Tue. Nov 29th, 2022
The 27 best books in English for children recommended by ages

When reading, there are all advantages: expanding knowledge and vocabulary, developing creativity, increasing the ability to analyze and understand, raising the level of concentration… The list is very long.

And also through reading we can ensure that our children reinforce a language, learn it, almost without realizing it. To achieve this, you just have to look for stories related to your tastes and a level affordable to your knowledge of the language.

Following these criteria, we show you a selection of books in English for children recommended by age. You will enjoy reading together, while learning English almost without realizing it.

Why do we have to encourage them to read in English?

A child who reads in English not only has better reading comprehension, but also learns vocabulary faster, makes fewer spelling mistakes, expresses himself better in that language with richer expressions , has a much easier time learning grammar rules, has more easily in pronunciation and listening and, in addition, they feel more motivated to perfect the language.

And, the sooner you start, the better. It is shown that the more children read, the greater interest they have in reading. Therefore, if we accustom the child to be a reader from childhood, it will be easier for him to continue reading at later ages.

You just have to look for stories or activities (especially when they are little) that are of interest to them.

That’s Not My Dragon

Age: from 0 years

Author: Fiona Watt

Editorial: USBORNE

Collection: Touch-Touch

Stories like “That’s not my kitty”, “That’s not my owl”, “That’s not my dragon”… up to eleven funny stories with simple vocabulary, repetitive texts, colorful illustrations and materials specially designed to capture attention of babies and young children.

This series from psychologist and writer Fiona Watt is a set of small books that help children better develop their language and sensory skills with different textures that will stimulate the little ones’ senses.

The collection Touch – Touch! It is an ideal option to start children in the habit of reading.

Dora the explorer. Grandma’s Party

Age: 3 to 8 years old

Author: Rachel Bladon

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Reading Stars (Tier 2)

From the hand of the endearing Nickelodeon characters, Dora the Explorer and Blaze and the Monster Machines, the little ones will discover reading in English.

Each book includes the audio of the story and a guide for parents, to get the most out of it while you enjoy as a family.

On this occasion, Dora and her whole family celebrate her grandmother’s birthday. Everything is about to be spoiled because the greeting card is blown away by the wind. Do you think they will eventually get it back? Or maybe Swiper the fox will steal it…

At the zoo

Oxford Read and Imagine is a fiction series written for primary and preschool students. Young students follow Rosie, Ben and Grandpa on their adventures and grow with the characters as they read and learn.

This time, Rosie and her grandfather go to the zoo. Come penguins and lions. Find out what happens when they eat their sandwiches.

Age: 3 to 6 years old

Author: Paul Shipton

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Oxford Read and Imagine. Pre-A1 level

Learn to Read Collection

Editorial Elpirate, which already had a collection of books to learn to read in Spanish, has launched the ‘Learn to Read’ collection, perfect for children aged 4 to 6 to learn to read in English.

It consists of nine titles with exponential growth (the first is very simple, with just one simple sentence per page, and from then on each one is a little more complex than the previous one). On each page, the text is written twice, once in uppercase and once in lowercase, so that children can compare both fonts.

My first words

The collection is made up of 15 mini-books to play and learn the first words in Spanish and English . The mini books are made of cardboard that allows them to be stacked, turning them into a construction game.

The corners are rounded, for greater safety, and each book allows you to learn words on a different theme: fruits, pets, marine animals, nature, toys, colors, vegetables, birds, clothes, numbers, insects, flowers, shapes… The text it is capitalized and the case has the alphabet printed on it.

Miss nelson is missing

Age: 4 to 8 years old

Autor: Harry G. Allard


Miss Nelson’s good disposition and sweet character have made the children take advantage of her. Everything changes when she disappears and in her place comes the evil substitute Miss Viola Swamp.

His arrival convinces the students of the need to get their old teacher back. A good children’s lesson that helps them value what they have.

The Story of Ferdinand

Age: 4 to 8 years old

Author: Munro Leaf


Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers and not run or gore each other like the rest of the bulls. But one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorts and stomps convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

His passive personality speaks to the little ones of individuality, resistance and opposition to violence.

Peppa Pig’s Little Library

Age: 3 to 6 years old

Author: Lauren Holowaty


Collection: Ladybird. Pre-A1 level

A delightful collection of six thick mini board books, based on the characters from Peppa Pig and presented in a colorful cardboard box.

They are ideal for early childhood education. It is a fun, interactive and educational collection that encourages children to start reading on their own. Also, all six books are a puzzle.

Peppa Pig lives with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and her little brother George. Full of friendship, family and fun, Peppa’s adventures take you to the dentist, nursery, birthday parties, supermarket and more, through muddy puddles and lots of laughs (Snort! Snort!) Peppa is perfect for little ones who are learning about the world.

Dinosaur Roar!

