Children's Book Lists Guaranteed to Help Kids Find Their New Favorite Book!
If you are looking for children’s book lists to help you pick out the best stories for your kids, you are in the right spot! We are thrilled you have stopped by, and we are here to help you make storytime magical and meaningful with amazing books.
Children’s Book Lists: By Category!
Here is an easy guide to our children’s book lists, alphabetized by topic:
Advanced Readers: 29 Books for Advanced Readers that Will Delight Your Second Grader!
Alphabet: ABCs like 123 with the Best Alphabet Books for Toddlers
Anxiety: Have no Fear! The Best Books for Kids with Anxiety
Autism and Neurodiversity: The Best Books for Autistic Children and Neurodiverse Kids
Back to School: The Best Back to School Books to Calm Nerves and Inspire Giggles
Bedtime: Conquer the Bedtime Blues with the Best Children’s Bedtime Story Books
Beginning Books: 33 Delightful Beginning Books to Engage Your New Readers
Beginning Readers: The Ultimate List of the Best Books for Beginning Readers
Best Board Books: The Essential Guide to the Best Board Books for Babies
Black and White: The 9 Best Black and White Books for Newborns
Black History: Amazing Picture Books for Black History Month
Books for Boys: Combat Gender Stereotypes With the Best Books for Boys
Chapter Books: Easy Chapter Books Your New Readers Will Love
Courage: Our Must Have, Go To Children’s Books About Courage
Dads: Children’s Books About Dads to Celebrate Fathers All Year Round!
Democracy: Favorite Books About Democracy in Action
Diverse Baby Books: Bring the World Inside Your Home With These Diverse Baby Books
Divorce: Children’s Books About Divorce and Beyond to Help Kids Survive & Thrive
Earth: Celebrate Earth Day with These Picture Books About Nature & Earth
Elephants: Favorite Picture Books About Elephants
Family Diversity: Our Most Cherished Children’s Books About Family Diversity
Friendship: Picture Books About Friendship to Help Cultivate Kindness in Children
Friendship MEGA LIST: These Children's Books About Friendship Teach Kids to Be the Best Pals!
Gratitude: Essential Children’s Books About Gratitude to Teach Appreciation and Generosity
Growth Mindset: 25 Growth Mindset Books for Kids to Turn I CAN’T into I CAN’T YET
Hanukkah: Our Must Have Children’s Books About Hanukkah to Read During the Festival of Lights
Holidays: Our Favorite Holiday Books for Kids
Imagination: Children’s Books About Imagination Guaranteed to Inspire Creativity
Interactive: Make Storytime Magical with the Best Interactive Books for Babies
Internet Safety: Essential Kids Books for Teaching Media Literacy and Good Digital Citizenship
Kindness: 50 Kids Books About Kindness To Help You Cultivate Compassion in Kids!
Kindness, Inclusiveness and Equality: 21 Books to Promote Kindness, Inclusiveness & Equality
LGBT: LGBT Children’s Books Honoring the Many Beautiful Forms of Love and Identity
Love: We Love these Picture Books About Love
Mindfulness: Deep Breaths! Mindfulness Books for Kids to Help Them Stay Calm & Present
Mo Willems: The Ultimate Mo Willems Book List
Moms: Children’s Books About Moms to Celebrate the Ones We Adore
Money: Top 10 Kids Books About Money
Monsters: Favorite Picture Books About Monsters (and Witches and Ghosts, oh my!)
Multicultural: Celebrate the World with 50 of the Best Multicultural Children’s Picture Books
Nonfiction (2018 Faves): Happily Ever Elephants’ Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books of 2018
Novels for Tweens (2018 Faves): Happily Ever Elephants Favorite Novels for Tweens of 2018
Passover: 14 Children’s Books About Passover
Picture Books (2018 Faves): Happily Ever Elephants' Favorite Picture Books of 2018!
Picture Books (2017 Faves): Happily Ever Elephants’ Top 20 Picture Books of 2017
Perseverance: Children’s Books About Perseverance to Encourage Confidence and Determination
Preconceived Notions: Awesome Books to Combat Bias and Preconceived Notions
Raising Good Kids: The Must Have Picture Books for Raising Good Kids
Responsibility: Awesome Books that Teach Responsibility & Accountability to Kids
Self Esteem: The Best Self Esteem Books for Kids to Help Boost Confidence in Your Children
Seven Year Olds: Best Books for 7 Year Olds that Will Make Your Second Grader Giddy!
Space: Children’s Books About Space that are Out of This World!
Sports: Touchdown! Score Big With the Best Children’s Books About Sports
Spring: The Essential List of Spring Books for Children
STEM Activity: STEM Activity Books Your Budding Inventors Need Now!
Strong Girls: Books About Strong Girls: A Huge List of Favorite Children’s Books!
Traumatic News and Events: Children’s Books to Help Kids Deal With Trauma, Grief & Fear
Unicorns: The Most Magical Picture Books About Unicorns to Delight Your Kids
Winter: Our Very Favorite Winter Books for Kids
Children’s Book Lists: The Archives!
