Friday, April 15, 2011

5 Children's Books We Can't Stop Reading

Or should I say, our kids wont let us stop reading. So we read them over, and over and over....

Bread and Jam For Francis by Russell Hoban.

We are HUGE Francis fans over here. The writing is wonderful and Francis is such a little imp, you can't help but love her. We have a whole bunch of Francis books but this one seems to be the all around favorite. Oh, and if you have picky eaters, this is the book for you. I truly don't mind reading this book every night, but it does make me really hungry! You've been warned!

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord. 

This book instantly brings me back to my childhood. It's silly and fun and the illustrations are hilarious. A giant loaf of bread baked in an old brick mill? Using a tractor as a helicopter? The rhyming verse seems to get, and keep, my girls attention and is fun to read out loud. Win-Win! I was happy to find this in a large board book version when my oldest was little and fond of ripping pages.

The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle.

Please go out and buy this book! You wont be sorry. It is hilarious. The illustrations are brilliant and it's so much fun to read. The girls laugh their butts off every time! A little boy wants a dog for a pet but his capri wearing mom (a seriously stylish 50's era chick) says dogs are too messy. So the little boy instead asks for a pet dragon and his mom says, if he can find one, he can have one. Hilarity and chaos ensue. Hot dog roasting in the living room, spaghetti eating in the bathtub...brilliant. I promise that you and your littles will love it!

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

I'm not sure there's anything I can say about this classic that hasn't already been said. The story is such a sweet one and the gorgeous illustrations are timeless. I know a lot of people think Blueberries for Sal is McCloskey best book, but this one has my heart. It's a simple, quiet sort of book, which makes it perfect for bedtime!

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

Of course I couldn't have a top 5 kids books list without at least one Sandra Boynton book. Snuggle Puppy is my little one's current favorite. She LOOOVES it. She makes me sing it too, which is hilarious in itself. And the book ends with a kiss, perfect for tucking into bed. Really, you can't go wrong with any Sandra Bonyton book.  Pick any of them up and they're sure to become a favorite.

What are your favorite children's books right now?


  1. great! i just put them all on our amazon wishlist! here's some of ours:

    Zen Shorts


    The Lion and the Mouse

    All In A Day

    Follow the Line

    Stone Soup

    Free Fall


  2. We are also very into Snuggle Puppy!

    Current faves in our house:

    Leonardo the Terrible Monster
    I Howl, I Growl
    Good Night Moon (obvs)
    One Duck Stuck
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    The Mitten by Jan Brett
    Anything Sandra Boynton
    Anything Leslie Patricelli
    Anything with a cat in it

  3. Thanks guys! I haven't heard of some of these. Hurray for new books!


  4. Thanks for your post! Another items for my blog.

    Here's my suggestions:

    The very Hungry Caterpillar
    Goodnight Moon
    Big Little Book of Happy Sadness

    Certified award winning books.

    More books on my site,
    Thanks much!