What are the best must-read books for children?

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    #1The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 


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    Ángela Baltazar
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Timeless book for my kids to read. They really enjoyed the art and story. Reading this to them really captured their imagination and gave me good memories."
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    #2Where the Wild Things Are

    Where the Wild Things Are
    Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's picture books of all time, written by American author and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

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    Nicole Kim
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I read my son a bedtime story every night, but when we go to the library to select books it is hard pick out a great book from all the choices. I'm looking for some must-read titles to be sure we come home with really great books. I have heard about Where the Wild Things Are, but never read it. I think my son will really like it, so we will definitely look for this title next time we're at the library. It's everything I want - highly rated, relatively classic, and appears to definitely qualify as a must-read."
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    #3Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.


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    Chao Liu
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "One of the most unique and interesting books for young children. It tells the story of a unique friendship that any child can learn from."
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    #4The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 


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    Paul Ray
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Do NOT watch the movie! The original The Lord of the Rings is a must-read for all children. It's a fantasy set in a period sometime around Middle Earth. Without giving too much away, it's definitely worth a read (or a pickup from your local library!)."
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    #5The Chronicles of Narnia

    The Chronicles of Narnia

    This set contains all seven tales of C. S. Lewis' classic The Chronicles of Narnia. The series brings you to Narnia, the magical world filled with talking animals and powerful beasts that is connected to the real world through an unlikely portal.


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    Ralph Williams
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This would be good, probably better if the child has someone reading it to them cause I would consider it to me more young adults"
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    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.


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    Carolyn Watson
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "A wonderful children's book about friendship, social skills & school life. Stanley is wrongfully sent to a detention center for boys, being forced to dig holes. He wonders why though... the warden is looking for something, but what? Good mystery book!"
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    #7The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.


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    Russell Nguyen
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Great little story for children. My mother read it to me every night when I was going to sleep then moved on to the Lord of the Rings. I loved the book as a child and still do. I plan to read it to my kids. "
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    #8The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree

    The Giving Tree is a story of unforgettable perception that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. It's beautifully written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein.


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    Virginia Wilson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a perfect book for must read books for children. It has great morals and is easy to read. It's often taught in middle schools in America, and is well regarded literature."
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    #9The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Dr. Seuss. It tells the story of Dick and Sally, two children who can't find anything to do on a rainy day... Until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears.


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    #10Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland

    Alice in Wonderland is a book by Jane Carruth. It is an adaptation of the original fantasy novel written by Lewis Carol (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). It follows the story of Alice who fell through the rabbit hole.  


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    Megan Salazar
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Alice in Wonderland is that classic book that most people haven't read. It's been a movie for a very long time and most people just opt for watching it. The book is filled with childlike wonder and some tense moments. It's a book everyone should read, especially kids or parents to their kids."
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    #11A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.

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    Raúl Contreras
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "What more needs to be said about A Wrinkle in Time? It's a book I read when I was a young kid and it still stands up for me."
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    #12To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Gloria Nichols
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "It may be a bi of a stretch for an elementary aged kid, but this is a read that any young reader should spend some time with. There is something about reading the classics at an early age that helps shape a young mind. "
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    #13The Secret Garden (Children's Classics)

    The Secret Garden (Children's Classics)

    The Secret Garden (Children's Classics) is a novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden (Children's Classics) was published by Children's Classics.


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    Eugene Simmons
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "So I was looking for the best must-read books for children and for that I checked out The Secret Garden (Children's Classics). I loved it! it honestly got me out of my depression i love the story."
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    #14The Case of the Invisible Cat (Clue)

    The Case of the Invisible Cat (Clue)

    The Case of the Invisible Cat is the third book in the mystery children's fiction series Clue written by A.E. Parker and Eric Weiner. With over 100 pages, this book is published in 1992 by Scholastic.


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    Thomas Nelson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I'm going to be watching my brother's children for a few weeks so I came here looking for the best must-read books for children. I was told to get The Case of the Invisible Cat (Clue). The kids loved it so much they keep reading it over and over every night!"
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    #15I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

    I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew

    I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew: Yellow Back Book is a children's picture books written by Dr. Seuss, also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel. First published in 1965, this book is published in 2004 by Collins.


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    Diya Balasubramanium
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Dr. Seuss never lets us down. This book shows youngsters that if we have problems we need to face up to them. "
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    #16Mr. Tickle

    Mr. Tickle

    Mr. Tickle is the first book in the Mr. Little series written by Roger Hargreaves that tells a story of Mr. Tickle. He woke up in the morning and realized that the day is a ticklish day so he went around town tickling people. 


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    Samantha Shaw
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "All children need to read this book! Not only are the illustrations adorable, but they are just incredibly fun reads for kids and the adults who read it to them. I also like the Mr. Bump book from the same series - totally recommended by my kids! "


Best What are the best must-read books for children
1The Little PrinceBooks 34 Paid
2Where the Wild Things AreBooks 30 Paid
3Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 27 Paid
4The Lord of the RingsBooks 25 Paid
5The Chronicles of NarniaBooks 24 Paid
6HolesBooks 22 Paid
7The HobbitBooks 18 Paid
8The Giving TreeBooks 18 Paid
9The Cat in the HatBooks 16 Paid
10Alice in WonderlandBooks 8 Paid

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