With lots more time at home, a life-long hobby and skill to nurture in your family would be reading. Many parents have asked for a recommended reading list by age. We made a starter one, organized by author and only some examples of books. We welcome new suggestions to make this list grow! Look into each author for more!




Components: Eye-catching illustrations, simple repetitive text



Reading tips: Use different, EXPRESSIVE voices (high and low tones) to get your child’s attention and keep them absorbed in storytime



  • Eric Carle
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?
    • The Very Busy Spider
  • Don Freeman
    • Corduroy
  • Nancy Shaw
    • Sheep in a Jeep
  •  Stephen Carpenter
    • Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Dr. Seuss
    • Green Eggs and Ham
    • Hop on Pop
    • The Lorax
    • So so many books to chose from
  • P. D. Eastman
    • Are you my Mother?
  • Robert Munsch
    • Love You Forever
  • Marcus Pfister
    • The Rainbow Fish
  • Mo Willems
    • Elephant and Piggy series
    • Don’t Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus

Grades K-3

Components: Can start to delve more into life lessons and deeper concepts with cause and effect scenarios



Note: This is a time of very wide reading ability so make adjustments according to your child’s ability and interest!



  • Maurice Sendak
    • Where the Wild Things Are
  • David Shannon
    • No, David! (series)
    • A Bad Case of Stripes
  • Stan Berenstain
    • Berenstain Bears (series)
  • Laura Numeroff
    • If you Give a Mouse a Cookie
  • Arnold Lobel
    • Frog and Toad are Friends
  • Anna Dewdney
    • Llama Llama, Red Pajama
  • Mary Pope Osborne
    • Magic Tree House (series)

Grades 4-6

  • Gary Paulsen
    • Hatchet
    • Brian’s Winter
  • Scott O’ Dell
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins
  • Lois Lowry
    • The Giver
  • Carolyn Keene
    • Nancy Drew (series)
  • E.L. Konigsburg
    • From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
  • J.K. Rowling
    • Harry Potter (series)

Middle and High School

  • Philip Pullman
    • His Dark Materials (series)
  • Joseph Heller
    • Catch-22
  • Markus Zusak
    • The Book Thief
  •  J.R. Tolkien
    • Hobbit
    • Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Young Adult and Up

  • Viktor Frankl
    • Man’s Search for Meaning
  • C.S. Lewis
    • Mere Christianity
    • The Great Divide

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