We have always tried to foster a love of reading in our kids. Good readers make good students and life-long learners. But sometimes it can be tricky to judge which books are best for each age group, so this list is a great place to start. Please note that while these books are suggested for certain grade levels, the reading levels of kids can vary greatly so choose books at your kid’s pace and don’t get held up by grade levels. As long as they’re reading, they’re learning!
If you’re looking for options for older readers, check out our Summer Reading List For Teens! 
Here are our top picks for the best books for each age!
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For babies and toddlers
For this age, books should foster interaction. Maybe they have a refrain that repeats throughout. Kids might have to make noises or look for certain things on each page. Whatever it takes to get them involved. You may quickly find that your little one has a favorite book memorized and can “read” it to you!
Guess How Much I Love You  by Sam McBratney
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See  by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle
I Went Walking  by Sue Williams
Freight Train  by Donald Crew
What Do You Say  by Mandy Stanley
Preschool and Kindergarten
The world of picture books has such amazing resources for our young readers. I’m sure you have a long list of favorites! Here are just a few of ours.
Duck On A Bike  by David Shannon
The Mixed-Up Chameleon  by Eric Carle
The Pigeon Finds A Hotdog  by Mo Willems
Naughty Little Monkeys  by Jim Aylesworth
Press Here  by Herve Tullet
Picture books for Kindergarten – 2nd grade
I really don’t think it’s possible to have TOO many picture books around, especially with youngsters in the house! These are our top pics!
How Big is Your Brave  by Ruth Soukup
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site  by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Who Wants A Cheap Rhinoceros  by Shel Silverstein
The Empty Pot  by Demi
Doctor De Soto  by William Steig
Owl Moon  by Jane Yolen
You Are Special  by Max Lucado
Chapter books for 2nd – 3rd graders
Around second grade, kids typically are ready to start reading chapter books. It’s an exciting milestone for their scholastic career! Here are some excellent choices.
Frog And Toad Are Friends  by Arnold Lobel
The Cam Jansen  series by David A. Adler
The Magic Treehouse  series by Mary Pope Osborne
Junie B Jones  series by Barbara Park
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew  by Carolyn Keene
The Dream Traveler’s Quest  series by Ted Dekker
Encyclopedia Brown  by Donald J. Sobol
Chapter books for 4th – 5th graders
Finding chapter books for kids to read that they have a high interest in is key. Listed here are some of our favorite chapter book series for kids in 4th and 5th grades.
The Dangerous Christmas Ornament  by Bob Seigel
The I Survived Series  by Lauren Tarshis
The Mouse and the Motorcycle  by Beverly Cleary
The Little House Books  by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Prince Warriors Series  by Priscilla Shirer
The Indian in the Cupboard  by Lynne Reid Banks
The Chronicles of Narnia  series by C.S. Lewis
The Hatchet  series by Gary Paulsen
IMAGINE…  series by Matt Koceich
Non-fiction books for K – 5th graders
Nonfiction makes up the majority of what adults read. But too often kids don’t get enough nonfiction reading. Here are 7 favorites for getting that non-fiction reading in.
A Picture Book of… Biographies  by David Adler
Let’s Read and Find Out  series by Franklin M Branley
Case for… Series  by Lee Strobel
True Books  series by Mel Freidman
Scholastic True or False  series by Gilda and Melvin Berger
If You… series  by Elizabeth Levy
Who Was series  by Roberta Edwards and Janet Pascal
The I Can Read series  by various authors
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