We’ve done the heavy digging to find the TOP rated children books of ALL time for ages 0 to 11 years. Top-Rated-Children-Books

Whether you are looking for the best toddler books, picture books, or the most popular, we’ve got you covered!

This list has a story for all personality types and learning levels.

From heartwarming, to important life lessons, silly moments, and everything else in between, your soul will feel uplifted.

Here are the TOP 35 rated and reviewed children’s books in order from youngest to oldest.

Enjoy. 🙂

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Ages 0 to 3 Years)

By: Eric Carle


This #1 selling children’s books follows the life cycle of a caterpillar.

From the start of an egg to an emerging beautiful butterfly, the interactive story teaches you the days of the week and how to count up to five.

Final Verdict: The book is the perfect size for little hands and early learners.

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Kindness Is My Superpower (Ages 0 to 11 Years)

By: Alicia Ortego 


As the title portrays, this book is ALL about kindness.

Through gentle rhymes and beautiful illustrations, the story explains that it is ok to make a mistake and say I’m sorry.

Final Verdict: Kids learn by example and that is exactly what this book teaches, how to be kind and caring.

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The Snowy Day (Ages 2 to 5 Years)

By: Ezra Jack Keats 


The book takes you back to 1962, where a young boy named Peter steps outside into a winter wonderland.

Through the eyes of Peter, we experience what it is like in his snowy new world.

Final Verdict: This makes the perfect read to cozy up together on a cold winter day by a fire or with a cup of hot cocoa.

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

By: Bill Martin Jr.


The simple bold and colorful pages will dazzle your eyes.

The singsong text exposes your child to learning all sorts of things like animals, colors, and words.

Final Verdict: The simple catchy melody and beautiful illustrations makes this one of the BEST toddler books.

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I Love You to the Moon and Back (Ages 2 to 5 Years)

By:  Amelia Hepworth


A bear and her cub begin their day by showing their affection.

This precious gentle rhyme allows you to tell your child just how much you love them!

Final Verdict: A wonderful read along to share the positive affirmations of love.

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Scribble Stones (Ages 2 to 6 Years)

By: Diane Alber


A little stone believes he will become something amazing someday.

He soon realizes he is just a boring paper weight, but that doesn’t stop him.

He is on a BIG mission to become something greater when he meets a couple friends.

Together, they conjure an incredible plan to bring happiness to thousands of people!

Final Verdict: This heartwarming story teaches us to spread kindness to the world.

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What Should Danny Do? (Ages 3 Years and Up)

By: Adir Levy 


This book is part of the “power to choose” series who follows a superhero named Danny.

Are you ready for the BEST part?

As your child navigates through nine different story lines, they will make choices for Danny and shape his day into what it becomes.

Final Verdict: The book teaches us a GREAT lesson…we all have the power to choose.  Our choices shape our days and ultimately what our lives become.

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What Should Darla Do? (Ages 3 Years and Up)

By: Adir Levy


Darla, an energetic youngster, has BIG dreams to become an astronaut.

Her mind is set on traveling to Mars someday.

Similar to “What Should Danny Do?”, your child makes choices for Darla to shape her day the way they want.

The eight storyline choices allow your child to interact and have FUN.

Final Verdict: The story allows you to navigate through relatable scenarios that you face everyday.

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Press Here (Ages 3 to 5 Years)

By: Herve Tullet


An interactive children’s touch book that takes you on a magical journey.

The story instructs the reader to do silly things like press the button, tilt, shake, and MORE.

The anticipation of WHAT happens next, makes this one of the longest-running BEST selling picture books on the New York Times.

Final Verdict: A TOP teacher’s pick, this engaging touch book captivates you from start to finish.

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The Wonky Donkey (Ages 3 to 5 Years)

By: Craig Smith


A hilarious read-a-loud, this book captivates you with the silly commentary written by New Zealander Craig Smith.

The book is based upon a song that Smith wrote in 2005 after hearing the joke “What do you call a donkey with three legs? – A wonky donkey”.

The catchy words at the end of the book about Wonky Donkey a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey WILL bring a smile to your face.

Final Verdict: This is rated a TOP “teacher’s pick” and is for those who want a good laugh.

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The Story of Ferdinand (Ages 3 to 5 Years)

By: Munro Leaf


A peaceful bull who doesn’t want to make waves with anybody, loves his quiet life under his favorite tree.

His bull friends are quite the opposite as they like to run and buck.

As the story progresses, Ferdinand finds himself in an aggressive situation where he refuses to give in and remains his beloved peaceful self.

Final Verdict: The story teaches us the value of peace vs. aggression.  

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Never Let A Unicorn Scribble (Ages 3 to 6 Years)

By: Diane Alber


A little girl hears to “NEVER let a unicorn scribble!”

But why?

Never say never…

The little girl comes up with an ingenious way to get her unicorn to scribble which turns into something VERY magical.

