This is the list of 10 books for kids that encourage children to start to read by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

It seems that children can enjoy doing anything with pleasure … even reading!

But perhaps they love to read so much just because children’s books are so fascinating.

And how fortunate that such books also have great illustrations!

Kid’s books is an excellent way to learn how to read. Our list of 10 books for kids to read with interesting stories and great illustrations are the best choice.

You will find vivid and catchy pictures, a simple narrative language and a plot containing ideas that are important for people of all ages to remember. Therefore, we have compiled for you a list of 10 classic children’s books.

Books are arranged in order from the beginner level to advanced.

“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Paperback: 32 pages

In “Goodnight Moon” there is no history as such. This is just a book about kittens, a mouse and an old woman. It also has mittens, a dollhouse and even a cow. At the beginning of the book the author presents them all and in the end  wishes them good night.

Goodnight Moon uses repetitions of the same sentence structures with different words, which is useful for learning new words. For example, here is a line from a book: “Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon. This way a kid can learn a lot of new words.

Basically, the book consists of short sentences (two to three words each), and therefore in my list it takes first place as the easiest to read. This is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 10 books for kids to read
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

Age Range: 3 and up

Board book: 26 pages

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” tells about a caterpillar that swallows more and more food during the week. At the beginning of the book a small caterpillar crawls out of an egg and begins to search for food, which continues to be done every day.

At first, the caterpillar eats only wholesome food – for example, fruits and vegetables. Then she switches to junk food, and as a result, her stomach begins to ache . Because of this she decides to eat something healthy again and she feels better. In the end, the caterpillar pupates and soon becomes a butterfly.

This children’s book is good for learning basic English words such as numbers, food names, and days of the week. As mentioned above, repetition is very important for improving language skills, and this book has many great repetitive phrases.

“If You Give a Moose a Muffin” by Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Moose a Muffin
“If You Give a Moose a Muffin” by Laura Numeroff

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Hardcover: 32 pages

“If you give a moose a muffin” tells about a moose, who is constantly unsatisfied. First he wants a muffin. Then he needs a muffin with a jam. As soon as he finishes eating one, he immediately demands a another, and in the end nothing remains. Then he asks to bake more, and then more…

This story is one of the shortest on the list, in addition you will find many sentences in the future tense with the verb “will”. For example: “If you give a moose a muffin he’ll want some jam to go with it”. This book will be especially useful for studying the future tense and the corresponding abbreviations (he’ll, you’ll, etc.).

If you like this book, then perhaps you should read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” written by the same author.

“Curious George” by H. A. Rey

Curious George
“Curious George” by H. A. Rey

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Hardcover: 64 pages

“Curious George” is a book from a famous series about a monkey named Curious George. Since George is curious, he wants to know as much as possible about everything that interests him. But because he is too curious, people catch him and take him to a big city.

The monkey creates a bunch of problems there. George calls the ffirefighters, finds himself in a prison, escapes from it, flies into the sky on balloons and finally returns safe and sound to the zoo.

The book uses many short simple sentences, so it will be easy for children to read it. For example: “One day George saw a man. He had on a large yellow straw hat. The man saw George too ”. As you can see, the proposals are very short, so “Curious George” will be an excellent choice for kids 4-7 years old.

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree 10 books for kids to read
“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

Age Range: 1 – 8 years

Hardcover: 57 pages

This story is about a boy who loved to play near the apple tree, and the apple tree loved to play with him. When the boy grew up, he stopped coming to the tree. But one day he came to her to ask for help. And the apple tree helped the boy because she loved him. In the end of the book the main character, already an old man, returns for the last time and sits down on the stump remaining from the tree, which is very happy about it.

Besides the fact that the book is interesting to read, it also carries a deep meaning, conveying one clear idea with the help of simple words. That is why it’s in the list of top 10 books for kids to read.

“Corduroy” by Don Freeman

Corduroy 10 books for kids to read
“Corduroy” by Don Freeman

Age Range: 2 – 5 years

Paperback: 28 pages

“Corduroy” is a story about a teddy bear put up for sale in a toy store. He lacks one button, so no one wants to buy him. It makes him very sad because he wants so much some kid to take him home. The Corduroy decides that if he finds a new button someone will definitely buy him.

As a result, one night he escapes from a toy store and gets to a large store to find a button. Unfortunately he did not find it, but to find out what happened next, you have to read this book by yourself.

The “Corduroy” uses a lot of advanced vocabulary, therefore, perhaps, while reading, you will need to explain some words to your child. Also with this book you can learn a lot of words related to a house.  

“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

Age Range: 4 – 8 years

Hardcover: 48 pages

“Where the Wild Things Are” starts a boy named Max who behaves badly and his mother sends him into his room without dinner. Once in his room, Max imagines that he is in the forest; there he meets huge monsters. The monsters try to scare him, but Max magically tames them.

Monsters begin to fear him and proclaim him the main monster. In the end, Max says that he should go home and returns to the room on his boat. Once at home, he discovers that his mother left a hot dinner for him.

This is one of the most classic and famous children’s books in English literature and is definetely one of the 10 books for kids to read. This iconic story has inspired a movie and an opera. Although the book “Where the Wild Things Are” is written for children, it uses rather complicated vocabulary, so it is well suited for learning words and grammar of a higher level. 

“The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf

The Story of Ferdinand 10 books for kids to read
“The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Paperback: 32 pages

The bull Ferdinand, ever since he was a calf, loved to spend time on the pasture, smelling flowers, while other bulls played and fought. And now Ferdinand grew up, becoming the largest and the strongest bull – but he still loved to sit and smell flowers.

Once, five men arrived to select a bull to participate in the bullfighting. Ferdinand did not want to fight, but because of the bee stinging him, he started jumping like crazy, so of course they chose him. In the first fight Ferdinand, instead of fighting, sat down in the arena to smell the flowers. Thanks to this, he was sent back to the farm.

All the previous books in my list were written in poetic form, while this one is written using narrative language. Also this book has a clear plot with an ending. Such books are good for kids to learn how to read, because they are interesting and kids will find both simple words/grammar and complicated grammar constructions. 

“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr.Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham 10 books for kids to read
“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr.Seuss

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Hardcover: 65 pages

This is a book about a cat named Sam, who loves green eggs and ham. He wants his friend to try it too, but the friend does not want to eat that.

Sam offers it to his friend everywhere and anytime and in every way – but his friend still does not agree to eat green eggs with ham. Sam asks and asks, and in the end his friend surrenders. You will have to read the story by yourself to see if he liked this dish.

This story is written in the form of a long and cheerful poem; it uses repetition, as in “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. Although the words used in it are simple for the most part, but thanks to the author’s style, they form interesting, vibrant combinations. The book contains a large number of rhymes and similar words, so reading will be exciting and useful.

“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat 10 books for kids to read
“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss

Age Range: 3 – 7 years

Hardcover: 61 pages

This famous book written by the same author as “Green Eggs and Ham”, tells about a brother and sister. Children cannot go out to play because it is cold and wet outside. They do not know what to do; besides their parents are not at home.

Suddenly there is a knock on the door and a cat with a hat enters the house. While having fun and playing he makes a real mess. Will the brother and sister manage to clear the mess before the parents come back? You will learn about this by reading a book.

“Cat in the Hat” is the longest book of the list, but also one of the best. The story of the cat in the hat is one of Dr. Seuss’s most popular books. It is perfect for kids learning to read due to its simple language and diverse vocabulary.

When you teach your children to read, be sure to buy 10 books for kids to read with interesting and enlightening stories. In such a way, your kids will learn to read and will get some important life lessons.

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