Motherhood

What Are Your Favorite Children’s Books?

This Is How We Do It children's book

Even though Toby and Anton have a big bookcase in their bedroom, we still end up reading the same handful of books over and over — including This Is How We Do It about kids’ lives around the world. (Toby even woke up early the other day so he could read it before breakfast.) It’s amazing how certain books can hold their attention for years. Here are our tried-and-true favorites…

On growing up:
The Baby Tree
Spoon
The Knuffle Bunny series (I can recite all of these from memory. Also, this made me laugh.)

On being a good friend:
Stick and Stone
A Sick Day for Amos McGee (The illustrations are really beautiful, and I love the sweet friendships.)
I Am Invited to a Party!

On funny animals:
The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts (This book is fascinating, even when you’re thirtysomething. Did you know that a group of mice is called a mischief?)
Harold’s Hungry Eyes
Storm Whale

On solving problems and going for your goals:
Tía Isa Wants a Car
The Brownstone
Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist (all the best)

Toby is also getting into chapter books, like Captain Underpants, which is a cute book and just the right level for him. I’d love to hear more chapter book recommendations, if you have any!

What are your go-to children’s books? I’d love to hear… (I also just got this book to hopefully help Toby with his fear of putting his face underwater:)

P.S. Books with female characters and characters of color.

(Photo by Lena Corwin.)

  1. Hello,

    My son started saying to me : “I’m bored!”. Brightly had that great list of funny books to read with your kids and guest what they had one titled : “I’m bored” from Michael Ian Black.

    Great book, wonderful pictures!

    It was love at first site…

    Anick

  2. The books look interesting will try get one for my sister

  3. Maddy Corey says...

    We also love the Fly Guy Series! Great for beginning and early readers!

  4. The Hilda series is fantastic! Strong female character who likes adventuring and drawing. Has an Adventure Time feel to it. Stands to reason because Pearson worked on that show.

  5. My current favorite is Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle. As for chapter books, I just read The Goat by Anne Fleming about a goat who lives on the roof of a NYC high rise. So fun and full of quirky characters!

  6. Seraphim says...

    Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling – it’s a beautiful, classic story.

  7. While social unrest, discrimination and general unkindness rage on outside, reading through everyone’s comments and recommendations makes me feel so warm inside. I love to imagine all of you reading to your kids at bedtime while i read to mine. Maybe we will be ok after all.

    • Annie says...

      This brings tears to my eyes! <3

  8. Beautiful Article, I like to Read And My Favourite Childhood Book is “Good Night Moon”

  9. Jessie says...

    When my daughters were very young it was The Zoo book, and Goodnight moon. My 3 year old now loves any of the Charlie and Lola, Piggy and Gerald, and Max and Ruby books. My 6 year old is getting into Chapter books but still likes picture books like Pumpkin Soup, and Fancy Nancy. My 7.5 year old like Princess in Black Chapter books, Ronald Dahl and Magic Tree House. I LOVED Nancy Drew but my daughters just aren’t into them yet.

    • Maddy Corey says...

      I second Princess in Black series!

  10. Liz E. says...

    I just happened across this article yesterday: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/why-the-british-tell-better-childrens-stories/422859/

    Though I think some of the examples are a bit of a stretch, it made me think of how ‘moralizing’ a lot of modern children’s books are. Whereas I think joy in story telling and hearing should be the primary takeaway from young children’s books.

    That being said, I loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle as a kid – but that moralizing was so much fun, because of the outrageous reverse psychology and zany house of an adult.

    • Katie says...

      LOVED Mrs. Piggle Wiggle! Great chapter book option for young readers, too.

  11. Susan M. says...

    We are getting into Dan Gutman’s Weird School series (Miss Daisy Is Crazy, Mr. Cooper Is Super, etc), which is perfect for my 7 year old. It’s funny, well paced, a bit more directed toward boys which is good for my son. The narrator-protagonist is A.J., and African American boy who doesn’t always dig learning but can’t help but get into it owing to his teachers’ zany antics. In terms of kid humor, it is just a bit irreverent and silly, to the delight of my reader, who actually goes back to re-read some pages he finds hilarious. My 4-year-old daughter is entertained by it, too, and there are good drawings, which is good for an early chapter book reader. We’ve done some of Magic Treehouse series (makes a good audio book).

