Learning to read is a big milestone for your child. But what are the best books for your early reader?


We have compiled a list of book recommendations from a panel of teachers, authors, book sellers, academics and librarians. The books range from picture books like "Cat in the Hat" to series like "Captain Underpants", and include fairy tales, books about superheroes, and books for your budding activist.








The Beginner:

Parents should look for books with short sentences using simple words with five letters or less, and try to pick titles that will appeal to their kids


"The Cat in the Hat"

by Dr. Seuss


"Bink And Gollie"

by Alison Mcghee, Kate Dicamillo


"Good Night, Good Knight"

by Shelley Moore Thomas



Fairy Tales:

Fairy tales have been passed down in families since storytelling began, span all cultures, and are the most-read book genre at bedtime.


"Something from Nothing"

by Phoebe Gilman


"Such a Prince"

by Dan Bar-el


"The Paper Bag Princess"

by Robert Munsch



by E. Nesbit



Heroes and Villains:

Books for kids who love to read about the good guys versus the bad guys.



Books for the Budding Activist:

Here are some books for the child who wants to change the world and doesn't know where to start.


"On My Walk"

by Kari- Lynn Winters


"Lily and the Paper Man"

by Rebecca Upjohn


"Children Around the World"

illustrated by Donata Montanari"