Our Favorite Books

We read a lot in our family. Here is a list of some of the books that we end up reading over and over again!  We will regularly update this page as we find new favorites.

For inspiration in finding good books at the library, I like to check the lists at the Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature. My below lists aren’t listed by age as to what is appropriate for that age ( for example, many of the ‘baby’ books are still appropriate for many years ) but I list them under the headings as to the age she was when she discovered it.

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Chapter Book Read-alouds: Age 4/5

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Tumtum and Nutmeg by Emily Bearn

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork

The Giraffe, the Pelly, and Me by Roald Dahl

The Wind in the Willows (abridged) by Kenneth Grahame

Little Pear by Eleanor Francis Lattimore

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

3 Years Old

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Journey by Aaron Becker
Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert
If You’re Happy and You Know It! by Jane Cabrera
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer
The Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller
Polo: The Runaway Book by Regis Faller
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins
Love and Roast Chicken: A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains by Barbara Knutson
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
Adèle & Simon by Barbara McClintock
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Grover’s Own Alphabet by Sal Murdocca
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by Alice and Martin Provensen
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Rascha
Clara and Asha by Eric Rohmann
Calabash Cat by James Rumford
No, David! by David Shannon
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea
Demolition by Sally Sutton
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend by Melanie Watt
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
Teeth Tails and Tentacles by Christopher Wormell

2 Years Old

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Press Here by Herve’ Tullet
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
Step Gently Out by Helen Frost
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
Ladybug Girl by David Soman and Jacky Davis
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Pinkalicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Hush! A Thai Lullaby  by Minfong Ho
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Nini Lost and Found by Anita Lobel
Rhymes ‘Round the World by Kay Chorao
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Poke-A-Dot Old McDonalds Farm
Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep! (Cat the Cat) by Mo Willems
Elephant & Piggie Books by Mo Willems
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Roar of a Snore by Marsha Diane Arnold
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Big Honey Hunt by Stanley and Janice Berenstain
We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

1 Year Old and Under
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
1,2,3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby
A,B,C by Dr. Seuss

Mommy‘s Pick

Here are some books that for whatever reason my daughter doesn’t like as much as I do. It may just be that she will like them more when she’s a couple years older.

Picture Books

In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade
One by Kathryn Otoshi
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems  by Joyce Sidman
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman
Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman
Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
The Napping House by Audrey Wood

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