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25 Fresh Children's Books Sure to Become Classics

Brag Alert: My kid is a ravenous book-devouring wild thing, with piles upon piles of tattered pages and missing book jackets crumpled in dark crannies beneath overflowing shelves. I totally scored in the kid department, what can I say? While we love the classics (Dr. Seuss just never gets old), I have seen a steady pattern of repeated choices for our nightly pre-bed read-a-thon. I’ve culled our favorites down to a list of 25 newer books that I’m sure will become classics, and I can already picture myself using crazy voices to bring the stories to life with my grandkids (yes, scarlet, I’m already hinting that I want grandkids).

While the books change the messages stay the same, but with slight, modern updates for little tech-bathed brains. The Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton is hip and modern (complete with robotic dinosaurs) but captures the age-old lesson, be thankful for what you have. While Blackout, by John Rocco, shows that you can still have a blast (believe it or not) without an iPhone, computer or iPad at hand. Check out these and my other picks for 25 Fresh Children’s Books Sure to Become Classics…


  • I Had a Favorite Dress 1 of 25
    I Had a Favorite Dress
    An outgrown dress becomes a shirt, scarf, socks, hairclips, then dust with the help of a clever mom and a sewing machine. Pure joy to read.
    Buy it for $11.53 at Amazon
  • Chicken and Cat 2 of 25
    Chicken and Cat
    When we work together our friendships grow stronger, whether we live in the city or the country.
    Buy it for $13.25 at Amazon
  • Saffy and Ollie (Simply Small) 3 of 25
    Saffy and Ollie (Simply Small)
    Saffy learns the importance of sharing when she chooses to share her rock with Ollie so they can play together.
    Buy this book for $7.95 at Amazon
  • Little Owl’s Night 4 of 25
    Little Owl's Night
    Little Owl loves the night and cannot understand why anybody would want to sleep through it. Is the daytime just as amazing?
    Buy it for $11.08 at Amazon
  • Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed 5 of 25
    Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
    Wilbur stands out because unlike the other naked mole rats, he loves to get dressed. He shows us that we should always be true to who we are.
    Buy it for $11.55 at Amazon
  • Quiet Loud 6 of 25
    Quiet Loud
    This book is a blast to read with the kids. Now they have an excuse to go from very quiet to VERY LOUD.
    Buy it for $6.99 at Amazon
  • Peek-A Who? 7 of 25
    Peek-A Who?
    Who is peeking out behind those leaves? Keep the kids guessing as they turn the pages to see who is hiding.
    Buy it for $6.95 at Amazon
  • Bear Snores On 8 of 25
    Bear Snores On
    As bear snoozes the winter away little critters get toasty in his cave only to end up having a feast and party. Oh no, bear woke up!
    Buy it for $11.06 at Amazon
  • First the Egg 9 of 25
    First the Egg
    What is the beginning and where is the end? Teach kids about the many beautiful transformations happening all around us.
    Buy it for $10.19 at Amazon
  • Rapunzel’s Amazing Hair 10 of 25
    Rapunzel's Amazing Hair
    Books based on movies are not usually my cup of tea, but this one definitely tugs on the heart strings. She'd trade all her beauty for the chance to be free.
    Buy it for $10.87 at Amazon
  • A Good Day 11 of 25
    A Good Day
    This is a great book to show the kids how many ways there are to turn a not so good day into a great day. My daughter loves to "read" it to me all by herself.
    Buy it for $12.40 at Amazon
  • Not All Princesses Dress in Pink 12 of 25
    Not All Princesses Dress in Pink
    A solid affirmation that princesses are made of brains, strength, and passion, not just pink clothes.
    Buy it for $10.87 at Amazon
  • My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream? 13 of 25
    My Name Is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
    After spending the day pretending to be great historical women, Isabella realizes that the best person she can be is herself.
    Buy it for $11.55 at Amazon
  • Not a Box 14 of 25
    Not a Box
    As long as your imagination is at work a box can be whatever you want it to be.
    Buy it for $10.19 at Amazon
  • Not a Stick 15 of 25
    Not a Stick
    You will never look at a plain ol' stick the same way. Caution: It will be hard to make your child put down a stick after reading this book.
    Buy it for $10.19 at Amazon
  • Stuck 16 of 25
    Stuck
    Floyd finds himself in a little predicament when he gets his kite stuck in a tree, then his shoe, then his other shoe. For some reason everything he throws up into the tree gets stuck. Uh oh.
    Buy it for $11.55 at Amazon
  • Iggy Peck, Architect 17 of 25
    Iggy Peck, Architect
    Iggy can't help the passion he feels for building things even if it means using dirty diapers for a tower. Some brains are wired differently, but there's a purpose for each of us.
    Buy it for $10.61 at Amazon
  • The Lonesome Puppy 18 of 25
    The Lonesome Puppy
    Nobody notices the humongous lonesome puppy until a little determined girl climbs to the top to become his friend.
    Buy it for $12.23 at Amazon
  • One Gorilla: A Counting Book 19 of 25
    One Gorilla: A Counting Book
    One gorilla takes you on a dreamy counting adventure as he and his animal friends hide in many unexpected places.
    Buy it for $15.52 at Amazon
  • Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up 20 of 25
    Puff, the Magic Dragon Pop-Up
    A stunning pop up book that depicts the classic song which you can play along on the accompanying CD.
    Buy it for $17.79 at Amazon
  • An Awesome Book of Thanks! 21 of 25
    An Awesome Book of Thanks!
    My absolute favorite children's book encourages everyone to appreciate all that we are blessed with in this fantastical world.
    Buy it for $10.77 at Amazon
  • Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book 22 of 25
    Gallop!: A Scanimation Picture Book
    Kids delight in seeing a horse galloping and an eagle flying across the page.
    Buy it for $9.32 at Amazon
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? 23 of 25
    How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
    Do dinosaurs let out loud roars to say goodnight? Do they throw tantrums and fits? No, they give hugs and kisses and say go the heck to sleep.
    Buy it for $11.31 at Amazon
  • I Want My Hat Back 24 of 25
    I Want My Hat Back
    Poor bear cannot find his hat and none of the other animals seem to be able to help. That is, until someone asks a question that changes it all.
    Buy it for $10.04 at Amazon
  • Blackout 25 of 25
    Blackout
    See how this family bands together and has a fun filled time in the big city with no technology.
    Buy it for $11.55 at Amazon

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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman) and founding co-editor at Prudent Baby, the premier DIY destination for crafty moms seeking ways to make their lives even more stylish and beautiful.

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