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What’s On Your Shelf?

Posted by on July 14, 2014

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?
Children’s Edition


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?

9 Responses to What’s On Your Shelf?

  1. sparksofember

    My daughter’s favorites, although she’s starting to get too old for them:
    Wiggle by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin
    Thump, Quack, Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
    Itsy Bitsy Spider by Kate Toms (very cute because he figures out a way to climb the spout)
    Archibald’s Opposites – Veggietales – we got this in a Chik-fil-A kid’s meal! So funny.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Thank you for the suggestions! I will have to look them up the next time we are at the library. We do have Archibald’s Opposites. They love Veggie Tales. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jenelle Leanne

    Oh the number of books… but a few of my kiddos’ favorites are:
    Fly Blanky Fly – Anne Margaret Lewis
    The Napping House – Audrey Wood
    Two Speckled Eggs – Jennifer K. Mann
    (inexplicably, as there are no words) Wonder Bear – Tao Nyeu
    The Eensy Weensy spider – Mary Ann Hoberman
    Goodnight, I Love You – Caroline Jayne Church
    That’s Not My Puppy – ??
    Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell
    Tales of the Kingdom – David and Karen Mains
    Fancy Nancy
    Any of the Dora or Diego books (which make me want to tear my hair out – there’s a reason we don’t watch them)
    Also the Care Bears Books have been a big hit with the 2 year old lately (only slightly better than Dora)
    Come to the Fairies’ Ball – Jane Yolen
    Little White Rabbit – Kevin Henkes (anything about bunnies or rabbits, actually, the 5 year old loves them)
    The Lonely Book – Kate Bernheimer (this one is my current favorite) 🙂

  3. claremdavidson

    Anything by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo; Day Money, Night Monkey; Room on the Broom etc.). Eleanor loved listening to them when she was little and can now read them to herself.

    At the moment she’s loving the Fairy Pony books by Zanna Davidson. They are an introduction to chapter books and she adores them.

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hi Clare! I will have to check those out! I’ve been wondering when I can start introducing chapter books. Can’t wait! I think my little girl will love the Fairy Pony books. I haven’t heard of any that you’ve mentioned. Yea! Can’t wait to visit the library this week and see what I can find. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      • Jenelle Leanne

        Ooh, the Fairy Pony books sound intriguing.

        How old is your daughter? Mine is 5 (6 in Oct) and has been seriously enjoying the American Girl books this summer. We only read about a chapter a day.

  4. Bethany A. Jennings

    I kept marking this post as “unread” in my feedly reader so I could sit down sometime and comment with favorite kids’ books! 😀 My kids’ favorites change constantly, but some of the ones I love best to read (and they like to listen to) are:

    – “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” (BEST fairy tale twist ever! – adorable AND funny)
    – Anything by Roy Gerrard…funny, intelligent, beautiful illustrations and prose
    – “King Bidgood’s In the Bathtub” (a childhood favorite of mine too)
    – “Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z”
    – P.D. Eastman books like “Are You My Mother?” and “Go Dog Go”
    – Beatrix Potter stories
    – the Sheep books: “Sheep in a Jeep,” “Sheep in a Shop”, “Sheep out to Eat,” “Sheep on a Ship”
    – “Love You Forever”
    – “The Cat in the Hat,” of course, and “The Foot Book”
    – “First Things First: A Baby’s Companion”, a sweet illustrated book of nursery rhymes, animals, alphabet and numbers, and other things babies like
    – “Dinosaurs A – Z” (it was fantastic to find a dino book suitable for toddlers without any macroevolution commentary!)
    – “Stellaluna”
    – “Dear Zoo”
    – “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”

    There are soooooo many others! But those are a few favorites. 😀

    • J.L. Mbewe

      That is quite the list! Thank you so much! I will definitely be adding these to mine. Too bad the library only lets us check out 12 books at a time. Ha!

      I have never read the English version of Love You Forever, but I did read the Spanish one, Siempre Te Querré. Which I have read once or twice to the kiddos. (Special story here. The first time I read it, I was reading it and translating out loud to a friend of mine who was helping me with my Spanish in Barnes and Noble, and we busted out crying at the end. ha! Later, she gave me the book. 🙂 )

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