Things to Read - Kids' Books


I'm sort of a bookworm (to put it mildly) and the kids seem to be following in my footsteps. Here's a list of some books we've really enjoyed lately. (Plus, I'm excited to try out this nifty new linking tool, just click on the picture and it takes you right to amazon).

(And for more general recommendations on kids' books, click here).

Gossie (Gossie & Friends)

My three year old daughter loves this book, it's really simple (best for small children) and VERY repititive, so she can remember all the words. She likes to "read" it to us (over and over again).

Oh, Say Can You Say Di-no-saur? (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

This may be the first book we've read where I've actually been entertained and learned something entirely new. I can now name (AND PRONOUNCE) seven dinosaurs. I feel smart.

Two Little Trains

This is the perfect "i don't feel like reading a book" book. It's short, with a simple plot, (the journey of a toy train and a real train), singsong writing, and beautiful illustrations. Plus it only takes a few minutes (at most) to read.

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch)

Both my girls are princess obsessed and I'm SO SO sick of how they've adopted (at a young age) this victim mentality. "Will a prince rescue me, mom?" "Rescue you from what?" I say. So, finally, a book where the princess saves the prince. I wish Disney would make it into a movie.

The Little House Board Book

This is a classic book about the effects of time on a little house. I likes that it teaches children about change and seasons. Plus it has a happy ending, though it always makes me tear up a little.

Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books)

This is hand's down the best children's book every written. EVER.

Wild About Books (Irma S and James H Black Honor for Excellence in Children's Literature (Awards))

very catchy. i could read it over and over (and I have). For awhile, this is the only book that P would read.

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

I remember reading this when I was a kid and marveling at the balloon swimming pool. It's great to watch my children love the same book I love.


  1. Thanks for posting these -- we're always looking for something new to read around here. Our current favorites: anything by Doreen Cronin -- Click Clack Moo, Duck for President, Giggle Giggle Quack are all GREAT! :-)

  2. Thanks for the suggestions! We have Click Clack Moo, which I've heard so many great things about, but for some reason my kids just aren't into it. I'll have to try some of Cronin's other books.

  3. Gossie and Harold are two of our favorites too - and I'm going to get the others, as we're always looking for new books. Here are a few more suggestions from our current (repetitive) reading list:

    Little Blue Truck Leads the Way
    Mary Had a Little Lamp
    The Red Lemon

  4. Harold and the Purple Crayon is a favorite from MY childhood! Can't wait until DS can enjoy it too (he's only 4 months)!



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