Epic List of Book Recommendations – From Baby to Adult

The Epic Guide of the Best Book Recommendations - book lists broken down by age groups, from baby to adult!

Hey Friends, I am so excited to share this book list with you!

I know that with so many books out there it can be hard to choose what to read next. I wanted to make sure this list was truly a list of books I would recommend so I have actually read every book on this list. For that reason I am sure this list will continue to grow as I come across great new (at least to me) books.

I know most parents are not able to keep up with their child’s reading and I am pretty sure I will soon be at that point but it was my goal for parents (and teachers) to be able to pick any of the books off this list to either read with or hand off to their child to read and know they are getting a quality book.

The age guidelines, are just that, guidelines. To me that means it is the best time to introduce the book to children but, as with any good book, they will continue to enjoy them long after. For example, if you have an 6 year old I still suggest looking at the preschool list and making sure you’ve read all those books together, truly one is never too old for picture books.

Okay, let’s get on with the lists!

You can jump to any of the age group lists here:


Tag: Epic Book List - Baby & Toddler
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
The Very Cranky Bear
The Foot Book
Hop on Pop
Little Monkey Calms Down
Monster Knows I’m Sorry
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Whose Knees Are These?
Owl Babies
Sheep in a Jeep
Polar Bear’s Underwear
Llama Llama Red Pajama



Tag: Epic Book List - Preschool
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Ten Apples Up On Top!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Little Blue Truck
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
But No Elephants
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bear Snores On
Shh! We Have a Plan
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Llama Llama Time to Share
Dr. Seuss’s ABC
Goodnight Everyone



Tag: Epic Book List - Picture Books
Please, Open This Book!
Rainy Day Magic
The Paper Dolls
Green Eggs and Ham
Where The Wild Things Are
The Day the Crayons Quit
The Giving Tree
The Gruffalo
Love You Forever
Iggy Peck, Architect
Rosie Revere Engineer
Ada Twist, Scientist
Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales
The Story of Ferdinand
Sheila Rae, the Brave
The Little Engine That Could
The Little House
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Dot
The Book With No Pictures
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
The Invisible Boy
What To Do With a Box
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings
What Do You Do With an Idea?
This Is the World: A Global Treasury
The Quiltmaker’s Gift
Extra Yarn
The Lorax
The Caboose Who Got Loose
The Way Back Home
Stella!: A Treasury
Beyond the Pond
Something From Nothing
How to Catch a Star
Lost and Found
Waiting is Not Easy
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
This Moose Belongs to Me



Tag: Epic Book List - Early Readers
A Fly Went By
Up, Up, Down
There Is a Bird On Your Head!
Penny and Her Doll
I Was So Mad
Henry and Mudge – The First Book
Hi! Fly Guy
A Big Guy Took My Ball!
Let’s Go for a Drive!
Owl at Home
Frog and Toad Together



Tag: Epic Book List - Early Read Alouds
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prairie
Farmer Boy
When We Were Very Young
A Little Princess
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Charlotte’s Web
The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Boxcar Children
All-of-a-Kind Family
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
In Grandma’s Attic
The Hundred Dresses
My Father’s Dragon
Raggedy Ann
Little Dog, Lost
Fortunately, the Milk



Tag: Epic Book List - Grades 3-6
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
The Secret Garden
The Swiss Family Robinson
Rain Reign
The War That Saved My Life
On the Banks of Plum Creek
By the Shores of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
Little Town on the Prairie
Lassie Come-Home
Black Beauty
A Wrinkle in Time
The Bridge to Terabithia
100 Cupboards
The Boy on the Porch



Tag: Epic Book List– Grades 7-9
Anne of Green Gables
The Hobbit
May B.
The Wednesday Wars
Okay for Now
Little Women
These Happy Golden Years
The First Four Years



Tag: Epic Book List – Adult
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
The Book Theif
Pride and Prejudice
Around the World in 80 Days
The Hiding Place
Through The Gates of Splendor
The Pilgrim’s Progress
Murder on the Orient Express
The Help
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice: or, On the Segregation of the Queen


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