat Stanley (Series) by Jeff Brown 

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles  

Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola 

You Can Do It by Tony Dungy  

Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman 

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World by Vashti Harrison  

Waiting by Kevin Henkes 

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce  

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis 

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (Series) by Betty MacDonald 

What Is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack 

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds  

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds 

Unique Monique by Maria Rousaki  

A Bad Case Of Stripes by David Shannon 

Nate The Great (Series) by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat 

The Confetti Kids (Series) by Paula Yoo 

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg 

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber  

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White 

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams 

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio 

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson  

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak 

Magic Tree House (Series) by Mary Pope Osborne  

The Circles All Around Us by Brad Montague 

The Field by Baptiste Paul 

Where’s Rodney? By Carmen Bogan 

Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott 

Cam Jansen and The Mystery Of The Babe Ruth Baseball by David A. Adler  

Fly Guy (Series) by Tedd Arnold 

The Electric Slide and Kai by Kelly J. Baptist 

Ivy + Bean (Series) by Annie Barrows  

Fudge-A-Mania by Judy Blume 

Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt  

Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn 

Henry Huggins (Series) by Beverly Cleary 

Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni 

All Around Us by Xelena Gonzalez 

In the Tree House by Andrew Larsen 

Amelia Bedelia (Series) by Peggy Parish  

A Different Pond by Bao Phi 

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky  

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider  

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto  

The Little House (Series) by Laura Ingalls Wilder  

The Boxcar Children (Series) by Gertrude Chandler Warner 

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo  

Beforever (Series) by American Girl  

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne  

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes  

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton  

Mercy Watson (Series) by Kate DiCamillo  

Judy Moody (Series) by Megan McDonald  

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson 

I Am Not a Number by Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer  

Hip Hop Speaks to Children by Nikki Giovanni  

Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor  

Colour Me by Ezekiel Kwaymullina 

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara  

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle  

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate 

Tales from Dimwood Forest (Series) by Avi  

Abuela’s Weave by Omar S. Castaneda  

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch  

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke  

Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math by Rajani LaRocca  

Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard  

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren  

Love to Langston by Tony Medina 

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown  

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell  

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar and Julie Brinckloe 

Mysterious Benedict Society (series) by Trenton Lee Stewart  

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai  

Who Was (Series) by Multiple Authors  

Love Does for Kids by Bob Goff and Lindsey Goff Viducich

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo 

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 

Harry Potter (Books 1-3) by J.K. Rowling 

Frindle by Andrew Clements  

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling  

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson   

Stuart Little by E.B. White 

When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne  

Gumazing Gum Girl! Chews Your Destiny by Rhode Montijo 

Smile by Raina Telgemeier  

The Penderwicks (Series) by Jeanne Birdsall  


What Color is My World? by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

El Deafo by Cece Bell 

How to Train Your Dragon (Series) by Cressida Cowell  

Love that Dog by Sharon Creech  

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas  

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley  

Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung  

Diary Of a Wimpy Kid (Series) by Jeff Kinney  

The Chronicles of Narnia (Series) by C. S. Lewis  

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin  

What Lane? By Torrey Maldonado 

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park  

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls  

Percy Jackson (Series) by Rick Riordan  

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick  

I Survived (Series) by Lauren Tarshis  

The Borrowers by Mary Norton 

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli  

Big Nate (Series) by Lincoln Peirce  

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks  

Anne of Green Gables (Series) by Lucy Laud Montgomery

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech  

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick  

Harry Potter (Books 4-5) by J. K. Rowling  

Pax by Sara Pennypacker  

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  

My Side of The Mountain by Jean Craighead George  

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper 

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate  

New Kid (graphic novel series) by Jerry Craft  

The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 

Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson  

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper  

The Wheel On The School by Meindert DeJong  

Because Of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo  

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper  

Brotherband Chronicles (Series) by John Flanagan  

Tight by Torrey Maldonado  

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed  

Everest by Gordon Korman  

A Wrinkle in Time (Series) by Madeleine L’Engle ¬†

The Chronicles Of Narnia (Series) by C.S. Lewis  

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry  

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick  

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Series) by Lemony Snicket  

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 

Holes by Louis Sachar  

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick  

Harry Potter (Books 6-7) by J.K. Rowling 

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen  

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien¬†

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes 

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore  

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead  

Seeds Of America (Series) by Laurie Halse Anderson 

Sounder by William H. Armstrong  

Crispin: The Cross Of Lead by Avi  

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt 

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis  

Flora And Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo  

