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

Turn screen time into reading time.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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.




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.




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.


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.


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.




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.




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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Chronicle Books


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

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