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February 2016 Moms

Your favorite books for children

What are your favorite books for kids? Either books you remember loving as a child, or books for kids you've since discovered.

I want to keep a wishlist and start collecting some good ones for our little home library. My son will be learning and speaking mostly Dutch outside our home, and my partner is not a native English speaker, so I'll be representing the English language. :) We've started reading him bedtime stories already, and I only have 2 books in English so far. Need more.

Some of my favorites as a kid:
The Rough-Faced Girl
Tikki Tikki Tembo
Danny and the Dinosaur
Little Critter

Re: Your favorite books for children

  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
    Most things by Dr. Seuss
    We have some animal books that also make noise 

  • Ahhh!!! I love children's books! This is such a good thread idea! I babysat for a little guy who was Swedish/English bilingual. He was under 2 and would bring me the English books, not the Swedish ones!

    Sandra Boynton (the going to bed book; moo, ba, la la la; but not the hippopotamus)
    Eric Carle (Brown bear, hungry caterpillar)
    Llama llama books
    The Runway Bunny
    The Real Mother Goose (just a collection of nursery rhymes--my dad read us a few each night and I memorized them and would repeat them when I was scared/needed to calm down)
    Leo the Late Bloomer
    Gregory the Terrible Eater
    Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day 
    Scaredy Squirrel
    Charlie and Lola books
    The Paperbag Princess
    All of Jan Brett's fairytales
    A Chair for my Mother
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Miss Rumphius

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  • Board books are ideal the first couple years. 

    Favorites at our house:
    -Little Blue Truck books
    -Bear on a Bike, Bear Takes a Trip, etc (there are several)
    -Dr Seuss
    -Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes 

    As she got older, DD really liked the lift a flap and touch and feel books. 



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  • Love you for ever (Classic my mom read it to me and my siblings I felt it was only right to continue)
    Dr. Seuss anything
    Mother Goose Rhymes
    Fairy Tales
    The Very Hungry Catapiller 
    Are you my mother

  • Both my kids are obsessed with "brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?" By Eric Carle. And they also love "chicka chicka boom boom" like a pp said. My kids really love the "little critter" books by Mercer Mayer too.  I think all those are better as they get older though. As an infant mine liked touch and feel books, etc.
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  • Corduroy and Clifford the Big Red Dog were favorites of DH and myself that we look forward to sharing with our LO. Right now, she's really enjoying books with pictures of babies. I Love Colors and Babies and Doggies are her favorites.
  • Guess How Much I Love You, Rainbow Fish, Eloise series, and Amelia Badelia (when LO is older). I second Brown Bear and Hungry Hungry Caterpillar, she is loving these books right now.
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  • Dragons love tacos! I love this book :)
  • Love you forever (I have the copy my mom got at her baby shower when she was pregnant with me) 
    goodnight, I love you (our before bed book)
    the monster at the end of this book (Sesame Street book with Grover, my mom read it as a child, and read it to me and now I read it to my DD) 
    and I second the anything by dr Seuss recommendation as well!
  • Our favorites : 

    Little Blue Truck (both the original and the city)
    Pout Pout Fish 
    Jesse Bear books (Better Not Get Wet Jesse Bear and What Will you Wear Jesse Bear)
    Go Dog Go
    One Fish Two Fish

    our 2 year old loves the Fisher Price Little People flap books, too.  They are awesome for car rides, restaurants, etc bc there are so many flaps to keep him busy! 
  • All of these!!! 
    Just bought a book for my kids called A Stormy Night. Very cute book. 
  • One Big Pair of Underwear
    I Love You Stinkyface
    Giraffes Can't Dance
    Llama Llama Books
    Barnyard Dance
    *E 10/2012, H 7/2014, F 2/2016*
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  • We're going on a bear hunt 
    Where the wild things are
    everyone poops
    zoo poo
    there was an old lady who swallowed a fly

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  • I Kissed the Baby
    Hush Little Polar Bear 
    Any touch and feel books, she loves them!
    The Napping House
    Click Clack Moo Cows That Type
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Hungry Caterpillar
  • We love Winnie the Pooh and Berenstain Bears. Lots of different options for both!
  • Little critter books
    Llama Llama books
    My First songs
    Pout Pout Fish
    The Highlights magazines are awesome (the 0-2 magazine)! (We still have all of the ones DD (2.5) got and they hold up really well, great car reading material for her)
  • My little girl loves all of Caroline Jayne Church books. "How do I love you" is my favorite!They even had a "I'm a big sister" book for when she became a big sister. She also loved "I love you to the moon" not sure the author.
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie 
    Guess How Much I Love You 
    But Not the Hippopotamus 

    Just about any little golden book!
  • Giraffes can't dance
    Nancy Tillman books
  • Just read"Little Pea" . . . sooooo cute!
  • Thanks for the great ideas! I recognize several of these suggestions from my childhood, and the ones I haven't heard of I'm scrambling to look up. :)
  • What I read DD at 3 months old:
    Goodnight Moon
    Little Engine That Could 
    On the Night You Were Born
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    DS' favorites at 3.5 years old:
    Little Blue Truck series
    Dragons Love Tacos
    Where the Wild Things Are

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