Final Verdict: This is for all the Unicorn lovers and those who enjoy magical moments.

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Never Let A Unicorn Scribble

If Animals Kissed Good Night (Ages 3 to 6 Years)

By: Ann Whitford Paul


A cute story that talks to you from the perspective of an animal.

How would an animal kiss their loved ones goodnight like we do?

Every creature is unique in how they express their affection, now we get to learn about it.

Final Verdict: For the animal lovers or those who like precious moments.

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If Animals Kissed Good Night

The Snail and The Whale (Ages 3 to 7 Years)

By: Julia Donaldson


A tiny snail meets an enormous humpback whale.

They decide to go on an adventure to a far away land.

The snail is elated for the opportunity to travel the world as she has never left home.

The two go on an exciting journey passing volcanoes, icebergs, sharks, and penguins.

BUT as the far away land approaches, the whale gets too close to shore. Will the snail be able to save her new friend?

Final Verdict: For the inquisitive mind who wants to know more about the world.

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The Snail and The Whale

The Day The Crayons Quit (Ages 3 to 7 Years)

By: Drew Daywalt


A beautifully illustrated and humorous book that portrays what a “crayon” thinks.

Sweet Duncan LOVES to color but his crayons have rebelled!

The yellow and orange had a little spat because each believes to be the true color of the sun.

The blue is exhausted from coloring the bodies of water and the black wants to be more than outlining things.

Will Duncan come up with a solution to make his crayons happy?

Final Verdict: A New York Times best-seller and a top “teacher’s pick”, this goofy read is for the little artist.

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The Day The Crayons Quit

The Most Magnificent Thing (Ages 3 to 7 Years)

By: Ashley Spires


The story follows an unnamed girl and her sweet pet dog (who happens to be her bestie).

The girl has brilliant idea…

To make the most MAGNIFICENT thing ever!

BUT she soon realizes the struggles and difficulty she faces while trying to make the MAGNIFICENT thing.

Will she prevail?

Final Verdict: Never give up on your dreams.  It is OK to fail because we learn and grow which makes success that much sweeter.

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Grumpy Monkey (Ages 3 to 7 Years)

By: Suzanne Lang


If you need to figure out HOW to deal with confusing feelings this book will help you navigate those emotions.

A #1 New York Times best-selling picture book series, “Grumpy Monkey” portrays an important life lesson…it is OK to feel the way you feel.

This is a great read to expose your kiddo to by subtly letting them know they are allowed to feel their emotions whether that be good or bad.

Final Verdict: This is a GREAT read on how to navigate your emotions.

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be (Ages 3 to 7 Years)

By: Emily Winfield Martin


In the eyes of a parent, this book depicts all the loving things you think about when you look at your child.

The story is told in a rhythmic rhyme illustrating children who discover themselves.

Do you want to be an actress or maybe in a garage band?

The message is loud and clear that no matter what you become you WILL be loved and accepted.

Final Verdict: The beautiful story celebrates the love a parent has for their child.

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Gruffalo (Ages 3 to 7 Years)

By: Julia Donaldson


A mouse is taking a lovely stroll through the deep dark woods when ALL of a sudden along comes several hungry animals; a fox, an owl, and a snake.

The mouse invents a GREAT idea to protect himself called the Gruffalo!

The BIG scary Gruffalo has arrived with dangerous claws and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose.

No animal will surely mess with the mouse now or will they?

Final Verdict: This is for those who like animals and fun creatures.

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Just Go to Bed (Ages 3 to 7 Years)

By: Mercer Mayer


This goofy bedtime story features Little Critter who does not want to go to bed.

Anything to stall his bedtime is precisely what he will do!

From hopping in the bath, making a fuss to put on his pj’s, or pretending to be a robot are ways Little Critter refuses bedtime.

Final Verdict: This book may be the solution to introducing your child to their very own bedtime routine. 🙂

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Love You Forever (Ages 4 Years and Up)

By: Robert Munsch 


This heart-warming book tells a story of a mother and her newborn son.

Their evolving relationship grows as she sings a sweet song to him.

“I’ll love you forever

I’ll like you for always

As long as I’m living

My baby you’ll be.”

Final Verdict: A nursery staple, this simple four-line poem will have you and your precious one reading or singing together.

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The Good Egg (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Jory John


The good egg is just that, a GOOD egg.

Even though his friends misbehave, he keeps them in line.

BUT the pressure starts to get to him, it is hard trying to be perfect because nobody is perfect.

So enough is enough!

The good egg makes an important life choice, to go on a journey of self discovery and do what it takes to feel self love.

Final Verdict: The charming story encompasses what it is like to finally find happiness and acceptance.

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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Laura Numeroff


A mouse shows up on your doorstep asking for a cookie so you kindly give it to him.

Then, the mouse requests a glass of milk.

You happily oblige.