  12. great recommendations, i am sharing this post with my sister, my niece loves books on funny animals!

  13. Amanda S says...

    For chapter books, we have LOVED the Toys Go Out series (about a stuffed buffalo, a stingray and a red ball named Plastic)- such complex wonderful characters & relationships. Also the Olga da Polga books about a guinea pig, by the author of Paddington. Oh, and Gooseberry Park books- a squirrel, a chocolate lab & a hermit crab named Gwendolyn.

  14. Caroline says...

    For Chapter books Roald Dahl has been a hit – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory & The BFG. Also Geronimo Stilton is big in Australia & Tom Gates.

  15. Anna says...

    Pippi Longstocking was hugely popular with my five year old son many moons ago. Also the Tim to the Lighthouse books, Ramona and Frog and Toad. LOVE those guys! My three year old is loving the Funnybones books by Allan Ahlberg (and Each Peach Pear Plum and Peepo!- a great book for babies) and Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. SO GOOD. Mem Fox’s picture books are ones we return to frequently especially Where is the Green Sheep?, Good Night Sleep TIght and The Magic Hat. Happy reading all!

  16. ellie says...

    These are ‘old’ but still lovely: The Boxcar Children (a series of many with good values, great kids, and always they do the right thing and have an amazing attitude), and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (she’s a bit magic and always illustrates with words and humor how to behave…loved them as a kid and just as much reading them to my almost 6 year old). I think Toby would love them both. We also loved The Mother West Wind Books…also old and now out of print but you can find them used on Amazon: the animals have personalities, lives, and there is an environmental component even thought they were mostly written in the 1920’s…my mom read them and then I did and now my daughter). All of these are gender neutral and….as I pediatrician I also approve! We adore knuffle bunny, Rosie Revere, and lately: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls…highly recommend for boys and girls and parents!!!

    • Amanda S says...

      We also loved the Mother West Wind books!

  17. Laura says...

    Have you heard about the “Who was…” series? They are non-fiction books on all kinds of people – presidents, inventors, bands. Does Toby still like The Beatles? That might be a fun chapter book to read to him. (The books are second/third grade reading level.)

  18. Sherri says...

    How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
    The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
    Part-time Dog by Jane Thayer
    Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Dorene Cronin
    SkippyJohn Jones series

  19. Kate says...

    I’ve been excited to read chapter books with my kids since before they were born, and my oldest (almost 5) is ready and so into it now! It is such a special time of day for both of us to escape the crazy that is the rest of our family (including her identical twin 2 year old little sisters). :) So far we’ve read 3 Boxcar Children books. I never read them growing up, but I am loving them too! The kids are independent, kind and hard working and each book has a little mystery and lots of new vocabulary words. Now I’m just counting down til we get to read Harry Potter together! XOXO.

  20. Starlene says...

    When my kids were little they loved the usuals – Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Maurice Sendak, Berenstain Bears, Amelia Bedelia, etc. Now I have two sweet nieces (4 and 8) and I give them books for Christmas every year. It’s kind of our “thing”. The past couple of years, the favorites have been Dragons Love Tacos, The Great Pizza Party, Odd Violet and Those Darn Squirrels!

  21. Lily says...

    Right now, my five year old is super into graphic novels. We’ve read Roller Girl, Sisters, Ghosts, The Baby Sitters’ Club series (all of them!), and a bunch of the TOON books. We just started El Deafo yesterday and she is in love with it.

    • lauren says...

      Glad my 5 year old isn’t the only one into these more grown-up themed books.

  22. Marylyn says...

    Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe.

  23. Ashley S. says...

    Random, but have you ever listened to NYPL’s The Librarian is In podcast? It has all kinds of fun insight into the libraries and book recommendations for all ages. Frank and Gwen, the hosts, are such a great duo.

  24. We love Ish by Peter Reynolds – really is wonderful for any kiddos that have perfectionist tendencies and who need a gentle reminder that there are better things than “getting it right”. Ripe for discussion!

