{30} of My Favorite Children's Books

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I have a bit of a problem when it comes to children’s books: I really, really like them. Although we’ve started taking advantage more often of our “local” library (which is really about 30 minutes away), I usually end up adding new books to our personal wishlist after every trip. Truthfully, I dream of having a big home library of children’s books, not just for my girls, but for my grandchildren as well!


Here — in no particular order — are my 30 most favorite children’s books, for toddlers and preschoolers through early elementary school:

1. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

2. The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley

3. Goodnight Moon Big Book by Margaret Wise Brown

4. All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

5. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom

6. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss

7. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

8. What’s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? by Robert E. Wells

9. The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne

10. You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney

11. The Story of Doctor Dolittle by High Lofting

12. Read-Aloud Bible Stories by Ella K. Lindval

13. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

14. Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

15. Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta

16. The Complete Little House Nine-Book Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder

17. Serendipity Series by Stephen Cosgrove

18. Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

19. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

20. Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book by Howard Garis

21. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

22. Stone Soup by Heather Forest

23. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

24. Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance

25. May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

26. Hind’s Feet on High Places: Children’s Edition by Hannah Hurnard

27. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

28. Mole in a Hole by Rita Golden Gelman

29. Snug House, Bug House (Bright & Early Books(R)) by Susan Schade

30. The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop

What books would you add to this list?