This is the flip side of "children's books I hate."
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Where The Wild Things Are
A book by the author of Little Bear called No Fighting No Biting that I loved when I was a kid
In The Night Kitchen
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What are your all-time favorite children's bookspost #1 of 558/7/13 at 11:47amThread Starterpost #2 of 558/7/13 at 2:27pmpost #3 of 558/7/13 at 2:53pmThread Starterpost #4 of 558/8/13 at 11:15am
some new favorites i have discovered since becoming a mom:
Mole Music by David McPhail (i buy this for every child i know now)
Willa and the Wind by Janice Del Negro
The Wind Boy by Ethel Cook Eliot (a magical chapter book for older kids)
Mama, Do you Love Me? by Barbara Joosse
The Runaway Bunny
The Root Children
Frog & Toad stories (all of them!)post #5 of 558/8/13 at 11:18am
anything written or illustrated by Don and Audrey Wood:
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear
The Napping House
We also love the Pigeon books (Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, et. al.)
Chica Chica Boom Boom
Llama, Llama books (Llama Llama Red Pajama, et. al.)post #6 of 558/8/13 at 11:27amThread StarterMy kids both love/loved The Napping House.
And we also love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
My younger one loves The Snowy Day, and I remember loving that one as a child too. When he puts a snowball in his pocket and takes a bath and then goes to find his snowball and it's gone, she loves saying, "It melted! It melted!"post #7 of 558/8/13 at 11:29ampost #8 of 558/8/13 at 11:32am
One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer (which led to a game we call 'you twerked my snerk!' whereby my 3yo squeezes my nose and then laughs himself sillly)
Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like (Jay Williams and Mercer Mayer)
Any of the Richard Scary Busytown books, but especially the ones with Dingo and/or Goldbug
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
Anything by Chris Van Dusen, but esepcially the Circus Ship, and Randy Riley's Really Big Hitpost #9 of 558/8/13 at 11:39ampost #10 of 558/8/13 at 12:56pmpost #11 of 558/8/13 at 1:47pmThis is great, I saw the books we hate thread too.. I am in the UK so we have some similar books and some different ones. I really like: Dear Zoo (Rod Campbell), Peace at Last (Jill Murphy) - I can recite that one backwards and still love it, Eric Carle books of course and Richard Scarry (although I saw several people hate his stuff on the other thread - I can't see what's not to like about most of his zaniness but maybe it's not as common over here so retains some freshness?)
My kids like the Dig, Dig, Digging series by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe too. Well, the younger one does. Big brother is really into Frog and Toad, Mouse Tales, May I bring a Friend, the Octonauts books (I only allowed him to have the Meomi ones though, not the TV series spin-off ones), Ezra Jack Keats books (we don't have him in the UK but have imported them for my children!
For me, I like Frog and Toad and Little Bear and most of the Barefoot books too - especially Listen, Listen and Who's in the Forest?post #12 of 558/8/13 at 2:38pmpost #13 of 558/8/13 at 3:24pmThread Starterpost #14 of 558/8/13 at 3:56pmpost #15 of 558/8/13 at 5:00pm
Anything by Sarah Stewart. The Library, the Gardener, etc. They're beautifully illustrated, typically feature strong/eccentric protagonists, and have surprising depth and often historical context for picture books.
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan. I cry almost every time I read this book. I don't even know why, just the sweet simplicity, the love evident in the family portrayed, the beautiful illustrations and narrative.
Twilight Comes Twice and Hello Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher. Beautiful, poetic, complex but graspable for young children.
ALLLLLL of David Wiesner's books. Tuesday, Flotsam, June 29, Hurricane (just got this one and I read it, I'm saving it for the coming months known as "hurricane season" around here!).
ALLLLLLLLL of Barbara Lehman's books; Rainstorm is a perennial favorite amongst my children but we love the others too.
The Frog and Toad books.
Robert Munsch's The Paper Bag Princess. Having a bunch of girls, I love stories that empower girls (even under the title "princess") rather than putting them in patriarchal boxes. I love most of Munsch's books. Not all that fond of "Love you forever," and some of them border on crude, but I still like most of them.
The Little Bear books (and TV show too... I usually despise preschooler TV but Little Bear has a special place in my heart).
Pippi Longstocking and the Noisy Village series... yes there are things we don't care for in how adults treat some children, but those references are so minor and don't impact the overall themes and fun of the books, so we love them!
All of Jan Brett's books.
Don't even let me start on independent readers and tween/teen series!post #16 of 558/8/13 at 5:34pmQuote:
Those were favorites of ours, too.
Some others I loved:
Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown
Some Babies by Amy Schwartz
everything by Russell Hoban - How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen, The Sea-Thing Child, The Rain Door, They Came from Aargh!, and many more
everything by Dr. Seuss
The Maggie B. by Irene Haas
Half a Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon
First Tomato and The Island Light by Rosemary Wells
My Farm by Alison Lester
Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
A Pocketful of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill
For older kids, I love Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, everything by Astrid Lindgren, and Tove Jansson's Moomin books.post #17 of 558/8/13 at 5:42pmFor children my LOs age (3) I love
All the Hairy McLary/Slinky Malinky books
John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat
Make Way For Ducklings
Anything by Alison Lester
As a child I loved the Anne of Green Gables series, Little House on the Prarie series, Pippy Longstocking, 101 Dalmations (the Dodie Smith original not the Disney version), the Muddle-headed Wombat series. And heaps of others I can't remember off hand.post #18 of 558/8/13 at 7:00pm
Second the Maple Hill Farm books
Whistle for Willie (Ezra Jack Keats)
Farmer Will (Jane Cowen-Fletcher)
Rabbits and Raindrops (Jim Arnosky)
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go (Richard Scarry)
Four Little Kittens (Golden Books)
Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? (Dr. Seuss)
Please Puppy Please! (Spike Lee)
10 Minutes to Bedtime! (Peggy Rathmann)
Little Mouse, Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear (Don Wood)
A little older:
Henry and Mudge books (Cynthia Rylant)
My Cat, The Silliest Cat in the World (forget)
Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathmann)
Maple Hill Farm books (Provenson)
We are just starting this section
Then there is Winnie the Pooh and House on Pooh Corner which I read to dd1 everyday when she was 2-4, but not sure where to put it.
I'm sure I have more favorites that we have loved and still love going back to, but this is the list off the top of my head.post #19 of 558/8/13 at 8:04pm
Jamberry (Burce Degen)
The Blackberry Mouse (Matthew Grimsdale)
Going to sleep on the farm (Wendy Cheyette Lewison)
A quilt for baby (Kim Lewis)
Napping House (Audery Wood)
Piggies (Audrey Wood)
All the Places to Love (Patricia MacLachlan) our midwife suggested this book to us after my first home birth. Such a sweet story!
My 4 yr old son (who self weaned at 4) always pick Best Milk (Kate Carothers)post #20 of 558/8/13 at 10:12pmQuote:
We probably have 6 Henry and Mudge books checked out from the library right now. We're also fans of Mr. Putter and Tabby books, also by Cynthia Rylant. Who knew that stories about an old man and his cat could be so entertaining?
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