Whether you are looking to add titles to your own collection, giving a holiday present, or baby shower gift, this is the perfect list for you!
My mother was a librarian my whole childhood.
This meant her bringing home tons of great books, and me spending countless hours at the library finding new treasures.
My list of ‘must-reads’ was always expanding.
When I became a mom the first few things I purchased were books for my child’s collection.
As we’ve read hundreds, cover-to-cover, I thought my knowledge may be beneficial to share in hopes of helping you find one that you’ve never heard of, or maybe one that brings back a distant memory that you had forgotten!
Without further adieu…
55 Fantastic Books For Children
1. Great Day For Up by Dr. Seuss
The meanings of “up” are conveyed with merry verse and illustrations in a happy book that celebrates the joy of life.
2. Geraldine’s Big Snow by Holly Keller
Geraldine, a delightful but impatient little pig, cannot wait for the snow to come so that she can coast down the highest hill in the park on her sled.
3. May I Bring A Friend? by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers
One day, a small boy receives a very special invitation — the King and the Queen have invited him to the castle for tea. He accepts, with one question: “May I bring a friend?”
4. Animal Tracks by Arthur Dorros
Introduces the tracks and signs left by various animals, including the raccoon, duck, frog, black bear, and human.
5. Get Happy by Malachy Doyle
With a cheerful message about sharing, giving, and being kind to others, Get Happy will show any child how to turn a frown into a giggle, and spread the joy around.
6. I Love You Through And Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
A rhyming story of unconditional love.
7. Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr
Follow a little panda as he hides hearts all over his house to surprise his family.
8. One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian
Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of 1971 One fine day a fox traveled through the great forest. When he reached the other side he was very thirsty.
9. A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.
10. The Biggest, Best, Snowman by Margery Cuyler
A little girl accomplishes big things in this winning picture book.
11. What This Story Needs Is A Munch And A Crunch by Emma J. Virjan
Join Pig and her friends in another fun read-aloud adventure as they figure out a way to keep the picnic fun and games going, even with a little rain.
12. Snow Dance by Leslie Evan
In this lyrical celebration of one of the most awaited days of the year, two young children anticipate a snowstorm and all the joy.
13. Good Morning, Chick by Mirra Ginsbur
Tap-tap and crack! The little chick pops out of his shell. With his mother by his side, he starts to explore the world around him.
14. Winter Games by Roger Pare
Outdoor fun in the snow.
15. The Mitten by Jan Brett
One by one, woodland animals find the mitten and crawl in.
16. Panda-Monium! by Cynthia Platt
An oblivious panda with a hankering for bamboo inadvertently leads a flock of followers on his quest to find some. Brief rhyming text accentuates punchy descriptions as the cub rambles down hills, prances through flowers, and pushes away brambles in search of his coveted treat.
17. Today I feel… by Madalena Moniz
An alphabet of emotions.
18. Alligator Boy by Cynthia Rylan
A boy is just plain tired of being a boy. So, he becomes an alligator–and it suits him just fine!
19. What A Funny Bunny by Pat Whitehead
A clumsy Easter Bunny keeps losing the eggs and candy he is carrying in his basket. A letter of the alphabet appears on each page accompanied by an appropriate word from the text.
20. The Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
Dotty had the most beautiful feathers. Stalky had the most beautiful legs. And Plumy had the most beautiful crest. But which of them was the most beautiful? The three hens went to the king.
21. Something Is Coming by Bernice Chardiet
Young readers are asked to guess what will hatch from a variety of bird and reptile eggs, and then to lift a flap to see the hatchlings in action.
22. Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Jamie plants a pumpkin seed in the spring and, after watching it grow all summer…
23. Duck + Goose Find A Pumpkin by Tad Hill
Duck and Goose are searching for a pumpkin like the one their friend Thistle has.
24. Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton
25. Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall
When fall comes, two brothers enjoy catching the falling leaves, stomping on them, kicking them, jumping in piles of them.
26. This Little Turkey by Aly Fronis
“This little turkey went to market,” Fronis begins, as the turkey father heads out the door.
