Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Children's Literature. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. If Animals Kissed Good Night


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

Don't miss the other books in this adorable series: If Animals Said I Love You , If Animals Celebrated Christmas , If Animals Went to School, and If Animals Gave Thanks ! What if animals did what YOU do? This bestselling story imagines how animals would kiss their loved ones good night! If animals kissed good night like we do...how would they do it? Giraffe and his calf would stretch their necks high, Wolf and his pup would kiss and then HOWL, and Sloth and her baby would move sooooo sloooowwwww. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would share love in a unique way.

  • Author: Ann Whitford Paul
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Illustrated edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-0374300210
  • Dimensions: 6.48 x 0.65 x 6.47 inches

                 

2. Kindergarten, Here I Come!


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

Get ready for school with these fun poems! Includes a sheet of stickers! This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it's the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem--not to mention charming illustrations.

  • Author: D.J. Steinberg
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Illustrated edition (June 14, 2012)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-0448456249
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches

                 

3. First Day Jitters (The Jitters Series)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.

  • Author: Julie Danneberg
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; Illustrated edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-1580890618
  • Dimensions: 8.06 x 0.12 x 10 inches

                 

4. The Wonderful Things You Will Be


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever. This is the perfect heartfelt gift for any special occasion, from birthdays to graduations, and celebrating new babies and other new beginnings. From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, lush illustrations and a stunning gatefold that opens at the end, this is a book that families will love reading over and over.  The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes and makes a great gift to the ones you love for any occasion.

  • Author: Emily Winfield Martin
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (August 25, 2015)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-0385376716
  • Dimensions: 9.95 x 0.37 x 10.3 inches

                 

5. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Board Book)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

There is always enough room on your child’s bookshelf for this Classic Board Book edition of the rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for over thirty years! A told B, and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree” In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no—Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! Countless children—and their parents—can joyfully recite the familiar words of this beloved alphabet chant. Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault’s rhythmic text keeps the beat with Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bold, cheerful art. This winning combination has made the Chicka Chicka series an enduring classic.

  • Author: Bill Martin Jr.
  • Publisher: Little Simon (January 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1442450707
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.25 inches

                 



6. The Night Before Kindergarten


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

'Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited, and a little bit scared. It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all--saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is! Colorful illustrations illuminate this uplifting takeoff on the classic Christmas poem.

  • Author: Natasha Wing
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (July 9, 2001)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-0448425009
  • Dimensions: 8.06 x 0.09 x 8 inches

                 

7. Time for School, Little Blue Truck


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

Ride along to school with the #1 New York Times best-selling Little Blue Truck and meet Blue's new friend: a bright yellow school bus. Beep-beep! Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are excited to meet a bright yellow school bus on the road. They see all the little animals lined up in the school bus’s many windows, and Blue wishes he could be a school bus too. What a fun job—but much too big for a little pickup like Blue. Or is it? When somebody misses the bus, it’s up to Blue to get his friend to school on time. Beep! Beep! Vroom! Also enjoy Blue’s bedtime ride in Good Night, Little Blue Truck and his trip to the city in Little Blue Truck Leads the Way .

  • Author: Alice Schertle
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (June 22, 2021)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-0358412243
  • Dimensions: 10 x 0.57 x 8 inches

                 

8. How to Catch a Mermaid


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

An enchanting mermaid tale from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling How to Catch series! Many claim to have caught a mermaid, but can YOU? Perfect for mermaid lovers, summer reading, and gifts for kids ages 4-7, this funny mermaid picture book is brimming with fun STEAM-based traps and offers an irresistible under-the-sea adventure that parents, educators, and children will love! How do you catch a mermaid? You must be very clever. With mirrors, crowns, and pearls galore, this quest can't last forever! Also in the How to Catch Series: How to Catch a Unicorn How to Catch a Yeti How to Catch a Dinosaur How to Catch a Dragon How to Catch a Monster and more!

  • Author: Adam Wallace
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Wonderland (July 17, 2018)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1492662471
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 0.35 x 8.25 inches

                 

9. A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

Cherished by millions of readers, this #1 New York Times best-selling novel is a powerful tale of perseverance and hope. Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park interweaves the stories of two Sudanese children who overcome mortal dangers to improve their lives and the lives of others. A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way. Includes an afterword by author Linda Sue Park and the real-life Salva Dut, on whom the novel is based, and who went on to found Water for South Sudan.

  • Author: Linda Sue Park
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • ISBN: 978-0547577319
  • Dimensions: 7.62 x 5.13 x 0.39 inches

                 

10. Happy Birthday to You!


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Literature - August 2021

Celebrate your unique self with Dr. Seuss and the Great Birthday Bird in the ultimate birthday book! A perfect gift for Seuss fans or anyone blowing out the candles for another year!  Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! In the picture book Happy Birthday to You!, Dr. Seuss has crafted the perfect celebration of the person you were born to be. When the Great Birthday Bird arrives to usher in your "Day of all Days," you can expect a colorful romp full of fantastical fun that is all about YOU! With birthday festivities on every page, readers go on a journey that teaches them to celebrate being themselves—every single day of the year! This joyful classic rejoices about the things that make you unique! It's the essential birthday gift for ages one to 101—from the one and only Dr. Seuss!

  • Author: Dr. Seuss
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 12, 1959)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0394800769
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 0.36 x 11.19 inches