Birthday Favorite: Children's Books.

When I was a "tween," I used to babysit for my aunt, Michelle. I loved spending time with her family, but what I was most excited for was to read some of her vast children's library. She belonged to a monthly book order club and always had new, beautiful books with crisp pages. Although I have always liked to read, these babysitting weekends helped me develop my true love for children's literature.

I still love children's books. Yes, I like reading them to my children. I love cuddling on their beds at night and reading aloud the adventures of the brave mouse, Despereaux, or relaying the silly antics of everyone's favorite kindergartener, Ramona. But, even if I didn't have children, I would collect children's books...just for me. I love to read them. Good children's books are cleaver, sweet and simple. Often, reading them is just the kind of escape I need. 

I've compiled a list of my kids' and my favorite books.  If you haven't read them, I highly recommend doing so!

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Charlie and Lola: Excuse Me But That is My Book by Lauren Child (Family Top Favorite)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Williems
Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss (Family Top Favorite)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williems (Family Top Favorite)
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Spot series by Eric Hill
Talking Turkeys by Benjamin Zephaniah
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child & Polly Borland (Family Top Favorite)
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Ryland
The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Varda Aardema

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Family Top Favorite)
Holes by Louis Sachar
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Ramona series by Beverly Cleary (Family Top Favorite)
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The BFG by Roald Dahl (Family Top Favorite)
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Family Top Favorite)
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo (Family Top Favorite)
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

I am sure I am missing some great ones, so please list any of your favorite children's book in the comments.


  1. Hi Sherbet, thanks for sharing the great list!

    I see some of the books I have in my library (for my twins), some I hope to collect still.

    A good one to add is Pinocchio!

    Read Aloud Dad

  2. I will always love the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series and Amelia Bedelia books.

    I loved your list. Reminded me of being a kid again. Funny story about Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret. In 6th grade I read it for a book report and when I showed up with my project my teacher announced it would be a peer edit. And the cutest boy in school was in my group. I was mortified! Haha!

  3. Love this list. I can't wait til my little guy really gets into story time. I'm saving this list. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Love, love, love your list. We've been doing lots of reading and trips to the library at our house. Glad to add a few good titles to our holds list to avoid as many disappointments by randomly picking books off the library shelves that "look" like they might be good. (You can browse too leisurely in the library with three kids five and under.)

  5. I can no sooner pick a favorite children's book than star in the sky! You've hit a sweet spot for me! Matter of fact, we're running out of room, for all our children's books, so much so, that my dad is coming up tomorrow to put in a built-in case to hold more! Cannot wait! Great lists!

  6. Great list! As a kindergarten teacher, I'm infatuated with children's literature. Try these out too, I think you will enjoy them!

    Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
    Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
    Winter King, Summer Queen by Mary Lister
    The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
    Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
    The Napping House by Audrey Wood
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
    Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

    And, if you're feeling a little adventurous, try Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner. I have never met a child who wasn't in love with the silliness of this series! Of course, you will have to work on your spanish accent to read it ;)

    Happy reading!

  7. Annabelle and I have been reading the "Julie" (American Girl) books. They are so much better than I would have guessed. We started with "Meet Julie", then "Changes for Julie" and we just finished "Happy New Year, Julie", which was our favorite. Happy reading!

  8. Chicken Cheeks is a new favorite, it's a picture book.

    The enormous crocodile by roald dahl is another one they love.

  9. Love your contains a lot of my favorites. I also love the complete LIW Little House series. I re-read it every year & this year am listening to the audio versions. =)

  10. I love your list! They are all great! my favorite when I was little was stuart little! :)

  11. Another favorite picture book: "All the Places to Love" by Patricia Maclachlan. Michael Wimmer's illustrations are beautiful.

  12. I know that I am a little late but we love childrens books at our house.
    Some of my little kids favorites are:
    Llama Llama Red Pajama,
    I Need My Monster,
    Run Turkey Run,
    Pinkalicious and Purplicious,

    Growing up I loved the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle series and the Box Car Children.


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