Inside: The Best Children’s Books About Feelings to help you raise emotionally intelligent kids! If you are looking for books to help you talk with your kids about sadness, jealousy, fear, curiosity and more, this is the post for you!
Inside: Fairy tale books — and the ever popular fractured fairy tale — make for outstanding read alouds with your kids. Even better? These stories have so many remarkable benefits for children. Check out some of our favorites!
Inside: Celebrate autumn with the very best fall books for kids! We’ve looked through hundreds, and these are our very favorite. Check them out!
Inside: Celebrate the holidays with these wonderful Jewish children’s books that will help little ones learn about Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Check out our list of favorites!
Inside: We love children’s books about friendship, stories that celebrate the joy, drama and love between friends! These are some of our very favorite picks!
Inside: Looking for incredible books about grandparents for your children to read with grandma and grandpa? We’ve got just the list for you! Check out these beautiful, diverse books about grandparents that will help create memorable experiences for children!
Kids books about kindness are like gold. Kindness and empathy are the single most important values we seek to instill in our children and students, and we talk to our kids repeatedly about always using kind words. If you are looking for phenomenal kids books about kindness to read with your little ones, we’ve got you covered!
Inside: When the news is traumatic, our hearts are broken and we find ourselves speechless at the events going on outside our front doors, our children feel it too. Here is a selection of books to help you talk with your children about traumatic news when you are at a loss for words.
Inside: If you have kids at home that love to tinker, check out these fantastic STEM activity books!
Inside: The best books for boys are stories that combat gender norms and harmful stereotypes and will show kids that strong men are also curious, compassionate and kind. We’ve got just the list for you, so come in and check it out!
Inside: Children’s books about space, both fiction and nonfiction, capture the imagination and intrigue of every child. And guess what? We’ve got the ultimate list for you here. Come on in and check it out!
Inside: Children’s Books About Divorce are hard to find. Trust me, know from experience. Here you’ll find a list of children’s books about divorce and beyond that helped my family survive — and thrive!
Inside: Books for kids with anxiety are valuable tools when you need to talk your children through some their big worries. We’ve compiled an excellent list of books here based on some common childhood fears, and you don’t want to miss it. Check it out!
Inside: Finding books for autistic children and neurodiverse kids is not always easy, especially when you are looking for stories that are engaging, meaningful, and not entirely didactic. I’ve recently discovered some new fantastic books, and I’ve compiled a list of stories new and old I think you and your kids will love!
Bring the world inside your home with these stunning multicultural children’s picture books, the big kid version of our popular diverse baby books post!
Mindfulness books for kids are all the rage to help teach children to be calm, present and focused. And guess what? We’ve curated a list of our favorites. Check it out!
LGBT Children’s Books honoring love and identity in all their beautiful forms are becoming more and more plentiful, and we have curated a list of our favorites. Check it out inside!
Inside: Children’s Books About Dads are the most special way to celebrate the men we adore, not just on Father’s Day but all year round. Check out these fabulous picture books to read with daddy!
If you are looking for the best books for 7 year olds, you have come to the right place! This curated list of easy chapter books is outstanding, and we absolutely love these chapter books series for 2nd graders! You’ve come to the right spot to get your kids hooked on reading!
Beginning books for your newest readers, here! Our post of best books for beginning readers was so popular that we are back with another list of awesome books, both fiction and nonfiction for your early readers. Enjoy!
Books for advanced readers — especially advanced second graders — are tough to find. But here at Happily Ever Elephants, we’ve curated a list of amazing chapter books that your second grade, high level readers will devour. Check them out!
A Mo WIllems’ book list, you ask? We’ve got all of our favorites right here — and it includes BECAUSE, his latest release, and a new, unique story, perfect for any child in your life who constantly asks “because WHY??”
Interactive board books are amazing for your children, and these are some of our very favorites. Check out this fabulous list of interactive books for babies and toddlers!
Our MUST HAVE ALPHABET BOOKS FOR TODDLERS are here! If you are ready to start teaching your little ones their ABCs, here are 24 of the best alphabet books you can find, in one handy guide that includes great tips.
It’s always the perfect time to share children’s books about moms with your little ones, and we have just the list for you!
Our favorite spring books for children are here! The weather is getting warmer, which means you’ve got the perfect weather to grab some of these children’s books to read in the glorious weather. Enjoy!
If you are looking for a curated selection of diverse baby books to read to your little ones (or to gift to a new parent) we’ve got your covered with this terrific list! Check out our diverse board book selections and find some new titles that will get two trunks up from your children!
Looking for picture books about unicorns?If you have a unicorn obsessed little one at home, these great stories will give you major props in your house. So what are you waiting for? Check out these children’s books about unicorns, and grab a few today!
If you are looking for children’s books about Passover, Happily Ever Elephants has just the list for you, whether you are reading to children who celebrate the holiday or teaching children who have never experienced Passover’s beautiful traditions. Check it out this list!