Ages Growing up is a difficult part of life, but if you had the chance to stay young forever, would you?
50 Popular Picture Books from the 80s & 90s To Read To Your Kids
When year-old Winnie Foster meets the peculiar Tuck family deep in the woods near her home, they share the secret of a magical fountain with her—one that would allow her to freeze her childhood eternally. Ages 9— Oh how Peter wishes he could whistle for his dog! He tries and tries but nothing comes out, in this beautifully illustrated story by The Snowy Day author Ezra Jack Keats. Ages 1—4.
That is, until they make a deal that helps him see the true meaning of kindness and wealth. A ten-year-old boy with a constellation of facial deformities struggles to navigate school for the first time. He braves comments from bullies about his appearance, but makes some true friends who defend him against the hurtful whispers. Celebrated author and illustrator, Patricia Polacco, tells the story of her personal struggle with dyslexia and the teacher who gave her the courage to persevere. Any kids who have been frustrated with learning hurdles will love reading about fifth-grader Trisha and patient Mr.
Falker, who helps her to work through the frustrations of her disability. Ages 5 to 8. After his mother is killed by a hunter, Babar runs away from the wild—in the process, he meets a very sweet old lady. With her help, he returns to the forest and picks up a royal title! She has two elbows, two pets…she even has two mommies! The original title has been followed by over 40 books, which are still being printed.
There is no surefire method to teach kids about the Holocaust but Lowry's gentle story of bravery and heroism resonates with readers everywhere for its candor and sensitivity. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Little Red Riding Hood references throughout. Ages 6 and up. Stories where the insipid princess and her no-name prince ride off into the sunset can get old quickly. In this Munsch classic, a princess rescues the prince for a change and then with a sudden flourish of girl power, decides she has better things to do than marry an egotistic dweeb.
Talk about separation anxiety: This baby bird loses his mother from the moment he's hatched. Yet his search for his primary caregiver never feels scary. Often mistaken for a Dr. Seuss book, Eastman's classic taps into an emotion all kids can understand. The trilogy is just as addicting on the page and screen.
This bright picture book is a unique tool, great for helping comfort kids who feel self-conscious about looking different than their peers. A young boy is made fun of for the color of his skin, but an important lesson from his mother makes him realize that his differences are what make him special. A princess story with an African setting, this fabulous fairy tale about two beautiful sisters who vie for the hand of their ruler punishes the greedy and rewards the good. As an added bonus, the king is himself a delightful character.
However, things go awry during a show-and-tell session where she presents the class with goodies inside her purple plastic purse. What happens after Lilly gets her beloved purse taken away? The perfect easy reader is difficult to define, but Minarik's adorable baby bear comes awfully close. The extra treat of Maurice Sendak's art pre— Where the Wild Things Are shows that he could be a master of cute when he wanted to be.
Hats plus monkeys equals hilarity. One of the all-time great read-alouds, the story of a man who loses his caps thanks to some light-fingered simians is sure to earn giggles from your listeners. After an encounter with a ship of strange visitors, her life will change forever. Ages 7— It's impossible not to identify with Cleary's deeply human heroine, an irrepressible newbie kindergartner who, despite her good intentions, always seems to be doing something wrong.
Swipe your Metrocard for this adorably hilarious tale. Even better? Toddlers can choose their own adventure with this tale.
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Ages 3—5. All Italian grandmas love whipping up a bowl of pasta, but Strega Nona is different. This magical little old lady has the ability to cure people in town with her powers. Rather than a rags-to-riches story, this riches-to-rags tale follows a rich Mexican landowner's daughter who loses everything and must start over again in America. Set during the Great Depression, it's a book of hope that's ideal for kids with a penchant for realism. When a winding train needs help making its way over a high mountain, it tries enlisting help from large engines nearby.
The only one willing to help is very small, but with a bit of effort and lots of conviction, it might be able to get the job done. The stuffed animal ventures out into the department store at nighttime in search of the missing button for his overalls. Can he find it and fix himself up so that a child will take him home? Ages 3—8. This cute touch-and-feel book is one that almost everyone remembers from their childhood it was first published in !
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Set in modern-day Africa, Nigerian-born Atinuke's charming heroine navigates her ridiculously large extended family, keeps an eye on her twin brothers, Double and Trouble, and comes to understand how lucky she is in a book that deserves to become a classic. Disheveled and worse for wear, Old Yeller stumbles into the life of Travis and his family, and he proves to be a lifelong pal who keeps them safe and shows them the true meaning of friendship along the way.
All Ages. Shel Silverstein masterfully weaves a tale of unselfish love and unending sacrifice as, starting with apples and shade, a tree gladly gives more and more to a boy over the years, eventually giving all of itself. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves his boy even more. Just how much? The ways to express their love for one another is infinite, and the two go back and forth, comparing their mutual adoration to the beautiful world around them. Ages 2—5. Turns out his family ties to Poseidon might have something to do with his behavior issues. Ages 10— Whimsical and wise, this colorful classic explores the ups and downs on the journey of life.
In his clever, lighthearted rhyming fashion, Dr. Seuss presents the prickly times on the road ahead in a manageable light for young readers. Ages 5— As if by magic, this die-cut masterpiece hands kids the power to invoke a monster, then does away with him piece by piece until at last they can say with pride, "And don't come back until I say so.
The thick book includes the tales of an Ugly Duckling who grows up to be a Really Ugly Duck, a princess who kisses an actual frog, and a squabble between Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin.
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The determined and loveable Horton the elephant has a big lesson to teach, and we all need to hear it! Through adventure and the silly word play that one can expect to enjoy in any Dr. A kid living alone with no parents and one monkey?
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The girl full of pep and personality in the little house called Villa Villekulla hilariously dances with robbers, fights the strong man at the circus and gets into silly shenanigans all over town. Waking up from his daytime slumber, the little owl is excited about enjoying each night as he watches his friends Skunk, Frog, Cricket and Hedgehog go about their evening business. Little Owl wonders if the day is as magical as the night, but falls asleep before his mama can describe it.
A great peek inside the beauty of the night, for little ones afraid of the dark. Sobol lets curious readers delve into the detective genre through young sleuth, Leroy Brown. Nicknamed Encyclopedia for his vast range of knowledge, he welcomes neighborhood kids to present their cases in his garage before setting out to solve the mystery. Selznick's groundbreaking mix of text and images, about an orphan seeking a family and a forgotten filmmaker in his twilight years. This straightforward book for little ones gets right down to the point—everybody poops!
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Ages 1 and up. Nobody does wry hippos like Marshall. These easy books manage to pack big laughs with incredibly simple words and tell tales of true friendship along the way. Golden tickets, Oompa Loompas, bratty children and even poverty collide in Dahl's best-known tale. If you've only ever seen the film, take time out to see what all the fuss is really about.
Ages 8 to Guessing is the name of the game in this classic feel-good story full of rhymes and tongue twists. No shelf is complete without this addition. This popular little pup has made his way out from under the fence and into the hearts of kids for more than 70 years. Ages 2—3. But when the youngster decides to dabble with magic for himself, things take a turn. Not too horrific right? Well, when Lewis realizes Serenna has a clock that can destroy mankind as we know it, suddenly magic turns into mayhem.
If your kiddos thought their school was weird, they should check this out. Wacky things take place at this spot that soars 30 stories high, and the 13th floor is the most bizarre of them all. Who better to tackle the likes of Dr.