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Old 08-18-2010, 04:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm building a library for my son as he grows. I still have a few years to collect books for it.

Some current books on my list are:

Mickey in the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Don and Audrey Wood
Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood

I'm also interested in books that teach values/lessons. What are some of your favorite, most loved children's books?
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Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Various Alfie stories by Shirley Hughes (everything she writes is wonderful)

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood

The Jolly Postman

Strega Nona by Tomi Depaola

Anything by Cynthia Rylant especially The Mr. Putter & Tabby Series & the Henry & Mudge series

Miss Rumphius

The Quilt Maker's Gift

Jamberry by Bruce Degan

My Father's Dragon (all 3 stories in one hardback is well worth it)
This was all 3 boys favorite, first long read-aloud.

Beware of Boys by Tony Blundell

Winnie the Pooh (the originals)

Several fairy tale anthologies are a must!

James Herriott's Treasury for Children (animal stories by the All Creatures Great & Small author)

My boys all loved a bunch of Jan Brett's stories like The Mitten, Goldilocks & The 3 Bears, The Christmas Trolls etc..

Catwings

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

These are mostly picture books geared toward 3ish to 8ish. I can give examples of longer chapter type books too.

I LOVE children's books and still collect them even though my boys are almost all grown up!

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My kid's all time favorite book is Giraffe's Can't Dance
http://www.amazon.com/Giraffes-Cant-.../dp/0439287197

It's about marching to the beat of your own drummer. It's such a great story, a fun read, colorful pictures etc....
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Here are a few picture books:

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan and Mike Wimmer
The Seashore Book by Charlotte Zolotow and Wendell Minor
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Dove Isabeau by Jane Yolen
More, More, More, Said the Baby by Vera Williams
Grandfather's Journey by Alan Say
I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse and Mary Whyte
The Zoe books by Barbara Reid (really anything she does)
Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein and Ed Young
Night Cars by Teddy Jam and Eric Beddows
The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman and Ted Lewin
changing, changing by Aracelis Girmay
The Circle of Days by Reeve Lindbergh and Cathie Felstead
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson and Robin Baird Lewis
Possum Magic by Mem Fox
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I have so many favorites, it would be hard to choose.

Here are two but there are sooo many others:

Grandfather Twilight
Wartville Wizard

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A few favorites we keep coming back to -

The Mitten by Jan Brett
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni
The Boy Who Didn't Want to Be Sad by Rob Goldblatt
Too Many Toys by David Shannon
Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin
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There are so many great books on this list already - we've especially loved Jamberry, all of the Jan Brett and Maurice Sendak books, and many others. Here are a few more:

Anything by Donald Crews - these are great when the kids are young, and then get pulled back out when the child is learning to read. Blue Sea was written by someone else, but illustrated by Donald Crews. The story and the illustrations are terrific.

Where the Sidewalk Ends - Shel Silverstein is our go-to book when the kiddies are sick or sad. A little Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout makes everyone feel better.

Arnold Lobel books, especially any of the Frog and Toad books - again, these are great just as stories, and get used as readers when the child is older.

Curious George - yes, it's unapologetic about snatching a monkey from the jungle, and the monkey smokes a pipe and sniffs ether, but the stories are great.

E.B. White - Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little both get read over and over and over again here.

Salamander Room - truthfully I think I love this one much more than either of my children, but in my mind, a little boy's library wouldn't be complete without it.

And, of course, Dr. Seuss.
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My kid's all time favorite book is Giraffe's Can't Dance
http://www.amazon.com/Giraffes-Cant-.../dp/0439287197

It's about marching to the beat of your own drummer. It's such a great story, a fun read, colorful pictures etc....
That sounds awesome! I'll be sure to add it to my collection!
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Thanks to everyone for posting their faves!

I just thought of a couple to add:

Tikki, Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
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I love Karma Wilson's books. They are just so much fun to read out loud! Whopper Cake is a favorite, along with the Bear series.
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I was going to add Miss Rumphius, then saw it was already posted. Warning: It made me tear up the first few times I read it aloud.

