15 Books Every Child Should Have On a Shelf at Home

The fine folks at Flavorpill have compiled a great list of children’s books they think every child should have on their bedroom bookshelf. I’ve taken nine of their recommendations and added six of my own (based on my daughter’s most beloved books) to give you this list of 15 Books Every Child Should Have On a Shelf at Home. If you’re pregnant, register for some of these as baby gifts! And if you’re already a parent, take a look at your shelves and see what you need to buy to fill in the gaps in your child’s literary life:

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  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2 of 16
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Chances are your child is already familiar with Alice, but reading her story and experiencing Carroll's flowery language will slide your child further down the rabbit hole of literary interest.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 3 of 16
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    There's a whole series of Oz books, and this is the perfect time to begin reading them with your child, what with "Oz the Great and Powerful" in theatres and all.
  • Peter Pan and Wendy 4 of 16
    Peter Pan and Wendy
    Because every child has got to crow and (maybe not-so-secretly) wants to fly.
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 5 of 16
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Flavorpill calls this "A classic among classics." Confession: the only book I read cover to cover in high school. Laugh-out-loud funny classic American literature.
  • A Wrinkle in Time 6 of 16
    A Wrinkle in Time
    Another Flavorpill pick. Confession: I've never read this but have wanted to since I was in first grade. I guess it's about time!
  • Madeline 7 of 16
    Flavorpill notes, "Like so many of these books, Bemelmans's series is clever, beautifully illustrated, and comes complete with a message of individuality, compassion, and bravery. It also has a lot of satisfying rhymes."
  • The House at Pooh Corner 8 of 16
    The House at Pooh Corner
    Flavorpill says, "Sweetness, friendship, and teddy bears have never gone wrong."
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 9 of 16
    Oh, the Places You'll Go!
    This is Flavorpill's Seuss pick, but anything (and maybe everything) from his canon is great for kids.
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends 10 of 16
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    I agree with Flavorpill that Shel Silverstein is a must-have author! My daughter is obsessed with A Light in the Attic.
  • Goodnight Moon 11 of 16
    Goodnight Moon
    A board book you'll read to your child from birth to age ... oh, I dunno ... 36? It's so soothing and sweet, it's like a lava lamp for the soul, and its poetry won't be lost on even the hardest of hearts.
  • The Runaway Bunny 12 of 16
    The Runaway Bunny
    Really a companion book to Goodnight Moon, this is a story about a mother bunny who would do anything to protect and find her child if he ran away. There are lots of stories about unending love like this for children (and so many of them involve rabbits!) but the bonus in this book is the gorgeous illustrations that involve a hide-and-seek game.
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon 13 of 16
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Such a great adventure book for the littlest minds. Not only does Harold get into trouble with his crayon, he finds a way out of it, too. Like the other books I've picked for small children, this one will remain a guilty pleasure for your kids until they're teens.
  • Knuffle Bunny 14 of 16
    Knuffle Bunny
    A modern classic about how to deal when things go wrong that teaches kids to keep the faith that everything evens out in the wash. Definitely buy Willems' "pigeon" series, too. (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, et. al.)
  • The Monster at the end of this Book 15 of 16
    The Monster at the end of this Book
    This is a must-give baby gift and a must-have book. My personal favorite. I could cry just thinking about it.
  • The Magic Tree House Series 16 of 16
    The Magic Tree House Series
    There are a lot of great book series' out there for elementary-aged readers, but the Magic Tree House series is the perfect set to start with because the stories are so gripping and will hopefully interest your child in geography and history. Plus, there are currently 50 books in all, so there's no time to get bored!


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