The Best Kids Books for All Ages
Story time with your children should be magical and meaningful, and we’ve got the books to help! Explore our lists of kids’ books to find the perfect story for your child! Browse hundreds of selections grouped by age and topic.
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KIDS BOOKS BY AGE
Discover the stories we love by age group, making it easy to find your child’s next favorite book.
Featured Books and Lists by Age
Looking for a Book on a Particular Topic?
We carefully curate our ever popular lists from thousands of stories published each year. From kindness to confidence, multiculturalism to mindfulness, we’ve got you covered with the perfect books! Check out more than one hundred book lists right here!
KIDS BOOKS BY THEME
Discover your new favorite books organized by the most popular themes to help you raise confident, well rounded kids.
Featured Books and Lists by Theme
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I started Happily Ever Elephants to help you:
- discover stories that are magical and meaningful;
- learn to read with intention;
- dig deeper into stories to pull out the character building concepts;
- drive home important values organically (and not through a parenting lecture bound to get nothing but dramatic eye rolls!); and
- help your family tackle reading challenges with confidence and purpose.
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— Elizabeth Partridge, author, Printz Honor Award recipient and long listed for the National Book Award.
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— Katey Howes, author of picture books, including Be A Maker, Grandmother Thorn, and Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe
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