Curated Children's Books by C

"You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
-A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh
"And so he listened. And in his listening, his heart opened wide and then wider still."
-Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
“There are all kinds of courage,” said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
-J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
"Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?"
-C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian
"But there was one other thing that the grownups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there."
-Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy."
-Louis Sachar, Sideways Stories From Wayside School
"Good Night stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere."
-Margaret Wise Brown, Good Night Moon
"When I was one I had just begun…"
-A.A. Milne, Now We Are Six
"All those woulda-coulda-shouldas all ran away and hid from one little did"
-Shel Silverstein, Falling Up
Once there was a little bunny who wanted to run away. So he said to his mother, “I am running away.” “If you run away”, said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”
-Margaret Wise Brown, The Runaway Bunny
"When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way."
-E.B.White, Stuart Little
"It’s a party. A big Dog party."
-By P.D.Eastman, Go, Dog. Go!
"This is George. He lived in Africa. He was very happy. But he had one fault. He was too curious."
-H.A. Rey, Curious George
"The sky is always ready to play…"
-Jasper Tomkins, The Sky Jumps Into Your Shoes At Night
"One Sunday morning the warm sun came up and –pop!—out of the egg came a tiny and very hungry caterpillar."
-Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“I’ll take a hamburger with lettuce, tomato, and an onion.” “Hey, Frank, burn one, take it through the garden, and pin a rose on it.”
-Alexandra Day, Frank and Ernest
But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!” And Max said, “No!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
"Pickles was a young cat. His paws were big. And he wished to do big things with them."
-Esther Averill, The Fire Cat
“I gather colors,” answered Frederick simply. “For winter is gray.”
-Leo Lionni, Frederick
“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”
-Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are
“All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk.”
-Lemony Snicket
“Miracles are like meatballs, because nobody can exactly agree on what they are made of, where they come from, or how often they should appear.”
-Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grownups, then you write it for children.”[
-Madeleine L’Engle
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
-Madeleine L’Engle, Many Waters

Find your next children's book

Whether your children read printed books or ebooks, it is hard to find that next great read.

Here at, we suggest only the best children's books, selected by a human curator, and organized by specific children's book category. Unlike many sites on the web, we can’t be gamed and we can’t be bought. Imagine entering the world’s best children's bookstore, with table after table filled with great suggestions. Find the books that you and your children will both really love reading. Enjoy!

Picture books with bold visual representations of faces and everyday objects. Many books have minimal accompanying text. Examples are:
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    Pat the Bunny
    Dorothy Kunhardt
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    Goodnight Moon
    Margaret Wise Brown
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Beautifully illustrated picture books with interesting story lines. Rich vocabulary, both familiar and new to the child. Examples are:
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    The Little Island
    Margaret Wise Brown (as Golden MacDonald)
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    Where the Wild Things Are
    Maurice Sendak
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    Make Way for Ducklings
    Robert McCloskey
Books for young children who are beginning to read on their own. An opportunity to read real stories with a controlled phonetic vocabulary. Examples are:
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    Little Bear
    Else Holmelund Minarik
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    The Fire Cat
    Esther Averill
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    Go Dog, Go!
    P.D. Eastman
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    Hop on Pop
    Dr. Seuss
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    A Splendid Friend Indeed
    Suzanne Bloom
Illustrated books containing significantly more text, with both familiar and challenging vocabulary. Suitable for reading and enjoyable listening. Examples are:
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    Little House in the Big Woods
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
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    Ursula K. Le Guin
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    The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    Beatrix Potter
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    Beezus and Ramona
    Beverly Cleary
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    The Tale of Despereaux
    Kate DiCamillo
Chapter books with multifaceted plotlines and strongly developed characters, with or without illustrations. Include increasingly sophisticated vocabulary and syntax. Examples are:
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    The Secret Garden
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
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    Afternoon of the Elves
    Janet Taylor Lisle
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    Louis Sachar
Books for middle-schoolers, with plotlines that assist in the development of abstract reasoning and logical thinking skills. Many different ideas are explored. Examples are:
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    The Hunger Games
    Suzanne Collins
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    The Golden Compass
    Philip Pullman
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    Walter Dean Myers
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    Animal Farm
    George Orwell
These books contain illustrated alphabet and numerical representations, presented in varied forms and styles. Some are intended for older experienced readers. Examples are:
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    Brian Wildsmith's ABC
    Brian Wildsmith
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    1, 2, 3
    Tana Hoban
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    Ten Little Rabbits
    Virginia Grossman
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    The Graphic Alphabet
    David Pelletier
These books portray factual information to children about the world in which they live, usually accompanied by drawings or photographs. Examples are:
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    Along a Long Road
    Frank Viva
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    The Toolbox
    Anne Rockwell
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    Kevin Henkes
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    Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs
    Byron Barton
These books contain varied story collections for children. Includes poetry, fairy tales, and fables. Can be single or multiple authors. Examples are:
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Shel Silverstein
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    Now We Are Six
    A. A. Milne
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    The Lion and the Mouse
    Jerry Pinkney
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    The Desert Is Theirs
    Byrd Baylor

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