Children – 37 Books To Read To Your Kids, Based On Their Favorite TV Shows

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1. If they love Sofia the First, you should read them Princess in Training by Tammi Sauer and Joe Berger.

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HMH Books for Young Readers

Here are two more princess-themed stories you don’t need a magic amulet to enjoy: Princess Hyacinth: The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated or the hilarious Twenty-Six Princesses: An Alphabet Story.

2. If they love Jake and the Neverland Pirates, you should read them Pirateria: The Wonderful Plunderful Pirate Emporium by Calef Brown.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Yo ho, let’s go… and read some more pirate books like How I Became a Pirate or Brett Helquist’s Roger, the Jolly Pirate.

3. If they love Team Umizoomi, you should read them Dino Shapes by Suse MacDonald.

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Little Simon

For Umizoomi-style fun with counting, try Count, Dagmar by J.otto Seibold and Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates.

4. If they love Mike the Knight, you should read them Over at the Castle by Boni Ashburn and Kelly Murphy.

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Harry N. Abrams

A couple of other knightly options: Mercer Mayer’s The Bravest Knight and Owen Davey’s Night Knight.

5. If they love Doc McStuffins, you should read them Cheer Up Your Teddy Bear, Emily Brown! by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton.

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Hodder & Stoughton

Emily Brown is almost as skilled as Doc when it comes to helping toys.

For another example of friendship between a girl and her stuffed animals, check out Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett.

If you have a daughter who loves applying bandaids and making casts, you could read her Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone and Marjorie Priceman.

6. If they love Henry Hugglemonster, you should read them Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen and Kelly Murphy.

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Candlewick Press

Two more roar-some books for monster fanatics: Mo Willems’ Leonardo the Terrible Monster and Annie Bach’s Monster Party.

7. If they love Jungle Junction, you should read them Monkey Truck by Michael Slack.

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Henry Holt and Co.

Check out Elecopter by Michael Slack for more vehicular jungle hijinks.

8. If they love Ni Hao, Kai-Lan, you should read them Orange Peel’s Pocket by Rose A. Lewis and Grace Zong.

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Harry N. Abrams

Two more cute stories that have to do with Chinese culture: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas and The Dinner That Cooked Itself.

9. If they love Dinosaur Train, you should read them Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon.

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Sterling Children’s Books

Want more dinosaur fun? Of course you do. Seek out: Tea Rex by Molly Idle, Jonny Duddle’s Gigantosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Zachariah OHora.

10. If they love Chuggington, you should read them And the Train Goes… by William Bee.

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Candlewick

Chugga-chugga-chugga your way to the library for these other train picture books: Jason Carter Eaton’s How to Train a Train and All Aboard by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Mike Lowery.

11. If they love Blues Clues, you should read them Murilla Gorilla: Jungle Detective by Jennifer Lloyd and Jacqui Lee.

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Simply Read Books

Is your petite detective looking for even more mysteries to solve? Try The Mystery Hat or Richard Scarry’s The Great Pie Robbery and Other Mysteries.

12. If they love Super Why, you should read them Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz.

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Puffin

Want some more fun retellings of classic fairy tales or nursery rhymes? We’ve got you covered: try Goldilocks and Just One Bear and Other Goose: Re-Nurseried and Re-Rhymed Children’s Classics.

13. If they love Yo Gabba Gabba!, you should read them Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border.

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Philomel

An animated version of Peanut Butter & Cupcake would fit right in on a “Friendship” themed episode of Yo Gabba Gabba and Lost Sloth by J. Otto Seibold is an incredibly fun book with a Gabba-esque tone. Get ‘em!

14. If they love Go, Diego, Go!, you should read them If an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer and Laura Wood.

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Scarletta Kids

Animal lovers like Diego are also bound to enjoy Just Ducks and Hippos Can’t Swim (And Other Fun Facts).

15. If they love Wallykazam, you should read them Take Away the A by Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo.

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Enchanted Lion Books

Sadly these books don’t feature Borgelorp or Bobgoblin, but they’re still swell – Al Pha’s Bet for more fun with words (in a way Wally would appreciate) and Giant Dance Party for grooving Gina-style.

16. If they love Olivia, you should read them The Sign on Rosie’s Door by Maurice Sendak.

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HarperCollins

For more eccentric adventures with imaginative girls, seek out Agnes Rosenstiehl’s Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? and Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! by Dominique Roques and Alexis Dormal.

Of course you should also buy copies of the books the show is based on: Olivia, Olivia and the Missing Toy, Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia Helps with Christmas, Olivia Forms a Band, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, and Olivia Goes to Venice (all by Ian Falconer).

17. If they love Gaspard and Lisa, you should read them Henri’s Walk to Paris by Leonore Klein and Saul Bass.

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Universe

For more Parisian fun, hunt down Come With Me To Paris or Paris-Chien: Adventures of an Ex-Pat Dog.

18. If they love Sid the Science Kid, you should read them Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman.

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Add to your own science kid’s library and purchase A Drop of Blood and Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes.

19. If they love The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, you should read them Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer and Christopher Silas Neal.

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Chronicle Books

I don’t think that there are any actual Thinga-ma-jiggers on the market, but Rainbows Never End and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena, Hannah Eliot, and Pete Oswald is definitely available for purchase. Soon you’ll know a lot about “that” (just like the Cat).

(It goes without saying that you should add the original The Cat in the Hat books to your family’s library – you need your Dr. Seuss.)

