Classic Children’s Books to Add to Your Children’s Reading List

For kids, reading is exceptionally beneficial. With the right books, reading helps children’s cognitive and emotional development. Today, there is a veritable selection of popular children’s books available in online bookstores in the Philippines that you and your kids can read to help them grow.

When it comes to children’s books, look for value-laden stories told in an enjoyable manner so your kids don’t easily get bored or overwhelmed. Remember the kind of books you liked reading as a child and use those as basis for what books you should read with your kids. Whether you’re looking for educational children’s books, heartwarming stories, or short bedtime stories, there’s bound to be something that makes reading a joy for your child.

If you’re looking for good children’s literature books, then check out these recommendations:


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

If you’re searching for a short, fun, and imaginative story that’s sure to teach your children valuable insights on life and friendship, then perhaps you should add Julia Donaldson’s classic children’s book, The Gruffalo, to your reading list.

The Gruffalo follows a clever mouse navigate a forest filled with creatures larger than him. Although the mouse faces a fox, an owl, and a snake, the tiny but brave creature manages to survive these encounters. As the brave mouse faces the Gruffalo--a large, scary creature with tusks, claws, and teeth--readers will see a different side to what terrifying truly is.

Julia Donaldson’s bestselling story is told through rhyming words with beautifully illustrated drawings, making The Gruffalo a wonderful read for children of all ages.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

There are a lot of popular children’s books out there that you and your child can read, but sometimes you just need to go back to the classics. This popular picture book written and illustrated by Eric Carle has been a staple book throughout different generations. First published in 1969, the book has been sold and translated into various languages.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the titular caterpillar and its journey to becoming a butterfly. This classic picture book engages kids with its brightly colored images while teaching them small lessons, such as counting and the days of the week. If you’re looking for a creative, educational, and engaging  story for your younger children, then you should definitely try giving Eric Carle’s book a read.


The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The words, “I think I could, I think I could,” have become words of motivation for both young and old readers alike. If you don’t know where that line came from, then it’s from Watty Piper’s classic children’s book entitled The Little Engine That Could. First printed way back in 1930, this book sold over a million copies worldwide.

The Little Engine That Could follows the tale of a small engine that tries to pull a train over a mountain. Watty Piper’s classic story teaches children all about hard work, perseverance, positivity, and helping others. The Little Engine That Could is a wonderful book that teaches about values while sharing a heartwarming story.


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss has written several popular entries for children’s literature books, but one of his most famous works is arguably the classic Green Eggs and Ham.

Green Eggs and Ham follows Sam-I-am pestering a grouch to eat a plate of green eggs and ham. Dr. Seuss creates a crazy and funny tale that uses vivid imagery and language to teach young children to teach children to try new things. This unique blend of rhyming words, rhythm, and repetition makes an engaging and fun story that also teaches children how to read.

If your toddler is in that picky eater phase, then this book is perfect for them!


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Reading encourages children to use their imagination and this famous children’s book exemplifies that. In Where the Wild Things Are, Max creates a whole fantasy world for himself after he is confined to his room as punishment.

Illustrated and written by Maurice Sendak, this classic children’s book has been sold worldwide. Where the Wild Things Are also explores the concept of what can be considered as monsters, as well as loneliness in children. Unique and heartwarming, Maurice Senda’s book has captured the hearts of many readers--both young and old--with its wonderful narrative. Its creative and engaging storytelling has also attracted movie producers, prompting the book to have a movie adaptation in 2009.


I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth

Bedtime stories are a huge part of our childhoods. When it comes to bedtime stories, the best options are narratives that make your kids feel safe, loved, and relaxed. If you’re looking for a story that embodies all those feelings, then look no further than Amelia Hepworth’s famous children’s book entitled I Love You to the Moon and Back.

In this cute short story, readers follow two bears--a mother and a cub--for an entire day. Although simple, Amelia Hepworth’s story warms your heart as both show their love and affection for each other. The story follows the two for an entire day, from when the sun rises until it sets.

The cute rhymes and simple language that Amelia Hepworth uses make this an excellent book for relaxing your kids after a long, energy-filled day. If you’re looking for the perfect book to lull your children to sleep, then you should definitely put this book on your children’s reading list.


Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

If your kids are a little older, then this heartwarming story would surely teach them more about relationships and looking beyond physical differences. E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web is one of the best children’s books around if you’re looking for a heartfelt story about friendship.

Charlotte’s Web follows the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and a barn spider named Charlotte. In order to help Wilbur survive life at the farm, Charlotte spins praises in her webs to convince the farmer to let Wilbur live.

This classic book is a joy to read for both kids and adults because of E.B. White’s wonderful narrative and clever use of language. Charlotte’s Web compelling story has spanned through years and has even garnered a live-action film adaptation in 2006.


Expand your child’s reading list!

The right kind of books makes a huge difference to your child’s development. Reading the right books helps improve your child’s analytical skills and social empathy, giving them an edge when it comes to becoming functional adults as they grow older. Find the right books and engage your kids with our selection of children’s books!

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