Top 10 Must-Read Children's Books to Read in 2020
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Ten of the Best Children’s Books

Children are our most valuable assets. We always give them the best things and the best books too. Sometimes it is reasonable to get confused when choosing the best and appropriate books for children because there are so many to choose. We have listed the best books for your kid to read and improve their thinking and creative skills. 

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1.     Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The tale of just 338 words is about a young boy called Max who inflicts such chaos in his house after getting dressed up in his wolf outfit that he is sent off to bed without his meal. Max’s bedroom undergoes a strange conversion into a jungle environment, and ends up travelling to an island populated by vicious monsters recognized as the “Wild Things.” Upon effectively frightening the monsters, Max is crowned as the Wild Things King and enjoys a fun romp with his people. He starts to feel sad though and wants to return home, to the disappointment of the Wild Things. Returning to his apartment, Max finds a hot dinner awaiting him.

Genre- Children books

Pages – 37

Goodreads rating – 4.22/5

Our rating – 8.5/ 10

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2.     The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar features unique collage drawings (Carle’s third book, and at the time a new style),’ eaten’ gaps in the covers, and plain text with instructional concepts–numbering, weekdays, fruits, and life stages of a butterfly. Many connected books, as well as other items, have been developed in association with the book, such as educational tools. The caterpillar diet is not scientifically correct, but fictional. Nonetheless, the novel presents principles of Life Stages in Lepidoptera where changes take place including the eventual metamorphosis from ‘ hungry caterpillar ‘ to ‘ good looking butterfly ‘, and it has been approved by the Royal Entomological Society.

Genre- Children books

Pages – 26

Goodreads rating – 4.29/5

Our rating – 8.6/ 10

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3.     The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The novel has also been defined as “one of the most controversial books in literature for girls” The debate arises from why to view the friendship between the lead characters (a boy and the titular tree) as optimistic (i.e., The tree shows the boy compassionate affection) or destructive love (i.e., the boy and the tree have such an unpleasant partnership).

The novel follows the experiences of a female apple tree and a boy forming a friendship with each other. Even though the boy ages in the story, the tree addresses the boy as “Boy” his entire life.

Genre- Children books

Pages – 64

Goodreads rating – 4.34/5

Our rating – 8.8/ 10

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4.     Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham is one of the Seuss’s “Beginner Books”, written with elementary vocabulary for beginning readers. The vocabulary of the text consisted of just 50 words. It was the product of a bet among Seuss and Bennett Cerf, the publisher of Dr Seuss, that Seuss (using 236 terms after finishing The Cat in the Hat) also couldn’t finish an entire novel despite reaching the mark. The 50 words are a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, cold, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, ethical, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

Genre- Children books

Pages – 62

Goodreads rating – 4.30/5

Our rating – 8.7/ 10

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5.     Goodnight Moon (Over the Moon #2) by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

Goodnight Moon (Over the Moon #2) by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)

Goodnight Moon is an American book for children published by Clement Hurd and drawn by Margaret Wise Brown. It was released on September 3, 1947, and is a much-acclaimed tale of bedtime. This shows a rabbit saying “good night” of everything around this: “Goodnight house. Goodnight sky. Goodnight cow flying over the moon. Goodnight sun, and the red balloon…”

Genre- Children books

Pages – 32

Goodreads rating – 4.28/5

Our rating – 8.3/ 10

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6.     Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator), Rosemary Wells (Illustrations)

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Garth Williams (Illustrator), Rosemary Wells (Illustrations)

I don’t think that there will be someone who has never even heard about the book Charlotte’s web. This novel, cherished by E. B. White, writer of Stuart Little and The Swan Trumpet, is a masterpiece of children’s literature, “only about perfect.” This high-quality paperback features vibrant illustrations colourized by Rosemary Wells!

Genre- Children books

Pages – 32

Goodreads rating – 4.28/5

Our rating – 8.3/ 10

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7.     The Cat in the Hat  by Dr Seuss

The Cat in the Hat is a book for children narrated by Theodor Geisel and issued for the first time in 1957 under the pen name Dr Seuss. The story centres on a tall humanoid cat wearing a red and white hat and a red bow tie.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

The Cat shows up every rainy day at Sally‘s house and her brother’s while their mother is gone. Notwithstanding the children’s fish‘s frequent protests, the Cat shows the children a few of its tricks in an effort to please them. He and his compañeros, Thing One and Thing Two, destroy the house in the end.

 The children and the fish are becoming increasingly alarmed until the Cat produces a machine which he utilizes to clean it up everything and vanishes just before the mother of the children returns home.

Genre- Children books

Pages – 61

Goodreads rating – 4.17/5

Our rating – 8.0/ 10

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8.     Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends is a series of poems directed and written by Shel Silverstein, for children in 1974, Harper and Row Publishers issued the book. The poetry from the novel discuss certain traditional issues about childhood and also tell merely fanciful tales. The National Education Association, centred on an online poll in 2007, called the novel one of its “Teachers ‘ Top 100 Children’s Books.”

Genre- Children books

Pages – 176

Goodreads rating – 4.30/5

Our rating – 8.7/ 10

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9.     If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give) by Laura Joffe Numeroff Felicia Bond (Illustrator)

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a book for children written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond, which was first issued in 1985. Defined as a “circular tale” with a slippery slope, this is the first partnership between Numeroff and Bond in what became the If You Give … Series.

Genre- Children books

Pages – 40

Goodreads rating – 4.25/5

Our rating – 8.5/ 10

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10. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, Sheila McGraw (Illustrator)

The story details the lifespan by chronicling a young son and his mother’s perspectives all through the boy’s life and discussing the infuriating behaviour he’s demonstrated throughout his adolescence. Despite the occasional aggravation induced by the actions of her son, the mother always visits his nursery at night to hold him in her embrace and sings a short lullaby promising to love him always. His elderly mother occasionally sneaks into his bedroom at night after her son enters adulthood and leaves home to croon her customary lullaby.

Genre- Children books

Pages – 32

Goodreads rating – 4.36/5

Our rating – 8.7/ 10

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Further Reading

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