  25. Hey, this was very interesting post, got me wondering about my favorite books. As a little I loved Beatrix Potter’s The tales of Peter Rabbit- book and actually I watched the series of it. Then Anne of Green Gables which came from my mother and P.L. Travers Mary Poppins is also sweet! Nice post, thank you for sharing this with us!?

  26. Julie Delliquanti says...

    Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch
    Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm
    The Day I Became a Bird

  27. j says...

    Some Favorites: The mouse and the motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
    The cricket in times square by George Selden
    Henry Reed ( a series) by Keith Robertson
    Castaways in Lilliput by Henry Winterfeld
    The catalog by Jasper Tomkins
    A day at the beach by Mircea Vasiliu
    If you’re afraid of the dark, remember the night rainbow
    by Cooper Edens
    Winnie-the-pooh by A.A. Milnes
    Happy reading!

  28. Cassy says...

    My husband and I take turns reading aloud chapter books to our children (10, 8, 6, & 4) at night after they are in bed. We pick the books for a variety reasons. Sometimes is a book they would all enjoy, like The Little House on the Prairie series, the Wind in the Willows, or Treasure Island. Another book might be chosen because its a book they may not read on their own, like the Anne of Green Gables series or fairy tale retelling for the boys and Hatchet for our daughter. Since we have three boy I don’t want them to believe that what some people term “girl” books excludes them from enjoying it or vice-versa for my daughter. My oldest son loved Anne of Green Gables just as much as his sister. Occasionally, we (my husband and I) chose a book just because we want to read it. My husband has read them the entire Lord of the Ring Trilogy and for the last year has been reading them Moby Dick on and off. They don’t always understand it, but the two older kids do stop my husband to ask him questions frequently so we know they are gaining comprehension and the two younger children fall asleep very quickly on the days he reads that book. We have been doing this as part of our bedtime routine for over 8 years and it is everyone’s favorite part of bedtime. The two oldest, both avid readers, still love to be read too, and the younger ones are tricked into thinking their older siblings go to bed at the same time as them, since they generally fall asleep during the story they don’t know that the two oldest get to stay up a little bit later.

  29. Cassy says...

    I love picture books! I especially love Mo Wiliems. My older kids (10, 8, & 6) take turns reading all his books to my four year old. Our newest favorite is Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis. The book is written in bug language (made up) but with the wonderful illustrations and repetition that the reader can figure out what they are saying. After my husband read it to my kids after about 20 times, they started answering back to him in that language.

    All of my kids also love Beverly Cleary books. I have many of her books on audio and my kids will play quietly with Legos while they listen.

  30. Clare says...

    Our older son, who is around Toby’s age, LOVES The Magic Treehouse series and the Moomin books! The Moomins are very popular in Scandinavia, but not so much here! My librarian-in-another-life husband has found them and they love reading them together.

  31. Lydia Harrison says...

    jo!!! not related to books at all but i have a trick to help toby overcome his fear of putting his face in the water. my daughter had that too and i got her a snorkel and mask and some bath fish. i’d through the fish in the tub, fill the tub deep deep deep and ask her to use her mask to find the fish. it works!

    • Lydia Harrison says...

      throw

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, THANK YOU, LYDIA!!! will definitely try this this weekend!

  32. There’s a collection of early chapter books here -https://www.wherethebooksare.com/blog-1/chapter-books – that’s not by me but I’ve read them all and they’re brilliant for little kids. My faves are Henrietta and Fizz.
    And for picture books I loved when my children were little and still love as an adult – Let The Celebrations Begin (it’s poignant for adults and intriguing for kids) and Stellaluna (great for kids who are trying new things).

  33. Felicity says...

    My 7-8 year loved The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. We started reading together until he took it for himself, which meant I missed out! However, I stayed close due to some challenging concepts.

    We eagerly await the sequel (which I believe is October 2017) when we can revisit Ada, the hero.

    When younger, 4-6 (?), my boy devoured My Father’s Dragon: Three Tales, by Ruth Stiles Gannett. First I read and re-read to him and when he could, he read and re-read it. A couple of outdated concepts we readily forgave for the loveliness of the story.

    • Emily says...

      The My Father’s Dragon books are awesome and also so great on audio!

    • Felicity says...

      Thanks for the tip Emily, we are listening to it right now! Revisiting an old favourite is a great way to spend a wintry Australian night.

