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


“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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