best children's books of all time

6 Best Children’s Books of All Time Chosen By Readers

What is the best children’s book of all time?

To help parents with choosing the best children’s books, we asked authors and children’s books enthusiasts for their best picks. From “Oh, the places you should go” to “Stuart Little,” there are several children’s books you should check out.

Here are 6 Best Children’s Books of All Time Chosen By Readers:

  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss
  • The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set, by C.S. Lewis
  • Stuart Little, by E B White

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

One of the best is the Dr. Seuss book: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” This book offers colorful illustrations and a look at life’s mountains and valleys. It offers encouragement. The book also gives a push to help encourage kids, and adults who read it, to succeed. It’s a great, uplifting read.

Shaun Price, MitoQ

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is an exceptionally well-taught moral story, which teaches people to stop acquiring material possessions to the point where they affect everything around them that is pure and has given them so much life. The tree gives and gives, expecting nothing in return, never asking for anything in return, never even thinking about all it has given to the boy. No, this is not martyrdom, but simply unchecked altruism.

Nick Shackelford, Structured Agency

Goodnight Moon: a Timeless Bedtime Story

A timeless bedtime story beloved by readers and listeners alike in all generations. Goodnight Moon is undeniably the perfect bedtime board book. The lulling illustrations and quiet poetry of the words make this a perfect book for the end of the day. Goodnight Moon has won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and is a great addition to your child’s bedtime routine.

Hector Gutierrez, JOI

The Cat in the Hat

The best children’s book of all time is The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. This particular book is a classic for a reason – it’s imaginative, funny, and has a great moral lesson that the people are capable of greatness if they will only confidently be themselves.

Matthew Ramirez, Rephrase

The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set by C.S. Lewis

The best children’s book of all time I’d recommend is The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set by C.S. Lewis. The Chronicles of Narnia is beautifully written by the brilliant British author C.S. Lewis. Filled with enchanted creatures living in a magical land full of surprises, this series is not your ordinary children’s story. All of the seven books of the series will challenge your imagination and perception of the world.

Be ready to be amazed by the journey of four siblings, namely: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. More importantly, you will see a glimpse of Jesus Christ in the main character of Aslan, the lion who is present in all seven books. This best-selling work sold millions of copies in several languages. If you like adventure, thrill, and victory over almost impossible odds, then enter the world of Narnia.

Alex Shute, FaithGiant

Stuart Little, by E B White

With pages after pages of brave adventures and all of them loaded with lessons in courage, Stuart Little is by far the most captivating book to add to a child’s collection. Some of the stories are warm and endearing, others fun and magical. Some break your heart for a bit and then, just as quickly, get you right back on the road with Stuart and his extraordinary journey. With innocent wishes like declaring “a shaft of sunlight” as one of the most important things once he is the Chairman of the World, this book spells innocence on the one hand.

On the other, there are even some bad choices — parts that offer parents the chance to point out to their children why not all ideas they will find in books should be deemed correct. Indeed, several nuances in this book prove to be deeply symbolic. As a fun read or one filled with life lessons, this book proves to be a winner for children of all ages.

Eva Taylor, WP Buffs

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