Best Books to Read

Ages 0-2
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Press Here by Herve Tullet
  • Five Little Ducks by Raffi
  • Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.
  • Mama Bird, Baby Birds by Angela Johnson
  • Max's Bedtime by Rosemary Wells
  • Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
  • The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
  • Clap Hands by Helen Oxenbury
  • My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore
  • Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! By Ed Emberley
  • How the Zebra Got Its Stripes by Justine Fontes
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Ages 3-5
  • The Berenstain Bears series by Stan Berenstain
  • Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle and Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
  • Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Doorbell Rang by Lois Ehlert
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! By Ed Emberley
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister Herbert
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel

Ages 6-8
  • Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  • Berenstain Bears series by Stan Berenstain
  • Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer
  • My Father's Dragon series by Ruth Stiles Gannet
  • Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
  • Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • The Best Seat in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
  • Horton Hears a Who! By Dr. Seuss
  • The SOS File by Betsy Byars, Laurie Myers, Betsy Duffey, and Arthur Howard
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl

Ages 9-12
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson series) by Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • Schooled by Gordon Korman
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  • The Callahan Cousins series by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements
  • The Landry News by Andrew Clements
  • The Twits by Roald Dahl
  • Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz
  • Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary

Teens
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
  • Tiger's Curse series by Colleen Houck
  • Stormbreaker (Alex Rider series) by Anthony Horowitz
  • Matched series by Ally Condie
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
  • Gone series by Michael Grant
  • The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson

Classic Books
  • Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton
  • A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
  • Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  • Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  • A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse
  • 1984, by George Orwell
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
  • Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas
  • Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Hobbitt, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Catch 22, by Joseph Heller
  • Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  • Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
  • Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  • Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
  • Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
  • The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carre
  • The Red and the Black, by Stendahl
  • The Stranger, by Albert Camus
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe
  • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth, by William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
  • The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The Odyssey, by Homer
  • Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
  • The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
  • The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Divine Comedy, by Dante Aligieri

For more book suggestions, see the following websites:
CBC Books
Reading Begins
Reading Rockets