Reading with your child is an experience that helps both the child and the guardian. It not only increases the connection but also increases the child’s interest in books. It develops literacy skills and builds language acquisition. With every book, you connect with your kid through new words, characters, and plots. Here is a list of 20 great books to read with your child.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

20 great books to read with your child - A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
20 great books to read with your child – A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

This series by Lemony Snicket follows the unfortunate lives of three immensely ill-fated Baudelaire orphans. Klaus, Sunny, and Violet are trying to get by in their tough lives and endure the pursuit of their nemesis Count Olaf. Olaf and his several associates try to rob the orphan’s inherited fortune.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

This story is a blend of fantasy, science, and theology. It is the story of travel through time and space to battle a cosmic evil. Young Meg Murry is a teenager. She and her brother Charles Wallace along with their neighbor Calvin O’Keefe embark on a journey to find their lost father. Their father is a scientist studying time travel.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

20 great books to read with your child - Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
20 great books to read with your child – Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Opal battles with her loneliness and tries to overcome the distance that she and her father had between them. She is also trying to cope with the sadness of having been abandoned by her mother. With the help of a dog, her friend she will learn how to deal with obstacles and make a fulfilling life for herself.

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Jess Aarons has been practicing hard to be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. He almost is the winner until the new girl, Leslie Burke outpaces Jess. Both of them became friends quickly and they used to spend a lot of time in the woods behind Leslie’s house. They discovered an enchanted world named Terabithia. Leslie goes to the enchanted land without Jess and tragedy occur.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

20 great books to read with your child - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
20 great books to read with your child – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

This renowned story is about a poor boy named Charlie. Charlie loves chocolate. One day the owner of the biggest chocolate factory, Willy Wonka makes a contest for 5 golden tickets in the entire world. The deal is whoever has the ticket will have the chance to win a great prize. The five children were Charlie, Mike who loves TV, Augustus, Violet who loves gum, and Verruca.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

During one morning of spring a little girl named Fern saved a pig and named him Wilbur. After that, Wilbur is sent to live on a farm where he meets a smart and stunning large grey spider called Charlotte. They became best friends and, when Wilbur is faced with a dreadful fat, Charlotte must find a smart way to save him.

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

20 great books to read with your child - Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
20 great books to read with your child – Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

This story is the first adventure of Jack and Annie in the popular series of the Magic Tree House. In this story, Jack and Annie are trying to figure out where the tree house came from. However, before they could do that the enigmatic tree house whisks both of them to the prehistoric past. Now, their mission is to find a way home. Will they be able to do it before the sun sets, or they will become dinosaurs’ dinner?

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Twelve-year-old suburban girl Claudia Kincaid wants to run away. She believes her parents do not appreciate her. But she wants to run someplace that is beautiful, elegant, and comfortable. So, Claudia chooses the MET – the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She takes refuge there along with her brother Jamie. And, from here the story takes a fascinating turn towards the conclusion.

Holes by Louis Sachar

20 great books to read with your child - Holes by Louis Sachar
20 great books to read with your child – Holes by Louis Sachar

The book focuses on Stanley Yelnats who is sent to Camp Green Lake. It is a correctional boot camp in a desert present in Texas. She was sent there because she was accused of theft. Some of the major themes that this book explores are the importance of friendship and the result of choices that affect fate and destiny.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The plot of James and the Giant Peach revolves around a young English orphan boy who enters an enigmatic and gigantic peach. He has a cross-world surreal adventure with seven magically transformed garden bugs he meets. The primary message of this story is that it’s never too late to make friends.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

20 great books to read with your child - Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
20 great books to read with your child – Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

This story is autobiographical. It is a tale of Laura Wilder’s early childhood and her pioneer family. The story is about how they learn to live and endure in the forest in a log cabin during the 1870s. Laura Wilder through this story offered a message that it is important to keep a twinkle in your eye even in your tough times.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a girl almost too good to be true. At the age of just five and a half, she is doing multiplications of two digits and reading Charles Dickens. Even though she is a nerd, her classmates adore her, However, everything is not perfect in Matilda’s life but she has the intelligence and patience to deal with her issues.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

20 great books to read with your child - Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
20 great books to read with your child – Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The story focuses on a nine-year-old pigtailed redhead girl named Pippi Langstrump. Her mother died when she was a baby and her sea captain father has disappeared at sea. She believes that her mother is watching her from above. It is a motivational and touching story that people of every age will love and re-read.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Boxcar Children series conveys a message that is important in today’s world. This series shows how important teamwork and empathy are. Whenever the Boxcar Children uncover the malicious character of the mystery they are trying to solve, they are doing more than that. They work hard as they care about the person and the situation.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

20 great books to read with your child - The Giver by Lois Lowry
20 great books to read with your child – The Giver by Lois Lowry

It is a morally driven story about a young lad named Jonas. He lives in a society where there is no crime and sadness. When the children are 12, everything is already assigned to them – jobs, parents, and partners. This is the primary plot of the book – the importance of experience. It is an experience that makes us humans. Jonas’s society is guarded but they miss out on several factors of life including glee.

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

The Harry Potter Series is best for children read as it not only talks about adventure; it also talks about several other things. It shows unity and friendship throughout the series. The series showcases the importance of education. Despite being set in the Hogwarts wizard world, the emotions and connections are parallel to the real world and it helps the readers to connect with the characters on a deeper level.

The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (Sixth Novel of the The Chronicles of Narnia)

20 great books to read with your child - The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (Sixth Novel of the The Chronicles of Narnia)
20 great books to read with your child – The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis (Sixth Novel of the The Chronicles of Narnia)

Uncle Andre is off to Digory and one day they stumble upon his office. With the help of magical rings, they are transported to the world between worlds. They awaken the evil queen Jadis who has ruined her world and now plans to take over London.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth is about Milo, a young boy who unexpectedly gets a magic tollbooth. This magical thing helped him to the once affluent and now distressed Kingdom of Wisdom. The story hugely deals with education and boredom as a primary theme. Even though Milo has ample time in his hand, he is unsure about what to do with it.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

20 great books to read with your child - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
20 great books to read with your child – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Even if you are into this genre, this book will touch your heart because of the friendship between Mary and Colin. Mary gets familiar with this garden by accident. This garden is filled with magical powers and things that can cure anything. Mary wants to repair the garden and make it prettier all over again.

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

In this collection of poems, the readers will meet a girl who eats a whale, and a boy who transforms into a TV set. The Bloath and the Unicorn reside there along with Sarah Sylvia Stout. Sarah will not take the garbage out. In this place where you plant diamond gardens, shoe fly, crocodiles visit dentist, sisters are auctioned off, and you wash your shadow.

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