Books That Kids Will Want to Keep Reading

Need a good book to add to your child's shelf? These page turners will keep kids wanting more and more.

There is nothing quite like a good book. Books spur our imagination, take us to other worlds and ignite all of our senses, keeping us on the edge of our seats with every page turn. Here are our favorite classic adventure-packed books for every age, full of every twist and turn for young and older bookworms alike.

Preschool (2-4)

The Runaway Bunny

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Kids will enjoy following this little bunny who keeps running away from his mother in an epic, imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

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This story chronicles a family of four as they overcome different obstacles on their way to hunt for a bear. By using a range of sensory descriptions, like deep, cold river and thick, oozy mud, young ones can imagine themselves on this journey.

Little kids (5-7)

Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart

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Based on a true story, young readers will fall in love with Gobi, a stray dog that latches on to a man named Dion and keeps pace alongside him in a 155-mile race across China. Despite encountering cold nights with little food and water, they create a bond unlike any other.

Pirate Stew

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When their parents leave for a night out, two siblings are babysat by Long John McRon. Suddenly, an ordinary evening turns into an adventure beneath a pirate moon as a gang of pirates with hooks, pirate garb and beards descend on the evening.

Big kids (8-10)

The Ballpark Mysteries

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From a stolen baseball bat to uncovering the mysteries of a haunted stadium, there’s no mystery that baseball super-fans and cousins Mike and Kate can’t solve with their sharp detective skills.

The Magic Tree House Series

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Young readers can travel throughout history without leaving the comfort of home with Mary Pope Osbourne’s award-winning series. The series follows siblings Jack and Annie who embark on time-traveling, globe-spanning adventures with the help of spellbinding books and a tree house filled with mysterious powers.

Tweens (11-13)

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

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Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food and lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route.

The Secret Lake

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A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake produce a page-turning time travel adventure that takes Stella and her younger brother, Tom, to their London home and its gardens 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies, and uncover startling connections between the past and present.

Teens (14+)

The Divergent Trilogy

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Go inside a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago and follow Beatrice “Tris” Prior as she explores her identity within a society that defines its citizens by their social and personality-related affiliation with five factions. Tris must figure out her life as a Divergent, conceal her true nature, and live with the danger of being killed if her true nature is discovered.

Ready Player One

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The story, set in a dystopia in 2045, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which would lead him to inherit the game creator’s fortune.

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