This is our list of the 23 Best Children’s Books of All Time Ages 2-7. This list is has been compiled using some of the internet’s most reliable sources. You may view these sources at the end of this post. We hope you find your next great read and remember to bookmark this page for future reference. This list is in no particular order.
Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
This is a story about a disobedient little boy with a vivid imagination named Max. One day Max upsets his mother by running around in an animal costume, refusing to sit down and do as she says. When Max is sent to his room he imagines a magical forest where the Wild Things live. The Wild Things are fearsome destructive monsters who would normally eat little children, but Max conquers them by staring them in their eyes and they crown him King of the Wild Things. As king, the Wild Things must listen to Max and follow his advice to solve all of their problems. When Max discovers that he is lonely and home sick he decides to go back home where his mother and his dinner are still waiting for him.
A classic bedtime story and one of our best children’s books of all time about a little bunny saying goodnight to everything around him. The story is written in poem form and although the story line is centered in only one room, the illustrations in the book vary from page to page. The clock changes form page to page. The room grows darker as you read on. The moon begins to rise in the window. The books on the bookshelf change and have different titles on different pages. There are many more details the reader or the child can point out which makes the book a lot of fun.
One of the most popular children’s books ever written and one of the best books in teaching your children to read, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is a stepping stone in a young child’s life. With large, easy to read words it is perfect for new readers. The book has over 225 words including the days of the week, counting, and an abundance of different foods as a hungry little caterpillar eats his way into becoming a beautiful butterfly.
“Guess How Much I Love You” is a simple children’s book yet very cute and has been published in over 37 languages and sold over 20 million copies. It is a story about two Hares. Little Hare and Big Hare. It is assumed that they are father and son, but this is never actually said in the book. It starts with Little Hare asking Big Hare “Guess how much I love you” and Big Hare’s response as the two go back and forth with larger and larger quantities of how much they love each other.
The Lorax published in 1971 is another one of Dr. Seuss’s educational books full of mythical made up creatures and places, teaching about protecting the environment. The story starts of with a little boy who happens upon a being called the Once-ler. The once-ler begins telling the tale of how he first came to the area and the foliage was full of brown Bar-ba-Loots who ate truffula fruit from the local trees and how he began cutting down the trees to create a Thneed, a fine thing that all people need. The poetic story goes on to explain that demand grows and then more and more trees are cut down and all the forest animals had to find food elsewhere and the Once-ler now knows better from advice from the Lorax and encourages the little boy to plant seeds and help things to grow again.
“The Cat in the Hat” is a story about two little children, bored at home alone on a rainy day when the cat in the hat mysteriously arrives and creates a rukus and a big mess. When their mother comes home the Cat in the Hat helps them to clean up their room in his own fun and quirky way through rhyming and games.
The “Curious George” books were first created in 1941 and have since been published all over the world in different languages and with different titles yet following the same story lines. The first “Curious George book starts off with George, a little brown monkey with no known species, in Africa where the Man with the Yellow hat comes to take him away to live in “the big city” at the zoo. The second book came out in 1947 and starts off with George living in the zoo, escaping, and then coming to live with “the man in the yellow hat” at his home. All the Curious George books thereafter follow George and his adventures with “The Man in the Yellow Hat”.
The Giving Tree is one of Shel Silverstein’s most well known books and one of our favorite children’s books of all time, has been translated into almost 30 languages. It is about a growing boy and his tree. The tree has always been there for the little boy and gave him whatever he asked. The tree gave the boy branches to swing on, shade, apples to eat, and branches to build a home. One day the boy needed the tree’s trunk in order to build a boat and sail away. Now just a stump, years later the old man returns and the tree has nothing to give. But the old man doesn’t need much, only a place to sit and rest. The story ends with both the old man and the tree happy that they could help each other.
This story is the first of many Beatrix Potter children’s books and one of the best selling books of all time selling over 45 million copies and translated into 36 languages. It is a story of a little rabbit named Peter and his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. One day when Peter’s mother was out shopping, and his sisters were picking blackberries, even though his mother forbid him, Peter went into Mr. Mcgregor’s vegetable garden and ate and ate until he felt ill. Mr Mcgregor chased Peter out of his garden and gave him a warning in the form of a scarecrow if he ever returned. Peter was put to bed with tea while his sisters enjoyed a yummy meal. The Beatrix Potter books are warm and cuddly with simple yet classy illustrations with minimal coloring.
This book is great for children just learning to read and learn about different animals, or children that are not the most advanced readers. This is a colorful book with “Brown Bear” depicting what he sees as the animals in the book become stranger and stranger in color and form. Reading this book to your children will teach them all about rhyming through repetition and help them to learn primary colors. Great for children around 10 months all the way through kindergarten.
One day a boy is given a velveteen rabbit to replace one of his misplaced toys. Soon the boy and the rabbit are inseparable but the rabbit wants to learn how to become real like all the other rabbits in the woods. While speaking to the skin horse, the velveteen rabbit is told that the only way he can become real is if his owner really truly loves him, which he did. After the boy became ill with Scarlet fever, all of the boy’s toys were meant to be burned to rid his nursery of disease. When the rabbit cried a real tear, the nursery fairy kissed his nose and told him that he was only real to the boy, but she now made him real to everyone else. A classic children’s story of love and companionship.