Reblogged from my old blog… I was just thinking about doing another post like this as the summer reading program at the library has kicked off, and I’ve been perusing their shelves looking for new children’s books to read. But I realized that these books are still my kids’ favorites. Updated with a couple of new favorites on the bottom. But everything else still holds true: How do we find awesome children’s books for kids? I might have to share what I find at the end of this year. 🙂
What’s On Your Shelf?
I was looking at my kids’ bookshelf and wondering what makes a good children’s book. Some they can’t get enough of, and some they aren’t interested in them, yet. My oldest is influenced by some of the movies he has seen. So we have some Cars and Veggietales books, but a bunch of their favorites are ones we’ve stumbled on or were given to us instead of ones I’ve picked up thinking they’d like it. So how do we find books they love? When I go to the library or bookstore, I’m a little overwhelmed with all the choices available, and with two rambunctious kiddos in tow, I don’t have time to peruse their shelves. Either way, I’m always looking for some great children’s stories.
Here’s a list of some of their favorite books thus far based on how often I’ve had to read them for the past four years:
- Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
- Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss
- Peek-a-Boo, I Love You by the De Villiers Family
- Good Night, Sleep Tight, Little Bunnies, Dawn Apperley
- Rock it, Sock it, Number Line by Bill Martin Jr & Michael Sampson
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
- Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aarema
- Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle
- Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig
- Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
- Pete the Cat by James Dean
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- Of course anything related to the movies they’ve seen
- My son loves my book, Ship: The Epic Story of Maritime Adventure by Brian Lavery
My favorite children’s book: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. How morbid! I’m wondering when to introduce that one to them. Ha!
So what’s out there? If you have kids, what books do they devour? What’s your favorite children’s book?