  34. The Runaway Bunny! I still have my childhood copy ;)

  35. Em says...

    These are more pre-teen at the earliest but The Chronicles of Narnia are my all time favorites. I read the entire series annually throughout my entire childhood and deep into my twenties, haha.

    For 5-10 yrs olds….I don’t know, I was outside playing for those years, lol. I do remember all my favorites came out of a nature theme. Though probably too advanced for your boys to read, they could be great bedtime story hour books if read aloud:
    The Wind in the Willows
    My Side of the Mountain (I was enthralled, even as a non-tomboy girl!)
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    The Island of the Blue Dolphins
    A Wrinkle in Time

  36. Verona says...

    Rotraut Susanne Berner’s spring/summer/autumn/winter/night books. These are German, but there is no text – I highly recommend them! We got the first 9 years ago, when my eldest was 1 year old, but we still get them out sometimes and find new details and storylines after all these years!

  37. Lisa says...

    Any suggestions on books (for toddlers, young ones at that) about becoming a big brother? I’m due in November and I want to prepare my son as much as possible (even though I’m not sure how much he understands). I think maybe a book might help him

    • Erika says...

      Congratulations! My boys are 17 months apart, so my oldest didn’t understand a lot beforehand either, but the books are great to read after baby is here too (even now at 11 months). We like My New Baby and I’m a Big Brother. Also, suggestion – get a baby doll for your big kid to play with both before baby arrives and after. I felt like that really helped. We practiced being gentle and other baby-care activities. My older son sometimes “nurses” his baby – so cute! :)

    • Lisa says...

      Thanks for the suggestions! They’ll be 20 months apart so hopefully grow up to be good friends

    • ‘There’s a house inside my mummy’ is still a big fave in our house, and 4 siblings aged 7, 5, 3 and 1 who all get along pretty well :)

    • Hello Baby by Jenni Overend is exceptionally beautiful – it’s about a home birth but it still reduced all my kids to puddles of sentimentality even though I always had a hospital birth.

    • Maiz Connolly says...

      What Baby Needs by William & Martha Sears is a lovely picture book that gives great advice and helpful tips to older siblings. It is easy enough for a toddler to understand. My sons were 2 & 4, and loved that book when they were waiting for their little brother. I must have read it to them 100 times!

    • Gayathri says...

      Congratulations Lisa!! I would like to add “Will you still love me?” to the list… My daughter was barely 2 when we had her baby sister and she loved it along with “I am a Big Sister”. I still get mushy when I read it. It’s beautiful… Good Luck to you and your family!

      https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BBPW9R0/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8

    • rachael says...

      Yes! The Dr. Sears books “What Baby Needs” and “Baby on the Way” are FANTASTIC. Our kids quote them religiously.

  38. greygreen says...

    My Toby is 6 and is loving Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series, which I’m excited to rediscover having loved them at his age too. Such good clean kids adventures with just the right amount of excitement and suspense.
    Both my 6 & 4 year old love Richard Scarry’s crazy drawings & daft stories, endless spotting opportunities. Good for journeys.

    • Em says...

      That reminds me! I LOVED Nancy Drew so boys would love those and or the Hardy Boys!

  39. jmswanson says...

    All of the Magic Treehouse books. They are awesome!

  40. Amy says...

    Similar to This is How we do it, in our house we love Children Just Like Me. Around 50 kids from around the world each have a page where it talks about their life with real photos. We had the 1996 version from the library a couple of months ago and loved it so I bought the 2016 version but I am saving it to read on our big road trip this summer.

    https://www.amazon.com/Children-Just-Like-Me-celebration/dp/146545392X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497987558&sr=1-1&keywords=children+like+me

  41. Kris B. says...

    Everybody Loves Elwood by Miss Karen Quigley.

  42. Angela says...

    Children’s literature is one of my great loves
    Love when you blog about books!
    Nanny Piggins – RA Sprat – this is a great hilarious read a loud chapter book, a pig who is a nanny for 3 kids and loves chocolate
    Kate DiCamillo – her Mercy Watson books about a pig who lives buttered toast are great early chapter books – and her book because Of Winn Dixie is a great read aloud
    Abby Hanlon – Dory fantasmagory – hilarious early reader chapter book

  43. Anna says...

    I give The Paper Bag Princess to every new baby.
    I am a huge fan of all the books by Deborah Underwood. Here’s her website: http://www.deborahunderwoodbooks.com/page0/page0.html
    I especially love The Quiet Book, Pirate Mom, and all the books featuring CAT.

