It’s National Reading Month, and to celebrate, we asked our friends at local bookstores to share their most popular children’s book titles. Read on for the list below, ranging from classics we all know and love, such as the Harry Potter series, to newer tales, including The Wolf, The Duck and The Mouse. Add new titles to your collection, or bring out the oldies and like a famed, curious little dog (Wishbone) once said, get your kid’s nose in a good book.
Founded in 1927 in Tokyo, Kinokuniya houses an array of book collections, magazines and even stationary from Japan. The first US store opened in San Francisco in 1969. Today, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to two locations in Carrollton and Plano.
100 Legacy Drive, Plano; 972/517-0226
Baby Dragon Finger Puppet Book by Chronicle Books
Ideal for your tiny tots, Baby Dragon Finger Puppet Book delves into the life of Baby Dragon as he explores the new world around him. Recommended for ages 0–3.
Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
Created by the author who brought us Captain Underpants, Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild is the sixth book in the Dog Man series. This pup fights crime alongside his pals. Recommended for ages 7–18.
Gudetama’s Guide to Life by Brian Elling
Gudetama translated from Japanese means lazy egg. This story follows Gudetama, or the lazy egg’s daily do’s and don’ts––basically a how to on being a lazy egg. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Even Interabang’s name (pronounced in-TERR-uh-bang), evokes that sense of curiosity books spark, representing a combination between a question mark (interrogative) and exclamation point (a bang). Visit for story time on Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30am for ages 4–8 (toddlers are welcome, too).
10720 Preston Road, Suite 1009B, Dallas, 214/484-4289.
Song For A Whale by Lynne Kelly
Although this book is aimed toward big kids, it’s a wholesome tale to add to your collection. The book follows a 12-year-old girl who is deaf and sets out to help a whale she makes a connection with, who also isn’t able to be heard by his species. Recommended for grades 8–12.
The Wolf, The Duck, and The Mouse by Mac Barnett
As the title suggests, this story is about a wolf, a duck and a mouse. Spoiler alert: The duck and mouse are swallowed by the wolf, and rather than panic, the animals decide to make the wolf’s stomach their humble abode. Recommended for ages 4–8.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
A book about kindness, Wishtree tells the story of a grand old tree, Red, who watches over the surrounding neighborhood. Every year, the community places their wishes on the tree with small notes. When a Muslim family moves into the neighborhood and is taunted, even asked to leave by their neighbors, Red offers insight to the importance of being kind to one another and accepting each other for their differences. Recommended for ages 8–12.
Lucky Dog Books and Paperbacks Plus
Aside from used books, peruse Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas or Paperbacks Plus in Mesquite (both of which have the same owner) for DVDs and CDs (you know, those little round discs we would play music with circa the early 2000s).
Lucky Dog Books: 10534 Garland Road, Dallas, 214/827-4860
Paperbacks Plus: 108 E. Davis St., Mesquite, 972/285-8661
Kindertransport by Kena Sosa
Follow the journey of a young girl as she travels to live with strangers before the breakout of World War II. Recommended for ages 8–12.
Rey Antonio and Rey Feo by Kena Sosa
Immerse yourself in the story of Rey Antonio (King Antonio) and Rey Feo (The Ugly King) tale. These brothers experience a bit of rivalry when the older brother, Antonio, names himself the king of the Fiesta in San Antonio. The book is also available in Spanish. Recommended for ages 4-10.
The Unhuggables by Kena Sosa
This book explores the significance of hugs and a mother’s love as a little boy refuses his mom’s hugs by pretending to be large, ferocious animals. Recommended for ages 4–8.
This bookstore-slash-coffee shop serves up hot chocolate and cappuccino with a side of books. Visit WD for story time every Sunday at 11am.
314 W. Eighth St., Dallas, 214/942-0108
Islandborn by Junot Díaz
With the help of her family and friends, Lola recollects the memories of The Island where she was born and where her family emigrated from. This picture book tale is also in Spanish. Recommended for ages 5–8.
