Kids’ Books We Love

Here is a list of our family’s favorite children’s books.

Storytime in our house is one of my favorite times of the day. Most of our books have been read too many times to count. They are battered, torn, taped back together — you name it.

Our copy of “Goodnight Gorilla” is so worn it looks like the gorilla escaped one night and had it for a snack.

There are countless reasons why reading to your children is so important. To read a post I wrote about the power of storytime, click on “Turn the Page.”

I am always on the lookout for new stories to add to our collection. I’d love it if you left a comment with book titles you’ve enjoyed!

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…even more to come!

8 thoughts on “Kids’ Books We Love

  1. I let out a little ‘eep!’ when I found this page after nosing around your new digs. What a gorgeous collection of book covers and there are so many titles there that have been favourites in our house too (Make Way for Ducklings, The Little House, The Lorax, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, Frog and Toad Are Friends are standouts for me, and Richard Scarry was on constant replay when my boys were young). We are a B-I-G book family and always have a family book on the go that we all read together, in addition to the other reading we do. I’ve written about our favourite family novels (so far) on my blog, here: http://wuppenif.com/2010/12/08/the-very-best-family-books/, to which we later added Watership Down and several others. My nearly nine year old still loves me to read to him every day, and our favourites in recent years include Esther Averill’s gorgeous stories about Jenny the Cat, Toys Go Out and Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins, and The Borrowers series (which we’re just coming to the end of). It’s harder to consistently bring our reading to a satisfying close (ie no cliffhangers or anxious moments in the story) at bedtime with novels, and I’m finding that I’m doing a bit of creative writing on the fly to create pauses that will work for us on some nights! A few that I’d add to the picture book list: Night Cars by Teddy Jam, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Jolly Postman by the Ahlbergs, Stick Man and The Mouse and the Snail by Julia Donaldson, A Busy Year by Leo Lionni, White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen by Sheree Fitch, Have You Seen Birds? by Barbara Reid (oh, how I wish I could put words together like she does in this book!) and…well, I have to stop there before I run on any further! We still read quite a few of our picture books from time to time, but they are definitely fading out of our regular reading now that my youngest is nearly nine.

    • Wowsie Dowsie, what an unbelievable comment, Dagne! I suspected reading was one of your family’s favorite activities, just like ours. :) Thank you for all those great suggestions! I can’t wait to check them out. You painted a beautiful picture of the importance of reading to your children, and for that, I thank you.

  2. If you have not read it yet The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown is a great book with beautiful illustrations. I had it for my boys when they were young and now read it to my little grandson

    • I haven’t read that one — thank you for suggesting it! I do enjoy Margaret Wise Brown very much, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for The Runaway Bunny (great name). Which reminds me, I should put The Important Book up in my list, too.

  3. My dad used to read “Fox in Socks” to us all the time. It’s one of my life goals to be able to read it as fast as he could. :) There’s a newer children’s book out called “Grandpa Green.” The illustrations are clever and beautiful, and I love the little boy’s frank and simple presentation of his grandpa’s life.

    • I’ll have to check out Grandpa Green — I haven’t heard of that one. And what a fun story about Fox in Socks! :) Next time we read that one, I’ll have to make it a game, like you and your father did. I bet my kids would love that!

  4. I am a retired teacher and librarian. I love the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. The story is darling and the illustrations precious. The charming complications that arise if you do give a mouse a cookie are delightful. I don’t have any little ones, but I have read the book to my 2 dogs several times. They are especially interested in the cookie part.

    • Hi Auntie Linda! Yes — that book is definitely one of our favorites. And it’s part of series I believe, right? I haven’t read the others, but we love the original for all the reasons you mentioned. It’s a whimsical cause-and-effect that speaks to readers of all ages (even dogs, as you said!). Thanks for sharing your story! I have so many more books to add — I need to update this page. That’s a good problem to have!

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