Children’s books?

My sweets, Toby and I love to read before bedtime. But we’ve read the same books over and over and are looking for a few more to spice up our repertoire. Do you have any favorite children’s books? Was there a book you especially adored when you were little? We’d love to hear! xoxo

P.S. Two books that crack me up are Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late and Olivia Saves the Circus. Funny for both moms and babies. :)

  1. Anonymous says...

    Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big.

  2. My kid’s and I favorite book is “Goodnight Moon” written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd.

    This is a very simple story but it is the best book ever,about a bowl of mush + three bears sitting+ an old lady + red balloon

    Enjoy and sweet dreams!


  3. An Awesome Book, by Dallas Clayton. It is an awesome book (neeheehee…)

  4. The ‘Good Dog Carl’ series by Alexandra Day is one of my favorites. There are no words, only beautiful illustrations; so the story is different every time you read it!

  5. E.Lefebvre says...

    As a former 1st and 2nd grade teacher… I’ve read quite a few children’s books. My personal favorites to read-aloud are:
    • Anything by Mo Willems
    • Miss Rumphius
    • Any Caldecott book (for the beautiful pictures, of course)
    • Dr. Seuss (especially his lesser-known stories like “Bartholomew Cubbins” or “McElligot’s Pool”)
    I could go on forever, but those are definitely the ones I always come back to.

  6. e says...

    each peach pear plum was my fave.
    anything by leo leoni.

  7. i love this one: “Dream Big”
    for every book purchased, one is donated….and you can read the story right on the site. SO great!
    happy reading! xoxo

  8. Carla says...

    “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle
    “I know a Rhino” by Charles Fuge
    “Sometimes I like to curl up in a ball” by Charles Fuge
    “My Friends” by Taro Gomi

    All in board book version – why are board books WAY more fun to read than paperbacks?

  9. Anonymous says...

    Def. If you Give a Pig a Pancake or any of those books. They are so cute and I love reading those to my kids.

  10. I have to agree with A Chair for My Mother and anything Leo Lionni. My mom loved the book Each Peach Pear Plumb and always read it to us as children. The House in the Night, illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson won the caldecott last year and it’s great. For little ones I love Go Away Big Scary Monster by Jack Perlutsky. As he grows I’d recommend any books illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

  11. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and “Something from Nothing”!!! Plus any Robert Munsch books!

  12. i looooved blueberries for sal. such a wonderful new england book. also, make way for ducklings! xo

  13. Anonymous says...

    Albert le Blanc by Nick Butterworth. A classic!

  14. Oh so many: The Little House, A Chair for my Mother, Blueberries for Sal (anything Robert McClosky!) And when he’s a little older, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is the cutest series!

  15. You really have to read “Happy Birthday Frances”! It’s kind of an old-school book, but it’s adorable and one of my faves as a kid. Recently found it in my parents’ basement and enjoyed reading it again. It’s about a little bear who is jealous it’s her baby brother’s birthday and not hers. So cute.

    Also recommend Ferdinand, there’s another book by the Hungry Little Caterpillar author (I THINK) about an artistic mouse, Paddington Bear and Richard Scary are fun, too. And Little Golden Books are great, too (my favorite was about the Firehouse dog named Spot perhaps)! And the Mr. Chatterbox, Mr. Happy, etc series! I could go on forever…

  16. All the World is beautiful… lovely poem & illustrations.

  17. We received this special book as a gift and it makes me teary eyed every time. Check out On the Day You Were Born. By Debra Frasier.

  18. J says...

    Gossie is wonderful! All Sandra Boynton books are enjoyed in our household too.

    Love your blog…it’s definitely a bright spot during the day to read it.

  19. Anonymous says...

    Goodnight Moon, you won’t regret it.

  20. If You Give A Moose A Muffin is the all time best! My boys LOVE this book!!! Also, any Curious George book is a definite love of theirs as well!

  21. If You Give A Moose A Muffin is the all time best! My boys LOVE this book!!! Also, any Curious George book is a definite love of theirs as well!

  22. If You Give A Moose A Muffin is the all time best! My boys LOVE this book!!! Also, any Curious George book is a definite love of theirs as well!

  23. one of our recent favorites is one i found online for free — they have a link to click and print it out at home — genius no?

    it’s blog {dot} onepairtwopear {dot} com

  24. You are so pretty! I wish I had some book ideas for you, but looks like everyone already found you some amazing ones! Little Toby looks so much like you and Alex!

