Reading Books for Kids

I have some fond memories of reading great stories when I was young. I bet you do too. One of my favorite books was Charlotte’s Web. I think I read it 10 times. I stopped counting after eight. Reading books for kids will keep them thinking and entertained.

There are some great classics like Charlotte’s Web but there are new books all the time. A great speaker, Jim Rohn, once said that books are one of life’s great treasures. I wholeheartedly agree.

Reading Books for Kids

But treasures are exactly what we want to give our children and grandchildren, right? We know how valuable books are to the heart and mind and we would love to help instill that in them. And there are books on any topic so no matter what your grandchild is interested in, there’s a book to cater to that. Dragons, Princesses, adventure, animals, mysteries (this was and still is one of my favorites)… Just a few to start the ideas flowing.

I bring you some great books and even new ways to read them. Paper books, hardback, or even digital books (ebooks) are one of the best gifts for kids. Let’s get started.

Picture Books

Picture books made of fabric or board books are great, even for babies. As you sit and rock, you can show them the images and words to get them putting things together in their brains early. Some fabric books have varied textures which helps their tactile learning. has some great books that are deeply discounted, so even if you’re wanting to donate some books to a local organization, you can get more for your money here. These choices are fabric or board books, perfect for tiny hands. I especially like the Poems for Tiny Ears book. 🙂

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Beginning Reader

Books for the early and beginning reader. Pages have few sentences and repetitive words to help kids learn the basics and phonetics.

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For the More Experienced Reader – 8-12

Here are some wonderful books for ages 8-12. A little more advanced. Some have chapters. There is sure to be a book or two for your grandchild’s interests. See what you think…

Reading Books for Kids

The Secret Lake gets kids involved in solving a mystery.

The Way Things Work Now explains in kids terms how a lot of mechanical contraptions work. Really fascinating and educational.

Would You Rather.. is a really fun game for in the car or hanging out at home. But it gets them reading too. 😉

Classic Baby-Sitters Club.

I Survived gets kids involved in how it really was for a fictional person in a non-fictional setting. Fascinating and brings history to life.

Holes – a modern classic. Winner of Newbery Medal and the National Book Award and BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK AWARD. Amazing story, told very well.

Warriors Box Set. Epic adventures. Fierce warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021. Packed with incredible photos, tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more. 

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Books for Teens

From Classics to How-to’s, there are some great choices for those special teens in your life. Here are some great ones…

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The How-To Cookbook for Teens. This spiral-bound protected pages cookbook for teens is awesome! Lots of great recipes, easy explanations and instructions. Sure to be a hit for the entire family. Get them learning before they are off to college or on their own.

Long Way Down is an intense novel about decisions made in sixty seconds. This book has won numerous awards and accolades.

Wreck This Journal – a unique journal for teens with writing prompts.

The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue (Young Readers Edition 9-14).

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Books 1-5. This series of chilling thrillers filled with eerie vintage photography will take you on an unforgettable journey! Join sixteen-year-old Jacob…

The Hate U Give – An important book for everyone to read. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. “This story is necessary. This story is important.” —Kirkus

Stranger Things, Suspicious Minds. First in the Stranger Things series. Great mystery and compelling story.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. Yes, you know it.

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Ebook Readers – Digital Books

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Amazon’s Kindle for Kids ebook reader is an amazing way for kids to easily take books with them and read anywhere. It includes one year of FreeTime Unlimited which includes the complete Harry Potter series, and the first book from other popular series such as Artemis Fowl. Parents or grandparents can purchase additional titles from the Kindle Store.

These just require a wi-fi connection and away they go.

And there are always some free e-books on Amazon with Kindle Unlimited.

Kindle Kids Edition holds over a thousand FreeTime Unlimited titles and provides weeks of battery life. Great bang for your buck and the kids will appreciate having a digital way to read, since they love digital anything. This Kids Edition comes with your choice of covers.

Another option is a tablet on which they can do other activities as well. Amazon’s Fire Tablet for younger kids and a regular one for older kids will delight them. And they can still read their Kindle books on it too.

And the Samsung Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition is another great option for a kid’s tablet.

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Samsung – Galaxy Tab A Kids Edition – 8″ – 32GB – Silver

A Great Day of Reading (and Shopping)

So there you have some great ideas for reading books for kids. I spent a lot of time going through what I think are the best books for kids for various ages. I hope you found some great ideas and gifts to keep them reading, learning, and entertained.

Thank you for reading today. If you have any other books to mention, comments, or questions, please share them in the Comments section below. Thank you!

7 thoughts on “Reading Books for Kids”

  1. Hi Paula,

    Thank you for your recommendations here. 

    I loved Charlottes Web as a kid and I’m glad to see you recommending newer books here too so that I might know what to give as a gift.

    My son is 14 and I’m interested in checking out the “I Survived” series that you mentioned. Do you think it’s suitable for a 14 year old? It’s not always easy to find books without sorcery and vampires.

    Thanks, I’m bookmarking your site for future reference.

    • HI Alison,

      Thanks for reading and leaving a question and your comments. For a 14 yr old, I found this one that is similar in book type but meant more for teens. It’s called Long Way Down . It has won several book awards so that means a lot. I think I’ll add a Teens section to the list. Thanks for letting me know there is a need for that. 

  2. I remember that Charlotte Web was amongst my go to reads as I grew up. The list of recommended books in this article certainly looks appealing. Having a book suitable for every child according to their age is also ideal because they can challenge their minds at a newer level each time. I would love to get my niece one of these books as a Christmas present so I will revert to this page when I am ready. Thank you! 

  3. hellllooo paula, thanks alot for sharing such an amazing post with us all, i was actually doing some research online when i saw your post online i really want to commend your effort in bringing such an amazing website, it really has been helpfull to me alot, i have a little kid at home who is 5 years old, reading these book will surely cheer him anytime, thanks alot for the info


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