Friday, March 2, 2012

Children's Books For Parent's Who Actually Read to Their Children

Ladies and gentlemen,
Your responses to my rant about the list of 50 best children's books was incredible. You had such good suggestions so this weekend I am going to use my considerable skills* to make a little list that you can pin to pinterest. So if you haven't checked in yet with your favorite books for toddlers that are actually fun to read and that toddlers actually like you should do so now.

*When I say "my considerable skills" I mean my skills of persuasion because I have no design skills AT ALL. However, my mother-in-law does and my skills will be used trying to convince her to make this list look lovely.

I haven't read this one yet but it's on the list.


  1. Have you gone to yet? You can read the Llama Llama books and others for free. Every time you read online, a book will be donated to a literacy charity. Win-win. The site is run by my company's foundation.

  2. I wrote several titles to children's books on Nathan's Facebook page, but he asked that I write them on the blog. I am the mother of 2 and a Children's Book fanatic. Owned most of them before I had children. Here are some of my favorites (and my kids' favorites):
    Green Eggs and Ham, Oh The Wonderful Sounds Mr. Brown Can Do, Sneetches, Hungry Caterpillar, Jack Frost and the Magic Paintbrush, Ms. Fox's Class Shapes Up, Mixed Up Alphabet, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, Skippy Jon Jones, Ten in the Bed, The Snowy Day, Hands Are Not for Hitting, Ten Tiny Tadpoles, Diary of a Worm, Verdi, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bad Case of Stripes, Pirate Pete, Enemy Pie, The Little Red Hen, The Giving Tree, Streganona, How Are You Peeling, Good Night Gorilla, The Biggest Thing in the Ocean, First 100 Machines, Este No Es Mi Dinosaurio, Gossie. I have tons more if you are looking for more titles. Those are the ones I can think of for now. Lisa Stillman

  3. My favorites (off the top of my head): Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, pretty much anything Sandra Boynton, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Dr. Seuss ABCs (the short board book version), My Truck is Stuck, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash (Gabe laughed his HEAD off the first 25 times we read it. Now he just laughs a lot), Freight Train (ours got peed on, which was a sad day...need to replace it at some point), Froggy's Bedtime (pretty much a non-fiction book about bedtime at our house), Miss Nelson is Missing, and a million more that aren't coming to mind immediately.

    My kids told me their favorites (off the top of their heads) were: Magic School Bus, Berenstain Bears, Oliva, and Curious George.

    I agree that there are a whole lot of other books that I'm *supposed* to love...and just don't. Some of them I read to my kids anyway, some I don't. I had a liberating conversation with my mom when Gabe was about 18 months old and she told me I don't have to read books to my kids that I don't like. I make many exceptions if THEY love it, but since then, I've made some books just disappear :-) I just find that if I love the book, that love gets translated, and so does a love of reading. It must have worked on some level, because my kids DO love to read (it's one thing I've actually done right).

  4. We are still in the board books/short attention span stage over here. But we like:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Eric Carle)
    The Pigeon Loves Things That Go (although I think it is a bit strange)
    Baby Beluga (Raffi)
    The Bellybutton Book (Sandra Boynton)
    Boomer (I have no idea who wrote it)
    Olivia's Opposites
    Lunch (also have no idea who wrote it)

    And anything with pictures of trucks, preferably real photographs. Or anything with a motor, for that matter...

    Can't wait to see this list!

  5. Caleb loves Abiyoyo (3+) and Mars Needs Moms (3+). They aren't board books, and they are a bit "older" but he LOVES both of them, and I don't want to poke my eyes out while reading them.

  6. I've been thinking about this every night, as we read books. I would add, "I Love You Stinky Face" and "The Bear Snores On"