53 Books You HAVE to Read Before You’re 12

Red Tricycle

You’ve got a lot of reading to pack into the wonder years. To make all that page flipping more exciting and meaningful we’ve whittled down the choices to the 53 we think are the most classic, creative, charming and overall bestest. Dig in!

1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Travel between universes and go on an adventure that digs into the meaning of family bonding and friendship. Note to sensitive bookworms: The plot can get dark and teems with unsavory characters. Ages 11 and up.


photo: A wrinkle in time digest 2007 by MacMillan Publishers

2. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Written by mom Dorothy Kunhardt, this classic lets hands-on tots get interactive with fur, sandpaper, mirrors and more. There’s even an app version for the iPad and iPhone that comes with background music and sound effects. Ages 18 months and up.

3. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
It’s your modern fairytale that could have inspired Katy…

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