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Books for Children: A List February 20, 2008

I love children’s literature. I learned to read at the age of three and have continued to read children’s books throughout my life, organizing and participating in several children’s literature classes in high school and college. I also love lists, and book lists are my favorite type. Here is a list of books we’ve not only read and loved over and over again, but books that I consider to be extraordinary, for after all, “only the very best of anything is good enough for the young.” (Anita Silvey, author of The Essential Guide to Children’s Books)

Picture Books:

  • Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
  • And the Train Goes by William Bee
  • The Sun Egg by Elsa Beskow
  • Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Burton
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • Picture This by Alison Jay
  • I dream of trains by Angela Johnson
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Frog Girl by Paul Owen Lewis
  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • The Three Questions by Jon Muth
  • When You Were Small by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simmos Taback
  • Tuesday by David Weisner
  • More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera Williams
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Easy/Early Readers:

  • Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
  • Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel
  • Little Bear series by Else Holmelund Minarik

Chapter Books:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
  • Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones
  • Mr. Poppers Penguins by Richard Atwater
  • My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

Chapter Books for Older Children (ages 6 and above):

  • The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  • The B.F.G. by Roald Dahl
  • Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

If you have a favorite book you don’t see on the list, please let me know – we always love to hear about books!


One Response to “Books for Children: A List”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Being a librarian, I am required to send you a list of (hopefully) useful links. Here are two that you may or may not know about already:

    PBS Parents Bookfinder:

    King County Library System Staffpicks for Kids page:

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