Favorite Kids’ Books that Inspire Young Minds (and Old Ones, Too)

We own hundreds of kids’ books. With three littles under 6 years old, we read, a lot. Here are my favorite picks that inspire and empower everyone who reads them.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss

As a soul-curious parent, I long for my kids to get to know who they are and love who they are much faster than I did. And so, each night, when we go to pick the evening’s reads I’m always searching for the book that will leave them full of wonder, curiosity and belief that where we live really is a magical place and who they are is exactly who they can feel empowered to be.

Not to mention, sometimes, even as adults, we need things broken down to bite-sized pieces for us to get reminded of the little wisdoms that make the world a better place for all living in it.

I selfishly prefer books that don’t put me to sleep… which can be a challenge, let’s be honest, so I searched for those that remind my own spirit of the possibility in the world and instill wonder and awe in life itself into my kids. Below is a list of my top picks for kids’ books that inspire. (link in caption)

If you have a favorite kid’s book not listed here, comment below. Let’s make this a big ol’ page of awesome kids-book-ness (making up new words is fun).

And, if you’re ever in a pinch for a gift… one of these books is always a good choice. I buy one of each and have them stashed away ready for whatever party comes up. To gift a child something that gets their imagination going and teaches them about the good in the world and their ability to find their own spirit is a possibly life changing— no really! You just never know how one book can give a child the hope, inspiration or foundation they need to become exactly who it is they’re meant to be.

Happy reading. Happy gifting.

What Do You Do With a Problem?
I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
Ada Twist, Scientist
We’re All Wonders
A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars
What Do You Do With an Idea?
Happy Dreamer
The Most Magnificent Thing
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
The Antlered Ship


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