children’s books.

last night on twitter, we talked about favorite children’s books and i couldn’t believe all the books mentioned that i had forgotten about! there are so many great ones. so, what’s your favorite children’s book? i’m making a little list… would love some suggestions. most of my favorites are pictured above… xo
  1. Lauren

    How to Become a Pirate, Knufflebunny by Mo Willems, Berenstain Bears, Feathers for Lunch, and Where the Wild Things Are

  2. Sum

    Sad to say, I've only read Goodnight Moon out of this entire list. I read Where the Wild Things Are for the first time last week. I'm starting to get into reading children's books that I missed out on when I was younger and reading them now. How exciting for you and Josh that you will get to read to your baby! :)

  3. Ingrid

    i love, love, loved books by elsa beskow: peter in blueberry land, pelle's new suit, woody hazel and little pip… such beautiful stories and illustrations!

  4. Kristan

    I am just discovering your blog – and loving it! "Are you my Mother" was the first book that was actually mine and not my older sister's….and for that, I loved it!

  5. Steph

    click clack moo: cows that type by Doreen Cronin
    also, Of Thee I Sing by our very own Mr. President

    I just read the article on featuring mormon mommy blogs and meandered over to see what all the fuss was about. Lovin this little blog! Good luck with the baby – I just had my first in October. So fun!


  6. Prouts

    Love you Forever is one of my favorites. When You Were a Baby by Linda Hayward and I of course love Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. But my all time favorites are by Eloise Wilkin, with my favorite being Baby Dear.

  7. Meaghan

    I don't know if anyone has said this yet, but all Robert Munsch books. I grew up on them and they are so great. To name a few: Paper Bag Princess,Mud Puddle,and Something Good.

  8. Love You Forever is THE BEST! Actually anything by Robert Munsch is excellent. Some of my other favorites by Munsch are Thomas' Snowsuit and Stephanie's Ponytail. My daughter loved them too. One of my favorites as a child was Where The Wild Things Are. Loved the illustrations.

  9. OMG! Almost forgot to mention Andrew's Loose Tooth (also by Munsch). You will laugh out loud!

  10. I'll pray for bebe!

    Rabbit's new Rug, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

  11. I work with kids at the city library, and our children's librarian just introduced me to Jacques and de Beanstalk (A Cajun retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.) Priceless, and it MUST be read out-loud for optimal hilarity.

  12. I personally am a HUGE HUGE fan of Sandra Boynton.

  13. Ophelia's Shadow Theater

  14. Kelly

    Love Goodnight Moon, Love You Forever, & Are You My Mother?

    I also loved the Clifford & Berenstien Bears books when I was little. And anything by Jan Brett & Steven Kellog, wonderful stories and amazing illustration.

  15. Johanna

    "It could always be worse." You NEED to check it out if you haven't already!

  16. kirsten!

    once there were giants

  17. Alex

    the hungry caterpillar, and the what do you hear series (polar bear, baby bear, panda bear, brown bear) :)

  18. YOU will love this one!: Never Spit On Your Shoes.

    Best lessons of life from this book. :)

  19. Emma

    where the wild things are. forever and always

  20. Abby

    The Moonjumpers by Janice Udry and Maurice Sendak. This book was my absolute favorite when I was little. It's all about make believe and playing until it's dark out and you have to come in and go to bed…truly wonderful.

  21. Abby

    The Moonjumpers by Janice Udry and Maurice Sendak. This book was my absolute favorite when I was little. It's all about make believe and playing until it's dark out and you have to come in and go to bed…truly wonderful.

  22. the very hungry caterpillar
    it looked like spilt milk

    (the only ones i can think of right now…u covered some of them on ur list… love tiki tiki tembo!)

  23. Lola

    Red is Best

    U will love this little book?

  24. My Father's Dragon

    p.s. can't wait for you to have your baby love! Good luck with everything! Wishing you nothing but the best :)

  25. The Baby's Catalogue and Each Peach Pear Plum {I had this one memorized when I was young!} both by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    I love any and all of the Frances books by Russell Hoban {Frances is so, so cute!}

    Runaway Bunny and Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle

    Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

    Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

    The Giving Tree – really any of Shel Silverstein's books!

    The Three Billy Goats Gruff

    Corduroy by Don Freeman

    The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

    In the Night Kitchen, Chicken Soup with Rice, Pierre, and Where the Wild Things Are (all) by Maurice Sendak

    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

    I could go on and on. I LOVE children's books!!

  26. When our oldest was born, we read everything to her. I remember my husband reading Harry Potter to her at 2am when she couldn't sleep and I couldn't wake. Now at age 7 she is working her way through the series on her own!
    For baby/kid books, I love Goodnight Moon, Time for Bed, The Napping House, Pat the Bunny, Where the Wild Things Are and anything by Mo Willem.
    Good luck and enjoy those reading cuddles.

