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read between the lines: 25 children's books with deeper meanings & inspiring messages

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller


In no particular order, a list of 25 children's books with deeper meanings that I keep close to my heart. Please comment and share your favorite stories, as well. Happy Reading!


1. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

2. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

3. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

4. Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

5. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

6. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

7. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

8. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl

10. Corduroy by Don Freeman

11. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

12. The Little Prince by Antione de Saint-Exupery

13. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

14. The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

15. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

16. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

17. I Love You More by Judy Cooley

18. The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

19. Yoga Bear by Sarah Jane Hinder

20. You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love & Satomi Ichikawa

21. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munisch

22. The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin & David Shannon

23. In My Heart by Jo Witek

24. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

25. Beautiful OOPS! by Barney Saltzberg


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