What’s your favorite children’s book? As a kid, I remember begging my mom to read “Roundabout Red Gate Farm” over and over. And when I was older, I devoured all of Roald Dahl’s books. I especially loved “Matilda.”
Now that I’m the mom to two little girls and our bookshelves are overflowing with kids’ books, I notice that we always return to a favorite few. If you’re looking for new books for your family or to give as gifts to a child in your life, I recommend these:
Favorite Books for Babies
“Everywhere Babies” by Susan Meyers
This sweet book looks at all kinds of babies and their families, and follows babies as they eat, sleep, travel and grow. I like that the book isn’t afraid of big, complicated words, but the singsong rhyme will make you and your kids smile. My four-year-old still likes to hear it.
“The Going to Bed Book” by Sandra Boynton
Everyone has their favorite Sandra Boynton board book, and this is mine. We have multiple well-worn copies that have made it through accidental soaks in the bathtub and trips all over the country. And every tired parent loves a book that ends with saying goodnight.
Favorite Books for Preschoolers
“Miss Molly’s School of Manners” by James Maclaine
What if there were a school to help your kid unlearn bad habits — like cutting in line or making rude noises at the dinner table? Enter Miss Molly’s School of Manners. The kind but firm Miss Molly the mouse helps a little raccoon named Algernon find his way through the school and learn a few new tricks.
“Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle
“Horn went ‘beep!’ Engine purred. Friendliest sounds you ever heard.” I love this book about a helpful little truck who comes to the rescue when a big, strong dump truck gets in trouble. A happy little rhyming book about friendship.
“Excellent Ed” by Stacy McAnulty
Ed the dog has a problem. Everyone else in his family has a special talent (soccer, math, ballet, baking). But he can’t figure out his special talent. He hopefully discovers new skills, just to find out someone else in the family does it better. Finally, Ed learns what makes him special to the people around him.
Favorite Activity Books
“Find Momo Coast to Coast” by Andrew Knapp
It’s fun to add some “finding” books to your library, especially as kids get older. Our family loves this book (for car trips, waiting rooms, or story time). Momo is a dog who traveled around the country. See if you can find him on every page (it might take you a while!).
Lee Price is a parent of St. John the Evangelist Catholic School and mom to two girls.