Favorites Booklist


Looking for a gift for the kids in your life? Look no further.

We put out a call to RIF coordinators – experts at turning countless reluctant readers into bookworms – and asked them for the best books for kids.

They sent back some great titles. Broken out by likely age groups, we present to you this list of RIF favorites. It’s the ultimate guide for holiday shopping and family reading. Enjoy.

Kindergarten-Second Grade

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz
Are You My Mother?, by P.D. Eastman
Arthur (series), by Marc Brown
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin, illustrated by Eric Carle
Cat in the Hat and assorted Dr. Seuss titles, by Dr. Seuss
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewig
Clifford the Big Red Dog (series), by Norman Bridwell
Curious George (series), by H.A. and Margaret Rey
Don’t Let the Pigeon (series), by Mo Willems
Fancy Nancy (series), by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Fly Guy (series), by Tedd Arnold
Froggy (series), by Jonathan London, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
How Do Dinosaurs …? (series), by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (series), by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Judy Moody (series), by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter Reynolds
Llama, Llama Red Pajama (series), by Anna Dewdney
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Shelia McGraw
No, David! (and others in the series), by David Shannon
Pete the Cat (series), by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
Pinkalicious (series), by Victoria Kann
Skippyjon Jones (series), by Judy Schachner
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak

Third-Fifth Grade

American Girl (series), by Valerie Tripp, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Assorted joke-themed titles
Assorted NBA- and NFL-themed titles
Babymouse, by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Bad Kitty (series), by Nick Bruel
Black Lagoon (series), by Mike Thaler, illustrated by Jared Lee
Bunnicula, by Deborah and James Howe, illustrated by Alan Daniel
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams
Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
Dear Dumb Diary (series), by Jim Benton
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series), by Jeff Kinney
Dork Diaries (series), by Rachel Renee Russell
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
Geronimo Stilton (series), by Geronimo Stilton
Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
Guinness World Records titles, by Guinness World Records
Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
Hunger Games (trilogy), by Suzanne Collins
Magic Tree House (series), by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Matilda and other Roald Dahl titles, by Roald Dahl
Percy Jackson (series), by Rick Riordan
Ramona the Pest, by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Stuart Little, by E.B. White

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