How To Raise a Reader

And The Best Children's Books


Category: Lifelong Learning

Now on, you can get the main points from Maria Russo and Pamela Paul’s book, How to Raise a Reader. See the interview and the edited and formatted transcription here.

In their interview they explain that “children’s books are the most important books of all because it’s those books that make us a reader.” Given how crucial it is to take advantage of those formative, young years I have compiled books lists for every age group of the best children’s books and the most noteworthy books of all time. Those book lists are listed below.

The Best Children’s Books

Even though many of the greatest literary works are written at the reading level of a 12 year old or earlier, only books written for the child audience are included in this list. These books will provide the foundation of literacy needed to read the most noteworthy books of all time. Parents are encouraged to transition their children into those books as they are ready for them and are included in the age-specific book lists. This list is compiled from credible children’s book lists. To reduce the likelihood of anyone’s biases, objectives, or blind spots affecting this list too much, only books that appeared in at least two of the following lists were included in this compilation:

  1. The same sources of the most noteworthy books of all time compilation
  2. The British Broadcasting Company’s 11 Greatest Children’s Books
  3. Book Trust’s 100 Best Books for Children
  4. New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books
  5. Reader’s Digest’s 25 Best Children’s Books Ever Written
  6. Time Magazine’s 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time
  7. Reedsy Discovery’s 120 Best Children’s Books of All Time
  8. Common Sense Media’s 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12

See the complete list of the best children’s books here.

Age-Specific Book Lists

Babies and Toddlers Book List
Early Childhood Book List
Late Childhood Book List
Teenagers Book List