21 Books To Read To Kids That Will Empower Them {All Ages}

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Kids these days need more encouragement that we think. These 21 books to read to kids will empower, motivate and inspire them at all age levels.

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21 Books To Read To Kids That Will Empower Them

I feel like just as much as we all could use some encouragement from time to time as adults, so can kids. I try my best to give them these words of encouragement everyday, but probably more often than not, I fall short. We read as much as we can and admittedly probably did more with Branden than Blake (poor second child), but we still have our favorites and love exploring books to read to kids that will empower, motivate and inspire them. So if you’ve been wondering what books to read to kids that can give your littles that same encouragement, here’s our favorites broken down by age range.

What books to read to kids

There are so many wonderful authors and books out there that it can truly be difficult to narrow what books to read to kids down, but today I’m giving it my best short and hoping you enjoy my list.

Books to read to kids: ages 0-3

1. Dr. Seuss – Oh, The Places You’ll Go! 

2. Emily Winfield Martin – The Wonderful Things You Will Be
3. I Can Handle It

 4. Jilly’s Terrible Temper Tantrums And How She Outgrew Them

 5. When I Feel Angry

6. The Pout-Pout Fish

 7. From Head To Toe Book

Books to read to kids: age 4-7

8. Super Emotions! A Book for Children with Powerful Feelings

9. Giraffe’s Can’t Dance

 10. All By Myself

11. I Wish You More

12. Be Brave Little One

13. Wilma Jean The Worry Machine

 14. Thank You, Me

 Books to read to kids: age 8-10

15. Ten Boys Who Didn’t Give In

 16. Jean and The Wonderful Idea Machine

17. I’m Only Human After All: A Story about Bullying

18. Percy Jackson and the Olympians
19. Because I Was a Girl

20. Girls Think of Everything

21. The Kid Who Invented The Popsicle

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Mama friends, I really hope you walk away from reading this with all of your what books to read to kids questions answered. We have so many of these on our shelves at home and are buying more and more as the kids get older. As you can see from the picture above, we have book shelves all over our living room and it’s always been important to be that our children have a little spot where they can take a pause from the day and have a quiet moment with a great read – no matter how big or small the message. What are your favorite books to read to kids? Anything I should add to my list?

Fashionably Yours,



  1. The Percy Jackson books are really good for adults, too 😉 I have read them all and loved them (and so did my boys )!

  2. I still have my Dr. Seuss book. Somebody gave it to me at my graduation and it is probably one of my favorite gifts. My family loves to read and I love all the suggestions you have here.

  3. My kids are a little older but I would enjoy reading to kids in my extended family. These are some great titles and really have such great messages.

  4. Oh, The Places You’ll Go is one of the best books you can ever read to your kids. It’s definitely a message they need to hear.

  5. What a great list! Dr. Seuss is always a good addition to any reading list.

  6. There are some awesome books on this list! I know a favorite of ours was always From Head to Toe by Eric Carle.

  7. We just discovered Giraffes Can’t Dance a few months ago. I love reading that book to my kids and took it to share at reading time in their class at school.

  8. These are great book ideas. I am so taking notes for my kiddies!

  9. That is a really great list. My kids have read 7 of these and they need more!

  10. I recognize some of the books on this list as I read them to my children when they were young. They all have a great message.

  11. I loved reading Dr Suess’ Oh The Places You’ll Go to my kids when they were small. They are teenagers now but I do have young cousins who would enjoy these books.

  12. Awesome list with more than a couple of my favorites! I love Dr.Seuss.

  13. This is a great list! Kids will surely enjoy these books!

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