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.

Great Read-Alouds

The following children’s literature can be used as read-alouds when the children are small and as readers when they are learning to read.

The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
Goodnight Moon
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If Your Give a Moose a Muffin
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh
The Complete Adventures of Curious George
Katy and the Big Snow
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
The Little House
Blueberries for Sal
Make Way for Ducklings
A Time of Wonder
One Morning in Maine
Fritz and the Beautiful Horse
Caps for Sale
The Story About Ping
The Story of Ferdinand
Bread and Jam for Francis
A Bargain for Francis
Read Aloud Bible Stories

Favorite Books for All Ages

The Book of Virtues
William Bennett, former Secretary of Education, has collected hundreds of stories from great literature that help children understand and develop character. Stories are grouped around character qualities such as respons-ibility, courage, honesty, etc. Available in paperback or hardcover.

The Children’s Book of Virtues
is an illustrated adaptation of The Book of Virtues for younger children. It makes a perfect companion to the original.

Favorite Poems Old and New
This thick, hardcover book contains all the old favorites for children as well as newer, not-so-well-known selections. Over seven hundred to choose from make this a comprehensive volume for all ages.

The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos
This classic story Bible reads like good literature while staying true to the biblical text. It also gives historical perspective to each story and background information that helps the story come to life. We consider this the best story Bible available. All ages.

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