Nothing can help you build a bond with your children than a well written and entertaining book. Of course, this is not the only reason to grab copies of colorful kids’ books. Reading to and with your children equally helps them develop a love of written word aside from helping them understand concepts better. Some authors come and go; there are also children’s books that are read once and put away.
However, there are those unique books, creatively written by well-renowned authors to create an exciting scene that your little one will want to read over and over. Unfortunately, the list may be endless thus giving you a daunting task to find a few that you can read to your kids. For this reason, we have a list of the 20 best books for kids that are not only entertaining but equally educative.
1. Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner
What better way to teach your 8-year old the history of the nation than with this colorful book from the radio talk show host and writer Rush Limbaugh. Grab a copy of this book and take your young reader to an exciting historical trip to see America’s most iconic symbols up close.
Rush Revere, his horse Liberty, and the time-travelling crew will show you the past full of heroes and extraordinary citizens who will teach your 8-year old about patriotism. Bring along your curiosity, jump back in the saddle and learn from this time-travelling crew.
2. Dear Zoo
Much as this book is nearly 25 years old, Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo still stands out to be the best seller in children’s books. The book has an updated look and is ideal for children between 1 and 4 years. It has simple text with repeating phrases making it perfect for a pre-reader.
Dear Zoo is a delightful kid’s book that narrates the story of a youngster looking for a perfect pet. You’ll want to give it to your little ones especially if they have a love for animals.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
This gorgeously illustrated and brilliantly innovative book will undoubtedly find its way into your child’s heart. The twenty-fifth edition of Eric Carle’s classic tale tells of a hungry caterpillar eating hi way through the days of the week and finally transforming into a beautiful butterfly.
Eric Carle, in this book, clearly dramatized the metamorphosis of a butterfly in bold, colorful pictures and large simple text. This picture book will not only delight the very youngest reader, but it will also teach him the days of the week while learning the transformation of a caterpillar.
4. Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes
Rob and Elliot’s book stands out as the best seller in kid’s Joke and Riddle books. Moreover, this book has sold more than 1.5 million copies and received great reviews from different platforms.
You won’t stop laughing with Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes. The book has hundreds of jokes and tongue twisters that will undoubtedly have your kids rolling on the floor. It is the best book to purchase for your seven-year-old comedian at home
5. Lost Ocean
This book not only invites you to a magical journey beneath the waves but equally introduces you to the coloring world regardless of age. Readers will have the opportunity to meet curious octopuses, seahorses, and exotic fish through pen and ink illustrations.
Johanna Basford, the author of two previously bestselling books Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, invites old and newcomers to take this inky creative journey while visiting barnacle-studded shipwrecks and discovering pirate treasures. The book Lost Ocean has glossy pages allowing you the opportunity to use colored pencils or pens without feathering the surface.
6. Little Blue Truck
Little Blue Truck is a 30-page book for kids that come with a downloadable party kit to add even more fun. Meet Blue, a small pickup that gets stuck on a muddy country road but fortunately finds his way back on the road with the help of farm animal friend he made along his route.
This book is full of track sounds and animal noises you’ll enjoy reading with your little over and over. Moreover, Alice Schertle teaches on the power of friendship and the reward of helping others making it an educative and motivating reading material.
7. Giraffes Can’t Dance
Giles Andreae narrates a touching tale of a giraffe named Gerald who wishes for nothing more than to know how to dance. In his book, Giraffes Can’t Dance; Giles gives an inspirational story that will touch the heart of every child who dreams of greatness.
With his crooked knees and thin legs, Gerald receives a lot of mocking from other animals until he receives some encouraging words from an unusual friend. This book is suitable for children between 3 and 6 years and will teach any insecure young reader that all they need is to find their internal harmony.
8. First 100 Words
Author Roger Priddy has a great passion for teaching children through fun and engaging books. Your preschooler will surely have a lot to learn from his book, First 100 Words, which uses 100 color photographs and 100 simple words. This bright board book will teach your little one some essential first words and pictures. First 100 Words is made from tough board pages that make reading fun and long while preventing it from tearing easily.
9. The Care and Keeping of You
This is a body book for young girls from 8 years written by Valorie Schaefer that educates them on proper health. This new version has new illustrations and updated content that features how-tos, tips and a few facts from experts.
Young girls will be able to learn about their changing body whether its periods, pimples, bad breath and a lot more. This book helps young girls feel comfortable with themselves and equips them with general knowledge about their body and how to deal with any changes that occur.
10. The Day the Crayons Quit
Poor Duncan needs to find a way to appease his crayons and get them to do what they know how to do best. His crayons are on strike. When he opens his desk one morning, he finds letters in their place all speaking the same language: they are tired. Black feels misunderstood, peach is naked, and beige is bored.
