Best books for all ages -- reading is for everyone!

by Melissa Jaramillo

Books for all agesReading isn't just for adults -- it's for the whole family! Why not make this dynamic activity a regular "happening" at your house! But where do you begin?

The National Education Association puts out a list of the top 100 books that are suggested for all ages. We've broken the list down further into books for preschoolers and children 4 to 8 years old. Each book includes the author.

There is literally something for everyone on this list. Reading is a way to promote literacy as a family activity! Head to your local library or bookstore and crack open a few new books! You never know where your imagination will take you!

Books for all ages

► The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein

► Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
► The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

► Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Books for preschoolers

► The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
► Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.

► The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

► Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

► The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise 

► Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
► Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Books for children ages 4 to 8

► The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

► Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
► The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

► Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 

► Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch

► Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst 

► The Mitten by Jan Brett 

► Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

► Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

► Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola 

► The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

► How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 

► The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault 

► The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
► If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
► The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 

► Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
► Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

► Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

► Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman

► The Napping House by Audrey Wood
► Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

► The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

► Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss 

► Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus

► The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey 

► Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox 

► Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown

Which books are your favorite? Share your stories and books with us!

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