27. What’s Wrong Here by John Wallner
A look and find with 30 Wacky Pop-Ups, Pull-Tabs and Lift-Up Flaps.
28. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
It features the life story of fictional Miss Alice Rumphius, a woman who sought a way to make the world more beautiful and found it in planting lupine in the wild.
29. I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss
The first pages open to a girl standing on a swing, sailing high in the sky next to a bird whose feathers match her dress: “A bird can fly. So can I.” She can moo like a cow, grab like a…
30. The Hair Book by Graham Tether
An easy-to-read, rhyming introduction to hair.
31. Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson
Celebrates giving and friendship.
32. The Littlest Christmas Elf by Nancy Buss
The newly-arrived and littlest elf at the North Pole feels lonely, fearful, and too small to do anything.
33. Wee Mouse’s Peekaboo House by Jean Hiroshima
Board book contains a differently shaped hole through which children are invited to peek, pointing out the simple object or animal on the next or preceding page.
34. Is it Dark? Is it Light? by Mary D. Lankford
What is it? While describing the moon’s appearance, two children introduce pairs of opposites.
35. I Had A Cat by Mona Rabun Reeves
A little girl has all these animals as pets. She gives all of them away except for her…
36. The Puppy Who Wanted A Boy by Jane Thayer
Petey the puppy has one wish for Christmas: to have a boy of his very own. But boys are in short supply this year.
37. If You Give A Moose A Muffin by Laura Joffe Numerous
The complexities that can follow a simple act of kindness are played out with rampant silliness.
38. Bored – Nothing To Do! by Peter Spier
A delightful children’s book that has two enterprising boys take out their frustrations of boredom on an idea where they build their own airplane.
39. Earl’s Too Cool For Me by Leah Komaiko
“Earl’s got a bicycle made of hay. He takes rides on the Milky Way. Earl’s too cool for me.”
40. Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern
Peter thinks his house is noisy until the village wise man teaches him a lesson in perspective.
41. The Day The Teacher Went Bananas by James Howe
A class’s new teacher, who leads the children in a number of very popular activities, turns out to be a gorilla.
42. When Sheep Cannot Sleep by Satoshi Kitamura
In one of the more subtle counting books around, Woolly, a sheep, can’t sleep and so he goes for a walk…
43. Gus The Bus by Olga Cossi
After Gus, a dependable cartoon schoolbus, gets new heavy duty radials he finds himself galloping with the colts in the pasture and racing fire engines until the bus inspector lets some air out of the tires.
44. Song And Dance Man by Karen Ackerman
Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man.
45. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
“In a rainbow-colored station wagon that smelled like a real car, the relatives came. When they arrived…”
46. Louanne The Pig in The Talent Show by Nancy Carlson
No-talent Louanne’s spirits droop as her friends prepare for the talent show, but then she is called upon to perform in a very special way.
47. More More More Said The Baby by Vera B. Williams
Here are Little Guy, Little Pumpkin, and Little Bird. Their grownups love them. And so will you.
48. Theodore’s Rival by Edward Ormondroyd
Theodore is jealous of the new bear in the house until he finds out it’s really a panda.
49. Hobo Dog’s Christmas Tree by Thacher Hurd
Hobo Dog’s train trip to the land of better junkyards is interrupted when he runs into Bad Cat.
50. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald — who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.
51. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight, challenges everyone she meets regardless of their size or strength.
52. Bunnies and Their Hobbies by Nancy Carlson
After the bunnies come home from work, they change their clothes, eat dinner, do the dishes, and work on their hobbies.
53. The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
Maxi, a homeless mutt in New York City, has always fended for himself. Then one day a kind taxi driver named Jim offers him friendship.
54. Duck + Goose It’s Time For Christmas by Tad Hills
55. The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer
For generations, children have loved the enchanting story of the twelve beautiful princesses and the handsome young lad who solves the mystery of their tattered shoes.
Did you see any you’ve never heard of?
Did any bring back memories?
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