Educational books for children 12 and younger

Not sure what to do with your children this summer? Or perhaps you are looking for ways to entice them from their screens? Why not introduce the to some great books that contain meaningful life lessons? Here is my brief list of educational books that marked my life. I think every child should read them before hitting adolescence. They are all available on Amazon and in libraries around the world. However, some might be free online, courtesy of some companies which have made them FREE for the duration of the pandemic.


Why are these books educational? They teach children about other cultures, racism and immigration. Moreover, they help children develop their imagination and curiosity about things around them and things they cannot see. They teach them about love, respect and resilience, and help you, as parents, bond with them over great stories.

Goodnight Moon (toddlers)

Goodnight moon

Where the Wild Things Are (toddlers)

Where the wild things are

The Tale of Peter Rabbit (reception)

Peter Rabbit

The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh (Year 1/ 2)


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Year 1/2)

Charlie and chocolate factory

Stuart Little (Year 1/2)

Stuart Little

The Lion. the Witch and the Wardrobe (Year 2/3)

Lion with and wardrobe

The Tale of Despereaux (Year 2/3)


Anne of Green Gables (Year 3/4)

Anne of Green Gables

Bridge to Terabithia (Year 3/4)

Bridge of Terabitha

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Year 3/4)

Wimpy Kid

The Hobbit (Year 4/5)


Brown Girl Dreaming (Year 4/5)

Brown Girl Dreaming

Inside Out and Back Again (Year 5/6)

INside Out

Revolution is not a Dinner Party (Year 5/6)

Revolution is not a dinner party

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl (Year 5/6)

Anne Frank

The Fellowship of the Ring (Year 6/7)

Fellowship of the Ring

To Kill a Mockingbird (Year 6/7)

To Kill a MOckingbird

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