Drew Daywalt’s story of these rogue crayons will undoubtedly get your children laughing. Further, the illustrations by Oliver Jeffers match these colors’ personalities very beautifully making this book more than a delight. Your child will imagine his humorous conversation with crayons after reading this bestselling book.
11. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Among other loved and short stories for children is Bill Martin’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This book has long been used as a beginning reader’s book with all the rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. You’ll be introduced to a new animal on each page which will nudge you onward to meet another creature, for instance, “Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me.” You’ll child will truly be able to learn with these identifiable images and rhythmic repetition so be sure to grab them a copy of Bill Martin’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
12. Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are, is a book that tells a tale of fun and suspense created by well-renowned author Maurice Sendak. His book has received a lot of praise and is among the best stories for kids till date. This book shows children how imagination can allow for an escape from life’s doldrums.
It equally gives a moving testament to family love when Max’s mother saved him hot dinner after returning from his reverie. You’ll want to get this book for your children where adventure, fun, and artwork are all wrapped.
Your child will never get tired of Don Freeman’s toy-comes-alive tale that has a happy ending. Corduroy is a children’s book with brightly colored pictures that will catch any youngster’s attention.
It narrates the story of a stuffed bear that waits hopefully in a toy department store until it finds its way home with a little girl, Lisa. This 32-page book will catch your child’s attention they’ll want to hear more of Corduroy’s adventure. The book equally has a small edition included which is portable enough to carry on the go.
14. From Head to Toe
You wouldn’t want to miss having renowned author Eric Carle’s books on your bookshelf. His wild imagination and great illustrations allow him to teach children through fun and educative children’s books. From Head to Toe, a book by Eric Carle is an interactive story that invites children to imitate animal movements.
This book is quite inviting and interactive that will create fun around the house with the kids jiggling, and giggling while trying to keep up with the animals. What’s more, young children will be able to learn skills like attentive listening, following instructions and attention-focus as they play. Eric’s book, From Head to Toe additionally helps children understand basic body parts and movements.
15. Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
This is another book by Bill Martin that ranks as the best books for kids. Just like Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? This book conversely helps children as they begin reading through rhymes, repetition, and rhythm.
This book now offers sounds with the polar bear hearing a lion roaring who in turn hears a hippopotamus snorting.
Much as the format is the same to his previous book, Bill Martin's pictures are even more beautiful and quite appealing to your child’s eyes. It features huge animals that fill the double-page spread all glowing with bright colors.
16. Curious George: 75th Anniversary Edition
This book is best for children between 4-8 and comes with a downloadable audio read. The special anniversary cover makes this new edition worth your money and worth reading. Read with your little one about George, an inquisitive monkey who wreaks havoc on a city unintentionally by poking into things.
17. Are You My Mother?
Are You My Mother? is a must-buy book for beginning readers and baby shower gifts as it sends a message of the timeless bond between a mother and her child. Help the baby bird as he goes in search of his mother despite not knowing what she looks like.
The baby bird meets a hen, a kitten, a snort and a dog in his journey. This beginner’s book is well illustrated and written in simple words that might encourage children to read on their own.
18. Dr. Seuss’s ABC
Dr. Seuss’s ABC, I can Read it All By Myself is perhaps the most entertaining alphabet children’s book ever written and published. This beginner book is the best for any child learning ABC. It features funny and fantastic characters including a lazy lion licking a lollipop.
This book is an a must have in your child’s library amid all the available alphabet kid’s books. The rhythmic rhymes that are quite easy to memorize and the repetitive use of letter will help your young reader-to-be learn and practice through Dr. Seuss’s ABC.
19. Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham has over the years remained a delightful a must read books for kids. Dr. Seuss introduces us to Sam-I-am, a persistent telemarketer who changes many variables in the hopes of convincing us that green eggs and ham are a delicacy to be savored.
As usual, Dr. Seuss wacky rhymes and illustrations will draw more and more children to this book, making them read it over and over. Enjoy this book with your child and read on as the Sam’s lists gets longer and longer.
20. Go, Dog Go
P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog Go has been children’s favorite read for years, and this is no surprise. His book offers life lessons and literary instructions in a single simply worded package written in rhythmic repetition.
Every detail in this book represents the world’s diversity a child will find making it an ideal beginner’s book for your little one. The colored illustrations and simple phrases add life to this book and will make your children laugh.
While the list is endless, hopefully, our top 20 best children’s book will help you find books for kids worth reading and worth your money. Children need books not only as a source of entertainment but equally as a way to learn how to read and life lessons. This is why our top 20 kid’s books were chosen to not only entertain but equally educate.