20. If they love Handy Manny, you should read them Tools Rule! by Aaron Meshon.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Another option for any kid who dreams of being enrolled in Manny’s School for Tools: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts.

21. If they love Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, you should read them Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea and Lane Smith.

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Roaring Brook Press

Yippee-i-oh-ki-ay! There’s even more western fun to be had with A Night on the Range by Aaron Frisch and Chris Sheban.

22. If they love Max & Ruby, you should read them Chloe, Instead by Micah Player.

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Chronicle Books

LeUyen Pham’s Big Sister, Little Sister and Trixie Ten by Sarah Massino are two other fine books dealing with sibling relationships (along with the original Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells).

23. If they love The Fresh Beat Band, you should read them Symphony City by Amy Martin.

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McSweeney’s McMullens

More story time material for music enthusiasts: Frogs Play Cellos and Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin.

24. If they love Dora the Explorer, you should read them Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and John Para.

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Chronicle Books

For another dose of bilingual (Spanish/English) adorableness, try Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya and Melissa Sweet.

25. If they love Peg + Cat, you should read them 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet.

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Harry N. Abrams

Fun books involving math + your kid = a great bedtime story session.

Check out – Minnie’s Diner: A Multiplying Menu by Dayle Ann Dodds and John Manders, Double the Ducks by Stuart J. Murphy and Valeria Petrone, and the book Peg + Cat is based on: The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson.

26. If they love Julius Jr., you should read them If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen.

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Dial

Julius loves to invent things and so do the kids in these books: If I Built a Car (another Chris Van Dusen book, like the one above) and The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires.

27. If they love The Octonauts, you should read them The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino.

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Dragonfly Books

Like Steve Zissou, the Octonauts were obviously inspired by Jacques Cousteau.

For more under the sea adventuring, look for: The Bear’s Sea Escape and Matthias Picard’s Jim Curious: A Voyage to the Heart of the Sea in 3-D.

Plus – the adorably illustrated actual Octonauts books.

28. If they love Franklin and Friends, you should read them Bear’s Big Bottom by Steve Smallman and Emma Yarlett.

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Capstone

Looking for some more anthropomorphism fun in the forest? Yeah you are. Take a gander at the classic books about Frances the badger by Russell and Lillian Hoban.

29. If they love Peppa Pig, you should read them Baking Day at Grandma’s by Anika and Christopher Denise.

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Philomel

Just like these bears, Peppa loves spending time with her grandparents.

If you’re looking for a book with a curly tailed protagonist, check out the Poppleton series by Cynthia Rylant and Mark Teague.

30. If they love PAW Patrol, you should read them The Rescuers by Margery Sharp and Garth Williams.

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New York Review Books Children’s Collection

If your son or daughter enjoys watching the dogs of PAW Patrol save the day, he or she would definitely love to listen to you read The Rescuers by Margery Sharp. It’s the book the classic Disney film is based on and it’s funny *and* exciting.

If you’re simply looking for some cute books featuring canine characters, you may be interested in Emily Gravett’s Dogs or David Ezra Stein’s I’m My Own Dog.

31. If they love Sesame Street, you should read them Count on the Subway by Paul DuBois Jacobs, Jennifer Swender, and Dan Yaccarino.

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Knopf Books for Young Readers

There are a million reasons why Sesame Street is awesome, but one of them just so happens to be that it takes place in the city: there aren’t a ton of shows for kids that take place outside of the suburbs. Count On The Subway is a charming city-set book, and so is Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle and G. Brian Karas.

If you have a fairy-in-training like Abby Cadabby on your hands, you may want to purchase Alice the Fairy by David Shannon.

32. If they love Tickety Toc, you should read them Busy Bunny Days by Britta Teckentrup.

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Chronicle Books

For more fun with time (tic toc, tic toc) you should purchase: The Grouchy Ladybug and What’s the Time, Mr Wolf.

33. If they love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, you should read them Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood and Jonathan Bean.

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HMH Books

Like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the following books focus on feelings and emotions in enjoyable ways: Tad Carpenter’s I Say, You Say: Feelings, Chris Raschka’s Clammy Clam, and The Quarreling Book by Charlotte Zolotow and Arnold Lobel.

34. If they love Peter Rabbit, try reading them A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham.

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Balzer + Bray

Beatrix Potter is the queen of the whole adorable-animals-livin’-their-lives genre, and if your kids love the new Peter Rabbit show you should definitely read them her books… but an animal lover can’t survive on Beatrix Potter alone! By no means. Buy this treasury, but supplement it with Houndsley and Catina and Adventures with Barefoot Critters.

35. If they love Special Agent OSO, you should read them Everyone Can Learn To Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka.

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Schwartz & Wade

On his show, Special Agent Oso helps kids learn how to do things with “three special steps” – this sweet book by Chris Raschka is just as merrily instructional.

36. If they love Zack and Quack, you should read them One Red Dot by David A. Carter.

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Little Simon

Zack and Quack live in a pop-up book world and these are excellent pop-up books: Under the Ocean and Alpha Bugs.

37. If they love Bubble Guppies, you should read them Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner and Andy Rash.

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Chronicle Books

Bubble Guppies is a treat because it allows kids who haven’t even started school yet to see what it will be like when they eventually go (minus the whole under the water aspect) – here are some more awesome school-related books: Follow the Line to School, Maisy Goes to Preschool, and B. Bear and Lolly: Off to School.

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