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100 of the Best Books for Kids in 2016

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Story time is the most favorite time of the day for both of my boys. It’s something they always look forward to. Whether it’s a story before bed, a chapter before dinner, or a quick read during a break, they never tire of the adventures and characters from their favorite books.

We are always on the lookout for a new and exciting read. With this list of 100 of the Best Books for Kids in 2016, we can find our next favorite to match their reading skills. Books like The Pigeon Needs a Bath, Blizzard, This is a Moose, and Blue on Blue are perfect for my beginning reader.

More advanced books such as The Book with No Pictures, Firebird, Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake, and My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish top the list for my older boy.

This list is full of great books for all ages!

Best Books for Kids


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Books for under two

1. Ten Tiny Toes

2. Toot (Leslie Patricelli board books)

3. If Animals Kissed Good Night

4. Zoom, Zoom, Baby!: A Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books)

5. Moo!

6. The Little Red Box of Bright and Early Board Books (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

7. Tickle (Leslie Patricelli board books)

8. Hot Dog, Cold Dog

9. 1-2-3 Peas (Classic Board Books)

10. Peek-A-Zoo!

11. Planes Go

12. Edgar Gets Ready for Bed: A BabyLit®First Steps Picture Book

13. The Bunny Rabbit Show!

14. Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa!

15. U is for Underwear

16. Mine!

17. Pocket Piggies Colors!: Featuring the Teacup Pigs of Pennywell Farm

18. Dinosaur Parade

19. Books Always Everywhere

20. Early Rider

Best Books for ages 3 to 5

21. Little Humans

22. The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

23. Mix It Up!

24. Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters

25. Have You Seen My Dragon?

26. Uni the Unicorn

27. Blizzard

28. Little Elliot, Big City

29. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

30. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories

31. Flashlight

32. Gaston

33. This Is a Moose

34.100 Things That Make Me Happy

35. Maple

36. Rupert Can Dance

37. Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons

38. A Library Book for Bear (Bear and Mouse)

39. Baby Bear

40. Blue on Blue

Best Books for age 6 to 8

41. The Book with No Pictures

42. The Princess in Black

43. Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One

44. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

45. The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure

46. Firebird

47. The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

48. National Geographic Kids Chapters: The Whale Who Won Hearts: And More True Stories of Adventures with Animals (NGK Chapters)

49. The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

50. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish: The SeaQuel

51. Judy Moody, Mood Martian (Book #12)

52. Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe #1: Moldylocks and the Three Beards (A Branches Book)

53. Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece

54. Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble

55. The Vanishing Coin (Magic Shop Series)

56. Miss Brooks’ Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome)

57. Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

58. Just Grace Gets Crafty (The Just Grace Series)

59. Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake

60. Operation Bunny: Book One (Wings & Co.)

Best Books for ages 9 to 12

61. The Heroes of Olympus Book Five: The Blood of Olympus

62. The Fourteenth Goldfish

63. Greenglass House

64. Rain Reign

65. Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus (Origami Yoda)

66. Timmy Failure: Now Look What You’ve Done

67. The Iron Trial (Book One of Magisterium)

68. The Boundless

69. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

70. The Mark of the Dragonfly

71. The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy)

72. Absolutely Almost

73. The Madman of Piney Woods

74. Nest

75. The Witch’s Boy

76. The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing

77. The Meaning of Maggie

78. Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy)

79. The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone

80. Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Childrens’ Non-Fiction Books

81. Brown Girl Dreaming

82. Animalium (Welcome to the Museum)

83. Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

84. The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond

85. I am Albert Einstein (Ordinary People Change World)

86. 642 Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition

87. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

88. Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog

89. A Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures

90. What Is the Statue of Liberty? (What Was…?)

91. Guys Read: True Stories

92. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

93. National Geographic Kids 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets: Inspiring Tales of Animal Friendship and Four-legged Heroes, Plus Crazy Animal Antics

94. Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer (Step Into Reading, Step 4)

95. Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents

96. Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything

97. Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation.

98. A Baby Elephant in the Wild

99. Leaving China: An Artist Paints His World War II Childhood

100. Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen (Great Idea Series)

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Toni Thomason

Toni is a stay-at-home mom whose life completely revolves around 2 crazy little boys. When she's not defending herself in a light saber battle or saving the day with her little superheroes, she loves crafting and designing things for her house. She loves animals, shopping, traveling and just snuggling on the couch with her family while watching a movie or reading a good book. Catch more of her crazy, hectic life at creativedesignsbytoni.com.