Ms. Katie's Favorite Reads

"I cannot live without books." 

-Thomas Jefferson 

A number of years ago I set out on a project to compile a list of our favorite family reads. The books listed below were all thoroughly enjoyed by my own kids. Finding a genre your child will enjoy can go a long way to inspire a lifelong love for reading - action, adventure, historical, mystery, fantasy, biography - there are so many options! Just like every child is unique, so is their taste in reading. Encourage new choices by listening to an audio book in the car or reading together before bed.  They may even find something new they enjoy! 

Most of the titles below can be found at the public library. If you haven’t discovered your local library’s electronic borrowing system you are seriously missing out! Most libraries use some equivalent of an app called OverDrive and it’s FREE. OverDrive downloads books directly to your Kindle app and guess what?!  They also have HUNDREDS of audiobooks to download as well. I’ve found the larger the branch, the larger the catalog. For example, our local library is in a small city with a modest electronic library. But, the Austin, Texas branch (hello major city!) has a catalog at least four times larger which I can also check out electronic books from. Download access is instant! 

I also love an app called EPIC! This subscription digital lending library is geared towards ages 12 and younger.  What I love about this app is many of the books have a read to me feature that highlights text as it reads aloud. This is an awesome learning tool for beginner readers!  New subscribers get a free trial.

Happy reading!


Picture Books

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

Go, Dog Go by P.D. Eastman

Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywait

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

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel 

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes 

Curious George by H.A. Rey 

Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin

Corduroy by Don Freeman 

Pete the Cat by James Dean 

Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff

The Adventures of Morris the Moose by Bernard Wiseman

Tacky the Penguin by Helen Luster

The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett  

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers 

Put Me In the Zoo by Robery Lopshire 

The Pokey Little Puppy by Sebring Lowry

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

Miss Nelson is Missing by James Marshall 

Zin Zin the Violin by Lloyd Moss


Beginning Chapter

Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

Fluffy Goes to School by Kate McMullan

Calendar Mysteries –by Ron Roy

A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy

Encyclopedia Brown by Donold Sobol

Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborn

The Capital Mysteries by Ron Roy

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

Charlotte’s Webb by E.B. White

The Littles by John Peterson

American Girl Series

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Darr

Socks by Beverly Cleary

Ranger in Time by Kate Messner

The Chocolate Touch by Margot Apple


Chapter Books

 No Talking by Ron Roy

The Name of This Book is a Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

Spy School by  Stuart Gibbs

Ralph Mouse by Beverly Cleary Betty Birney

Ramona by  Beverly Cleary

Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene

Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Mr. Poppers Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater

Who was George Washington? (non-fiction, WHO was series has LOTS of biographies)

Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Boxcar Children –by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis

Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski

Cupcake Club by Sheryl and Carrie Berk

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis


More Advanced Chapter

Peter and The Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson

Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Masterminds by Gordan Korman

Trial of Apollo by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan

Harry Potter by  J.K. Rowling

How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

39 Clues by Rick Riordan

Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart

Crime Travelers by  Paul Aertker

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Swindle by Gordan Korman

Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler


Smells Like Dog series by Suzanne Selfors


Treasure Hunters series by James Patterson


The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann


Frank Einstein series by Jon Scieszka


The Genius Files series by Dan Gutman


Capture the Flag series by Kate Messner



Classics and Award Winners


From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by  E.L. Frankweiler


Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan 

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