Our Favourite Children’s Books

We’re always finding different books on the Internet or discovering a great read in the library, and so our book collection is ever changing. And growing. My goodness, is it growing. These are a few of our current favourites.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen is a firm favourite in our household and, rather appropriately, was discovered at our local library. It’s one we love to give as a gift, too. The first time I read this, I cried. I really did. The story is simple and beautiful. The text is easy to read and short enough for a toddler to cope with. And the pictures. Oh my, those pictures. Illustrator Kevin Hawkes has done an exquisite job bringing this story to life. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)

Cover of "Library Lion"

I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker is a book I came across  through a recommendation here on Persephone! This is a gorgeous book and one that we keep coming back to. The story is short and has a beautiful rhythm that makes it a very easy read. It’s a book that Juniper Junior has read to Little Juniper since he was very, well, little. Given that this story encompasses the whole family, it’s no surprise that Grandpa Juniper likes this one, too. The artwork by Ken Wilson-Max is so happy and energetic and brings us joy even on the toughest of toddler days. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)

Cover of "I Can Do It Too!"

Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton was one of Juniper Junior’s first books. It is nigh on impossible to read this book without singing along. The words are catchy, the pictures are a delight, and it’s a great distraction in a small package. Even once the kids are in bed, hours after being read, the song will still be going round my head. Sandra Boynton books are always loved here, but this one is definitely a favourite. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)

Cover of "Barnyard Dance!"

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson is one of my favourites. It’s a longer story, relative to Little Juniper’s attention span, but I love reading it. This gentle story is one I often start reading aloud whilst Little Juniper is tearing around the room, and within a couple of pages, he is snuggled up beside me, waiting to hear the rest. As usual, this story is illustrated by Axel Scheffler. And as usual, the illustrations are beautiful. (Amazon US/Amazon UK)

Cover of "The Snail and the Whale"

Those are just a few of our favourites. What are your favourite children’s books?

By Juniper

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6 replies on “Our Favourite Children’s Books”

I really liked “The Day the Crayons Went on Strike.” It’s a fun one to read aloud to a group. Actually, in general, I adore books that allow my inner ham to shine :). “Green Eggs and Ham” is also great for that-I can usually push out the last rant in one breath, which impresses the heck out of kiddos.

Last week I read through The Day No One Was Angry, by Toon Tellegen. It’s about anger and other emotions with adorable animals and lovely prints. I love a well drawn/created children’s book, but outside Pippi Longstockings and the Ever Hungry Caterpillar I think most of mine are not-translated Dutch ones. And Spot the Dog, of course.

My oldest loved Barnyard Dance (he’s 16 now) and I can still recite it without looking. That book stays with you.

Youngest has many books which she loves, but I personally love the story telling and art of the magical combination of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean who bring Crazy Hair to life. Crazy Hair is just fun, and I enjoy reading it aloud more than probably any childrens book I’ve ever read (in the thousands, surely, thank you public libraries!).

“Hands, Hands, Fingers, Thumb” was apparently one of my favorites, and now my toddler likes it just as much.

“Moo, Baa, La La La” by Boynton leads to lots of giggles.

“The Gruffalo” and “The Gruffalo’s Child” are two of our favorites, also by Donaldson and Scheffler.

And while I’m not a huge fan of “Goodnight Moon”, I do like “Runaway Bunny”, which is also by brown. My toddler calls this book “Mommy” – totally endearing.

I think I need to check out all of those on your list above.

I got “Z is for Moose” for bf’s family’s pre-k duo this year. Upon seeing it, the older one yelled “Z is NOT for moose!” and settled right in to see what was the matter with this book that was just SO wrong. She was giggling within seconds as Moose tried to have his turn in the limelight and sabotaged the alphabet play when he didn’t get his way.

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