Each year my children receive tons of books for birthday gifts. They make the best gifts ever because our budding readers are always looking for new stories to enjoy. Here's our current top 10.

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

Pet the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses is a huge hit with kids right now, including mine. After waking up in a bad mood, Pete soon discovers, with the help of some magic sunglasses, that a happy mood has been inside of him all along.

Llama Llama and the Bully Goat

Llama Llama is another popular series among young children. In this story, Llama Llama deals with a classmate who picks on him and the other kids. By learning how to handle a bully, Llama Llama teaches children to play nice and make friends, even with someone who might seem mean.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

This book is one of the favorites in our house. It's silly, it's fun and it talks about how one action causes another. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is part of a series of fun books sure to make your children giggle.


Stellaluna is a sweet book about a baby bat who becomes adopted by a bird and raised with a nest of baby birds. As they grow together, Stellaluna, who has been acting like a bird, decides to show her siblings what it's like to be a bat. They wonder how they can be alike yet so different.

The Giving Tree

This classic has been loved by children for years. The Giving Tree is the story of a boy and a tree and how he would eat her apples and swing from her branches and they were both happy. It's a book full of giving and loving.

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon is a sweet book, perfect to read before bed as a young rabbit says goodnight to everything in his room. Children can point out all of the items as the bunny says goodnight.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This vibrant book is perfect for teaching colors as a hungry caterpillar eats his way through all kinds of foods. Babies to preschoolers will equally love The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Baby Be Kind

Baby Be Kind, filled with soft colorful pictures, is a great way to teach young children different ways to be kind. From saying hi, to being nice to a puppy, to saying sorry, your toddler will want to try them all.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

The little duckling gets a cookie and the pigeon isn't so happy about that. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? is perfect for teaching about fairness.

Animal 1 2 3

What child doesn't love a lift the flap book? Animal 1 2 3 one combines animals and numbers to introduce counting to young children.

No matter what book you choose, it is sure to be a great gift for a child. Reading to children starting in infancy can help children learn communication skills, concepts including numbers, letter, colors, and shapes, and help build listening, memory and vocabulary skills. Encourage and inspire a love of reading in the children in your life.