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Favorite Children’s Books – A Top Ten

Posted on: January 3, 2012

Top Ten {Tuesday} I love reading. And if there is one trait I want to pass along to my children {besides a love of Indian food}, it’s to have a love of reading as well. Because of that, we read. A lot. After countless trips to the library, reaching the max limit of books allowed and reading for hours a day, I’ve got my favorite “go to” children’s books.

1. Fancy Nancy {by Jane O’Connor} – I love Nancy because she uses “big” words and gives easy definitions {a plume is a feather}. Plus, the stories lines are super cute, girly, but oh so smart. And it doesn’t hurt that Nancy loves all things Parisian.

2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe {by C.S. Lewis} – I don’t remember when I originally read this first book in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, but I have always loved it. Even as a child. And over the Christmas break, I decided to read it to Julia. Based on her begging to read it every day, I think she loved it too.

3. Where The Wild Things Are {by Maurice Sendak} – Again, a favorite from my own childhood, I think this book perfectly represents my two queens of all wild things.

4. Chester’s Way {by Kevin Henkes} – A great story about being your own person, making friends and taking adventures.

5. Green Eggs and Ham {by Dr. Seuss} – While all of Dr. Seuss’s books rock, I love this one the most. That could be because I use it as leverage when my girls don’t want to try new foods – I just tell them, “I do like them Sam I am!” and they buy it every time.

6. Good Dog, Carl {by Alexandra Day} – The “Carl” series is a sweet story of a Rottweiler who plays nanny for a baby. There are very few words, but the pictures are sweet, creative and lead to lots of fun imaginative questions.

7. Harold and the Purple Crayon {by Crockett Johnson} – Harold, an inquisitive boy, makes his own world with his purple crayon in hand. A favorite with Julia because of all the purple.

8. Olivia {by Ian Falconer} – A spunky, adventurous little pig with great style. What’s not to love?

9. Giggle, Giggle, Quack {by Doreen Cornin} – Hilarious. Seriously, every time I read it, I belly laugh. Love it.

10. Harry Potter {by J.K. Rowling} – While this series is too mature for the kids right now, I’m looking forward to the time we can all read it together.

What are your favorite children’s books?

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6 Responses to "Favorite Children’s Books – A Top Ten"

I can’t wait until Hudson gets past the board book stage. He loves “reading”, but often doesn’t let me read the story, he just likes to turn the pages. I’ll have to save this list for the future. Also- that Giggle, Giggle, Quack book I’m definitely checking out. I found Click, Clack, Moo back when i was doing a preschool nutrition ed project during my internship and thought it was the cutest thing, and so funny ๐Ÿ™‚

Click, Clack, Moo is another great one!

Ooh, Great list!
Harold and the Purple Crayon Series makes my list for sure!
My 3 year old son also LOVES the WordBird series. Unfortunately, they’re only available in library binding — so I have to keep checking them out every week ๐Ÿ™‚
And I haven’t found a PD Eastman book that wasn’t a hit with him, either! Especially the Big Dog, Little Dog series.
And if I want to hear his belly laugh, any Elephant and Piggy book by mo Willems does the trick!

I’ve never heard of WordBird… We’ll have to look into it!

And Big Dog, Little Dog is great!! Such sweet little stories.

Oh my goodness, with the exception of only a few on your list, our bookshelves have several of these books. Fancy Nancy (I think every book they’ve published) is a favorite around here. So are the Dr. Seuss books. We try to read them to the girls super fast because they are always tongue twisters. It often results in lots of giggles. ๐Ÿ™‚

We read Fox in Sox to Julia every night for months. Man, that one is a tongue twister!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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