Tip Tuesday — Children’s Books

Think Fast! It’s another Tuesday where I will require that you think fast or don’t think at all. I want your favorite or current favorite children’s book of all time. Don’t think too hard, just suggest one. Just one.

Okay, just this once, in my grand beneficence, I will allow you to give two suggestions. Here are mine:

1. Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet — This is a favorite from when I was a child. I could not get enough of this book.

2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault — We use this book as a warm up for our Daring Family freestyle rap battles. We wore out the copy Grammy sent us and I bought a new one… at a real bookstore… at full price. I know. I am insane. It was worth it.

As you can see, I only like books by people named Bill.

Your suggestions can be by people with other names… I guess… if they’re REALLY good. You can include anything from board books to Young Adult reads. Go!

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95 Responses to Tip Tuesday — Children’s Books

  1. Jess says:

    As a third or fourth grader I loved “Anne of Green Gables” by L.M. Montgomery and “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. I still do, actually.

  2. Ashley says:

    “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina

  3. kyouell says:

    “Andrew Henry’s Meadow” by Doris Burn. It’s back in print! That’s my fave, but seeing as my son is only 11 months old he’s not too into it yet. His favorite is “The Going to Bed Book” by Sandra Boynton. I forgot to bring it with us to the hospital so just recited all I remembered and it still helped him to fall asleep — so it’s one I love too because it works!

  4. Grammy says:

    “Just Only John” by Jack Kent for young children for it’s spirit of fun and adventure, great illustrations and sweet message (“Moral – be yourself, because somebdy has to, and you’re the closest.”)

    “Me and Caleb” by Franklyn E Meyer for intermediate level. Every time I read it I laugh and cry and feel richer for the experience. Love, Love, Love these books.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Guess How Much I Love You and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

    I am enjoying Runny Babbit for myself lately!

  6. the voice says:

    The Rainbow Fish, uhh….I can’t remember who the author is, and I’m too lazy to go dig it out.

  7. Tracy M says:

    Pele’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow
    Going on a Bear Hund by Catherine Oxenberry

  8. Sridevi says:

    I would also vote for the Brer rabbit stories, Noddy tales (the cute little boy who wears a pointy cap with a bell on its end) and the Faraway Tree stories by Enid Blyton. My picks are mostly British authors, I guess, but they are so delightful to read, and there’s so much fairy-tale imagination in them.

  9. Tora P says:

    I’ll third the nomination for The Paperbag Princess . I’ve given this one as a gift more times than I can count, and always have an extra copy on hand.

    For my two:

    Picture book: Tuesday , the nearly wordless Caldecott winner by David Wiesner

    Young adult: The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. This was first given to me by my best friend when we were just ‘YA’s ourselves….I feel so blessed in her friendship every time I think of it.

  10. LammyAnn says:

    A fun one we just finished is
    “MRS. PIGGLE WIGGLE” by Betty McDonald.
    Great 1st grade chapterbook. We had lots of laughs reading it together.
    Also, love the Mouse and the Motorcycle series…
    For younger kids… the MercerMeyer books (little critters) are AWESOME! We get laughs out of how much mischief little critter gets into!

  11. Heggedy Peg by Don and Audrey Wood

    Fanny’s Dream by Carolyn Buehner

    We adopted a family tradition after reading Heggedy Peg. Whenever I go “big” grocery shopping, I “Heggedy Peg” and pick out each family member’s favorite candy or treat from the store. I lay them out on the table and they have to guess which one I was thinking of when I bought the treat. Fun tradition. Fun book.

    Fanny’s Dream? Should be a classic!

  12. As I am a lover of OLD books, I have to mention the author Carolyn Haywood. My kids (7,8,10) have loved “B is for Betsy” “Betsy’s Busy Summer” “Betsy and Billy” “Primrose Day” “Betsy and the Boys” “Penny and Peter” “Betsy and Mr. Kilpatrick” “C is for Cupcake” and others. Great read-alouds for ages 4-7, older kids can read alone.
    Sorry it’s actually a lot more than two books…

  13. Jessica says:

    Older kid to young adult book (which I have read twice as an adult) — The Giver by Lois Lowry. This story to me was a powerful lesson in the importance of agency and opposition in all things. And it was beautiful.

