There are so many great children’s books it’s hard to pick just ten. I asked my son and daughter what books they liked when they were young. It was interesting that most of the books were not the typical Dr. Seuss and other mainstream book of the time. Here are the choices I read to my children, with a few new choices that I am not reading to my grandchildren. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Piggy in The Puddle, by Charlotte Pomerantz, Publisher, Aladdin Books
Piggy in The Puddle is a book about a family of pigs. One rebellious family member sees a mud puddle and against her parents’ wishes and jump in to play. Her mother and father are upset. She tries to get everyone to jump in and join her. The book rhymes and this full of fun for children and their parents.
Little Monsters, by Jan Pienkowski, Publishers Price Stern Sloan
This is a pop-up book of little monsters that play with their food and are rude. It is a great book first reader book. This author has several books that are also worth reading.
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, by Steven Kellogg, Publisher, The Dial Press
The illustrations are as much fun as the story in this book, as it is in all of Steven Kellogg books. A pet boa constrictor gets loose on a farm creating all kind of havoc. Chickens fly from their coops, cows cry, and the children visiting the farm on a field trip have a great deal of fun, as they run around trying to catch the boa. This author has many books that are worth adding to your library.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Publisher, Simon and Schuster
A,B and then C climb up the coconut tree. This rhyming story is sure to have any child laughing before they finish the book. This is one of my favorite books. Learning the alphabet is fun and easy with this delightful book.’
The Chocolate Moose, By Fred Gwyne, Publisher, Simon and Schuster
Many will remember Fred Gwynne from the TV show The Munster’s. In this book actor now author takes quotes that we are all familiar with and through illustrations makes fun of them.
“Mommy says she had a chocolate moose for dinner last night. One illustration shows a “chocolate colored moose” sitting at the dinner table. The kids will think this book is hilarious.
I Just forgot, by Mercer Mayer, publisher, A Golden Book
Here we have a little monster who forgets to turn off the faucet, his lunch box and many other everyday things. We have a family of gentle monster family mother, father, little sister and brother. Poor brother is always getting into some kind of trouble. If the reader looks closely they will see that our little monster always has company. He has a spider and mouse that are in every page of the story. My children always had fun looking for them in each new book.
Silly Sally, by Audrey Wood, Publisher, Harcourt brace and Company
Silly Sally likes to walk backwards and upside down. Walking through town she gets others to follow her. Do they walk backwards and upside down too? This book is sure to get your children rhyming while they walk backwards and upside down.
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, Audrey Wood, Publisher, Scholastic Books
This hilarious tale is about a king who will not leave his bath tub to attend to his kingly duties. The Queen and various members of the King’s court try to get him to get out of the tub, but only a pig succeeds. I have had many days when staying in the tub would have been wise. How does this clever pig finally convince the King to come out of his tub?
Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Jan Thomas, Publisher, Simon and Schuster
Dust Bunnies that rhyme? Why not? There are a bunch of dust bunnies that can rhyme all the time. Except for one, there is always one, that can’t rhyme at all. But when a monster threatens the dust bunnies, will the non rhyming bunny be able to save them?
Frog in a Bog, by Karma Wilson, publisher Simon and Schuster
Is this book a counting book, maybe a rhyming book? A frog sits in a bog doing what frogs in a bog do, eating bugs. We count the bugs as the little frog gets bigger from eating the bugs. This book may be a little gross, but kids liked gross, right?