20 Classic Books To Read To Your Child

Happy Throwback Thursday!

It’s List of the Day time again and I wanted to take the time to revisit all the books I loved as a child.  I read to my son every night and the last time we were at the library I picked up some of the classics that I read when I was a child.  These books had such great messages and yes, they were a little cornier back then, but I loved them back then and reading them again makes me realize how well they stand the test of time.

The Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Rabbit

A Wrinkle in Time


The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

Stuart Little


The Boxcar Children


Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon



The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle

Dr. Dolittle

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

If you give a mouse a cookie

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the wild things are

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hungry Caterpillar

James and the Giant Peach


The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe


The Giver

The Giver

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

The Wind in the Willows


These are just a few of the classics that my son loves me to read to him. I know that I love to read and I want him to love it as much as I do.

What are some of your favorite classics to add to this list?

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39 thoughts on “20 Classic Books To Read To Your Child

    1. I know, I think in the beginning it was more for me when I started reading these books. My son was so small when I started this that I’m sure he didn’t know what I was reading, so I was reading something that I would enjoy too. Now he enjoys them, so thats an added bonus.

  1. I love this! The Shel Silverstein books were favorites of mine, I think I still have my copies! I forgot about the Wrinkle In Time books, I remember really enjoying those so I’ll need to look for them again!

  2. I used to love The Very Hungry Caterpillar when I was little. Some others I enjoyed Oh, The Places You’ll Go, Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see?, Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and I am sure there are a lot more.

    1. Those are some great classics too. I knew I was missing a lot+. Oh, The Places You’ll Go was one of my favorites too, but I haven’t had much luck reading him Dr. Seuss. He always stops me to read a different story.

  3. So many great books! We don’t have kids yet, but I still reference some of them (mostly If you Give a Mouse a Cookie). My husband is Cuban and he didn’t grow up with these books, so I’m always telling him about them as an adult!

  4. I loved many of these books as a child, but my all-time favorite is Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. I still pull it out and read it from time to time!

  5. Sigh this whole list just makes me smile and they all have different memories for me w/my 4 kids. My 13 yr old I still call him Ferdinad the Bull because of his just sit and smell the flowers attitude he has!

  6. We already own a few of these books. Corduroy and Goodnight Moon are favorites in our home. I want to get the Boxcar Children series to read to them when they are a little older too.

  7. My little one is just six months old but I’ve been trying to build a solid book collection for her. Hoping to instill a love of literature from a young age! This is great list. I had forgotten about some of these classics! Thanks for the reminder!

  8. This is a great list! I remember reading a lot of these when I was younger, so sharing with my daughter will be very special! We actually just read “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” the other night 🙂

  9. This is a great list, I read a lot of these when I was younger too. My daughter also loves the Dr Suess books as much as I used to and recently I tried reading her The Secret Garden – it was my favourite book. She’s not ready for it yet (she’s only 4) but she likes the condensed version we have.

  10. We’ve read a lot of these but not all of them. We’re currently reading The Sign of the Beaver, just finished Caddie Woodlawn, and we have the Bronze Bow next in our stack. Pinning this list!

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