Reading is one of the best ways to teach young children new ideas and encourage imagination. International Children’s Book Day is an opportunity to celebrate some of the best children’s books being published today and to encourage children of all ages to never stop reading! No matter what they’re reading, it is important to help children see the importance of reading and how fun it can be.

To help you celebrate International Children’s Day, here are some bestselling children’s books you can read with your kids.


If You Want to Laugh . . .

P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever by Raj Haldar (Lushlife)

Have you ever stopped to wonder why the English language has so many rules and exceptions? People learn to accept odd spellings and simply memorize them, but this funny and informative book isn’t afraid to point out how weird our language truly is. From “gnat” to “knight,” your child will be laughing with each page, and you both might learn something along the way.

The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak

While it seems odd to have a children’s book without pictures, this book will have you laughing with each sentence. The book opens by telling readers that they must say each word out loud, no matter what. With this in mind, each new wacky word or crazy sound creates a unique and fun storytelling experience that will make you wonder why you needed pictures in the first place.


If You Want Your Child to Feel Loved . . .

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

It is never too late to remind your child how much you love them and what amazing things you know they will achieve in life. With beautiful rhymes and funny illustrations, this heartwarming children’s book is perfect for any occasion.

I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb

Celebrating the joy of adopting a new baby, Hoda Kotb uses this book to express how her life has completely changed. Sometimes it can be hard to put your feelings into words, but this book will help you express the overflowing love in your heart. With her heartwarming words and lyrical rhythm, Kotb reminds us of the unbreakable bond between parent and child.


If You Want to Inspire . . .

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

By telling the story of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space, you can inspire kids to reach for the stars and follow their dreams. Showing kids that people just like them grow up and achieve their childhood dreams will inspire them to do the same.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Whenever Rosie was told she couldn’t become an engineer or to give up on her passion, she didn’t listen. From hot dog dispensers to helium pants, Rosie was constantly inventing new machines, but she kept her talents hidden until someone believed in her and told her that “you only truly fail if you quit.” This book will inspire kids of all ages to believe in themselves and be proud of their talents.


If You Want to Teach Life Lessons . . .

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Everyday, Mr. Fish swims around the ocean with a frown on his face even though his friends are constantly trying to cheer him up. As he swims to new parts of the ocean, Mr. Fish realizes there are more things to be happy about than he realized. With bright colors and a cheerful story, Deborah Diesen shows the power of positivity.

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back up Again by Dan Santat

Everyone has heard the classic tale of how Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, but what did he do next? This clever epilogue explores the strength of overcoming a painful mistake or fear in order to continue doing what you love. No matter the size of the setback, we all need reminders of the importance of getting back up and trying again if we fail.


For more ideas of how to celebrate International Children’s Book Day, check out our post from Young Readers Day last year!