What to Read to the Grandchildren?
Some of today’s kids’ favorite books are the same ones that you read to their parents – or even had read to you when you were a child. Here are some reminders of these time-tested titles, as well as a few “classics-in-the-making” – books published since you read aloud to your grandchildren’s parents – that may not be familiar to you. Try a few of these titles, or ask your local librarian or bookstore owner to recommend their favorite new books for kids.

For Babies and Toddlers
If you love Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, and Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt, check out Have You Seen My Duckling, by Nancy Tafuri, and Ten, Nine, Eight, by Molly Bang.

For Preschoolers
If you love anything by Eric Carle, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, get to know John Archambault’s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, or Mouse Mess, by Linnea Asplind Riley.

If you fondly recall Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton, or Donald Hall’s The Ox-Cart Man, seek out Jan Brett’s The Mitten.

For Early Readers

If you love Russel Hoban’s Frog and Toad series, or Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia series, then check out and Cynthia Rylant’s Henry and Mudge series or Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones series. Or, for slightly more challenging fare for new readers, check out the popular Magic Treehouse series.

Chapter Books
If your own kids read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, introduce their offspring to Redwall, by Brian Jacques. If your children traveled back in time with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s A Little House on the Prairie, give your grandchildren their own time machine with Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan.
If they loved the strange adventures of James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl, investigate Lemony Snicket’s series beginning with The Bad Beginning.