Storybooks Every Kid Should Read Before Turning 12

Storybooks Every Kid Should Read Before Turning 12

Reading is a healthy habit that you must encourage your kids to practice. It isn’t necessary that you have a bookworm of a child, in fact your child can be a reluctant reader, but encouraging them to read is your job. Storybooks with all sorts of subjects are easily available for you to get for your children. The content can vary from cultural touchstones to modern releases or timeless classics that open your child’s mind and imagination beyond it.

Let us go through some such story books that you must get your child to read before they turn 12:

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

With picture illustrations, this book is perfect for the baby minds of 2-year-olds. The content is silly humor intended to entertain the child with jokes and develop the liking for reading books.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

For 3-year-olds, this story book stars a quiet little boy named Harold and his love for drawing with his ever present purple crayon. Harold draws what he imagines and goes through adventures and quests within his drawings. The kids enjoy the book immensely and let their own imagination free too.

The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Suess’ classic the cat in the hat talks about a fun-crazed cat and his companions. The book illustrates colorful pictures, the character of the exuberant cat and rhyming verses that give 4-year-olds immense joy reading it.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue: Book 1

Developing a sense of love and affection between children and their caregivers, Mercy Watson is a porcine character who finds herself in a little comical misadventure. The storybook with its colorful pictures and large text is great for readers of age 5.

Ivy + Bean: Book 1

The storybook talks about making a new friend and sharing differences among the two. The book is great for 6-year-olds who just graduated to chapter reading and are emerging as early readers.

Charlotte’s Web

A gentle and loved barnyard classic about Wilbur, a pig, that teaches about friendship and the power of love. The book is thoroughly enjoyed by readers of age 7.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

A start to the magical journey of the fantastic wizard boy, the story book opens the gates to a child’s imagination and provides a chance for the children to face their own intelligence. The book is perfect for 8-year-olds and older.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

A storybook that would make all 9-year-old readers laugh out loud as Greg Hefley stumbles his way through a series of misadventures finding his way around trouble and rules teaching indirect lessons to readers.


The storybook revolves around August Pullman, a kid with a genetic facial difference who has been homeschooled and is now admitted into fifth grade. It talks about the middle school drama August faces and how he copes with the attitude thrown at him but later in the book, goodness wins over all. The book is perfect for age 10.

Al Capone Does My Shirts

The book is good, simple and funny. The story discusses crazy monkey-making schemes by Moore and his friend, the warden’s daughter. An excellent and humorous read for 11-year-olds and above.

Make sure to have these books in your child’s library as each offers a different insight into writing styles and contexts.



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