  25. I still have memories of my parents reading me “The Monster at the End of this Book” – a little golden book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollina. You *have* to do the “loveable furry old pal Grover” voice – I still giggle when I think about it!

  26. Well the only thing that may have been missed..

    The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner and Jonathan Lambert

    The Jungle Book (Unabridged Classics) by Rudyard Kipling (and really anything by Kipling)

    darling baby!

  27. Rin says...

    oh, also Skippyjon Jones, the siamese cat who pretends to be a sword-fighting chihuahua. It takes you through his imaginary adventure in rhymes & kind of hilarious pictures of him with his family & the other puppies.

  28. Zoe says...

    Miss Rumphius – i would buy this book for Toby or any child for that matter. A touching read, even now.

  29. Rin says...

    Have you read The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood? The animal illustrations are so cute, and it’s all about different kinds of quiet… right before you yell “suprise!” quiet, coloring inside the lines quiet, bed time kiss quiet.

  30. Peepo is a good one
    Guess how much I love you is another favourite for our little guy!

  31. Hiccupotomous! My daughter Dylan LOVES this book. She will be 2 this November and she laughs every time we read it! BTW- Toby is ADORABLE! I love watching him grow:)

  32. Tacky the Penguin and Sheep in a Jeep… both books I used to read to children I babysat so often I had them both memorized. They always make me laugh!

  33. Glenda says...

    <3 this picture. Toby is looking a lot like Alex :D

  34. All the places you will go and Horton hears a Who are among beloved stories of mine

  35. Loved “A Penny for Candy” when i was a little one…So funny, my little man reads Elmo so big too! i also love “My first words” where you can point to the pictures and say their names…now my son points with me!!!

  36. Elese Thompson says...

    The Velveteen Rabbit :)

  37. All time favorite:

    Love You Forever – Robert N. Munsch

    The sweetest book of all time. My mommy used to read this to my siblings and I for bed. :)

  38. it quite good time to joy with your sweet toby and read the little story even if you read the same story more than fifty i thinks it also good to read for your Toby …..Toby it also to joy with her also sweet mom : )everythings it joy especial the love .

  39. I loved Stellaluna when I was a kid. Anything having to do with animals I adore.

  40. Megan says...

    Anything by Babette Cole. Mummy laid an egg is absolutely hilarious!

  41. So many good books here! But I’ll add my favorite of all time– Hooper Humperdink.

    It still makes my Top 10 best books list :) Happy reading!

  42. How Joe the Bear and Sam the Mouse Got Together! One of my favorite childhood memories :)

  43. julie says...

    I suggest just going to the public library and grabbing a big handful of books. Chances are most of them are good and they are free! The library also usually has great baby programs so it is a great reason to go.

  44. I would definitely have to go with:

    – “Is Your Mama a Lama?”
    – “Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday”

    And my favorite book to this day, though perhaps a bit of a solemn read, is “Looking for Atlantis” by Colin Thompson. This is an absolutely beautiful book, with a very touching story.

  45. Wow. I’m mesmerized by this list. I too am a children’s book fiend and loved reading other people’s suggestions. Here are my favorites for little ones (some have already been mentioned as well):
    • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    • I Am A Bunny by Richard Scarry
    • Jamberry by Bruce Degen (favorite as a child)
    • Cookie’s Week by Cindy Ward (another favorite as a child)
    • The Biggest Shadow in the Zoo by Jack Kent
    • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (my must for little boys)
    • A Very Special House by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak
    • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
    • The Fire Cat by Esther Holden Averill
    • Owen by Kevin Henkes
    • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
    • Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
    • Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton
    • The Little House also by Virginia Lee Burton

    I have many more to suggest I’m sure, but those are the ones off the top of my head. And I agree about not following age related books. Even no picture chapter books are great to read!

  46. Oh, I Love that photo of you two!!

    Lots of favorite books…
    More More More Said the Baby
    Mini Masters Series
    Clip Clop
    What Pete Ate
    I Love You, Stinky Face
    Time For Bed (which Micah calls TFB)
    Scaredy Cats
    Not A Box

  47. I love bedtime stories!

    Two of my favorites are “The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake” by Nancy Willard (a UM alum) and “Free to Be You and Me and Free to Be a Family” by Marlo Thomas. Oh! and I can’t forget “A Light in the Attic” by Shel Silverstein.

