Favorite children’s books. This is probably why I teach.
First, a Top Ten List (in no particular order):
Any book by Shirley Hughes is wonderful. I don’t think I’ve ever read sweeter stories or seen more darling pictures.
Delightful. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky. I grew up on this one.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky. His illustrations are so endearing. We loved this one growing up.
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran. Makes me weep for the children playing video games today. Go play outside!
Days With Frog and Toad (or any other title in the series) by Arnold Loebel. This has simple text for new readers but is so cleverly written grown-ups will laugh too.
A Certain Small Shepherd by Rebecca Caudill. We read this every Christmas and every year Mom made Dad read the last part because she cried, and every year he cried himself too. I cried reading it to my class. Not so well known, but so good!
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. Why did we love this much growing up? I don’t know– but we did.
Ferdinand by Robert Lawson. Again, I can’t quite decide as to why we loved this so, but again– we did!
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Can’t wait to have babies and read this to them.
The Children’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos. Old-fashioned at times but that’s probably why I like it. This is new to me but it’s by far the best Children’s Bible I’ve ever read in terms of accuracy and actually being good literature. I use this in my classroom and I think it’s what I’ll use when I have children.
More Good Titles (with more to come):