Age: from 3 years

Autor: Henrietta Stickland

Editorial: Picture Corgi

A new 20th anniversary edition of this multi-million selling dinosaur classic, combining fast-paced text with cute and colorful dinosaurs to explore opposites.

Published in association with the Natural History Museum, this classic picture book is the perfect introduction to dinosaurs for all young children. It compares specimens of different shape, size and character and offers clear visual clues to learn opposites.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His best friend abandoned him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And on top of all that, there were beans for dinner and kisses on TV! This beautiful new edition of Judith Viorst’s classic picture book will delight readers of all ages.

Age: 4 to 7 years

Author: Judith Viorst

Editorial: Aladdin Books

We are going on a bear hunt

Age: 3 to 7 years

Autor: Walker Books

Editorial: Walker Books

Collection: CBH Children

Some of the reviews it has received say that it contains adventure, companionship and fun and that it is a special book that never gets old. That’s why it’s great to read aloud and is a classic for any age, in any season.

And it is that it is a simple and very entertaining narration of a family expedition.

Soccer in the Street

Age: 6 to 8 years old

Author: Paul Shipton

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Oxford Read and Imagine. Level 3 A1

Ben is going to play a soccer game but he wants some new sneakers. Far away, a boy named Victor plays soccer in the street. He is a fantastic player but he doesn’t have the right shoes. He finds out how the two boys become friends and what Ben learns.

In this collection, in addition to the graded reading with audio included, there is an activity book with extra practice. In reading there is a picture dictionary and glossaries to reinforce vocabulary.

Peach Boy

Age: 6-8 years old

Author: Sue Arengo

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Classic Tales. Level 1 – A1

Classic Tales bring the magic of storytelling to life. Level one contains 100 keywords and is very well illustrated.

Children will enjoy the famous Japanese tale of Momotaro ‘Peach Boy’ and his friends. Will they be able to fight the ogres?

Biff, Chip and Kipper

Age: 8-11 years old

Autor: Roderick Hunt y Alex Brychta

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Reading Three. Level 3

An exciting new collection of stories from Biff, Chip and Kipper, perfect for children beginning to speak English, including stories with richer language. Children will enjoy exploring the humorous illustrations and stories of very familiar situations.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books

Age: 9 to 12 years old

Author: Jeff Kinney

Editorial: Puffin

Join Greg Heffley, his best friend Rowley, his evil older brother Roderick and the rest of their family in the first four adventures of Greg, a somewhat self-centered and immature boy who recounts his journey through adolescence and high school, with the for young readers to identify with.

What’s more. Greg’s imaginative and unusual personality will lead him to experience the funniest situations.

This pack includes:

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Volcano Adventure

Age: 9 to 11 years old

Author: Paul Shipton

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Oxford Read and Imagine (Level 4 A1-A2)

Ben and Max are learning a lot about volcanoes, so they decide to go see one. Suddenly, the volcano erupts. The hot lava is dangerously reaching the town, and Nani, Rosi’s new friend needs help. Ben has an idea, but can he stop the river of lava and fire?

In this collection, in addition to the graded reading with audio included, there is an activity book with extra practice. In reading there is a picture dictionary and glossaries to reinforce vocabulary. Also available in eBook.

Anne of Green Gables

Age: 9 to 12 years old

Autor: L. M. Montgomery

Editorial: Sweet Cherry Publishing

Orphan Anne has always dreamed of being part of a good family. So when she is taken to live with the Cuthberts, her life looks wonderful. But the Cuthberts wanted a boy to help them on the Green Gables farm, not a girl. They can’t keep her.

But Anne wants to stay in Green Gables forever with her best friend Diana, who doesn’t laugh at her red hair. It is a beautiful story of friendship, love, romance and lots of fun.

The secret garden

Age: 9 to 12 years

Autor: Frances Hodgson Burnett

Publisher: Editorial Vicens Vives

Colección: Black Cat. reading And Training

One day Mary finds out that there is a secret garden in the Manor that has been hidden for many years. With the help of a robin, Mary will find the key to the garden and discover an unimaginably beautiful world. A beautiful story full of fantasy with a beautiful narration.

billionaire boy

Age: 9 to 12 years

Author: David Walliams

Editorial: HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks

Price: 12.20 euros book + CD

A hilarious, moving and extraordinary new fable from David Walliams, the number one bestselling and one of the fastest growing children’s authors in the world.

Joe has many reasons to be happy. Close to a billion of them, in fact.

Because Joe is rich. Very, very rich. Joe has his own bowling alley, his own movie theater, even his own butler who is also an orangutan. He is the richest twelve-year-old boy in the country.

Yes, Joe has absolutely everything he could possibly want. But there is only one thing he really needs: a friend… he teaches young people the value of friendship and the truly important things in life.