The Sports Beat (Series) by John Feinstein  

Esperanza Rising by Pam Mu√Īoz Ryan ¬†

Anne Frank: Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank 

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai 

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson

Wonder by R.J. Palacio 

The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio  

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed  

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park 

Middle School (Series) by James Patterson  

Holes by Louis Sachar  

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia  

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak  

The Ranger’s Apprentice (Series) by John A. Flanagan  

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli  

Out Of The Dust by Karen Hesse  

Redwall by Brian Jacques  

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai 

See You in The Cosmos by Jack Cheng  

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery 

Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez  

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi 

Al Capone Does My Shirts (Series) by Gennifer Choldenko  

Princess Academy (Series) by Shannon Hale  

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton  

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata  

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer  

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee 

The Unwanteds (Series) by Lisa McMann  

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy  

Eragon (Series) by Christopher Paolini  

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck  

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez  

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Series) by Michael Scott  

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare  

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson  

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien  

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson 

The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya 

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer 

Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen 

The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle ¬†

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer  

Alex Rider (series) by Anthony Horowitz  

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  2. The Call of the Wild by Jack London https://amzn.to/43VR4kL 
  3. Divergent (Series) by Veronica Roth https://amzn.to/4aqsfQh 
  4. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor https://bookshop.org/p/books/roll-of-thunder-hear-my-cry-mildred-d-taylor/8316742?ean=9780140384512 
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  6. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten https://bookshop.org/p/books/the-unlikely-hero-of-room-13b-teresa-toten/11444745?ean=9780553507898 
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  8. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson https://bookshop.org/p/books/brown-girl-dreaming-jacqueline-woodson/6668286?ean=9780147515827 

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang ¬†

The Maze Runner (Series) by James Dashner  

My Antonia by Willa Cather  

Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt  

Cinder (Series) by Marissa Meyer  

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry  

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card  

The Hunger Games (Series) by Suzanne Collins  

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams  

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott  

The Awakening by Kate Chopin  

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank  

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth  

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon  

The Iliad / The Odyssey by Homer  

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  

Facing the Lion: Growing Up Maasai on the African Savanna by Joseph Lemasolai Lekuton  

Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani  

Animal Farm by George Orwell  

Anthem by Ayn Rand  

Night by Elie Wiesel  

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson  

Good Enough by Paula Yoo https://amzn.to/3PRxfoY 

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver  

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares  

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey  

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller  

Romeo And Juliet by Shakespeare  

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens  

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley  

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou  

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah  

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros  

Hard Times by Charles Dickens  

Lord of the Flies by William Golding  

Looking for Alaska by John Green 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand  

The Color of Water by James McBride  

1984 by George Orwell  

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy  

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango  

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck  

Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington  

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak  

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang  

The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy  

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo  

A Separate Peace by John Knowles  

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe  

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier 

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad  

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass  

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison ‚Äč‚Ä謆

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald  

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorrainne Hansberry  

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne  

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway  

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini  

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving  

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis  

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel 

The Crucible by Arthur Miller  

Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan  

The Lord of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien   

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold  

The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein  

Grendel by John Gardner  

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe  

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie  

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant  

Pillars of the Earth (Series) by Ken Follett  

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell  

A Time to Kill by John Grisham 

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller  

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, et al. 

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse  

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis  

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt  

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford  

Atonement by Ian McEwan 

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison  

Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath  

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  

Love Does by Bob Goff  

Do Over by Jon Acuff  

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain  

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