The Importance of Reading Great Books

Reading Aloud to Your Children

Children's Literature Resources for Parents

Great Read-Alouds

Favorite Books for All Ages

Favorite Books for Preschool and Early Elementary

Favorite Books for
Late Elementary

Favorite Books for Middle School

Favorite Books for Upper Middle and High School

Caldecott Award Winners

Award Winners

College Bound Reading List

Valerie Bendt on Reading Great Literature to Children

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations, Preschool/Early Elementary

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations
, Elementary/Middle School

Valerie Bendt's Book Recommendations, High School

<<To go to our lists of recommended books for each age level, use the links in the left-hand column.

Valerie Bendt's Favorite Books for Preschool/Early Elementary Ages

Tom and Pippo” books by Helen Oxenbury: (Many of these are out of print.)
Tom and Pippo
Tom and Pippo See the Moon
Pippo Gets Lost
Tom and Pippo on the Beach
Tom and Pippo go Shopping
Tom and Pippo in the Garden

Tom and Pippo Read a Story
Tom and Pippo and the Dog
Tom and Pippo in the Snow
Tom and Pippo go for a Walk

Tom and Pippo's Day
Tom and Pippo and the Bicycle
Tom and Pippo and the Washing Machine

“Jesse Bear” books by Nancy Carlstrom: (Many of these are out of print.)
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Guess Who's Coming, Jesse Bear
Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear
Happy Birthday, Jesse Bear
How Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear?
It’s About Time, Jesse Bear
I Love You Mama, Any Time of Year
I Love You, Papa, in All Kinds of Weather

Where Is Christmas, Jesse Bear?
Jessie Bear’s Yum, Yum Crumble
Jessie Bear’s Tra-La Tub
Buzz Buzz, Chug-a-Chug
Jessie Bear’s Tum Tum Tickle
Jessie Bear’s Wiggle-Jiggle Jump-Up
Let’s Count It Out, Jessie Bear

Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear!

“Froggy” books by Jonathan London:
Froggy Gets Dressed
Froggy Eats Out
Froggy Goes to School
Froggy's First Kiss
Let's Go, Froggy!
Froggy Goes to Bed
Froggy Learns to Swim
Froggy Plays Soccer
Froggy's Best Christmas
Froggy Bakes a Cake
Froggy Rides a Bike
Froggy's Sleepover
Froggy's Day with Dad
Froggy Goes to the Doctor

“Frances” books by Russell Hoban
Bedtime for Frances
A Baby Sister for Frances
Bread and Jam for Frances
A Birthday for Frances
Best Friends for Frances
A Bargain for Frances

“Poinsettia” books by Felicia Bond
Poinsettia and the Firefighters
Poinsettia and Her Family

“Harry” books by Gene Zion
Harry the Dirty Dog
Harry by the Sea
Harry and the Lady Next Door
No Roses for Harry!

“Henry” books by Mark Taylor (These books are all out of print.)
Henry the Explorer
Henry Explores the Jungle
Henry Explores the Mountains
Henry and the Castaways
The Case of the Missing Kittens
The Case of the Purloined Compass

“If You …” books by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If You Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
If You Take a Mouse to School
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies
If You Give a Pig a Party

Beatrix Potter Tales (Just a few mentioned here.)
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies
The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck
The Tale of Two Bad Mice

“Very …” books by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Busy Spider
The Very Quiet Cricket Board Book
The Very Lonely Firefly
The Grouchy Ladybug
Eric Carle's Very Little Library

“Harold” books by Crockett Johnson
Harold and the Purple Crayon
A Picture for Harold's Room
Harold at the North Pole
Harold's Fairy Tale
Harold's Circus
Harold's Trip to the Sky

The Popcorn Dragon, by Jane Thayer

The Toolbox , by Ann and Harlow Rockwell

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood

No Dragons for Tea, by Jean Pendziwol

Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Here Are My Hands by John Archambault

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr

The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight by Ogden Nash

Inch by Inch by David Mallet

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Ollie Forgot by Tedd Arnold (out of print)

The Biggest Bed in the World by Lindsay Camp (out of print)

Books by Verla Kay
Homespun Sarah
Covered Wagons, Bumpy Trails
Orphan Train
Tattered Sails
Iron Horses
Gold Fever
Broken Feather

The Progress of the Pilgrim Mouse by Linda and Alan Parry (An adaptation of John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress for young children.)

Dog Food, Gus and Button, Food For Thought, One Lonely Sea Horse, How Are You Peeling?,
Play With Your Food, Baby Food, Fast Food and other must-see- books by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers.

George and Matilda Mouse and the Dolls’ House, Matilda Mouse’s First Adventure, George Mouse Learns to Fly, George and Matilda Mouse and the Floating School, George and Matilda Mouse and the Moon Rocket, and others in the series by Heather Buchanan (These titles are out of print.)

Brambly Hedge Books: The Complete Brambly Hedge Series, Summer Story, Autumn Story, Winter Story, Spring Story, by Jill Barklem

Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne

The Complete Adventures of Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey.

Books by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Paint
Mouse Count
Mouse Magic (out of print)
Hop Jump
Dot and Jabber and the Great Acorn Mystery
Dot and Jabber and The Mystery of the Missing Stream
Dot and Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery

Jam and Jelly by Holly and Nellie by Gloria Whelan

E. B. White Boxed Set contains these three beloved classics: Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, and Stuart Little.

Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

(For other great books for this age group see the Caldecott Medal Winners.)

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