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10 Childrens Books I Love

by | Nov 14, 2018 | Books


I love children’s books. I am, and have always been, a huge book nerd.

In my real life I’m a lawyer, but my fantasy life plan was always to open a small bookstore with an expansive children’s book section where I could be a the story lady. Lucky for me, my five and two year old love books just as much as I do and, over the years since they arrived on the scene, I’ve found a lot of new favorite kids books and rediscovered some beloved ones from childhood. Here are a few of my current favorites – books that my entire family is loving right now, broken up (rather loosely) by age.



Board Books for Baby and Toddler


Sometimes I Like to Curl Up In A Ball, by Vicky Churchill

A super sweet board book about a baby wombat’s day with his other Australian animal friends. A bedtime book that you won’t mind reading over and over (and over).


Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

A charming rhyming search for an elusive green sheep with silly rhymes and lovely illustrations. Another great one to read over and over to little ones.


Little Pookie Books, by Sandra Boynton

A series of board books about a pig named Little Pookie. All of the books are great, but my personal favorite is Happy Birthday Little Pookie when the birthday festivities begin at 5:32am. (editor’s note – The Local Moms Network recently interviewed Sandra Boynton, you can check that out here!)


Classic Picture Books


I love reading books that I loved as a child to my children. We all have Goodnight Moon in our homes (and to be honest we probably  all have it memorized) but these are some of my other wonderful classics that may be a bit more under the radar.


The Little House by Virgina Lee Burton

A beautiful book about a little pink house and her journey from the country to the city and back. I cry every time I read this book. One of my all time most loved favorites.


Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Gorgeously illustrated story about the Lupine Lady and how we can all do something make the world a more beautiful place.


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

I love everything by Ezra Jack Keats. His books, many of which feature the little boy from this book, Peter, are all beautifully written and illustrated. This classic captures the magic of the first snowfall of the year and the wonder of exploring.



New Favorites


I love discovering new (or at least new to me!) children’s books to enjoy with my kids. Shout out to all the amazing children’s librarians out there for helping all of us find new gems to read when we’ve read Green Eggs and Ham for the 10,000 time.



I Dissent – Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s life story as a picture book. Awesome and inspirational, just like RBG herself.


I Want My Hat Back by John Klassen

A bear, a missing hat, and a mischievous (slightly dark) ending. This books cracks me and my kids up.


Wolfie the Bunny by Ane Dyckman

When her parents adopt a baby wolf, big sister Dot is very dubious of the new addition to the family. With good reason – she and her parents are bunnies! This hilarious story about welcoming a new baby to the family is fun for everyone and makes an excellent big sibling gift.


The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

When a warrior princess asks for a horse for her birthday, this fat little pony isn’t quite what she had in mind. I love princess books where the princess is the tough smart girl instead of a damsel in distress. And who doesn’t love ponies?


I hope this gives you some ideas for you next trip to the library or the bookstore! A note – representation matters. it is so important for children to see the diversity of our world reflected in the literature they read. To this end, I make a conscious effort to look for books where the protagonist is female, or a person of color, or differently-abled, or LGBTQA. The internet and, as always, your local librarian are great resources for finding diverse children’s books. If there are any topics you’re interested in reading about in the future, drop a line in the comments.


Happy reading!

Ryan Adams – When Pigs Fly
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