Kid Curated Books is a project that arose from my passion in choosing interesting, engaging, thought-provoking books for my children. Reading is transformative. It opens children up to worlds they hadn’t before even dared imagine. Who could have possibly pictured the Quidditch World Cup before JK Rowling described it so perfectly? Or the giant spiders catching the poor dwarves in their webs before Bilbo saves the day? And reading gives kids the confidence to follow their dreams because they’ve learned how far others have gotten by doing just that. A Judge Grows in the Bronx shows us how Justice Sotomayor began her life in a humble New York tenement, before following her dreams to the very top of her profession. Firebird tells the story of how Misty Copeland overcame her own fears and doubts to become the first African American female Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Reading can also just be plain fun. Who doesn’t laugh while reading The Book With No Pictures or Ivy and Bean?

While I could choose dozens of really fun or thoughtful books for our home library, if the books didn’t interest my children, they wouldn’t listen to them. Fast forward to me spending hours online researching what Finnegan would like next since he loved The Mysterious Benedict Society. Or what Sabine would like along the lines of Daisy Dawson is On Her Way. Or what could possibly satisfy Lourdes given her obsession with Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy. I soon realized I wasn’t alone. I would talk to parent after parent who bemoaned the hours they spent online researching their child’s next favorite book. Kid Curated Books gives you that time back by sending you four books each month tailored to your child’s preferences. Your child’s next favorite book is now just a few clicks away.

Our Crew

Melissa & Joe are high school sweethearts and lawyers by trade. Joe's favorite author as a child was Richard Scarry and he is bitterly disappointed many of his books are no longer available. He may start a campaign to bring them back. Melissa was obsessed with the Wrinkle in Time series growing up and read all of the books. She rooted heartily for Calvin and Meg's relationship. A romantic from the get-go.

Finnegan is a 4th grade hockey player who loves to read long chapter books and is a genius in mythology (his words). His favorite authors are Rick Riordan and JK Rowling.
Lourdes is a 1st grader who loves reading and gymnastics. Her favorite book is The Kingdom of Wrenly.
Sabine is our 1st grade tiny dancer who likes to read and color. Her favorite book is Princess Pony.



At Kid Curated Books we want to share the joy of reading with as many children as possible. For every 10 subscriptions purchased by parents at the same school, Kid Curated Books will donate a book box to the school library.



50 Books You Should Read Before 12

Our family has looked through multiple lists like this on the web, so we wanted to make one of our own. Here is the Kline & Manning Family’s 50 Books You Should Read Before You Are 12 (presented in no particular order).

1. A Wrinkle in Time 18. Love You, Forever 35. The Mixed Up Files of Basil E Frankweiler
2. Where the Wild Things Are 19. The Polar Express 36. Flora & Ulysses
3. The One and Only Ivan 20. Holes 37. Bridge to Terabithia
4. The Lemony Snicket series 21. The Monster at the End of This Book 38. Green Eggs and Ham
5. Charlotte’s Web 22. Bud Not Buddy 39. A Sick Day for Amos McGee
6. The Hobbit 23. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark 40. Corduroy
7. The Lorax 24. The Percy Jackson series 41. The Golden Compass
8. Wonder 25. Circus Mirandus 42. One
9. The Harry Potter series 26. Black Stallion 43. What Do People Do All Day
10. The Runaway Bunny 27. Penguin Problems 44. The Cay
11. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore 28. The Guardians of Childhood Series 45. The Trumpet of the Swan
12. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 29. The Boy Who Loved Math 46. The Grouchy Ladybug
13. The Fantastic Mr. Fox 30. What to Do with an Idea 47. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
14. The Giving Tree 31. Echo 48. Llama Llama Red Pajama
15. The Story of Ferdinand 32. Land of Stories 49. Knuffle Bunny series
16. The Day the Crayons Quit 33. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy 50. The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy
17. Grandpa Green 34. How to Train Your Dragon series


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