50 Books your kids need to read before age 12

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These 50 books will give your kids the tools they need to become successful

Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, has dedicated themselves to helping children to succeed in a world that is heavily influenced by media and technology. Their goal is to supply parents, educators, and policymakers with the necessary information to prepare children for their futures.

In a recent attempt to make a positive impact on parents and educators, Common Sense Media composed a list of the 50 books that your children should read before age 12. 

The list is comprised of works that range from picture books to full blown novels. Some are timeless literary classics, others are relatively modern entries. Themes include valuable life lessons, culture, religion, and more.

"The list includes books that are known to turn a kid into a reader, books that are known to hook reluctant readers and books that have stood the test of time," said Regan McMahon, senior editor of Common Sense Media, in an interview with The Chicago Tribune.

In short, this is the essential collection of books that your child needs to read before age 12.

Check out the full list:

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus," by Mo Willems

"Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site," by Sherri Duskey Rinker

"Goodnight Moon," by Margaret Wise Brown

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar," by Eric Carle

"Where the Wild Things Are," by Maurice Sendak

"Harold and the Purple Crayon," by Crockett Johnson

"The Tale of Peter Rabbit," by Beatrix Potter

"The Cat in the Hat," by Dr. Seuss

"Frog and Toad Are Friends," by Arnold Lobel

"Madeline," by Ludwig Bemelmans

"The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh," by A. A. Milne

"Mercy Watson to the Rescue," by Kate DiCamillo

"Ramona the Pest," by Beverly Cleary

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," by Roald Dahl

"Ivy + Bean: Book 1," by Annie Barrows

"Stuart Little," by E.B. White

"Where the Sidewalk Ends," by Shel Silverstein

"Charlotte's Web," by E.B. White

"Coraline," by Neil Gaiman

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling

"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1," by C.S. Lewis

"The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread," by Kate DiCamillo

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," by Lewis Carroll

"Anne of Green Gables," by L.M. Montgomery

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