I like many of the books posted -- I would add:

Wild Child (Yolen)
The Ox Cart Man
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? (Yolen)
Annie and the Wild Animals (Brett) - also The Hat (we like almost all her books)
We also love the Tomi de Paola books - Strega Nona is a favorite!
Pumpkin Soup
Big Sister, Little Sister (Pham) (probably most appropriate for siblings, especially sisters)
Everywhere Babies
The Wild Girl (Wormell)
The Water Hole - great hidden pictures of animals!
Boynton books (I love Snuggle Puppy, and my 6 year old still loves it!)

We were gifted with the Winnie the Pooh Encyclopedia of Nature and Winnie the Pooh Encyclopedia Animals (two books). Nice pictures, interesting to wee ones and older kids too, science is accurate as far as I've noticed, and I love that the mammals section mentions on almost every animal's page that "X drinks its mother's milk."

For older kids (4+), Jack Horner has come out with a book about dinosaurs which the girls both love to read.

Grandma's Feather Bed & Sunshine on My Shoulders (John Denver) - I might like these so much because I like John Denver but I really think they're cute, and come with CDs of the song, too.

Not all who wander are lost.
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I'd also recommend getting some compilations of Greek, Roman, Norse and Asian myths, as well as some legends from aboriginal cultures around the world.

Aesop's Fables are a favourite too.
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Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
The Elephant and Piggie Books by Mo Willems
No David by David Shannon
The Rain Came Down by David Shannon

My kids love fairy tales and fables. We have a collection illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa that we read from a lot. Also, there are a lot of them in Little Golden Book format that you can easily find at thrift stores and yard sales.

Have fun! I love children's books.

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Some favourites 'round here....

Seven Silly Eaters
Pumpkin Soup
The Franklin books, although I generally stay away from "series"of this type. "Franklin Goes to the Hospital" proved absolutely invaluable when my daughter broke her leg last Spring.
Shrek (the original picture book by William Stieg)
Curious George, both original and new versions
Goodnight Moon
Something From Nothing
Greek, Roman and Norse Myths
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Fairy Tales (Hans Christian Anderson, Brothers Grimm)
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This isn't really a story book, per se, so no lessons/values... but we love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! (By Bill Martin) 'A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree...' f


Other favorites:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats
Blueberries for Sal
The Frog & Toad series
Bread and Jam for Frances
Mog the Forgetful Cat - Judith Kerr (the original, NOT the 30th anniversary one, because the words were changed from 'Drat that cat' to 'Bother that cat' )
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We have three bookcases full of childrens books so it will be very difficult to choose! I'll just list DD's favorites.

"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and most of the other Eric Carle books.
"Please, Baby, Please" by Spike Lee
"Little Fur Family" by Margaret Wise Brown
"The Peace Book" by Todd Parr
"Pumpkin Soup" by Helen Cooper
"The Gruffalo" and "The Gruffalo's Child" by Julia Donaldson
"Bartholomew and the Oobleck" by Dr. Seuss

and, most of all, this collection of classic fairy tales-

"Classic Fairy Tales" by Scott Gustafson
It has all the favorites (Snow White, Puss in Boots etc), kept true to themselves, and absolutely beautiful illustrations. That cover doesn't even begin to do it justice.

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This is for the 4 and up crowd (my 4 year old loves them as read alouds, my 7 year old devours them herself), but ANYTHING by Roald Dahl. In our house, we absolutely adore him and his creative stories. Oh my. Even I get completely absorbed in those books and have a hard time putting them down. He has quite a few, I only wish there were more. You can also make it fun by reading a book and then watching the movie (in some cases) afterwards.
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"Duck and Goose" by Tad Hills

"Robots Everywhere" by Dennis Hebson and Todd Hoffman

"The Tin Forest" by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

"The Singing Hat" by Tohby Riddle

"Duck for President" by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

"A is for Salad" by Mike Lester

"The Way Back Home" by Oliver Jeffers

"The Dangerous Alphabet" by Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly

"A Beautiful Girl" by Amy Schwartz
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Oh What A Mess
A New Home A New Friend
Totally Bored Boris

and Many more

There are also classic stories and fairy tales too

Cinderella
The Little Mermaid
Three Little Pigs
Beauty and The Beast
Pinocchio
Snow White and The Seven Dewarfs
Sleeping Beauty

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