  44. Suz says...

    Anything illustrated and/or written by Trina Schart Hyman. Her illustrations captivated me when I was young and it’s been so special to share that with my own children. My five year old has been enthralled by the tales of Saint George and the Dragon (http://amzn.to/2tKoUah) and Little Red Riding Hood (http://amzn.to/2sSWazf) since she was two years old. My three year old son has followed suit.

    She had a rich personal life and shares it in her Self Portrait (ttp://a.co/fbx8yjl) which my daughter found fascinating as well. Trina illustrated many stories of strong women and was one of the first white illustrators to consistently include people of color in her work.

  45. Maggie says...

    My almost-two-year-old loves Hannah & Sugar by Kate Berube. A girl who is afraid of a neighborhood dog is able to overcome that fear, and it is told in such a lovely way.

  46. Rachel says...

    My daughter ( 6 yo and in 1st grade) loves the Ivy and Bean series and so do I! I read them to her in kindergarten and now that she reads the series to herself. She laughs out loud no matter how many times she reads it! Toby may balk as the protagonists are girls but I bet he will get a kick out the books.

    • Maddy Corey says...

      Second these too! Both my son and daughter loved this series!

  47. Lacy says...

    My 8 year-old twin boys just discovered the 13-Story Treehouse series after quickly finishing all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Toby might like to try either of those!

    • Caroline says...

      Yes we are big fans of Treehouse series too!

  48. Erin G. says...

    My almost-five-year old has had a book (or nine) read to him every night of his life and it’s probably my proudest parenting accomplishment (and maybe the only thing I said I’d do as a first time mom and have actually done). Some lasting favorites are anything Curious George and The Book With No Pictures (my little still laughs, hysterically, at his favorite parts, even after hearing it more than 100 times).

  49. Lizzie says...

    Toby might be a tad young yet, but I loved the Wayside school books when I was a kid! They’re so silly.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you!!!

  50. Liz says...

    I Love You Stinky Face is the sweetest book to read to a little boy and Rude Cakes is silly and has a sweet lesson about using good manners.

  51. Annie Green says...

    Stick Man. It is a wonderful story, funny and full of love, perfect for Christmas reading on cold, dark nights.
    Anything by Shirley Hughes – all the minutiae of family life.
    Calvin and Hobbes. For all the family.
    These bring back happy memories of when my children (huge and adult now) were small. I have always been thrilled and relieved that they are both avid readers because life is so much easier when people can put themselves to bed with a good book and leave you in peace to read your own…

  52. Emily says...

    I’m a kindergarten teacher packing up my classroom, and in the process, making my list of my all time favorites. I’ll add these to your list tomorrow!

  53. Marie says...

    I don’t have kids yet, but I love all things related to reading and these were some of my favorites around Toby’s age:
    Frindle by Andrew Clements (Great story with spot illustrations by Brian Selznik that takes place in school- I also love his book The School Story)
    Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright (Completely magical adventure with friends! And it features a good sibling relationship, if I remember correctly)
    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
    Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (this series has gone on forever, but the original books were really fun to read as a kid)
    The Phantom Tolbooth by Norton Juster
    Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
    The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge
    Stuart Little by E. B. White
    The Borrowers by Mary Norton
    The Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
    Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

    It was fun to read through the comments on this post. I’m so grateful to my own mom for reading with me, taking me to the library/ bookstore, and always making sure that my brother and I had a good book to explore.

    • Marie says...

      I forgot two!
      The Miss Nelson Collection- Harry Allard, Jr. and James Marshall
      Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle- Betty MacDonald

    • erin says...

      Stuart Little!! Just read this out loud to my four year old over a few weeks of bedtime, and it was great. She had to get under the covers and lie down before we’d read. Having to imagine everything really seemed to help her settle down at night.

    • Marie says...

      That is so sweet! It’s one of those wonderfully captivating stories.

