Top 20 Illustrated Books Every Parent Should Read To Their Kids

Story time is one of the things we love to do as a family.  I like sharing the same stories I grew up with, and thought I would share my list of children’s books every parent should read to their kids:

1. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch


Beauty is more than what you see on the surface.  This a book every little girl should read.  It’s about a Princess who outsmarts a dragon to save her prince.

2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss


How do you know you don’t like something, if you haven’t tried it? A silly story with a message: don’t knock it till you try it.

3. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


In an old house in Paris that was covered in vines

Lived twelve little girls in two straight lines

A classic tale of a brave little girl named Madeline, one that most little girls would enjoy.

4. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


And she loved a little boy very, very much -even more than she loved herself.

A great story about the relationship between a boy and tree.  One that teaches the gift of giving.

5. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

A cute story with a silly twist on well-known fairytales like Little Red Riding Hood and The Princess and the Pea.

6. The Swine Snafu by John Bianchi

Just because you’re different, doesn’t mean you can’t be friends.  This funny story is about two families of hogs with opposite lifestyles who come together because their babies may have been switched at birth.

7. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

A wonderful story of a boy and his beloved toy.

8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown


Goodnight stars, Goodnight air, Goodnight noises everywhere.

The perfect bedtime story for little ones.

9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

A beautifully illustrated story about a caterpillar who turns into a butterfly.

10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


A timeless tale of a mischievous boy named Max, who puts on a wolf suit and is taken to a magical place with monsters.

11. Aesop’s Fables by Charles Santore


I love it when there’s a moral of a story.  The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.  Moral: looks are deceiving

12. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard


A fun story about Miss Nelson and the kids in room 207 who misbehave, until one day Miss Nelson goes missing and is replaced by wicked Miss Viola Swamp.

13. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss


A story that never gets old! Dick and Sally are stuck inside on a rainy day with nothing to do, until the Cat in the Hat appears.

14. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

What kid doesn’t like crayons? This is a story about a boy named Harold and his adventures with a purple crayon.

15. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter


Mrs. Rabbit tells her children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, but Peter doesn’t listen and goes anyway. This classic tale teaches children there are consequences to being naughty.

16. Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee


Alligator pie, alligator pie
If i don’t get some, I think I’m gonna die.

A great collection of poems to read to school-aged children.

17. Amelia Bedelia(Series)by Peggy Parish


A funny series about Amelia Bedelia who does EXACTLY what she’s told, but never quite gets it right.

18. Stone Soup by  Marcia Brown


A good fable about three hungry travelers who trick the villagers into giving them some food to make a pot of soup with a large stone in it.

19. Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

A cute story about a mouse who tricks the weasel that wants to turn him into mouse soup.

20. Curious George by H.A. Rey

Who doesn’t love a cute monkey?This is a fun series that little kids can relate to.  It’s about a monkey named Curious who always gets into trouble.

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