  27. Aly

    I love all of these books but I think my favorite one is the LOVE YOU FOREVER book. My kids and I LOVE that book :) It brings back so many memories… (of what happened last week.) lol! :)

  28. Vickey

    I have no idea if you are going to make it through all the comments, but I did not see this book mentioned and it is a MUST: "The Empty Pot" by Demi. It's about honesty. LOVE IT!
    The Frog and Toad books are pretty good, too.

  29. Monique

    I love if you give a mouse a cookie! Tiki Tiki tembo totally brought me back.

  30. I think just about all of my favorites were mentioned…ones that you can't live without: THE GIVING TREE & GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. I am also loving the "Llama" series by Anna Dewdney. Best of luck with that new little bundle of joy!

  31. Stacey

    One of my faves, that's lesser known (or lesser thought of at least), is Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs, so good.

  32. Likely

    anything illustrated be gyo fujikawa. for a long time she was out of print, they just started reprinting a few of hers. Oh What a Busy Day is my favorite. You will never tire of this book. when I was little my teacher had to tell me to stop doing this book for book reports. ha ha .

  33. Tiffster

    I ADORE a little known book called


    The prose is gorgeous, the message sublime.

    If you have a boy, you MUST get this from Amazon.

  34. Carolyne

    My favorites come from

    Eric Carle
    Mary Blair
    Gyo Fujikawa
    Hilary Knight
    AA Milne
    Maurice Sendak
    Carolyn Haywood
    Sam McBratney

    just to name a few…

  35. Anna

    I'm a preschool teacher so I have loads of favorite children's books. My favorite from childhood was (and still is)-
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Stieg

    It makes me teary every time I read it!

  36. Kayleigh

    Is Your Mama a Lama? = Awesome!

  37. Grace

    my absolute favorite -as in it makes me cry – is On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman. LOVE IT!

    Also a great one is From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. Fun & interactive!

  38. If I were going to a desert island and taking small children, these would HAVE to come:

    Good Night Gorilla
    Runaway Bunny
    Go Dog Go
    Sam & the Firefly
    Caps for Sale
    Where's the Cake (a book with no words by Thé Tjong-King)
    Where the Wild Things Are
    The Tale of Mrs. Tiggywinkle by Beatrix Potter
    The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
    Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
    Anything by Jan Brett, by particularly "Trouble with Trolls"
    Winnie the Pooh (with original illustrations, not the Disney version)
    Flicka, Ricka and Dicka Bake a Cake
    Howay for Wodney Wat
    Dylan's Day Out by Peter Catalanotto
    The Bear Who Wanted to Be a Bear by Jorg Steiner and Jorg Mueller
    Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

    They have all been read to my children so many times they are falling to pieces!

  39. Cambria

    Love you forever is my favorite baby book!!

  40. Here are a few, well more than a few I guess, of my favorite kids books:

    The Napping House
    George and Martha Books
    Tacky the Penguin Books
    Mark Teague Books
    Toot and Puddle Books
    Time For Bed
    Kevin Henkes Books
    old little golden book that was my fave as a kid: We Help Mommy
    Giraffe on the Moon
    Too Many Pumpkins
    Not Last Night But the Night Before (my 3 year old daughters new fave)
    Each Peach Pear Plum
    My daughter also really loves the Little Critter Books, and of course Where the Wild Things Are.

  41. If there is ONE children's book you buy, please buy "Someday" by Allison McGhee. It is the most beautiful book about having a baby girl and ultimately about your own Mother.

  42. Jess

    Since you're in DC, you should pick up
    "Goodnight DC", it's a spinoff of "Goodnight Moon" and it's simply cute. You can pick it up at the Senate Gift shop in the Dirksen building.

  43. Sunshine

    The Maggie B. by Irene Haas is wonderful!

  44. 1. You Are My I Love You
    2. Guess How Much I Love You
    3. I Love You, Stinkyface
    anything Eric Carle

    thanks for posting this… i have an 8 month old son and it's great to see what other parents suggest! i totally forgot about some of the books listed (Blueberries for Sal…total blast from the past!).

  45. Laura

    I just found your blog a few days & am going back through all the old posts. Just looked at my bookshelf last night at home & found a ton of great books so when I saw this, I had to share!!

    -Letters from Felix
    -Angelina Ballerina ( hmmm dance! haha)
    -The Bookshop Dog
    -If you Give a mouse a Cookie!

    Congratulations on a most precious daughter!!

  46. I love Madeline, any of the Rupert Bear books, and A. A. Milne too – When We Were Six is perfect!