Best Classic Books to Read With Your Kids

There’s something magical about sharing your favorite childhood reads with your kids.  While new releases are exciting, there is a lot to be said about sharing a great book that you loved as a kid.

Check out this article from for the complete list of great classic books to share with your children.  Here are a few that Within Reach Learning Center loves…

Where the Sidewalk Ends  by Shel Silverstein – Silverstein reveals his genius for reaching kids with silly words and simple pen-and-ink drawings. What child can resist a poem called “Dancing Pants” or “The Dirtiest Man in the World”?  Each of the 130 poems is funny in a different way, or touching … or both. Some approach naughtiness or are a bit disgusting to squeamish grown-ups, but that’s exactly what kids like best about Silverstein’s work.







Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald – A personal favorite of Within Reach!  Each chapter is about a cure for kids that wouldn’t pick up their toys or take baths. In one story, a child won’t take a bath so Mrs. Piggle Wiggle plants radish seeds in the child’s ears!  We love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle because she loves children and has a magical cure for any problem.

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Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume – If anyone tried to determine the most common rite of passage for preteen girls in North America, a girl’s first reading of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret would rank near the top of the list!  A fantastic book to share with your daughter to help explain the difficult life of a teenager!

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – A heartwarming tale about a seagull who is obsessed with speed when all the other seagulls are living just to eat.  He fights against all the negativity and continues to read for his dream of speeding through the air. It teaches you to keep going towards your goals no matter how hard it is or how much people tell you that you can’t. Can’t is never an option!

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Within Reach Learning Center hopes that you find something to share with you child from these book recommendations.  We would love to hear from you… What favorite childhood book would you add to this list?


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