    Happy Reading!

  48. Anonymous says...

    Time for Bed by Mem Fox – such beautiful illustrations and the rhythm of the story is so calming it almost puts me to sleep as I read it to our 10 month old! I jotted so many recommended titles down to add to our collection. Reading and the love of books is such a gift to share with our children.

  49. Strega Nonna – Tomie De Paola…such great characters!

  50. adorable picture! and our favorite is “i love you, stinkyface”.

    also, i read over at that mama made a snapfish photo book of family and friends with her daughter… and that was one of her daughter’s favorite books: familiar faces.

    enjoy! and good luck sorting through all of these suggestions! :)

  51. My boy has always loved to read. These are some of our favorites from when he was a little guy.

    Favorite board books:

    The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
    Time For Bed by Mem Fox
    Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
    Anything by Sandra Boynton (Horns to Toes, Opposites and Moo, Baa, La La La were our favorites)
    Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? by Dr. Seuss

    Favorite big kid books:

    Owen by Kevin Henkes
    Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
    Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
    The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
    Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCoskey
    The Little House and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

  52. I loved Barbara Berger…When the Sun Rose, Grandfather Twilight, A Lot of Otters…her illustrations are gorgeous.

  53. I just found your blog and really enjoy it. Reading to my children is one of my favorite things we do together! We love Duck in the Truck and Puppy Too Small. Also, anything by Eric Carle or Margaret Wise Brown are wonderful The Very Busy Spider and Big Red Barn are two of our favorites.

  54. ‘Forever Young’. The lyrics to the famous Bob Dylan song were formatted, along with amazing illustrations, into a beautiful childrens book.

  55. Roro and Homer's mama says...

    Love love love Everywhere Babies by Susan Myers – you’ll probably have to order it or find it at an independent bookstore. The sort of book you can read to a baby and hold their interest with the rhythm and pics and that my now 3 year old likes and can start to recognize the words on the page.

    Also love Escape of Marvin the Ape by Caralyn Buehner. Also not likely to be found in a big box book store. Easy to read and understand for a wee one but fun pics to look for things in as they grow older.

    Also love anything illustrated by Rebecca McKillip Thornburgh. Such fun images!

  56. The Seven Silly Eaters! It is this wacky book about a mother catering to her 7 childrens picky meal choices and how in the end a family will take care of each other. It is written all as a poem, but not in an obnoxious way. “Not so long ago they say/ a mother lived just like today/Mrs. peters was her name/her little boy was named the same./ Now Peter was a perfect son/ in every way except for one…:)

  57. Elephant and Piggie series. They are by the same author as Don’t Let the Pegeon Stay Up Late, Mo Willams. I’m not even married and have all of them!

  58. Anonymous says...

    Father Foxes Penny Rhymes. if you can find, it is my favorite book ever!
    Adorable rhymes with amazing illustrations. I think it might be out of print. But totally worth the hunt.

    Also The Jolly Postman. It was the first book I could “read” I memorized it, my parents had read it me to so many times. There are letters for each person the postman delivers to that you can pull out of little envelops in the book.

  59. CHARLIE COOK’S FAVORITE BOOK by Julie Donaldson. He will love it in a year or so and YOU WILL LOVE TO READ IT!!!!! TRUST ME! THIS IS MY FAVORITE!

  60. Goodnight Gorilla! It’s a picture book with few words, so you can change and embellish the story nightly. You go through identifying the animals and saying goodnight, and while enjoying details like the little mouse dragging a banana!

  61. Anonymous says...

    It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw.

  62. Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey.

  63. The Eloise series! I know it’s about a little girl, but I grew up with lots of little brothers who loved Eloise just as much as I did. The illustrations are unbelievable and oh the adventures that can be had in the plaza hotel!

  64. I love the Pigeon books!
    My favorite contemporary children’s book is: Little Pea.

  65. ching says...

    good night moon, love you forever, carrot seed, runaway bunny, harold and the purple crayon, madeline, miss rumphius, strega nona, cat in the hat, green eggs and ham… happy reading to you and toby!

