9 Books Every Kid Should Read
9 Books Every Kid Should Read
PUBLISHED: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 by Andilynn Feddeler

Reading is a great way to pass the time, engage the mind, and discover new worlds and possibilities. Sometimes it’s hard to think of what to read, and nobody wants to waste time on a book he or she doesn’t enjoy. It’s even harder to suggest books for kids who may not have the same interests as everyone else. There are certain books, however, that every child should try to read before he or she grows up, including:

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. This classic has made its mark on countless lives, and will continue its legacy for generations to come. Full of funny, serious, and heart-warming poems, Silverstein’s bestseller will encourage kids of all ages to think deeply and creatively.

  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Through poetic narratives, Woodson reflects on her life as an African American growing up in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement and her own struggles with identity.

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The first of five books, A Wrinkle in Time is a wonderful read for those interested in science and fantasy. It’s also a great tool to encourage kids to think critically about the world we live in by immersing them in an adventure that goes beyond.

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. This true story of a young man fighting against the odds to bring electricity to his village will motivate kids to bring positive change to their communities.

  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. The incredible, eye-opening memoir of the Pakistani girl who was shot for advocating for women’s education sends a very important message to young readers: continue persevering and standing up for what’s right.

  • Matilda by Roald Dahl. This humorous, yet insightful, exploration of independence and self-appreciation is a renowned favorite for a reason. It’s relatable, quirky, and inspiring; almost any young reader will love this book and keep it close to heart for years on end.

  • It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! by Chelsea Clinton. An exploration of the issues and challenges that face our society, and what to do about them, Clinton’s inspirational book can remind kids that they have the power to be the light in dark times.

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The diary of Anne Frank has become one of the most widely appreciated books of all time. A tough, moving personal account of hardship and family during German occupation in World War II, it has been suggested time and time again for young readers preparing to make their marks on the world.

  • Nothing You Can’t Do!: The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets by Mary Cay Ricci. This book is full of motivational tips and ideas for developing a positive mindset. Kids will learn how to unlock the potential within and take the first steps towards success with this amazing read.

These are only a few of the endless books, especially nonfiction, that every kid and adult should read in their lifetime. Head to the library or bookstore and get to reading!