      When my brother and I were little we could never sit still when our mom read to us. Although we stayed quiet, we always had to keep our hands busy with something- drawing, origami, toys, etc. I guess when my dad witnessed this scene (mom reading aloud, kids apparently paying no attention whatsoever), he thought we were being quite rude, but when he quizzed us about the book we knew every plot point! We may not have been sitting still, but we were enthralled by the story and totally focused.

  54. lisa says...

    My daughter (almost 6) read 30 or so of the Magic Treehouse books last year. They were fast paced and she enjoyed the stories. We read a lot of Roald Dahl together – I read two pages, she reads two. What I like about Captain Underpants is that she feels a sense of huge accomplishment reading such a long book by herself. By breaking the story up with some comics, the book didn’t feel as dense to her. She’s been laughing hysterically reading them and staying up late at night to finish each one. I’m hoping she’ll move on to the Ramona books or the How to Train a Dragon series next. If not, maybe the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

    Our three year old is currently obsessed with The Trucker, Rescue Squad No. 9, and The Dark. Also, always anything involving the Pigeon.

  55. Jen says...

    Stina by Lani Yamamoto is my favorite picture book (and I work on children’s books for a living). Yes, I’m an adult with no children. But I can relate to the protagonist in this book, even though she lives in Iceland. She hates winter and devises all kinds of creative ways to endure it, before realizing that other people are the key. And there are detailed spreads involving knitting! It was hygge before hygge was a thing.

  56. Lindsay says...

    I’d love a post like this for baby books! My daughter is almost 9 months old and she loves to climb over us to reach her bookshelf. Her current picks are The Pout Pout Fish, Hippos Go Berserk, The Gruffalo and For Just One Day. My husband and I really enjoy reading her Frog and Toad, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, The Velveteen Rabbit and Dr. Seuss’s The Sleep Book.

  57. Krissy says...

    My 6 year old started reading Ramona the Pest and has enjoyed it! A great chapter book! Also on heavy rotation are Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends, my 3 and 6 year old really enjoy both.

  58. Emily says...

    Around Toby’s age, I read Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan and Stuart Little as well as most of the Roald Dahl books out loud with my son. He was reading on his own at this age and read the Magic Treehouse series-great for early readers b/c they’re so formulaic, not as fun for parents to read out loud! If Toby likes Captain Underpants, also try Big Nate and Timmy Failure-the natural progression from these is then the Wimpy Kid series. Currently, my 9 year old devours anything from Rick Riordan or James Patterson though I am also trying to get him to read some non series titles like Holes and some old school Beverly Cleary like Dear Mr. Henshaw. Kids today seem to want to only read series but there are countless great novels for young readers!

  59. Jennifer Smith says...

    My mother in law saved so many books from my husband’s childhood so we read those books quite a lot. We have lots of new books, too, but there’s something really neat about reading my son the books that his daddy had when HE was a little boy. Here are a few:

    Two Minute Stories: https://www.amazon.com/My-Bedtime-Book-Two-Minute-Stories/dp/044801873X

    Jingo (a great book about a Japanese carpenter cat): https://www.amazon.com/Jingo-Ryokichi-Ozawa/dp/0887760449/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497970098&sr=1-2&keywords=jingo+the+cat

    The Little Bear series (we have Little Bear’s visit and Little Bear’s Friend, which my son loves): https://www.amazon.com/Little-Bears-Visit-Read-Book/dp/0064440230/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497970143&sr=1-5&keywords=little+bear

  60. If Toby likes Captain Underpants, try graphic novels (usually in a series)! They are so fun, creative, and totally gripping for kids Toby’s age. A few of my boys’ favorites include Lunch Lady, The Flying Beaver Brothers, Squish, Narwhal the Unicorn of the Sea, Geronimo Stilton, Dragon Breath and Galactic Hotdogs. Other great series are The Magic Treehouse (still so great), Dinosaur Cove, and Zac Power.

  61. Claire says...

    The classics!! For chapter books, my 5 1/2 year old boy loves Charlottes Web and Matilda. They both deal with tricky subjects, and have strong girls navigating the adult world. He love love loves them, and they’re so much nicer for me to read than Captain Underpants.