But THEN the mouse requests a series of other things for you to help him out with…

Final Verdict: A story that prompts great conversation on a variety of topics like selflessness, kindness, and free will.

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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

The Rainbow Fish (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Marcus Pfister


A story that embodies a very simple message: sharing makes us happy.

The Rainbow Fish is a unique fish with shimmery glittery scales.

The other fish admire him and want to be just like him.

So the charming Rainbow Fish learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions.

Final Verdict: This is an appealing read with gorgeous colors and illustrations. Most importantly, spreading the powerful message to share and be kind.

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Where The Wild Things Are (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Maurice Sendak


This top rated children’s book of ALL time has influenced an opera, movie, and captivates both kids and adults.

The imaginative story takes you into the life of a boy named Max.

Max’s mother sends him to bed without any dinner because he was misbehaving.

After Max falls asleep, his room instantly transforms into a moonlit forest surrounded by a huge ocean.

From there the ADVENTURES begin as Max meets the Wild Things who name him King.

Final Verdict: This story will allow your imagination to run wild, LITERALLY and is a fun read for those who like fantasy stories.

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The Invisible String (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Patrice Karst


A mother tells her two children they are connected by an “invisible string”.

The kids feel this is impossible and question “how can we be connected by an INVISIBLE string”?

They want to know more!

The hidden truth is inevitable: the invisible string is made of love.

Final Verdict: A top pick to help a child or adult cope with separation anxiety, loss, and grief. This story unfolds the everlasting bond between loved ones.

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I Promise (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: LeBron James


NBA superstar and champion, Lebron James, is the mastermind behind this endearing story.

The book is inspired by Lebron’s foundation “I Promise” that motivates kids everywhere to never give up and to always strive for GREATNESS.

Final Verdict: If you need a good read that adds fuel to your flame, this book will surely do the trick.

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Strictly No Elephants (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Lisa Mantchev


The local pet club will not take in a young boy’s small pet elephant.

How come?

The boy brushes it off by not taking “no” for an answer.

Instead, he comes up with a solution, one that involves ALL sorts of extraordinary animals.

Final Verdict: This story subtly tells you there is always a solution to a problem, but sometimes we have to think creatively to get there.

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Strictly No Elephants

The Giving Tree (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Shel Silverstein


The gift that keeps on giving is EXACTLY what this classic story portrays.

Written over fifty years ago, The Giving Tree offers the selfless perspective of what it is like to give and how to love in return.

Final Verdict: This is the perfect book to share the uplifting message about the meaning of giving back.

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Dear Girl, (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal


Dear Girl, is a beautiful love letter written for the very special girl in your life.

The book reminds her she is loved, special, powerful, strong, and most importantly, nobody is like her.

Final Verdict: The story encourages self love and to always be yourself no matter what.

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Dear-Girl

Moon! Earth’s Best Friend (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Stacy McAnulty


A charming story about the unbreakable bond between the Moon and the Earth.

They are best friends!

The moon ALWAYS has Earth’s back no matter what and vise versa.

Their friendship lasts an eternity.

Final Verdict: A combination of kid-friendly facts and precious storyline makes this book a TOP “teacher’s pick”.

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The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary (Ages 4 to 8 Years)

By: Robb Pearlman


A kid-friendly spin to mirror the HIT show “The Office”.

Michael Scott is a line leader at Dunder Mifflin Elementary.

BUT there is one TINY problem…

Michael doesn’t know how to lead the line!

What can Michael do to help his peers and be the BEST line leader ever?

Final Verdict: This comical story shares an important life lesson, that we ALL need to ask for help sometimes AND that is perfectly OK to do. 🙂

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What Do You Do With An Idea? (Ages 5 to 8 Years)

By: Kobi Yamada


A child brings an INCREDIBLE idea into the world.

The idea grows bigger and stronger as the child gains courage.

A New York Times BEST seller, this book inspires us to DREAM BIG and allow our ideas to flourish into something wonderful.

Final Verdict: For the dreamers, doers, and anyone who has ever had a BIG idea.

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What Do You Do With An Idea

My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things (Ages 5 to 9 Years)

By: DK


A GREAT first encyclopedia to learn fun facts about the world, planet, people, and animals.

Explore the world through amazing graphics and colorful pages by going back in time.

The encyclopedia encompasses a school’s curriculum providing you engaging facts of history.

From dinosaurs, to cavemen, to how our world works, the information is easily accessible.

Final Verdict: For the curious learners who want to know everything. 🙂

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My Encyclopedia of Very Important Things

How To Catch A Mermaid (Ages 4 to 10 Years)

By: Adam Wallace


A bestselling picture book, this story will challenge your imagination on HOW to catch a mermaid.

Especially one that is quick, clever, and smart!

So how in the world DO you capture her?

Only you can find out.

Final Verdict: For the mermaid fans or those who enjoy underwater sea adventures.

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