Looking over my collection of children’s books I couldn’t help but feel a sense of admiration as I pondered my favorites. I love all of them. I have collected children’s books over the years to reflect my practical views of how we should feel about things. The right perspective on how we should take care of our world and each other as God intended us to do.
Here is list of some of my favorite children’s books as I said it was hard to choose. These are in no particular order. Age appropriate for 4-8 year olds.
A Walt Disney American classic tale of a young boy who decides to go west and plant apple seeds as he travels across the countryside. Nothing bothered Johnny Appleseed as long as he had the sun and the rain, the good book and his apple trees. He starts his journey along with his guardian angel to go out west, and all he had was his apple seeds, his walking cane, the good book, a cooking pot on his head, and the love of God. This classic tale of a young pioneer who extends his missionary attitude to everyone he meets giving away his possessions to those in need and sharing his testimony to all who would listen.
Annie Bananie was moving away and she was leaving her best friend behind. Annie Bananie the eccentric, imaginative and very fun friend was leaving, but will she be able to find a new friend that will love her as much? Annie Bananie was a favorite in our household when our daughter Annie was little. Our daughter was and is still full of life and very fun. This fun story by Leah Komaiko and beautifully illustrated by Laura Cornell is told in a very easy to read format for young children.
The Rainbow Fish
This is an all time favorite of mine to share with my students when I want to help them understand sharing and giving to others. This classic tale originated in Switzerland and later translated in English by J. Alison James for North-South Books New York in 1992. This story tells of a young beautiful fish that shines, but is very selfish. He learns the hard way that you need to share your gifts and talents with others and your life will be blessed. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister an award winning message to share.
A Summery Saturday Morning
Margaret Mahy has given us a look at a frolicking day on the beach with the kids and the dogs chasing the wildlife, fun for all. With adorable illustrations by Selina Young.
Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’
Thanksgiving is not the same when the dinner has not been prepared as planned. As each family member is given a task to help prepare the meal they all fall short, but in the end the liverwurst sandwiches taste just as good when all the family sits down together and prays with thanksgiving for their many blessings. Written by Eileen Spinelli and beautifully illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler.
Cows in the House
Beverly Lewis has written this tale about being content with what you have,( Philippians 4:11) As a young Thai boy lives with his, 5 quarreling, noisy sisters seeks the wisdom of his aging, wise Great- Grandfather on how he should deal with the noise and confusion. The wise Great- Grandfather confuses him even more when he advices the young boy to keep adding his own bits of confusion into the household and thus helping him realize that the noisy sisters are maybe not all that bad. The colorful illustrations by Chi Chung lend to capture the true sense of the Thai culture.
Henny Penny is convinced that the sky is falling when an acorn hits her on the head as she is running to tell the king she gathers all the other animals on the farm as they too are all fearful for their lives. The wise and cunning fox though tries to lure them all to his den, but Henny Penny wises up and runs back to her cozy nest.
Another reason to love Children’s books, written by this author.