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!"
We love all of the Sandra Boynton books, especially Snuggle Puppy. Our newest favorites are the Betty Bunny series, they're funny and my daughter (and I) can relate to them a lot. Another cute one my daughter likes a lot right now is "That's when I'm happy" by Beth Shoshan.
This 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?
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!
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.
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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