  62. An interesting thing about the Captain Underpants books- the author intentionally misspells words in it. He is dyslexic and wanted to show kids that it is okay to not always know how to spell words correctly. As a teacher, I have mixed feelings about this. Of course, showing kids you can love reading despite difficulties is good but…. I can’t help thinking that misspelling makes things more confusing, especially if one is dyslexic. But maybe not, since one student describe dyslexia as letters floating up from other lines of text…..Has Toby tried the Magic Treehouse books too? Seems like every first and second grader I had was obsessed with those books as a kid!

    At home, my son is only 5 months old, but we do read quite a bit, and I’m amazed even so young that he clearly has favorites. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I Kissed the Baby, and Goodnight Moon (the last is a favorite possibly because we say goodnight to things in the room like they do in the book….)

    • Kiley says...

      I have mixed feelings about misspellings in kids books as well. Junie B Jones is like this too. I think it depends on what kind of reader your child is. If your child reads phonetically, misspellings will matter less (except that he’s still reading a misspelled word), but my daughter decodes words she doesn’t know by context and Junie B Jones was very, very difficult for her because so many of the words were misspelled or slightly “off.” It took a while to figure out why her reading progress had become stagnant and misspellings in texts were a big reason. Once we found other books–especially “older” picture books with fewer words but more vocabulary rich text, her reading took off. As for chapter books, I’d say be sure not to skip the older picture books. Brian Floca has some beautiful and super interesting ones. My daughter also really liked picture books by George Ella Lyon and Candance Fleming (Papa’s Mechanical Fish and Imogene’s Last Stand are soooo great!). Then she moved on to meatier chapter books. Tomie Depola’s 26 Fairmont Avenue series is the absolute best!! And Kevin Henkes book Junoia is my all time favorite. We’ve read it aloud a ton. One review called it “Mrs Dalloway for kids” ?

  63. amy says...

    My 2 year old and 3 year old both LOVE the Lllama Llama books. They also love the Pig and Elephant Mo Willems book and the WELCOME BOOK by Mo Willems

  64. margaux says...

    i second junie b. jones. my 5yo can’t read yet, but she LOVES hearing me read them out loud, and they are hysterical! for child and parent alike.

    • Nikki says...

      See as a teacher I’m kinda iffy about Junie B Jones. Her disrespect isn’t funny. I don’t like the sassy disrespect. When my student’s like Junie, I often have them compare their behavior in situtations to hers haha.

    • Emma says...

      I third Junie B. Jones. They’ll help to develop Toby’s sense of irony! The real joy of Junie B. is that usually the child reading the book can understand what Junie B is confused by but they also understand why she’s confused, and begin to see situations from the parents and teachers’ perspectives too. Almost all the Junie B. Jones books have been made into audiobooks and are a ton of fun for road trips!

    • lisa says...

      @Nikki – I get it, but I also think “reading is reading is reading” and that as parents and teachers, we get to provide context for novels (like you are doing!) and model appropriate behavior.

    • Emily says...

      Yes @Lisa! I’m a kindergarten teacher, and I read Junie B to my students at the end of each day because she’s great to learn from! (I’ll admit, though, I do sensor her language. “Crybaby William” is just William and “That Jim I Hate” is just Jim or “That Jim.” My kindergartners LOVE these books, and so do I! After we read about Junie B being a “beauty shop guy,” I never have to remind anyone to keep the scissors off their hair. And she’s funny! Nothing like bringing a classroom full of kids to hysterics. Pure joy.

  65. Jeannie Ireland says...

    I LOVE to read and my favorite children’s books from my sons’ childhood are still fresh in my mind and I actually still use some of them when I substitute teach:
    Goodnight Moon
    The Giving Tree
    Blueberries for Sal
    The Miraculous Life of Edward Tulane
    I’m sure I’m forgetting a bunch, but these came to mind immediately! Enjoy! All old, but classics!

  66. karen says...

    We’ve been reading “Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing” written by his sister Kay & illustrated by Robert Neubecker (“Wow! Ocean!” & Wow! City!”}. My 5 year old has been obsessed with this book for a week. I had no idea how generous Keith Haring was with his time & art. I have always been a fan & am so excited that my son shares my love of this artist. We even looked up footage on youtube of interviews of Haring in the 80’s. Next up “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat”.