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Age-by-Age Guide to Classic Books Every Kid Should Read

by Erin Dower

Has your child read the classics? Check out a sampling of beloved, must-read books for babies, toddlers, children, and teens, by the likes of Louisa May Alcott, Beatrix Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien, and E.B. White. They're sure to enchant and entertain your child and live on in our libraries for generations to come. Looking for more? Use our Book Finder tool to search for new books for kids of all ages!

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best classic childrens book, Brown Bear Brown Bear

Ages 0-3: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin


This 40-year-old classic introduces tots to a variety of colorful animals and takes them on an adventure full of rhyming words. It will quickly become one of your child's favorite books.

Next: Ages 0-3: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown

September 1, 2014



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