January 28, 2005

Favorite Children's Books

Okay so there is no way this is going to be a short list, so prepare yourself. I am going to try to be more selective though, these are books that our family returns to time and time again. There are MANY great books that we check out of the library or borrow that are great for the moment. There are also many good books that we own and read from time to time. This list however is the books that we come to time and time again and the ones I want to be sure my kids do not miss, in absolutely no order other than when they came to me, I will continue adding to this over time:

Miss Rumphius - Cooney, Barbara
Library, The - Stewart, Sarah
Sailor Moo - Wheeler, Lisa
Pocketfull of Kisses, A - Penn, Audrey
Kissing Hand, The - Penn, Audrey
Little Bear (all) - Minarik, Else Holmlund
Frog and Toad (all)- Lobel, Arnold
Quick as a Cricket - Wood, Audrey
Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear, The - Wood, Audrey
Napping House, The - Wood, Audrey

Goodnight Moon - Brown, Margaret Wise
Runaway Bunny, The - Brown, Margaret Wise
You are Special - Lucado, Max
Wide Mouthed Frog, The - Faulkner, Keith
Empty Pot, The - Demi
Jesse Bear (all) - Carlstrom, Nancy White
Little House, The - Burton, Virginia Lee
On Mother's Lap - Scott, Ann Herbert
Abuela - Dorros, Arthur
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See - Carle, Eric

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Martin, Bill Jr.
Dr Suess (all)
Where the wild Things are - Sendak, Maurice
Little Sibu - Grindley, Sally
If You Give a Moose a Muffin - Numeroff, Laura (all companion series)
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon - Lovell, Patty
Make Way for Ducklings - McClosky, Robert
Mama Do You Love Me - Joose, Barbara M.
Blueberry Shoe - Dixon, Ann
Wretched Stone, The - Van Allsaburg, Chris (really any of his)

How Do Dinosaur's Say Goodnight - Yolen, Jane
Christmas in the Big Woods - Wilder, laura Ingalls (all adapted n unabridged)
My A Soundbox - Moncure, Jane Belk (entire series and all bu author)
Very Hungry Caterpillar, The - Carle, Eric (many Carle books are loved here)
My Thank You Bible - Henley, Karyn
My Mama Had a Dancing Heart - Gray, Libba Moore
Elm Tree and Three Sisters, An - Sommerdorf, Norma
Tuesday - Weisner, David
Story about Ping,The - Flack,Marjorie
Frog Alphabet, The - Pallotta, Jerry

Love You Forever - Munch, Robert
Today I Feel Silly and other Moods that make my day - Curtis, Jamie Lee
Caps for Sale - Slobodkina, Esphyr
Stone Soup - Brown, Marcia
Day with Wilbur Robinson, A - William Joyce
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Viorst, Judith
Frogs - Gibbons, Gail (Gibbons is great for all nonfiction topics)
True Book Series (non fiction books for younger kids - great)
Guess How Much I Love You - McBratney, Sam
William's Doll - Zolotow, Charlotte

Bread and Jam for Frances - Hoban, Russell (all Frances books)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - Barrett, Judi
Pickles to Pittsburg - Barrett, Judi
Animals Should Definately Not Wear Clothing - Barrett, Judi

Chapter Books - Favorite Authors - read all of their books

Cs Lewis
EB White
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Illustrated Classics Collection (abridged and illustrated versions of classics)

Specefics unabridged
Barrie, JM - Peter Pan
Mary Poppins
Anne of Green Gables

For Real Little Ones
Goodnight Moon - Brown, Margaret Wise
Time for Bed - Fox, Mem
Counting Kisses - Katz, Karen
Kisses - Szekeres, Cyndy
God Made All the Colors - Lion Publishing
Five Little LadyBugs - Gerth, Melanie
Jesse Bear What Will You Wear - Carlstrom, Nancy White
DK Touch and Feel Series (Pets, Wild Animals, Baby Animals, Cats, etc)
Baby Animals: Black and White - Tildes, Phyllis
Playing Poohsticks - Milne, AA (adapted storybook)

Tigger's Breakfast - Milne, AA (adapted)
My Many Colored Days - Dr Suess
Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now - Dr Suess
Baby Games - Nayer, Judy
Good Morning, Good Night - Mitchell, Melanie
Carrot Seed, The - Krauss, Ruth
I am a baby - Hathon, Elizabeth
Learning Numbers - A Sparkle Book


  1. I am SO buying a new printer tomorrow so I can take this list w/ me to the library!! Thanks!

  2. Just a suggestion - one of our favorite children's authors is Margaret Wise Brown. :) I love her and the illustrators she uses. I am not sure if she is still alive and writing, but she has a large selection of books to pick from.