Here is the best books for young adults and children, TIME compiled this … the Every Child a Reader literacy foundation and independent booksellers.
- Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are is a 1963 children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row.
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children’s picture book designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, later published by Penguin Putnam.
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950.
4. Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte’s Web is a children’s novel by American author E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams; it was published in October 15, 1952, by Harper & Brothers.
5. Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon is an American children’s picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was published on September 3, 1947, and is a highly acclaimed example of a bedtime story.
6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1964 children’s book by British author Roald Dahl. The story features the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka.
7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a children’s picture book published in 1967. Written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle, the book is designed to help toddlers associate colors and meanings to objects.
8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling’s debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury.
9. The Hobbit
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children’s book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien.
10. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
11. The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth is a children’s adventure novel and modern fairy tale by Norton Juster. It was published in 1961 with illustrations by Jules Feiffer.
12. The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial format starting in the autumn of 1910, and was first published in its entirety in 1911. …
13. Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham is a best-selling and critically acclaimed children’s book by Dr. Seuss, first published on August 12, 1960. As of 2001, according to Publishers Weekly, it was the fourth best-selling English-language children’s book of all time.
14. The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows is a children’s novel by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animals in a pastoral version of England.