  66. Goodnight Moon was my twins favorite.

  67. My daughter at 6 months loves:

    The Little Fur Family – Margaret Wise Brown (her whole face lights up when I open this book)

    Bed, Bed, Bed – They Might Be Giants, Illustrated by Marcel Dzarma

    Iggy Peck the Architect – Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (great rhyming text and great storyline)

  68. Laina says...

    Dr. Seuss’ – “Go Dog Go” was my favorite when I was little. My dad would read it to me all of the time and would read all of the different character’s parts in different silly voices. I knew all of the words by heart so whenever he tried to mix it up to keep himself for getting bored, I would correct him “it doesn’t say that dad!”

    Also loved “the little engine that could”!

  69. Anonymous says...

    Anything by Sandra Boynton is fun to read with littles under 2

  70. Meredith says...

    These are the best:

    Little Hoot & Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

    You won’t regret :)

  71. George says...

    I 3rd Oliver Jeffers!

    And the film of one of his books, Lost and Found, is SO CUTE. I bought it for myself and I don’t even have children!

  72. lorraine uk says...

    We love ‘Guess how much i love you.’ Our all time favourites has to be ‘The Gruffalo and ‘ Stick man’ by julia donalson.
    My boys are 3 and 4 years old, and even my 9 yr old girl loves these books!
    Happy reading.

  73. lorraine uk says...

    We love ‘Guess how much i love you.’ Our all time favourites has to be ‘The Gruffalo and ‘ Stick man’ by julia donalson.
    My boys are 3 and 4 years old, and even my 9 yr old girl loves these books!
    Happy reading.

  74. Wow! too many comments to read! Pat the Bunny, the Frances books. I am jealous–I love reading books with young children, although it is standard for them to always want the same ones over and over. The Mercer Mayer books…

  75. ‘Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes’ by Mem Fox and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. It’s adorable! I love the pictures of the little babies.

    Also, I love ‘No, David!’ by David Shannon and ‘Bark, George’ by Jules Feiffer.

    Reading time is the best!

  76. For when he is a tiny bit older..
    (my boys really liked)

    I’d Really Like to Eat a Child (Picture Book) by Sylviane Donnio


  77. wilfrid gordon mcdonald partridge.. by mem fox. no matter how difficult a day I have had it always makes me smile and remember how wonderful life is…

    mushy I know but accurate

  78. I Love You This Much
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Go, Car, Go (Dr Seuss – might be better for when Toby’s a bit older)
    There are some tactile books that are fun, too :.)

  79. And one more- “Free To Be… You And Me”. It’s never to soon to start building their library. :)

  80. Oh, and how can I forget the What-a-Mess books?! They’re out of print in the UK now, but are such fantastic stories about a puppy and his adventures. The illustrations are as good as the stories!

  81. Books by Australian Mim Fox have the most gorgeous illustrations and maybe when he is older, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. I loved this book as a youngster.

  82. I don’t know if anyone added this yet but my fav is “The Monster At The End Of This Book” as told by Grover from Sesame Street. Cracked me up as a kid. Your adorable little guy is probably too young right now but I think every child should be gifted a hardcover copy of Grimms Fairy Tales.

  83. I love
    “Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus”,
    “The Incredible Book-Eating Boy” is just amazing. “Harry the Dirty Dog” was good.
    “Guess How Much I Love You”
    “It’s useful to have a duck” is soooo good.

  84. Without a shadow of a doubt, you have to read ‘Burglar Bill’ by Janet and Alan Ahlberg – I loved it as a child and now love reading it to my godson!

  85. ooh so many! I’m in the UK so don’t know if you can get them but:

    The Gruffalo, Stick Man, The Smartest Giant in Town – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
    Monkey and Me – Emily Gravett
    Charlie and Lola books – Lauren Child
    Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Dear Zoo


  86. ooh so many! I’m in the UK so don’t know if you can get them but:

    The Gruffalo, Stick Man, The Smartest Giant in Town – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
    Monkey and Me – Emily Gravett
    Charlie and Lola books – Lauren Child
    Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Dear Zoo


  87. Jennifer says...

    Anything by Mem Fox
    ‘The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear’

    These all still live on my bookshelf… at 23. :)

  88. nisreena says...

    “love you forever”
    i’ll love you forever, like you for always, as long as i’m living, my baby you’ll be.

    it’s the best children’s book ever.
    i still love it.

    ohhh and the book “Chick”, by Ed Vere, it’s a very colorful pop up book that i’ve read to my niece a hundred times.

  89. I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch is one of the most touching ones!

    Another great one is Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

    I loved pictures books as a child where it was simply images later on my mom started reading to us the books of Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are, Chicken Soup with Rice) and Robert Mcloskey (Make Way for the Ducklings and Blueberrys for Sal).