    Also The Chronicles of Narnia are fantastic. I am reading them to my six year old and he loves them. I enjoyed them more as an adult than I did as a child, however.

    Anything by Roald Dahl. I adore him.

    The Five Chinese Brothers. I won’t let my son read my copy. 🙂

    The Monster at the End of This Book.

    And lots more.

  14. Lauren Snell says:

    I love the series of alphabet books by Jerry Pallotta. The illustrations are wonderful and the subjects are so interesting, even for adults. Not just your stanard Armadillo to Zebra but Aye-Aye to Zorilla (in the Furry Animal Alphabet Book), Ant to Zebra Butterfly (Icky Bug Alphabet Book), and Airacomet to Zephyr (Jet Alphabet Book), to name just a few from the books we have.

  15. One of my all time favorites that hasn’t been mentioned for YA would have to be “The Island of the Blue Dolphins”. It made such an impression on me in 5th grade. Also for those little ones, The Mary Poppins Series and of course, “Charolette’s Web”.

  16. KC says:

    I agree with Guess How Much I Love You. That one makes me tear up at the end, I’m so filled with love!

    For bodily functions:
    Everyone Poops (subject of recent blog entry)

    When you are doing time:
    Mama Love Me From Away

  17. Just one? Not a chance.

    Family favorites are:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear
    Anything by Audrey Wood
    Goodnight Moon, which I can do backwards, upside down and in my sleep
    Time For Bed
    I Love You As Much
    Maybe My Baby
    Zoom City
    Do You Know New?
    Maybe My Baby

  18. brooke says:

    ‘Little Black Sambo’ by Helen Bannerman and ‘The Story about Ping’ by Marjorie Flack.

  19. Amy says:

    Boodil, My Dog, and another one called Yonder. Sorry, can’t choose just one.

  20. Momma Mindi says:

    Hello DYM,

    First of all, let me say that I love your blog. I have just discovered it and spent the better part of the last several days reading it (at night, after I have put my little one to bed, of course – I do have a life!)

    Anyway, my favorite childrens book right now is “I Love You With All My Heart” by Noris Kern.

  21. RGLHM says:

    Fanny’s Dream- girl who wants to be Cinderella but has to work hard in life instead and decides she won’t give it up when her fairy god-mother eventually shows up

    Jr High Book:- Holes

  22. Heather says:

    As a child, I loved a book called “Tikki Tikki Tembo”. I think it was because I just like to say the name.
    As I got older, my favorites were “The Secret Garden” and “Little Women”.

    One that I love to read to my kids right before bedtime is “Pajama Time”. It’s a fun book that almost makes you sing or rap when you read it aloud!!!

  23. Maine Mom says:

    I have been reading the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park to my two oldest daughters. We could read those books over and over again!

  24. Pam in Utah says:

    You and Me, Little Bear–Don’t have the author right now. Also, The Box Car Children is also right up there.

  25. Caryn says:

    I have so many favorites, but my most recent one is Russell the Sheep By Rob Scotton, a book we just bought for my nephew for his birthday. But there are so many wonderful ones out there.

  26. Lauren says:

    The Shoe books! They’re by Noel Stratfield and are amazing. So are the Anastasia books by Lois Lowry and the Fudge books by Judy Blume — these are all chapter books. Love ’em.

  27. Kristina says:

    Definitely my all time fav, along with so many others on this list, is “Love You Forever” by Munsch. I also love all things Seuss, but my total fav has to be “The Lorax.” I love to read any Seuss book fast I can (tongue twisting is encouraged) to my kiddles and they still squeal with glee (the oldest is 10 now).

    My boys(8) just really took off with reading chapter books this year. They both love the “My Weird School” series by Dan Gutman. They are silly and zany. A couple of titles off the top of my head are “Miss Daisy is Crazy” and “Mr. Hynd is Out of His Mind” I have enjoyed these myself. Dan Gutman has some other pretty good books as well.

    Another series they love is Geronimo Stilton. They have all kinds of different type fonts in them and even colored pictures. They remind me of the stories in the Highlights magazine where they have the little pictures in the story in place of some words. These books are really cute and we have had much discussion as to whether these books are actually written by a mouse.

    As for the girl, she loves any book she can get her hands on, but I would have to say her favorite is by far the Goosebumps series. She assures me they do not scare her, although the shows on TV a while back were rather creepy.

