Children’s Bucket List of Books

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss knew that the power of imagination and creativity is alive within the covers of a book. We’ve compiled a list of 10 great kid’s reads that are perfect for sharing with your little guys. So settle in, take a trip down memory lane and help them make some memories of their own.

The Boxcar Children 

by Gertrude Chandler Warner

A mystery series for the imaginative, adventurous child, this series will pull them through the twists and turns of life with four savvy siblings leading the way. They’ll clamor through mansions, animal shelters and boxcars to uncover the mystery behind each tale.


The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This captivating tale of a pilot’s efforts to fix his plane will leave you and your child wide-eyed until the last page is turned. You’ll travel across planets, shake hands with kings and see the world in a new color with each adventure.


The Complete Adventures of Curious George 

by Margret and H.A. Rey

A mischievous, painting monkey. What could be more entertaining? The little ones will ooh and ahh over the enthralling colors and lively pictures….then giggle about the silly mishaps of a yellow-hatted man and his precocious monkey friend.




by R. J. Palacio

August, a once homeschooled boy with a congenital facial abnormality, braves the challenge of fitting in at a public school. His desire for friendship and acceptance will resonate with every student who takes a crack at this heartwarming novel. Soon to be a major motion picture, you’ll want to grab this one before it hits the big screen!

Press Here

by Herve Tullet    

This deceptively simple interactive book will keep your child entertained with the spark and magic of their own imagination. They’ll follow the instructions to tilt, shake and clap their way through each page to make the magic happen. They won’t want to put it down!



Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Step through time to a land of pirates, hidden treasure and colorful folklore. Set in the 1880s, this classic novel will invoke the dauntless child in everyone as they set sail across oceans, dig for treasure and tussle with eye-patched villains.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

by Jeff Kiney

Created by a game developer, this colorful novel offers a comedic yet empathetic peek into a pre-adolescent boy’s life. The stick drawings and easy-to-read style will make it a book you’ll never have to pester them to read.



The Little Engine That Could

by Watty Piper

“I think I can, I think I can.” What inspirational words to lull your kids to sleep with! Hop aboard this sweet, motivational book that will leave your kids rooting for the little engine that could overcome any challenge in his tracks.


Encyclopedia Brown

by Donald J. Sobol

Packed with 10 mysteries each, these novels put the reader at the scene of the crime every time. Layered with clues, hidden meanings and brain-twisting theories, Encyclopedia Brown invokes curiosity like none other and will leave your reader engrossed for hours.



Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

Inspire the next generation with the rediscovery of an old favorite. This beautifully illustrated, award-winning picture book will enchant you both and leave your child as wide-eyed as the wild things themselves.

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