    The Berenstein Bears were a big part of my childhood too!

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  91. I don’t have kids, but the one book I got my nephew was The Little Pea. It’s more for toddlers, but it’s a cute book and good one to have on your shelves. And I’m sure lots of people already recommended my top favorites, Oh The Places You’ll Go & The Giving Tree. :D

  92. try any Dr.Seuss really cute and funny :D

    cute photo, you look like a mommy;)


  93. Rebecca says...

    I loved the Bill and Pete books by Tomie dePaola when I was little. It’s about a crocodile, Bill, and his toothbrush, a bird named Pete. My mom got them for us because my grandparent’s names were Bill and Pete (my grandmother’s maiden name was Peterson). But they are fantastic, if a little long! I sent them to my one and change year old twin nephews and they love them!

  94. what an adorable photo! when it comes to children’s books, I was always partial to Dr. Seuss. especially Green Eggs and Ham :)

    and I had to look this up to get the exact name, but I also loved when my dad read me The Whales Go By by Fred Phleger. another good one Amazon reminded me about is Sam and the Firefly. Definitely oldies but, as I remember them, goodies.

    hope you and your little family enjoyed your Labor Day weekend!

  95. I absolutely love The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Catia Chien, but that is a bit old for him at the moment.

    When You Were Small by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Julie Morstad is cute, but again, a little old.

    (Anyway, I still really recommend them!)

    The Big Dog and Little Dog series by Dav Pilkey is cute. They are sort of concept books, and they are in board book form, so they are the perfect size!

    I haven’t really read them personally, but Sandra Boynton books are supposed to be good. I know my little cousin likes Belly Button Book, and Barnyard Dance!

    Also, I used to love the Spot books by Eric Hill when I was little, the ones with the flaps. But, they have Spot board books as well!

    And one more book that is for a little bit older kids (again) is Destined for Dizziness! by Souther Salazar.
    I love this book so much. It uses alliteration and it’s so imaginative and wonderful. Great for adults and kids alike.

    Wow, this has gone on forever, hope it helps.

  96. Anonymous says...

    The Spot (dog) books are great
    Julia Donaldson books (Gruffalo, Tatty McTat, Stickman etc – all so good)
    Sandra Boynton
    Dear Zoo

    My children were obsessed by lift the flap books!

  97. Anonymous says...

    Some that you will enjoy too:

    Iggy Peck Architect
    The Chicken of the Family
    But Not the Hippopotamus
    The Olivia books
    Maisy books

    Enjoy – I have two wonderful readers – so great to see them at ages 9 and 6 sitting up in bed reading away on their own now.


  98. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch!

  99. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch!

  100. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
    The Snail and Whale by Julia Donaldson
    It’s Time for Bed by Mem Fox
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Eric Carle
    Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins

    I think many of the above have been mentioned. We’ve also enjoyed quite a few of Sandra Boynton’s books and Goodnight Moon.

  101. One Monster After Another by Mercer Mayer…YOU WILL LOVE IT!!!

  102. our favourites at Toby’s age were Goodnight Moon, The very lonely firefly and The very quiet cricket.

  103. Little Pea, Little Oink and Little Hoot are three of my favorites. Author is Amy Krouse Rosenthal and they are GREAT books. I discovered Little Pea before I had my daughter and couldn’t wait to justify buying it. I was so happy to see there were two more books like it.

    Oh, and The Giving Tree. All-time favorite!

  104. i haven’t read through all the posts, but a few more favourites:

    -the napping house
    -A you’re adorable
    -guess how much i love you (great in french, too :) )

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  106. ‘where is the green sheep’ is very popular with my nephew.

    we are on to the 3rd copy of the board book.

    the first one was ‘loved’ (ripped apart). The second was eaten! (well bitten and ripped and kissed).
    The third is still alive!

