The 25 books every kid should have on their bookshelf


This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of our favorite children’s books of all time, the beautiful, contemplative novella The Little Prince. To celebrate the book’s legacy (and to encourage any parents currently dragging their feet to get it for their little ones), we’ve put together a list of 25 essential books that every kid should have on his or her bookshelf growing up.

Embarrassed to say I’ve only actually read two of these – “The Phantom Tollbooth” and “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” How many have you read?

  • I had to stop reading when they described The Wind in the Willows as the British version of Pooh. Seriously?!

  • Berna

    one, alice, most of them i’ve never heard of

    • rattyuk

      Really? What are you, like 14?

      • gjgustav

        Well, this is a list for kids. Why were no recent books considered?

        • Not a question anyone on The Loop can answer. Better to go to the linked web site and ask them.

  • MacsenMcBain


    “The Little Prince.”

    Because our teacher forced it on us.


  • I’ve read six of these and loved most of them. Seen two animated adaptations of two others, but those don’t count.

  • bobrk

    We have about 4 or 5 of them. The others look great.

  • blaargh
    1. Didn’t get to any of the newer ones…
  • lucascott

    Little Prince Where the wild things are The sweetest fig Matilda (and most of Dahl) Huck Finn (Tom Sawyer, Connecticut Yankee) Both Alice books All of Earthsea All of Oz Harriet the Spy Peter Pan and Wendy All the Wrinkle in Time Wind in the Willows All of Madeline All of Shel’s poetry Phantom Tootbooth Giver and everything else Lowry did Everything Pooh Ferdinand in English and Spanish Everything Stuart Little Everything Seuss

    Plus the hobbit, Narnia, the Ramona books, All of a kind family, mr poppers penguins and a ton more.

    • Martyn

      Encyclopedia Brown

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  • gjgustav

    Wrinkle In Time? Blech! Couldn’t stand it. And why did Ms. Temple not consider any books that were written since she grew up. Does she think no good books have been written since she was a child?

  • David

    Only four, Huck Finn, Pooh, Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows.