17 Fun Stories for Kids
Looking for something different to read? These stories for kids are easy to read, easy to remember and sure to become classics in your home.
You've exhausted your home library and both you and your little one are getting bored with your book selection. Available in major bookstores, these 17 fun stories for kids will breathe new life into reading for you and your children! Several book industry experts share their favorite stories for kids -- from babies to grade-schoolers, this list has everything.
It's often difficult to know what books will resonate with babies, but Sarah Galvin, the owner of The Bookstore Plus, has taken the guesswork out of it with her recommendations.
The following stories for babies, according to Galvin, are easy to read and easy to remember:
- "Moo, Baa, La La La!"by Sandra Boynton
Boynton doesn't disappoint in this board book full of her adorable animal characters, and babies will enjoy practicing different animal sounds.
- "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
A classic, "Goodnight Moon" sails little ones towards bedtime by saying goodnight to all the objects in the room.
- "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Rhythmic passages lull your little one to sleep as he travels throughout a construction site where the equipment readies themselves for bed time.
- "I Don't Want to Be a Frog" by Dev Petty
Deanna Meyerhoff, a national account manager with Penguin Random House Children's Books and contributor to Random Acts of Reading, recommends "I Don't Want to Be a Frog," explaining, "Though the subject matter of self-acceptance is well-worn, there's something about this funny tale that feels fresh."
- "Go! Go! Go! Stop!" by Charise Mericle Harper
Meyerhoff recommends this book for reading to multiple children at home. "I loved reading this with my twins at my side yelling 'go' and 'stop' throughout the book. It works as a great way to recognize these important words (and colors)."
- "Sophie's Squash" by Pat Zietlow Miller
Arlene Lynes, the owner of Read Between the Lynes bookstore, loves stories for kids that make them laugh and think about the book long after it ends. This story, about a girl who becomes attached to a squash from the farmer's market (so much so that she names it), is a book that will resonate with little ones. According to Lynes, "Sophie's Squash" is about a "tender subject and how the parents deal with it."
- "Little Blue Truck" by Alice Schertle
Galvin recommends the easy-to-remember text of "Little Blue Truck," with its cast of animals, the sounds of the truck and its crew and a message of friendship and teamwork.
- "Oh, No!" by Candace Fleming
Meyerhoff calls this a "fantastic read-aloud. The repeating phrase of 'oh, no' combined with rhythmic storytelling and animal sounds make this fun for both the reader and the listener."
- "10 Black Dots" by Donald Crews
Galvin recommends this board book, with its rhyme scheme covering numbers, colors and objects in a variety of different textures.
- "Sam and Dave Dig a Hole" by Mac Barnett
Young readers will enjoy the spirit of adventure in this tale about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
- One Big Pair of Underwear" by Laura Gehl
Preschoolers will giggle as they learn the value of sharing in this recommendation from Lynes.
- "Creepy Carrots" by Aaron Reynolds
With an underlying message about greed, children encounter Jasper Rabbit, who loves carrots -- until they begin to follow him. Another recommendation from Lynes, who enjoys beautifully illustrated books that use "humor and silliness" to deal with childhood issues.
For Grade Schoolers
- "I Need My Monster" by Amanda Noll
A silly and beautifully illustrated book about the proverbial monster under the bed, except the little boy in the book misses his monster when he leaves to go on a fishing trip.
- "The Book With No Pictures" by B.J. Novak
Children will enjoy the silliness of word play with this picture-less picture book.
- "Waiting Is Not Easy!" by Mo Willems
This early reader, with beloved characters Elephant and Piggie, tells a tale of patience rewarded.
- "The Seven Silly Eaters" by Mary Ann Hoberman
An excellent book for parents to read to their children, Galvin recommends "The Seven Silly Eaters," with a mom short-order cooking for each of her "silly eaters."
- "Scaredy Squirrel" by Melanie Watt
This brilliantly crafted story teaches children a valuable lesson about facing fears and venturing out into the unknown.
A former children's book sales rep, Lauren B. Stevens believes that children can never have enough books (but toys should be limited) and practices that philosophy in her home with her book-loving son. When she's not reading, for herself or to her son, Lauren writes for numerous online publications, including The Huffington Post and Mamapedia.