  28. Susie Q says:

    “Mirette on the High Wire” and “Make Way for Ducklings.” Both are Caldecott books. So good!

  29. Only 2? That is not even possible!!!
    All time fave for little ones…”God Gave Us You” by Lisa Tawn Bergren
    and “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.
    My personal faves are the “Anne of Green Gables” series and “Chronicles of Narnia” series
    I also loved the “Babysitters Club” books when I was young.
    My kids right now LOVE Dr. Suess. in particular “Green Eggs and Ham”.
    I am excited to try out some new suggestions!!!

  30. HangerMom says:

    Okay, without reading others’ comments first, I’m going to say “Olivia” by Ian Falconer, and “Frog and Toad Together” by Arnold Lobel (which may be cheating, as it’s a collection of stories). Both have been my daughter’s favorite at some point in the past year, and both are stories that are enjoyable enough to read that I don’t hate them after the millionth time they’re requested. “Olivia”, especially, is so witty for the parents, that it’s really fun. Over and over. And over.

  31. Melissa C says:

    One of my favorite children’s books is Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies. Can’t get enough of that book. I think the line: “those were bad, bad bunnies all right” had me hooked from page 1.

  32. Peach says:

    I looked at the 81 comments ahead of me and thought surely my favorites had already been spoken for, but alas, while lots of my favorites have shown up on this list — two of my favorites are still awaiting a nomination.

    They are:

    My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss and
    A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

    I also loved the Trixie Belden mysteries and now am sharing them with my girls.

  33. elliespen says:

    Picture book: Olivia, by Ian Falconer (plus the sequels; this pig is awesome!)

    Chapter book: The Silver Crown, by Robert O’Brien (I think; it’s the same guy who wrote “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” at any rate.)

    There are so many others that I love but those were the first two that came to mind.

    Great choice on Bill Peet. Love, love, love his books. Have you read his autobiography? Neat stuff. When we were in Southern Chile, the houses and scenery all looked like they were straight out of one of his illustrations.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Must leave my vote for “Walter the Farting Dog”.

  35. KEP says:

    Tikki Tikki Tembo is my daughter’s current favorite, although I’m sick to death of reading it. 🙂

    I like Where is the Green Sheep? and also the Sheep books by Nancy Shaw.

    Trixie Belden mysteries and the Carolyn Haywood books were some of my faves as a kid, and I had completely forgotten about both of them until I read the comments.

  36. Tiffany says:

    I’m a Children’s Librarian. I have tons of favorites, but my current favorite picture book is “Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney. I also really love “Chrysanthemum” by Kevin Henkes.

  37. Jen says:

    I was going to say “Where the Wild Things Are”, but someone beat me to it. Pretty much all of the classics have been given. So here are some religious books:
    “My Little Book About Temples” by Chadwick Bagley and the “Beginner’s Bible for Toddlers” as told by Baker and Helms.

  38. “What do you Love?” by Jonathan London

  39. bon says:

    Anything by Bill Peet… esp. “The Whingdingdilly” and “Whump World.”

    Big, BIG fan of the Rick Walton/Paige Miglio combo (he writes ’em and she illustrates)

  40. Marie says:

    My girls are in third and fourth grades, and I am pulling out two of my old favorites for them this summer:
    No Flying in the House by Betty Brock
    Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield

  41. “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

  42. Mommy Bee says:

    Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

  43. Pam in Utah says:

    Pickle Chiffon Pie, by Jolly Roger Bradfield-it’s sweet and makes me cry-and I’m old. And then there’s my favorite old childhood series of the “Boxcar Children”. That’s pretty old, but it shows how resourceful even little kids can be, and that kids can look out for each other, and show responsibility, etc. 🙂

  44. wookie says:

    My kids have worn out Knuffle Bunny, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Goodnight Moon, Go Dog Go, Are you My Mother? and Where the Wild Things Are. We’re on our second copy of most of them.

    Also all libraries should have a couple of good picture books with pictures of babies, Richard Scarry books and some good non-fiction books with a focus on animals and maps. My kids will while away an hour with “Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals” that I found at a yard sale.

    For chapter books my kids really liked “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and the Little House on the Prarie series so far. I thought they’d like Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh but it just didn’t fly.

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