Studio 5: 10 Classic Children’s Books Every Family Should Own

It’s really hard to chose only ten classic children’s books – there are so many wonderful books for kids. But since I had to narrow it down, here are ten of my  and my kids’ favorites that are also tried and true best sellers for decades.

Studio 5 also made an adorable printable gift tag to use when giving these books as gifts. To download visit STUDIO5. KSL.COM.


1. The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

Every family library should include several Dr. Seuss books. Make sure you include his fabulous picture books as well as some I Can Read beginner books, such as Green Eggs and Ham, which are great for early readers.


2. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Loaded with imagination. A great pick for little boys.

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3. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Shel Silvertein’s funny, quirky poems are a staple of every childhood.

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4. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Funny, engaging, and some of the best books for kids.

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5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

The most favorite bedtime story of all time.

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6. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Great repetitive text and trouble with monkeys.


7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Everyone loves the hungry caterpillar who eats his way through the week.

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8. Curious George and the Library by Margret and H.A. Rey

What childhood would be complete without the mischief of George.


9. Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko

Robert Munsch’s books are always a riot.


10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz

Everybody has a bad day. Kids love to see just how bad Alexander’s gets.




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