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100 Children’s Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

Blossom a love for books and reading early in your child's or grandchild's life, and they'll reap the rewards for a lifetime. These 100 books are a great place to start when building a library and helping young ones explore literature and life.

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Ages 0 to 2: Goodnight Moon

A sweet little bunny bids everything around him goodnight—from the clocks to his socks, from the mittens to the kittens. The precious tale in Goodnight Moon is a classic and easy read for young readers. It's also a great way to tuck into bed every night, saying goodnight to anything and everything including the room and to the moon. These 17 children's books are a delightful read for adults, too.

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The Real Mother Goose

All of Mother Goose's greatest rhyming stories, from The Cat and the Fiddle to Humpty Dumpty, are in the collection of The Real Mother Goose. Parents and grandparents alike can share in the fun of reliving this classic tales and sharing them with a new generation of readers.

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Guess How Much I Love You

Little Nutbrown Hare wants badly to show his daddy how much he loves him. But Big Nutbrown Hare can reach higher—and show more love—than his little boy. As much as Little Nutbrown Hare can love, his father can love just as much. While your cooing baby is very unlikely to understand the words of Guess How Much I Love You, your heart will know it's sharing an important message: you are loved.

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Pat the Bunny

Pat the Bunny, a classic touch-and-feel book, will stay busy with little readers from pre-reading days until they're old enough to read it on their own. There's a lot to feel and explore—the bunny's soft fur and daddy's scratchy beard—which is perfect for little ones just growing accustomed to holding and exploring new sensations.

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Press Here

Follow your imagination—and the instructions on the page—for an interactive book adventure. There's no larger lesson, but Press Here is a great way to get little readers involved in holding books, listening to instructions, and learning to anticipate what comes next.

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Is there anything more precious than your baby's fingers and toes? In Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Mem Fox celebrates those silly little appendages and the joy they bring baby when she explores and plays with them. The beautiful picture book is also easy to hold for those little hands and it's sure to get much love as your bundle of joy—and those little fingers and toes—grow bigger and bigger.

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The Snowy Day

The first snowfall—of your life or of the winter—is a magical day, no matter your age. Capture that delightful experience and relive every frosty detail in The Snowy Day. This simple tale relies heavily on the beautiful illustrations to share the awe and striking beauty of a snow-capped world.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The little caterpillar wakes up with quite an appetite in this classic by Eric Carle. He eats everything his little squirmy body can find. The reader experiences a beautiful journey with captivating illustrations and an early lesson in counting as The Very Hungry Caterpillar prepares himself for a magical transformation.

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Ages 2 to 4: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Everyone has bad days, but Alexander's always seem worse. Alexander knew his day was off to a terrible start the moment he woke up and realized he had gum stuck in his hair. But it seems for Alexander, when it rains, it pours with more bad things. Rich illustrations turn Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day into an adventure for young children and pre-readers. Here are more tips for raising an emotionally intelligent child.

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And Tango Makes Three

This is the story of two male chinstrap penguins (Roy and Silo) who live in New York's Central Park Zoo. They're given a very special honor when they're selected to hatch a fertilized egg, a new member of their little family. A touching story of love and family, And Tango Makes Three also manages to teach a little science, too.

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