1. Goodnight Moon
Assuredly one of the favorites for many, Goodnight Moon’s gentle rhyme and repeated theme make it an attractive read for even the youngest listeners. Colorful illustrations contrast beautifully with black and white close-ups that have captivated children for over fifty years. This is truly a classic.
2. The Mitten
This book tells a favorite Norwegian folktale in the trademark detailed artistry of Jan Brett. The best part of the story is when a big bear lets out a huge sneeze! The margin illustrations show an intriguing double storyline that makes this a book that can be enjoyed over and over again.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
He’s going to eat through a smorgasbord! The unique, colorful illustrations of Eric Carle have enchanted children for years, and especially in this charming tale. Inspiring and educational, this book helps children to see the beauty in even a fat little caterpillar…he becomes a butterfly! The fun part about this book is at the center, where there are flaps to turn and holes to peek through as children follow the caterpillar through his Saturday meal.
4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
An expertly rhymed alphabet story, with pictures alive with spontaneity and spark. All of the lowercase letters have a spree…and climb up a coconut tree! When they tumble down, the capital moms and dads come to the rescue. But the story doesn’t end there. This is one of my personal favorites (even if I’m not reading it to anybody)!
5. Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever
Beautifully simple stories. International detective mysteries. ABC’s and 123’s and everything in between! It’s all in this wonderful collection of stories from Richard and Patricia Scarry. Among my favorites is the story of a little bear who isn’t ready to go to bed yet…so Papa plays a good-natured game of hide and seek, with a little help from Mama.
6. The Cat in the Hat
Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) hit the jackpot with this one! The classic “while mother’s away, the cat will play” in fun rhymes. Whimsical illustrations fill pages with storytelling finesse, while a wholesome moral-listen to your mother-or-don’t let strange cats in the house-waits at the end. Children love this book!
7. Frog and Toad
Learn how to be a great friend from the pros. Follow the everyday adventures of Frog and Toad as they escape an ice cream monster, use willpower to stop eating cookies, and surprise each other by raking the other’s yard. With quality watercolor illustrations and masterfully told short stories, this is a book you can read either all at once or in small sections. A true favorite for generations to come.
8. Amelia Bedelia
This cheerfully mistaken maid often gets words mixed up, but is a fabulous cook! Follow Amelia through her day while she follows directions to a tee-and her employers learn to choose their words carefully. Apart from being a super-fun read, children will also expand their vocabulary and have fun at the same time.
9. Koi and the Kola Nuts
A cultural adventure from West Africa awaits as you journey with Koi through thick and thin. A brilliantly illustrated book with eye-popping colors and textures, this story teaches how we should help others, even if we don’t benefit from it. Make sure you have your noise makers in good working order, though-this story is full of swishing snakes, creepy crawly ants, and crying crocodile.
10. Little House on the Prairie
Journey with young Laura as she travels west with her family into the wilderness. Full of details of life on the frontier, this story will inspire creativity and invoke in you a sense of adventure. Classic illustrations show with charm and accuracy the life and surroundings of the era. Laugh and cry and hold your breath as the true stories from Laura’s childhood unfold.