  107. Hi Joanna!
    I read a book called “Where’s Spot?” to my son, Dane, from a few days old to about 6 months. Believe it or not, at 3 months, he would anticipate the reveal of “Spot”. It has the pick up flaps to look for Spot and the movement (for a baby) is very eye-catching. This is a great reminder to put up my long overdue list of recommended kids books on my ‘dirt&sunshine’ website. And you look so beautiful and happy in this photo!! Kathy

  108. Some of my favorites for recent picture books:
    -The Heart and the Bottle – Oliver Jeffers
    -A Sick Day for Amos McGee – Erin Stead
    -When You Meet a Bear on Broadway – Amy Hest
    -There Are No Scary Wolves – Hyewon Yum
    -Henry in Love – Peter McCarty

    -Miss Rumphius
    -Anything Jan Brett
    -Caps for Sale
    -The Rainbow Fish

  109. Anonymous says...

    Yes, you must must must own a copy of Love You Forever. Make sure you have Kleenez!!

  110. Corduroy! I read it to my nephew not too long ago and got teary eyed! I also loved Harold and the Purple Crayon :)

  111. Another adult, without children, who loves children’s books.

    Some of my favorites include:
    -Paul Goble books (Star Boy, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses)
    -Everything Astrid Lindgren (Besides the more obvious Pippi, The Children of Noisy Village books and The Tomten are favorites).
    -Jan Brett (The Mitten, Town Mouse, Country Mouse)
    -Everything Barbara Cooney, but particularly Roxaboxen
    -Corduroy (by Don Freeman)
    -Robert McCloskey books (Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal)

    I could go on and on!

  112. Llama Llama Red Pajama

    All the Mo Willems books

    Pajama time Sandra Boynton

    And my youngest always loved Book Book Book


  113. Hmm…too many to name! Here’s a few with fond memories: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, of course. ‘There’s a Nightmare in my Closet’…’Dinner Time’ [a pop-up, not so great for grabby babies i guess ;)]

    reading together is the best!

  114. i loved loved loved the “george and martha” books when i was little…..and even now!….plus the “amelia bedilia” books. and “mrs.piggle wiggle” always made me laugh but that isn’t really a baby book.

  115. Read Doug-Dennis and the Flyaway Fib by Darren Farrell.

    My husband is the author-illustrator of the book and it’s a great story that teaches children about telling the truth. Also, his characters are really cute!

    Check out the latest blog on his website:


  116. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

  117. Anything by Mo Willems (Knufflebunny, the whole lot of Pigeon books, etc), Sandra Boynton’s are always catchy and cute, but my favorite is How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. The illustrations are AMAZING.

  118. There’s a Monster at the End of this Book (starring Grover)

  119. elizabeth says...

    Goodnight Moon is such a classic. Read it nightly for years with my parents… trying to spot the mouse in each photo once I was old enough!

    Also The Cat in the Hat, any Berenstein Bears, and The Real Mother Goose book of nursery rhymes.

  120. Alex says...

    Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood
    It’s such a fun read.

  121. We love Sandra Boynton. We also love Mo Williams.

  122. I just bought a new one to read to my sweet pea…

    Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood

    I’m obsessed and it has great illustrations that make us both smile!

  123. Anonymous says...

    Tacky the Penguin. My brother got me that book as a present when I was in Grade 2 and he was in Grade 6. It remains my favourite book to this day. It’s funny, best read aloud, and has the most wonderful message: to be who you are, even (and especially if) you’re an “odd bird”.


  124. the most life-changing and beautiful children’s book I have ever read is “Miss Rumphius”by Barbra Cooney. I have kept it with me my whole life.

  125. Anonymous says...

    ilyour son’s eyebrows!

  126. Go Dog Go!

    And of course, Goodnight Moon and The Giving Tree. Oh and Good Dog Carl. It’s mostly a picture book, but the illustrations are so sweet. Also anything by Bessie Peaes Goodman.

  127. ann says...

    Love your blog.

  128. Anonymous says...

    Toby looks so chill and you look beautiful and glowing!

  129. “fortunately” is a great one!

  130. My daughter loves “Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants” – the illustrations are beautiful, and the flow is wonderful for kids – short and rhyming – keeps her interested. There’s also “Daddy Calls Me Doodlebug”.

    Also – Brown Bear by Eric Carle was another one of her favorites.

    And “Hey! Wake Up!” by Sandra Boynton. Most Sandra Boynton was a hit with her.

  131. Kate says...

    Little One
    Sparkle and Spin
    Katy and the Big Snow
    On the Day You Were Born

    These are my current faves but even these are getting tiresome. I’m loving all these suggestions for my 4 month old! Enjoy!

  132. David Shannon writes hilarious and cute books…
    “No David No!” is a gem.

  133. No Roses for Harry and Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion! Any of the Harry the dog books are so great, love the illustrations!