Some kids develop a love for books from a very young age. They love seeing colorful images and reading interesting stories. If your child loves reading, then there is no better gift than a book for them.
Through this post, MomJunction helps you introduce your child to some good literature as we bring you the best literary books for children.
21 Best Literary Books For Children
1. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Author: Golden Books, Anne Kennedy (Illustrator)
Age: 2-5 years
Teaching your little kids nursery rhymes becomes easy when you have a story, song, and illustration book with you. This book contains beautiful illustrations pertaining to the popular nursery rhyme ‘Old MacDonald’. Teaching kids from a book also helps to cultivate a reading habit in them.
2. Steam Train, Dream Train
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)
Age: 2-5 years
What happens when a train halts at a station, and polar bears pop out of it to restack their car with ice cream? Elephants step out to fill the tanker cars with paint. And tortoise gets himself a race car. These animals set out on a whimsical ride that your child will enjoy and never forget.
The illustrations and rhyming story make it fun to read aloud to kids at bedtime.
3. The Boxcar Children Books 1-4
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Age: 7-10 years
First published in 1942, this book series has always been a favorite amongst a lot of parents for their little kids. It is a story of the Alden family who lives in a boxcar while trying to find their missing grandfather. And during this journey, their biggest challenge is to stick together.
Adventure, suspense, and fun, this book series has it all. The writing is simple for young kids to grasp and gripping enough for children to want to solve the mysteries encountered by the characters.
4. Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Age: 6-9 years
A humungous set of 28 books is based on the adventures of two young kids. One day Jack and Annie come across a mysterious treehouse that is stocked with hundreds of books. These books then take them on a magical journey across the world and time. They traverse through various time zones and learn about dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies, volcanos, dragons, and so on.
This book series is a great way to introduce your child to reading.
5. The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury
Author: Janet Schulman (Editor), Profusely illustrated (Illustrator)
Age: 5 years and above
It is a fascinating collection of some of the most loved children’s books of all time. It contains stories, including some the classics, like ‘Madeline’ and ‘Curious George.’ It also includes stories from contemporary books such as ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ and ‘The Stinky Cheese Man.’ You will also find Caldecott Medal winners ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ in this book. If that wasn’t all, then you can also read the popular stories, like ‘Goodnight Moon,’ ‘The Sneetches,’ ‘Winnie-the-Pooh,’ ‘Alexander & The Terrible,’ and ‘No Good Very Bad Day.’
6. A Treasury of Children’s Literature
Author: Armand Eisen
Age: 4-7 years
It is a collection of folklore, fables, and poems. It also contains snippets from popular children’s tales like ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ ‘Pinocchio,’ ‘Peter Pan,’ and so on. Illustrations in this book are largely inspired by artists of the 19th-century. This book is a fine collection of fairy tales with happy endings and those whose endings help teach a moral or a lesson.
The breath-taking illustrations, along with classic folktales, make this book a treasure.
7. My Little Golden Book About God
Author: Jane Werner Watson, Eloise Wilkin (Illustrations)
Age: 3-7 years
If you have always wanted your child to develop love and faith in god, then this book could help you do that. This book delves deep into the tiniest of things around us and shows how god puts great efforts into creating all kinds of different creatures.
With colorful illustrations, this book is a good way to introduce your child to god and of course, to reading too.
8. Sun, Sun
Author: Brad Gray, Alexandra Tillard (Illustrator)
Age: 2-6 years
Summer is the time to get out of the house and have fun under the sun. Beach is the best place to be when you want to enjoy the sun. The book is all about sand castles, long swim, and all the other fun one can have at the beach. This children’s book comes with some lovely illustrations and rhyming text that celebrates summer-time.
9. A Child’s Book of Poems
Author: Gyo Fujikawa (Illustrator)
Age: 3-7 years
If you have been looking for a book to teach your child nursery rhymes, then you could take a look at this book for kids. It contains illustrations by popular American illustrator and author Gyo Fujikawa for poems penned by William Blake, Emily Dickinson, Kate Greenaway, and so on.
Teaching kids poetry could not have been easier.
10. Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali!
Author: Ajanta Chakraborty, Vivek Kumar
Age: 3-7 years
It is always fun to learn about the festivals and traditions of other countries. Diwali is an Indian festival celebrating the return of Lord Ram from exile and is known as the festival of lights. It is celebrated over five days, and each of these days symbolizes something. Your child will learn about these days and the traditions pertaining to them, along with our two characters Maya and Neel.
11. Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Box Set
Author: Herman Parish, Lynne Avril (Illustrator)
Age: 6-10 years
Ever heard of Amelia Bedelia? If you have, then you probably know how popular these books are with kids. It is a good option for your kids when you want to improve their vocabulary. It contains short, easy-to-read chapters with black and white illustrations. The stories contain idioms, which your child can learn at the end of the book.
When your child is old enough to start a book series on their own, then…