Love by Matt de la Peña
This #1 New York Times Bestseller is a heartwarming tale about the universal bond we all share and experience throughout our lives––love. Recommended for ages 3–5.
Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder
This story follows a boy through his dreams and thoughts, who asks all sorts of questions about life (sound familiar?), including topics in myth, language, magic and loss. Recommended for ages 3–7.
Dating back to 1983, Denton’s Recycled Book carries an array of used books and vinyl collections, in addition to DVDs and CDs.
200 N. Locust St., Denton; 940/566-5688
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Your kids are probably too young to have reveled in the Harry Potter phenomenon, and the books still might be too advanced for your littles. However, stock up on the tales now, and soon enough, your kids will be casting lumos spells with a flashlight throughout the house. Recommended for ages 9–12.
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
As the first book in the oh-so-popular Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series, The Lighting Thief is a must-read for your big kids. Dive into the story of Percy Jackson, whose math teacher turns into a monster one day opening a whole new world to him. Recommended for grades 6–8.
Back Door Books
Housed in a 100-year-old building, Back Door Books, also known as Barber’s Book Store, houses 50,000 copies of out-of-print books. Visit for the classics, y’all.
901 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, 817/336-1021
Cat In The Hat and Dr. Seuss series
Relive the famed Dr. Seuss tales with your kiddos; who knows, they might even begin asking for green eggs and ham for breakfast. Recommended for ages 6–9.
Great Children’s Stories, Classic Volland Edition, by Frederick Richardson
Dating back to 1938, Great Children’s Stories includes the classics we all know and love, such as The Little Red Hen, The Wolf and the Fox, The Cat and the Mouse and many more. Recommended for ages 3–6.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone & Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Leaves and Books Tea Shop
Sip on tea on the shop’s outdoor patio while you and your kiddo catch up your favorite books. The philosophy behind the tea-slash-book shop is to provide a break from the business of everyday life––set aside your phones and tablets, and enjoy. Pro tip: Story time is typically held every second Saturday of the month with a different theme. April’s theme will center around creativity, and May focus on leadership.
120 St. Louis Ave. Suite 101, Fort Worth, 682/233-4832
Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Become inspired with Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History, highlighting 40 revolutionary women in history from pilot Bessie Coleman to poet Maya Angelou. Recommended for ages 6–10. For more inspirational books such as this one, check out Harrison’s Little Dreamers Visionary Women Around The World.
Tea Rex by Molly Idle
Read about tea while sipping tea at the Leaves and Books. In this tale, all are welcome to the tea party––even dinosaurs. Recommended for ages 3–5.
Tiny Perfect Things by Clark MH
Our neighborhood is full of surprises, especially for littles who are discovering the world. This story follows a young boy walking around his neighborhood with his grandfather. His senses become wide awake as explores nature. Recommended for ages 3–7.
Monkey and Dog Books
This local Fort Worth bookstore is one of the very few in town with an official dog; on most days, you and the kids will be greeted by the owner’s dog, Sophie. Join the kid-centric bookstore for story time on Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30am (all ages are welcome).
3608 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth, 817/489-5747
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Everyone loves tacos––even dragons. Follow the story of a dragon who just can’t get enough of tacos and the muy caliente spicy sauce. Recommended for ages 3–7.
Goodnight Cowtown by Jennifer Gaines Dez
This one is for you, Fort Worthians. Goodnight Cowtown encapsulates the cultures of Cowtown, highlighting the local museums, historical landmarks and iconic rodeo. Recommended for ages 3–5.
The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Bask in the curious tale of crayons going on strike. Recommended for ages 3–7.
The Dock Bookshop
The African-American-owned independent bookstore in Fort Worth sells items from clothing to health and beauty products, in addition to new releases and best-selling books.
6637 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 817/457-5700
Crown by Derrick Barnes
Explore the confidence a boy feels whilst in and after his barber shop visit as you turn the pages to this book. Recommended for ages 3–8.
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Written by Empire actress Grace Byers, this book gets into the important message of loving and accepting yourself and being kind to others. Recommended for ages 4–8.
Little Leaders Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison