Book Lists

Stef's favorite Picture Books, Early Chapter Books, Middle Grade, and YA books


Picture Books

(These are chosen based on the fact that I have read them all 1,000 times and I still love them.)

  • No, David! by David Shannon

  • Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

  • Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

  • Trucks by Byron Barton

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Achambault

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

  • Freight Train by Donald Crews

  • No More Diapers for Ducky! by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams

  • Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury

  • Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky

  • Tiki Tiki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williams

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Dr. Seuss's ABC

  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen

  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

  • In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

  • Richard Scary's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

  • Little People Lift-the-Flap Books

  • Big Book of Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

  • Ladybug Girl by David Soman

  • Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton

  • Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

  • Mommy Hugs by Anne Gutman

  • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

  • The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

  • Ten Apples up on Top! by Theo LeSieg

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood by David A. Carter

  • Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth

  • The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Westcott

  • The Classic Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright

  • Counting Kisses by Karen Katz


Early Chapter Books (Ages 4-8)

(Good series to get kids to want to start reading on their own)

  • Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

  • Fly Guy Books by Ted Arnold

  • Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne

  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

  • Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

  • Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

  • Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

  • Geronimo Stilton/Thea Stilton Books

  • Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

  • Cam Jansen by David A. Adler

  • Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Middle Grade (Ages 8-12)

  • All Roald Dahl Books

    • Matilda

    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    • The BFG

    • James and the Giant Peach

    • Danny, Champion of the World

  • Beverly Cleary's Ramona Books

  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

  • The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

  • Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

  • Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol

  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid Banks

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

  • Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

  • Holes by Louis Sachar

  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Caron Levine

  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

  • The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

  • Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry


Young Adult 

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

  • Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini

  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman

  • Matched by Ally Condie

  • Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

  • Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

  • The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

  • Unwind by Neil Shusterman

  • A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

  • They Cage the Animals at Night by Jennings Michael Burch

  • Good Night, Mr. Tom by Michelle Magorian

  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  • Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt

  • The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  • Life and Death in Shanghai by Cheng Nien

  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen