“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”―Dr. Seuss

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t miss Part 2 of this list that has been published HERE

With technology developing at a record pace and kids mastering iPads before they’re even out of diapers, it’s more important than ever to instill the love of reading in our children.

Although it’s never too late, the importance of getting kids to develop a love for reading early on often correlates with a love for learning, a passion for lifelong reading, and so many other positive traits that ultimately lead to the empowerment needed for success.

In our home we have acquired quite the collection of literary gems—in fact, we have more books than toys. I’ve happened upon wonderful books in all kinds of random places, so I’m always on the lookout. Of course, the library is always a great option, which we frequent at least every other week—a ritual which we started before the girls could even walk. Another one of my favorite places to find amazing books is museum bookshops. You would be surprised at the treasures you may come across there.

Since reading is a passion for us, we wanted to share some our favorite children’s books that contain a poignant, powerful message. If you know of a children’s book that has an inspirational message that is not on our list, please share in the comments below.


(in alphabetical order)

1. A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon

2. All I See Is Part Of Me by Chara M. Curtis

3. An Awesome Book! by Dallas Clayton

4. An Awesome Book of Thanks! by Dallas Clayton

5. Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg

6.Buddha at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire by Dharmachari Nagaraja

7. Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jane Dyer

8. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are by  Dr. Seuss

9. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

10. Fancy Nancy Poet Extraordinaire by Jane O’Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser

11. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud

12. I Believe in Me:  A Book of Affirmations by Connie Bowen

13. I Think, I Am! by Louise L. Hay

14. If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith

15. Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty

16. Incredible You! 10 Ways To Let Your Greatness Shine Through by Wayne Dyer

17. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

18. Limu: The Blue Turtle by Kimo Armitage

19. Limu the Blue Turtle and His Hawaiian Garden by Kimu Armitage

20. Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

21. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

22. My First Oxford Book of Poems by John Foster

23. My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

24. Mr. Men 40th Anniversary Box Set by Roger Hargreaves

25. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

26. On My Way To A Happy Life by Deepak Chopra

27. Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

28. One by Kathryn Otoshi

29. One Love by Cedella Marley

30. Only One You by Linda Kranz

31. Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee Maclean

32. Press Here by Herve Tullet

33. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun:  Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy

34. Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon by Patty Lovell

35. Thank You, World by Alice McGinty

36. The Dot by Peter Reynolds

37. The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell

38. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

39. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

40. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

41. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

42. The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds

43. The Three Questions (Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy) by Jon J. Muth

44. The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

45. The Weaver by Thacher Hurd & Elisa Kleven

46. The Yellow Tutu by Kirsten Bramsen

47. We are all Born Free by Amnesty International

48. You Be You by Linda Kranz

49. You Can Be Anything by Gary Craig

50. Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Julie Handler is a co-founder of Positively Positive. Follow Julie on TWITTER.

* Above featured image taken by me of my two daughters