Our Favorite Children’s Books


Books are a very important part of my life. I grew up in a home of book worms. My dad is a self-proclaimed “book monger.” I married another book lover, so we have books running out our ears. {that’s a Southern expression} Anyway, some of my favorite childhood memories are of my parents reading books aloud.

Ridley and I have reading time every day which we both love. Sometimes we read together and sometimes I read aloud while he plays. I thought it would be fun to share books that we love now and some that I loved when I was little.

1. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle – If you’ve never read about the “never want to go to bedder’s” cure or the “fighter quarreler’s” cure, you are in for a laugh! Everyone loves Mrs. Piggle Wiggle!

2. Mr. Yowder And The Giant Bull Snake – My dad read this a million times to us.  It is one of my favorite memories.

3. The Berenstain Bears – Who doesn’t love the Berenstain Bears?  We have the 5 in 1 book and love it!

4. Pickles-The Fire Cat – Pickles wasn’t a good cat.  He wasn’t a bad cat.  He was good and bad. Bad and good.  Sometimes I like to say that I’m having a “pickles day” because it’s neither good or bad…just a little of both.

5. The Book of Giant Stories – my dad did an amazing job at reading giant stories to us in his imitation but very accurate Irish brogue.

6. Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear –  Ridley adores this book.  We read it over and over!

7. Dr. Seuss – While I was still pregnant with Ridley I picked up a bunch of Dr. Seuss books at TJ Maxx for just a few dollars each.  They are classic and educational too!

8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – This is another of Ridley’s favorites. I especially love that it teaches numbers and it’s a cute story to boot!

9. Goodnight Moon – By far, this is Ridley’s all time favorite…and probably mine too.  We read it more than any other book and I could probably recite it in my sleep.

10.  What’s your favorite children’s book?


  1. Great list!! I came from a book family too!! I am keeping a look out for good ones for our Lil Man! My mom brought me a bunch of ours that we actually kept from when my bro and I were kids. One of my favorites that I totally forgot about was “Quick as a Cricket”! When we got to that one in the pile I actually had to stop and read it out loud with my mom just the way we did as kids! Your lil boy (and you!) would LOVE it!! They still sell it on Amazon too!
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  2. I love children’s books! I have quite a few and love to read the following to children:

    Spot Books (toddlers)
    Rainbow Fish
    Frog and Toad (all stories)
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Goodnight Moon (classic)
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Franklin, Arthur, Berenstein Bear Series

  3. Bear Snores On! You have to find it, JJ loves it and always snores at the right parts. I could recite that book in my sleep, too!

  4. Too many to list, but my youngest ,who is about the age of your little one, loves Caps for Sale and Pete’s a Pizza.

  5. I love your list! Pickles was a favorite for me all growing up.
    My very favorite kids book is Farfallina & Marcel by Holly Keller
    It’s about a gosling and a caterpillar who become friends… you’ve gotta check it out 🙂
    My other favorite is all about the illustrations – it’s The Christmas Rose by William Hooks: http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Christmas-Rose-William-Hooks/dp/0060271027/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1300127788&sr=1-2
    It’s historical fiction about the shepherds who heard the angels sing… and their little sister…. really precious.
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    1. Yay! Thank you for the awesome links! I think I need to order them! 🙂 Hope you are doing well, my friend!

  6. I love books too! My mom (when I was little ;)) used to have to make me go outside and play because I could read for hours. Some of my favorites include: Arthur, Berenstain Bears, Franklin, Anne of Green Gables, The Golden Books, and so many more. Thank you for this memory brought back!
    <3, Cole

    1. Such a sweet comment girl! I love childhood memories…so much fun. We loved alot of the same books too!

  7. Our favorites in our home daycare are Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Goodnight, Moon, Dinosaurs Love Underpants ( this was particularly helpful when potty-training 2 little boys who love dinos!), Dr. Suess, any of Eric Carle’s books and many many more!!

    1. Fabulous books! I’m going to check out the one for potty training…that is coming up for Ridley soon….at least I think so. 🙂

  8. “I love you the purplest” by Barbara M. Joosse. A truly wonderful book to read for those who have more than one child. I had my step-daughter’s children over and for some reason half of them think that grandpa (my husband) loves the girls more than the boys. I read this story to them and they were captivated! It is a beautiful book. The age range of the kids are 3-6 years old. I think they all understood quite well what the story was about.

  9. We love Mrs. Piggle Wiggle too and Goodnight Moon and Dr. Suess! I love to regale my kids with my dramatic reading of To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street! I get a bit too into it! All of the ones are your list sound great! I’ll have to check them out of the library. We also love Won’t You Be My Kissaroo, The Lady With The Alligator Purse, and The True Story of The Three Little Pigs told from the big bad wolf’s perspective!
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  10. Thank you for reminding me of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. 🙂 Also, the Amelia Bedelia books are great!

  11. I read to my son quite a bit- he has a pretty big collection of books and most of them I have read to him at least 100 times. When he was little, he was a handful to entertain so it was like a break for me to sit down and read to him for an hour or so. It may seem a little bogus but I don’t get him books that I won’t enjoy reading to him. We love ANYTHING by Richard Scarry, Bill Peet, and The Berenstain Bears. We also enjoy a lot of Mercer Mayer and pretty much any DK books.

  12. Love this post, my college daughter just asked for her favorite picture books at Christmas. Her list:
    1. Salt Hands by Jane Aragon
    2. When the Sun Rose – Barbara Berger
    3. Grandfather Twilight – Barbara Berger
    4. Paddy’s Payday – Alexandra Day
    5. Carl Goes Shopping – Alexandra Day
    6. Alabaster, the Christmas angel – Max Lucado
    7. You are Special – Max Lucado
    8. The Very Quiet Cricket – Eric Carle

  13. It was so wonderful to see “The Fire Cat” on your list. It was one of mine and my husband’s favorites when we were children. In fact, I feel very lucky to be sharing my husband’s childhood copy with our two girls!

    I recently wrote a post about sharing memories of our favorite children’s books, and, if you’re interested, I’d be honored to have you link your post to my “Storybook Neverland” gallery (no strings attached).

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  14. Personally for me (although I haven’t read a lot of books) the best books I’ve come across are the books of the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I especially did not like to read books, but then I entered the university, and there I had to write one essay on the book. Then I realized that without it I would not be able to pass the exams, so I turned to the site https://writemyessays.com/ which helped many students of my university.

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