Top 10 Children's Books for Read Across America Day


Tomorrow is Read Across America Day! To celebrate, we’re bringing you 10 of our favorite children’s books for you to read with your little ones. Many of which, you’ll see, are classics that you might have read when you were a child – what a fun way to spend some time with your kids! 

From the classics to the new guys, these books are a great way to get your kiddos reading and celebrate with thousands of others for Read Across America Day.


1.  The Lorax by Dr. Suess 

An environmentally conscious classic by Dr. Suess himself. The whimsical narration and the colorful pictures are attractive for kids of all ages. 

2.  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein 

You may remember this one from your childhood – the classic story that teaches kids about the gift of giving and thankfulness. With a hint of tenderness, this touching story relates to kids of all ages. 

3. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

This charming story shows you just how far your imagination can take you as Harold dreams and creates with his purple crayon. Full of cute little twists and turns that both you and your kids will love. 

4. Corduroy by Don Freeman

A classic story of a small teddy bear waiting for a child’s friendship. This sweet tale has been around for 50 years and is still a kid’s favorite today. 

5.  Olivia by Ian Falconer

Everyone’s favorite little pig who teaches kids to dream big, have no fear, and be confident in yourself. This adorable story speaks to real-life tendencies of young kids that you might find hilarious, and the kids will find the simple format of text and pictures very satisfying. 

6. The Story of Ferdinand  by Munro Leaf

The story of the world’s most beloved little bull. Ferdinand isn’t like most bulls, he is peaceful, gentle, and compassionate. A big take away from this book is you can’t judge a book by its cover.

7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

One of the best loved children’s books of all time full of imagination and creativity. This book has inspired people for 50 years and continues to do so. Carry on the tradition with your kids and read this classic with them. 

8.  Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

A comedic tale about Alexander and his truly terrible day that just seems to be getting worse. It’s been a classic for almost 40 years, and your kids will enjoy it still today.

9. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

A classic children’s book series that’s hilarious and timeless. Read about how Amelia navigates the English language through hilarious scenes that even adults will appreciate. 

10.  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

What really happened to the three little pigs? Finally hear the other side of the story from the wolf himself.  


I’m sure you have your favorite books from when you were a kid. You’re probably thinking of happy memories reading endearing stories like these with your parents. So, tomorrow of all days is a great day to start making those memories with your kids.


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