Favorite Books for Children


A couple months ago I let my 3-year-old select all the books we brought home from the library.  Boy was that a mistake.  The next week I read a dumb book about a big blue frog over. and over.and over.and over again.

I decided to do a little research and discover what books I actually would want to read to my toddler over.and over.and over again.  I looked at some blogs, talked with some friends, and referred to some of my own favorites and compiled these lists.

Our library allows you to reserve books online and they pull them from the shelves for you.  Actually a lot of library systems offer this service online for free!  If your library does this too, copy and paste my friend!

Book Suggestions for toddlers (2-4 year olds)

  1. Go away, big green monster! By Emberley, Ed
  2. Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm By Cowley, Joy
  3. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Stephen Carpenter
  4. There’s an Alligator Under my Bed by Mercer Mayer
  5. The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth
  6. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  7. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  8. One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish by Dr. Seuss
  9. Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, too?  by Eric Carle
  10. Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean
  11. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
  12. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  13. Curious George by H.A. Rey
  14. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  15. I Love You, Grandpa by Jillian Harker and Daniel Howarth
  16. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do you See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
  17. The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
  18. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  19. My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk
  20. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
  21. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  22. King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently and Helen Oxenbury
  23. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numerous
  24. Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth
  25. Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

A few more books that have been recommended to me as being my friends’ favorites (but that I haven’t read yet):

  • I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
  • My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard
  • I Really Like Slop! and/or Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  • Shiver Me Letters: a Pirate ABC by June Sobel

Some books with few words (great for babies) are:

  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • I Love You, Little One by Nancy Tafuri
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Shertle
  • Dog Wants to Play by Christine McDonnell
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
  • Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
  • My Farm Friends by Wendell Minor
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Dinner Time by Jan Pienkowski
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen

And some books with more words (great for pre-k/Kindergarten with longer attention spans) are:

  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Amelia Bedevil by Peggy Parish
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo By Arlene Mosel
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • The Big Fib by Melissa Anderson

And some chapter book suggestions for kids (grades 2-4):

  • Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty Bard MacDonald
  • Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson
  • Shadrach by Meindert De Jong
  • The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
  • Chocolate by Hershey: A Story about Milton S. Hershey by Betty Buford
  • Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown

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