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Books Essential For Reading When You’re A Kid

Childhood is a time when you actually have time to read – but which books should you read first?

When you’re a kid, your mom probably wanted you to read more than you did. And these are the books that she probably would’ve wanted you to read. So whether you’re a parent or someone who should catch up on their childhood books, these are our top picks.

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#1 I Want to Be Famous! by Bracha Goetz

I Want to Be Famous! by Bracha Goetz Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I Want to Be Famous! is a uniquely delightful picture book that is showing children how to shine the spotlight from within – instead of seeking it elsewhere – for a lifetime of joy!

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#2 Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Stick Man by Julia DonaldsonGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Follow Stick Man on his incredibly journey home after he is picked up by a dog while on his morning walk. Children adore this book, with the rhythm, adventure, and engaging illustrations (kudos to Axel Scheffler). Stick Man features many teaching points, from recount writing, to sequencing, even environmental concepts In my classroom, we talk about the need to respect the environment, to leave the leaves on the tree just in case they have a little leaf family. Stick Man is such a novel idea, with the little stick family and their family tree!

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#3 Doggie Anonymous: Canine Confessions

Doggie Anonymous: Canine ConfessionsGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book is a canine confessional and animal lovers – especially dog lovers – find themselves laughing out loud because they see their dogs in the pages of this book. Good dogs, bad dogs, guilty dogs, sly dogs. And the photographs are beautiful! It’s thought-provoking, so it will open up a new world of fantasy to children everywhere.

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#4 The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I believe every little girl should read this book to help build their self-esteem. It starts with a typical story where the beautiful princess is the main character. However, it just happens she is the one that needs to save the prince because a dragon kidnapped him. Instead of being a beautiful princess, she is dressed with a paper bag. In addition, there is a great plot twist at the end that will help every girl realize they are independent and powerful.

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#5 You Wouldn’t Understand by Eileen Ennis

You Wouldn't Understand by Eileen EnnisGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

You Wouldn’t Understand. (Eileen Ennis) The sudden death of a beloved teacher and how the protagonist learns about the meaning of death, the grieving process and coping skills. This is the #1 area of life that we will ALL experience at some point but the least discussed by parents until it happens. Preparing children prior to a significant death and introducing this as a part of life will help them to develop helpful coping skills as they mature.

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#6 Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian

Worm Loves Worm by J. J. Austrian Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Worm Loves Worm (Mike Curato) The story of two worms falling in love and deciding to marry. Which is the bride? Which is the groom? It doesn’t matter because love is love.

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#7 All about My Brother

All about My Brother Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

All About My Brother (Sarah Peralta) Living with a sibling who has been diagnosed with being in the spectrum can be quite taxing on a family. Explaining the diagnosis to the siblings will help diffuse some situations and provide education to this often misunderstood condition.

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#8 Princess Cupcake Jones by Ylleya Fields

Princess Cupcake Jones by Ylleya FieldsGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Every kid (from the age of 5-7) should read Princess Cupcake Jones. The series follows Princess Cupcake as she learns the wonders of being a child and the beauty of problem solving while celebrating diversity and teaching children valuable lessons and core values. I think it’s important to continue normalizing the idea of strong black/brown lead characters in children’s books. Little natural-haired black children can be princesses too, and it’s important for children to be able to read books about characters that look like them so that they’re able to identify with them more.

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#9 Zuggy the Pug: Six Tales

Zuggy the Pug: Six TalesGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Zuggy the Pug: Six Tales is a fun, fully illustrated, children’s poetry book that every kid should read. Kids can laugh along as Zuggy tackles a snowman, tries to finagle a mouth-watering donut, and comes snout-to-snout with a potentially dangerous desert dweller. Kids will hold their breath as Zuggy narrowly escapes a horrible accident and encounters a not-so-pleasant surprise when he barrels off the sidewalk. Zuggy the Pug’s stories are for kids of all ages; they introduce children to poetry and storytelling in fun, easy rhymes.

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#10 Goodnight Pirate: The Perfect Bedtime Book!

Goodnight Pirate: The Perfect Bedtime Book!Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Fun rhyming book that prepares kids for bedtime. Also comes in other themes.

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#11 Countablock (An Abrams Block Book)

Countablock (An Abrams Block Book)Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Teaches kids to count to 100 in a fun way

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#12 The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin RobertsGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Teaches kids to speak up if they see something wrong, promotes peace and everyone playing together

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Contributors to this article
Bracha Goetz from Bracha’s Books

Jennifer Douglas from Teaching Products

T.L. Champion from Doggie Anonymous

Tomasz Alemany from Top Whole Life

Eileen Moran from EileenMoran

Natasha Makoso from Illumination PR

Jean Alfieri from Zuggy the Pug

Kari Pesch from Better Smile Toothbrush Company

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