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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

25 Children's Books Worth Reading (and some you probably haven't heard about)

Having spent many of my working hours pre-Caroline in a preschool classroom reading book after book I knew that reading would be an important part of my parenting style. Caroline first discovered book at 2 months old when I, in an attempt to entertain her in between naps, pulled out Dr. Seuss' ABCs. She's been completely mesmerized by the book ever since. 

I started working on a list of favorite children's books before Caroline was even born (based off the books I read to my class). Now that list is growing rapidly as I discover more books with Caroline (and yes, many fails that don't make the list). 

Here is my (and baby Caroline's) list of 25 Children's Books Worth Reading... 

(in no particular order)

1) On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman, celebrating the one and only ever you

2) The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann, such a fun book about a little boy who saves the day when the babies crawl away from the town fair chasing after butterflies. 

3) The Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton, Hippos and their appreciation for their belly buttons...or as they say "bee bo"! Lots of silly fun. 

4) It's Time to Sleep My Love by Nancy Tillman, beautiful pictures and a beautiful bedtime lullaby in story form. 

5) The Story of Ferdinand

6) The Kissing Hand, a good story for children nervous about being away from home and mommy

7) Goodnight Ocean

8) Horton Hears a Who

9) Marshmallow by Clare Turlay Newberry, a classic tale of how a bunny and cat become friends despite their instinctual differences

10) The Runaway Bunny, about a mother's love for her little bunny

11) Owl Moon, this story about exploring the snowy woods after dark is great for a snow day

12) Bread and Jam for Frances, a good story for picky eaters

13) Night, Night Little Pookie

14) The Duckling Gets a Cookie?

15) Goodnight Moon

16) Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? 

17) Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman 

18) Love Song for a Baby by Marion Dane Bauer 

19) Tell Me About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis, a beautiful story about adoption and how it makes a family

20) Tumford the Terrible by Nancy Tillman, a fun book about a mischievous cat learning to say "I'm sorry"

21) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 

22) I Love You Forever

23) Dr. Seuss' ABCs

24) The Jesus Storybook Bible, our favorite children's Bible...very gospel centered as it carries the theme  of a Savior and our need for him into every story including the Old Testament ones

25) Shelia Rae the Brave

Oh, and in case you're wondering in these pictures Caroline and I are reading On the Night You Were Born by my favorite children's book author Nancy Tillman.

What are some of your favorite children's books to read to your child?


Claire said...

Oh, how sweet! I love these!

Cristin said...

We LOVE Dr Seuss' ABC book in our house too (along with a few of the others on your list). It has actually been so well loved we're on our 2nd copy!
Found you through Kelly's Korner :)

Summer said...

You have to read my post! Nancy Tillman is our favorite author and I did a link up with Kelly in 2010 when she did this same Favorite Children's books and in January Nancy Tillman's Freelance got a hold of me and had me send one of our books of hers to her to be personalized for K. You will have to read the back story of it all but it's pretty amazing! I love all her books and the messages that you are the one and only ever you and you are loved and well I just love her! I love Good Night Moon too a lot! What a great list. K is in Kindergarten now and I am so happy I have some friends who are teachers because they give us a good list of books to read to her. She is in Kindergarten and she is reading on a third grade level!

Love your blog and your daughter is just precious!

Natasha said...

We love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom at our house! You've got some great books on this list. Thanks for sharing.

rockinabbs29 said...

Hi! found you on a linkup! I’m a new follower!

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