Book Lists


Children's Classics: A Booklist for Parents

Classical Reader



  • Animal Homes (Lift-the-Flap Learners), by Debbie Martin and others
  • Animal Homes (Pop-Up Action Book Series) by Alice Jablonsky
  • Cactus Hotel (An Owlet Book), by Brenda Z. Guiberson
  • Life in a Wetland (Living in a Biome), by Carol K. Lindeen
  • Starfish (Let's-read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melvin Berger
  • Storm on the Desert, by Carolyn Lesser
  • Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs, by Patricia Lauber

Human Body:

  • The Busy Body Book, by Lizzy Rockwell 
  • The Circulatory System (Human Body Systems), by Helen Frost
  • The Digestive System (Human Body Systems), by Helen Frost 
  • Eat Healthy, Feel Great, by William Sears, M.D., Martha Sears, R.N., and Christie Watts Kelly
  • Eating Well (Looking After Me), by Liz Gogerly and Mike Gordon 
  • First Encyclopedia of the Human Body (DK First Reference Series)
  • Germs Make Me Sick!, by Melvin Berger
  • Healthy Eating (Science Everywhere!), by Helen Orme 
  • Hear Your Heart (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science: Stage 1), by Paul Showers
  • How Does Your Brain Work (Rookie Read-About Health), by Don L. Curry 
  • How to Stay Healthy (I Know That!), by Claire Llewellyn
  • It’s Catching: Colds, by Angela Royston
  • Louis Pasteur, by Kremena Spengler
  • The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body, by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
  • Me and My Amazing Body, written and illustrated by Joan Sweeney 
  • The Muscular System (Human Body Systems), by Helen Frost 
  • My Body (Science Books S), by Patty Carratello
  • My First Visit to the Doctor, by Eve Marleau and Michael Garton 
  • My Healthy Body, by Bobbie Kalman
  • The Nervous System (Human Body Systems), by Helen Frost
  • Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good For You!, by Tish Rabe 
  • The Skeletal System (Human Body Systems), by Helen Frost 
  • Stay Fit (Snap Books: Healthy Me), by Sara R. Hunt 
  • Think, Think, Think: Learning About Your Brain (Amazing Body), by Hill Nettleton 
  • What Happens to a Hamburger? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2), by Paul Showers


  • Each Orange Had 8 Slices, by Paul Giganti
  • Math Fables: Lessons that Count, by Greg Tang
  • Monster Math School Time (Hello Math Reader Level 1), by Grace Maccarone
  • One Hundred Hungry Ants, by Elinor J. Pinczes
  • One More Bunny, by Rick Walton
  • Safari Park, by Stuart J. Murphy
  • 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, by Eric Carle
  • 100th Day Worries, by Margery Cuyler
  • Animal Numbers, by Bert Kitchen
  • Anno's Counting Book, by Mitsumasa Anno
  • Blast Off! A Space Counting Book, by Norma Cole
  • City by Numbers, by Stephen T. Johnson
  • Counting (Mighty Math), by Sara Pistoia
  • Counting Rhymes, compiled by John Foster
  • The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins
  • Eating Fractions, by Bruce McMillan
  • How Many How Many How Many, by Rick Walton
  • Numbers: Counting It Up, by Lisa Campbell Ernst
  • What Comes in 2's, 3's, and 4's?, by Suzanne Aker
  • When Sheep Cannot Sleep: The Counting Book, by Satoshi Kitamura
  • Is it Larger? Is it Smaller?, by Tana Hoban
  • Just Enough Carrots, by Stuart J. Murphy
  • Millie's Math House, by Edmark
  • Pattern Bugs, by Trudy Harris
  • The Secret Birthday Message, by Eric Carle


  • As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps, by Gail Hartman
  • Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary, by Jack Knowlton
  • How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman
  • MacMillan First Atlas, by Nicola Wright and others
  • Mapping Penny's World, by Loreen Leedy
  • Our World: A Child's First Picture Atlas (National Geographic Society, 2000)


  • A Child's Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Eloise Wilkin's Poems to Read to the Very Young, illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
  • Favorite Poems Old and New
  • Flicker Flash, by Joan Bransfield Graham
  • The Jesse Willcox Smith Mother Goose: A Careful and Full Selection of the Rhymes, illustrated by Jesse Willcox Smith
  • Listen My Children: Poems for First Graders, Core Knowledge Foundation
  • The Oxford Nursery Treasury, by Ian Beck
  • When We Were Young, by A.A. Milne