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

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

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! A sturdy and beautiful book to give as a gift for new babies, baby showers, birthdays, and other new beginnings! Featuring interactive die-cut pages, this board book edition is the perfect size for little hands and great for teaching counting and days of the week. "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..." — Mother's Manual "Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..." — The New York Times Book Review

  • Author: Eric Carle
  • Publisher: World of Eric Carle; 1st edition (March 23, 1994)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Early Learning
  • ISBN: 978-0399226908
  • Dimensions: 7.19 x 0.62 x 5.06 inches


2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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

A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.

  • Author: Bill Martin Jr.
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 25th Anniversary edition (September 15, 1996)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Early Learning
  • ISBN: 978-0805047905
  • Dimensions: 5.05 x 0.55 x 6.99 inches


3. Where's Spot?

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

With its bold blue cover, this board book edition of Eric Hill’s classic story featuring everyone’s favorite puppy is just as iconic as the first lift-the-flap edition.   “Spot is one of the essential experiences of childhood.” — Parents  magazine

  • Author: Eric Hill
  • Publisher: Warne; BRDBK edition (June 30, 2003)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Animals
  • ISBN: 978-0399240461
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 0.59 x 6.31 inches


4. Goodnight Moon

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

In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight. One of the most beloved books of all time,  Goodnight Moon  is a must for every bookshelf. This board book edition is the right size for little hands and is the perfect gift for baby showers, toddler birthday parties, and holidays.

  • Author: Margaret Wise Brown
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Reissue edition (January 23, 2007)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Animals
  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 4.9 inches


5. Love You Forever

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

A young woman holds her newborn son And looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him: "I'll love you forever I'll like you for always As long as I'm living My baby you'll be." So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 30 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French). Firefly Books is proud to offer this sentimental favorite in a variety of editions and sizes: We offer a trade paper and laminated hardcover edition in a 8" x 8" size. In gift editions we carry: a slipcased edition (8 1/2" x 8 1/4"), with a laminated box and a cloth binding on the book and a 10" x 10" laminated hardcover with jacket. And a Big Book Edition, 16" x 16" with a trade paper binding.

  • Author: Robert Munsch
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (September 1, 1995)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Classics
  • ISBN: 978-0920668375
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.13 x 8 inches


6. Where the Wild Things Are

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

Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc in the house, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat... Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art.  Mary Pols of  Time  magazine wrote that "what makes Sendak's book so compelling is its grounding effect: Max has a tantrum and in a flight of fancy visits his wild side, but he is pulled back by a belief in parental love to a supper 'still hot." Generations have shared this beautiful picture book, and children of all ages will want to return to it again and again. New York Public Library's #4 book on the list of "Top Check Outs of All Time" One of the National Education Association's "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children" The top picture book in  School Library Journal's  survey of its readers  Maurice Sendak was also the creator of such classics as  In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There ,  Higglety Pigglety Pop!,  and  Nutshell Library .

  • Author: Maurice Sendak
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 25th Anniversary ed. edition (December 26, 2012)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Dimensions: 9.24 x 10.4 x 0.43 inches


7. The Giving Tree

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

As The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition allows young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a classic that will now reach an even wider audience. "Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy." So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein. This moving parable for all ages offers a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein's incomparable career as a bestselling children's book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back . He is also the creator of picture books including A Giraffe and a Half , Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? , The Missing Piece , The Missing Piece Meets the Big O , and the perennial favorite The Giving Tree , and of classic poetry collections such as Where the Sidewalk Ends , A Light in the Attic , Falling Up , Every Thing On It , Don't Bump the Glump! , and Runny Babbit . And don't miss the other Shel Silverstein ebooks,  Where the Sidewalk Ends  and  A Light in the Attic !

  • Author: Shel Silverstein
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Children's eBooks


8. Happy Birthday to You!

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Classics - 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


9. Corduroy

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

Celebrate 50 years of the beloved teddy bear. 2018 marks Corduroy’s 50th anniversary, and Don Freeman’s classic character is even more popular today than he was when he first came on the scene. Now his original story is available in an unabridged, sturdy board book format, perfect for even the youngest readers.

  • Author: Don Freeman
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (October 16, 2014)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Animals
  • ISBN: 978-0451470799
  • Dimensions: 6.56 x 0.82 x 5 inches


10. The Hobbit

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

This brand-new unabridged audio book of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved The Hobbit will be coming to listeners everywhere this September, read by the BAFTA award-winning actor, director and author, Andy Serkis. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day, to whisk him away on a journey "there and back again". They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…  The prelude to The Lord of The Rings , the Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most influential books of the 20th century.

  • Author: Andy Serkis
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Fantasy