Best Children's Books
My good friends John & Kim Cook asked me which kid’s books I liked the best. I thought that I would start to capture a list of the ones that I like and the kids like.
I will try to keep it up to date from time to time.
Note: at the time I am writing this, my boys are three and five.
Also, the list is in no particular order…
Jez is a wonderful illustrator. His writing is pretty fun and clever too. I highly recommend him.
- My Friend Bear
- Rhyming story about a boys and a bear looking for friendship and find each other.
- Duck in the Truck
- A Duck gets stuck in the muck and people help him get out…
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
These are all great. I don’t even mind reading them again and again. We have even seen a the Gruffalo as a play.
- Room on the Broom
- Cute story of a nice witch that gets into trouble with a dragon and her friends help her out.
- The Gruffalo
- A very clever mouse proves he is the king of the forest.
- The Smartest Giant in Town
- A generous giant nearly ends up with nothing, but an army of friends
- Monkey Puzzle
- A little monkey need help finding his mom.
Nick’s stories are really fun to read and occasionally interactive (i.e. you have to find the gold coins, or there is a maze). The Percy books are in a wonderful make believe world of humans and talking animals.
- Stories Jesus Told
- This is a great book, obviously Christian, but several parables brought to life that make sense to teach.
- Percy the Parkeeper
- The boys love all the Percy books… I think some are better than others, but they are all readable.
- Q Pootle 5 in Space
- An extremely silly space story that they boys love. Angela hates it, I think its fairly cleaver.
The boys love all the Kipper books. They have tons of them for all ages, so choose carefully. I am just giving one pointer, you can browse for the rest.
You can not go wrong with Dr. Suess, our favourites are:
- Cat in the Hat
- Green Eggs and Ham
- Yertle the Turtle
- Horton Hears a Who!
- Horton Hatches the Egg
- The Lorax
- And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
For Younger Kids
He is for older kids in general… but always entertaining.
I only picked my top three… and always get the Quentin Blank illustrated versions.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- James and the Giant Peach
- The Enormous Crocodile — for younger kids with my favorite line… “clever plans and evil tricks…”
These are some of the best stories ever. I seriously choke up reading some of them.
These books of poems were my personal favorites in the 3rd grade. I am very glad that my boys love them.
Angela and I feel the same here. Huckle Cat ( see ‘The Best Mistake Ever!’ ) is great… all other books are painful. But the kids love them… just wait until they are old enough to do it themselves. If you have to … just look for goldbug… makes it a little better.
OTHER GOOD ONES
- Something Else by Kathryn Cave
We even saw a play of this. A good story with a great message.
- If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Joffe Numeroff
A perfect circle and very cute and fun.
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
I think this is the best version of all.
- Mr Men Books by Roger Hargreaves
We own the entire box set. They are cute and quick reads, each teaching about something good.
- Is Your Mama A Llama? by Deborah Guarino
For younger kids a fun, rhyming story.
- The 20th-Century Children’s Book Treasury I think this is the best purchase ever. It has all my old favourites and many new ones… for kids of all ages too.
- The Animals’ Bedtime Storybook The boys love this one and we read it from end to end. Its loosely based on Noah’s Ark, each night a different animal tells a different story. It isn’t religous at all, but very fun.