Age: 8 to 11 years old

Author: Roald Dahl

Editorial: Puffin

Price: 4.47 euros , book + CD

An adorable girl is the protagonist of this charming story that is a classic of children’s stories. Matilda’s parents have called her terrible things, but the truth is that she is a genius and they are the stupid ones. Underestimating Matilda turns out to be a huge mistake as they, along with her spiteful headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, soon discover that Matilda has a very special power.

Children will have fun with the funny endings that Matilda creates as a revenge for the mistreatment.

Watership Down

Age: 9-16 years old

Author: Richard Adams

Editorial: Puffin Classics

An epic story, generation after generation, has become one of the most famous animal narratives ever written. In fact, it is a best-seller of the last forty years, with an adventure that tells us about courage and survival.

Fiver, a young rabbit, is very worried. He senses that something terrible is about to happen to the burrow. His brother Hazel knows that his sixth sense is never wrong. So there is nothing else for him.

They must leave immediately. And so begins a long and dangerous journey for a small band of rabbits in search of a safe home. Fiver’s vision eventually leads them to Watership Down, but here they face the toughest challenge of all…

The Borrowers

Age: 9 to 12 years old

Autor: Mary Norton

Editorial: Puffin Modern Classics

These little people live in the secret places of the old houses: behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They have nothing, they borrow everything, and they think that human beings were invented just to do dirty work.

Arrietty’s father, Pod, could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring a doll’s cup of tea without breaking it. Girls weren’t supposed to go borrow, but since Arrietty was her only child, her father broke the rule, and then something happened that changed their lives. She befriended the human boy who lived in the house…

A Christmas Carol

Age: From 12 years

Author: Charles Dickens (adapted by Clare West)

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Oxford Bookworms Library (Level 3 – B1)

“Nonsense,” says Scrooge when he talks about Christmas. To him, it’s just a time of year when you find yourself older and not a penny richer. The only thing that matters to Scrooge is his business, and ‘making money’.

But on Christmas Eve three spirits come to visit him. They take him on an all-night journey to see the shadows of Christmas past, present and future – and Scrooge learns a lesson he will never forget.

Mary Lennox is a different girl: she is pale and looks unhealthy, very unlike other girls her age. When she comes to live at her uncle’s house in Misselthwaite Manor everyone thinks she is the ugliest girl they have ever seen, but what no one knows is that inside Mary she feels terribly lonely.

The Fault in Our Stars

Age: + 16 years

Author: John Green

Publisher: Penguin

Despite the medical miracle of shrinking her tumors, which has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything more than terminal, her latest chapter inscribed in diagnosis.

But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly shows up at the Children’s Cancer Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Bold, irreverent and raw, it brilliantly explores the funny, exciting and tragic time of being alive and in love.

The Great Gatsby

Age: + 16 years

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald (adapted by Clare West)

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Oxford Bookworms Library. Level 5 – B2

Price: 10.80 euros

Gatsby’s mansion on Long Island exudes light, beauty and richness. All the famous people in New York come to the party to drink champagne all night. But Jay Gatsby, the owner of all that wealth, only wants one thing: to find the woman of his dreams again; the woman who has occupied his heart and his thoughts for five long years.

This masterpiece by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century. It perfectly recreates the roaring 20’s, the years of partying and jazz, as well as delving into the empty heart of the American dream.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Age: + 16 years

Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Editorial: Exhibitions International

Aristotle is an angry teenager who has a brother in jail. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of seeing the world. When they meet in the pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the two lonely boys begin to spend time together, they discover they share a special kind of friendship, the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.

And it’s through their friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Oliver Twist

Age: + 16 years

Author: Charles Dickens. Adapted by Richard Rogers

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Oxford Bookworms Library (Level 6- B2 – C1)).

In 1830, London is no place for a starving 10-year-old boy, living in an orphanage with no friends and no family, no home to go to and no penny in his pocket to buy a loaf of bread.

But Oliver Twist finds some friends (Fagin, the witty joker, and Charley Bates) who give him food and shelter, as well as play with him. But soon after he finds out what kind of friends they are and what kind of games they play…

The London Eye Mystery

Age: + 16 years

Autor: Siobhan Dowd

Editorial: Oxford University Press

Collection: Rollercoasters. Level 6- B2 – C1

Ted and his older sister Kate watch as their cousin Salim rides the London Eye. But after half an hour, the lap ends and everyone gets off except Salim. Where could he have gone? How is it possible that he has disappeared? Both, Ted and Kat, begin to investigate this mystery that will end up sinking Ted while he searches for the reason.

With an accessible and very attractive style, this story surrounded by mystery and suspense presents complex issues such as autism or family relationships.

Code Name Verity

Age: + 16 years

Author: Elizabeth Wein


Price: 8.10 euros, book + CD and MP3

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a story of friendship, war, espionage and great courage as she recounts what she must do to survive while keeping everything she can secret.