The best fiction and non-fiction
books to read to kids 0-15yrs

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Let’s be honest, no bedtime routine is complete without a good story. Reading to your little one has so many amazing benefits for their development, as it has been proven to improve their speech, memory, language and listening skills. Plus, some quality downtime together with a book can create some of the fondest memories that you both will cherish forever. 

 

So if you’re looking for a good story to send little readers on an incredible journey, then look no further because we’ve found the best fiction and non-fiction books to read to kids of all ages. 

Ages 0 to 1 year old

Even though it may seem like babies this age are too little to understand words (and would much rather munch on the corner of a book than pay any attention), reading to little listeners will help them learn and recognize the sound of words and expressions, plus they’ll enjoy your company and voice too.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Marking 50 years since The Very Hungry Caterpillar first munched his way through delicious food and into the hearts of readers, this classic baby book has stood the test of time and will be a favourite for years to come.

Squeaky Baby Bath Book Baby Animals

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A simple yet fun, educational and full-on sensory book filled with brightly-coloured pictures of baby animals. Because of its waterproof squishy pages, it’s perfect for reading in the bath and for babies who are teething too. There’s also a built-in squeaker to grab their attention.

Ages 2 to 4 years old

When a toddler finds a book that they absolutely, completely and entirely adore, they’ll demand to hear it no fewer than 100 times a day. Here are two books that both you and your child will love reading together over and over. 

Goodnight Everyone

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This sleepy-time tale (with expressive cut-out illustrations of woodland family creatures), will take your little listener through starry night scenes and reluctant ‘Good night’ yawns, all while following a little bear who just doesn’t want to go to sleep – sound like someone you know?

8 Little Planets

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Take your tiny astronaut on an adventure into space and around the solar system to learn about planets, and discover what makes each of them unique. From Mercury to Pluto and all the planets and moons in between, this vibrant book will inspire little readers to love and celebrate their own uniqueness.

Ages 5 to 7 years old

They’ve started to hone their reading skills at school and often arrive home tired, so immersing them in a good story is a great way to help them unwind from a long day. These two books will make great additions to their bedtime routine…

The Runaway Pea

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This sleepy-time tale (with expressive cut-out illustrations of woodland family creatures), will take your little listener through starry night scenes and reluctant ‘Good night’ yawns, all while following a little bear who just doesn’t want to go to sleep – sound like someone you know?

8 Little Planets

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Using call-in-response interaction between the speaker and listener (mimicking various animals), Grandmother Fish takes both child and parent through the history of life in a simpler version of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Ages 8 to 11 years old

Having already mastered the mechanics of reading, they’re ready to establish a reading habit of their own but at this stage they are also very easily distracted. Keep their inner bookworm interested with these two options below…

Charlotte’s Web

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This popular masterpiece of American children’s literature by E.B. White is about a runt of a pig named Wilbur, who is loved by a little girl named Fern Able, and is best friends with a very clever spider named Charlotte. This novel is enjoyable for adults as much as it is for children.

Two Truths and A Lie

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Readers will not just be thinking deeply, but may also do some research while flicking through the pages of Two Truths And A Lie. A truly genius book that lets the reader figure out what is true and what is a lie, all while teaching them to evaluate and have a skeptical approach to information.

Ages 12 to 15 years old

Now that your (not so tiny) reader is expanding their vocabulary and reading more complex text, their way of thinking shifts to a more adult level and focuses more on analyzing how characters develop in stories. Keep their imagination alive with a fantasy story or a self-care book to empower and remind them to look after themselves. 

Voyage of the Basset

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Follow siblings Cassandra, who is 9, and her older sister Miranda and their father Professor Algeron Aisling on a fantastical journey of discovery in search of ancient legends. From the flickering flights of fairies and hearing the siren songs of mermaids to finding a fire-breathing dragon and welcoming Medusa onboard the H.M. Basset, readers learn the power of imagination and the importance of family as well as believing in oneself.

Stand Tall Like a Mountain 

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This easy-to-read book will help teens learn about their bodies and minds. From how to notice and deal with everyday emotions to expressing feelings and coping with daily challenges, it’s the ultimate emotional first aid kit and a total page-turner. There’s even simple yoga poses that you can do together.

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