10 Must-Read/Own Children’s Books!

Just for fun (and please DO post your faves for me), I’m listing 10 childrens books I think every family should read and/or own!  (These are what would be categorized as picture books.) I tend to contemplate this a lot more at this time of year when I’m Christmas shopping and in search of treasure for little nieces, nephews and children of friends.  This isn’t necessarily a 1-10 list…just 10 I think are invaluable when it comes to reading to children.

1.  Andrew Henry’s Meadow (by Doris Burn)
2.  Put Me in the Zoo (by Robert Lopshire)
3.  The Bears’ Picnic (Stan and Jan Berenstain)
4.  The Worrywarts (Pamela Duncan Edwards)
5.  Sailor Moo:  Cow at Sea (Lisa Wheeler)
6.  The Napping House (Audrey and Don Wood)
7.  The Relatives Came (Cynthia Rylant)
8.  Apple Tree Christmas (Trinka Hakes Noble)
9.  Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Seuss)
10. Rosebud and Red Flannel (Ethel Pochocki)

In truth, my list of faves could easily be in the 100s!  These are just the 10 that come to mind first!  Please do let me know your own lists!  I’m always on the lookout for fabulous childrens books!

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10 Responses to 10 Must-Read/Own Children’s Books!

  1. Julie says:

    1. Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
    2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
    3. Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
    4. The Three Little Rigs by David Gordon (or The Ugly Truckling)
    5. Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
    6. Any book by Robert Munsch (Paper Bag Princess, We Share Everything etc.)
    7. Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
    8. Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
    9. Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler
    10. The Spooky Old Tree by Stan & Jan Berenstain

    These are just a few of my favorite picture books.

  2. Aimee says:

    1. I’ll Love You Forever (Munsch)
    2. Jamberry (Bruce Degen)
    3. Counting Crocodiles (Judy Sierra)
    4. Little Mouse and the Red Ripe Strawberry (Wood)
    5. Are You My Mother (Eastman)
    6. Go Dog, Go (Eastman)
    7. Napping House (Wood)
    8. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Willems)
    9. The Water Hole (Graeme Base)
    10. Monster at the End of This Book (Jon Stone)

    And just as a side note, I just read a really fun JF book, all in rhyme. It’s awesome and should be read aloud. It’s called Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston. It’s one of my all time favorites.

  3. I only know 5 of the 10 books you listed. I’ve got some new ones to look for now. Thanks!

  4. Stacey says:

    1.Love you forever by Robert N. Munsch
    2.Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
    3.All Mercer Mayer books
    4.You are Special by Max Lucado
    5.Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park
    6.The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
    7.Put me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
    8.Freckleface Strawberry books by Julianne Moore
    9.The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
    10. All Skippy Jon Jones books by Judy Schachner

  5. Candace says:

    1. Love You Forever – Robert Munsch
    2. When Vegetables Go Bad – Don Gillmor
    3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
    4. Any of the Fancy Nancy books – Jane O’Conner & Robin Preiss Glasser
    5. The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein
    6. The Five Chinese Brothers – Claire Huchet Bishop
    7. Any of the Pigeon books – Mo Willems
    8. The Fablehaven series – Brandon Mull
    9. The “Shoe Books” series – Noel Streatfeild
    10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series – Jeff Kinney

  6. Melissa says:

    I’m going to go over 10 because I just can’t stop! I may even write back and add on because I love children’t books!
    In no particular favorite order…

    1. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
    2. Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
    3. I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll
    4. Bubble Bubble by Mercer Mayer
    5. I Was Walking Down The Road by Sarah Barchas
    6. The Monster At The End Of This Book by Jon Stone
    7. Yes, Day! by Amy Krous Rosenthal
    8. The Pirate Queen by Marianne MacDonald
    9. My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
    10. Millicent The Monster by Mary L. Lystad
    11. No, David! by David Shannon

    If you have new/beginning readers, the pictures and poems in Bubble Bubble and I Was Walking Down The Road will make the child think they are actually reading! They will those over and over again by themselves! So fun!

  7. Deborah Dennis says:

    1. A Wish For Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story by Berkeley Breathed (Excellent!!)
    2. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
    3. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
    4. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
    5. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
    6. Casey at the Bat by Ernest L Thayer
    7. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
    8. Big Pumpkin by S.D. Schindler (They make yummy pie at the end)
    9. The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola
    10. A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle (All Eric Carle books)

    Just a few of my favorites.

  8. Kirsten says:

    1. Today I Feel Silly and other Moods that Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis (and others of hers, It’s Hard to Be Five, I’m going to like me: letting off a little self-esteem, etc)
    2. The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
    3. Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
    4. Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes (and anything else by him, Chrysanthemum, Sheila Rae the Brave, Jessica, etc)
    5. Robert Munsch books, (Love You Forever, Paper Bag Princess, Stephanie’s Ponytail, etc)
    6. Max Lucado books (You are Special, Because I Love You, Just the Way You Are, With You All The Way, etc)
    7. Elbert’s Bad Word by Audrey Wood
    8. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
    9. Santa Calls by William Joyce
    10. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

  9. Some of my faves to own are:
    The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
    The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy
    Once Upon a Twice by Denise Doyen
    Welcome to the Ice House by Jane Yolen
    Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joose

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Have you read Princess Bubble? That is my favorite!

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