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My Top 5 Children's Books

October 25, 2018 3 min read 15 Comments

Call me a nerd, call me a bookworm, call me whatever you want, but I really do love reading and it all started when my mom would read children’s books to me when I was younger. I’ve always enjoyed the escape that a great story can provide you. I still enjoy that escape, but what I’ve come to really enjoy is reading to my niece Finley, who might only be 10 months old, but is quite the bookworm herself. Because of this, I’ve been enthralled in the world of ABCs, rhyming books, picture books, and everything in between. So here it is, my top 5 children’s books, in no particular order (except forGood Night Moon being #1 because it always has been and always will be my favorite).

 

 

  • Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown / Pictures by Clement Hurd – I used to read this every single night before bed (there also might still be a copy in my bedside table at this very moment). I had this book memorized from cover to cover when I was younger and it was the first book I ever called my ‘favorite’.

 

  • Pat the Bunnyby Dorothy Kunhardt – This is my niece Finley’s favorite book and since she has me wrapped around her finger it is only fitting that it makes the list. This book is always a fun read for kids because you get to follow and act along with the characters, Paul and Judy, as they do different activities, for example, pat the bunny.  

 

  • James and the Giant Peachby Roald Dahl – I might not be reading this to Finley quite yet, but I have always enjoyed the magical worlds that Roald Dahl was able to create. Remember how I said I enjoyed the escape reading a book can bring? Roald Dahl creates different worlds in all of his books that you can truly dive into and get lost in.

 

  • The Mittenby Jan Brett – When I was younger, Iloved looking at the illustrations inThe Mitten. The copy that I had came with a knitted mitten like the one in the book. I remember playing with the mitten while my mom would read the story to me, laughing at all of the animals’ adventures.

 

  • Strega Nonaby Tomie dePaola – I should probably start off by saying I love pasta, so maybe I am a bit biased, but a story where a town is flooded with pasta sounds pretty great to me. This book is funny and exciting, but also has good messages behind the humor. Plus, the illustrations are great!

 

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  • Go the F*ck to Sleepby Adam Mansbach – Okay, so this one isn’treally for children, but it is in the style of a children’s book, just with some adult language. The author wrote it as a reflection on what he thought when trying to get his daughter to sleep, and considering its popularity, a few other parents may have had similar thoughts as well. There is even an audiobook version narrated by Samuel L. Jackson.

 

 So there you have it. My top children’s books of all time. One of my favorite things about books is that it is subjective. As insulting as it may be, I might absolutelyhate your favorite book of all time. So, if you don’t agree with my list, that’s okay!Leave a comment with your favorite books...unless, of course, you don’t haveGoodnight Moonon your list because then you’re just completely incorrect.

 

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15 Responses

Tommy
Tommy

October 26, 2018

Wow, the mitten really brings back memories. Glad you brought back some nostalgia for me. Great article!

Nick
Nick

October 26, 2018

Roald***** autocorrect needs to Go the F*ck to Sleep!

Nick
Nick

October 26, 2018

Great list! Loved reading the Ronald Dahl works as a kid (James & the Giant Peach, BFG, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, to name a few!). Growing up I also started getting into Harry Potter – maybe a bit older than here but worth mentioning!

Stephen
Stephen

October 26, 2018

only thing ever read to me was “No David No”…..

Doug
Doug

October 26, 2018

Roald Dahl is the best…. And I still read Good Night Moon every night to my 5 year old!

Josh Golden
Josh Golden

October 26, 2018

Very well written Shannon! Brought back a lot of great memories.

Tyler
Tyler

October 26, 2018

Not a big book guy but Goodnight Moon.. Classic!

Justin
Justin

October 26, 2018

I am a Barney beagle guy for life.

Sarah
Sarah

October 25, 2018

I always loved the giving tree!

Ann
Ann

October 25, 2018

Love this!!

Alaina
Alaina

October 25, 2018

We did Strega Nona as our elementary school play and I was the lead role as a 1st grader. This collection is so nostalgic, I love it! My favorite book as a kid was the velveteen rabbit.

Ellery
Ellery

October 25, 2018

“Danny the Champion of the World” by Roald Dahl is one of my all time favorite books and the Wizzpopping slides are my favorite design from the collection. ☺

Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams

October 25, 2018

Go the F*ck to Sleep is the best

Samantha
Samantha

October 25, 2018

What an awesome collection. So creative and different. All those books bring back memories.

Shane
Shane

October 25, 2018

I love Roald Dahl!! Cannot wait to check out the collection. I’m a huge Dr. Seuss fan so I would have to say Green Eggs and Ham for me.

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