Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. It’s rewind week for TTT, and I decided to modify the first every TTT (Top Ten Childhood Favorites) to my favorite children’s books now. I’m a children’s librarian, so I read hundred of kid’s books every year, so I want to list some of my favorites. Some are classics, some award winners, and some new additions to children’s literature.
1. Mo Willems! Okay, so he is an author, not a book, but he has created some of the most wonderful children’s picture books and readers! Series include Elephant and Piggie, the Pigeon books, Knuffle Bunny, and standalones like Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. You do not have to be a child to enjoy Mo Willems genius.
2. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester. This is such a crowd pleaser picture book. Tacky is an odd bird, but a nice bird to have around. 🙂
3. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. Another wonderful picture book. And there is a dog in this one!
4. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. This one is so much fun to read aloud.
5. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. First picture book to win the Caldecott with an African American MC. But what I really love about this book is that it shows an African American boy doing activities that ALL boys (and girls do). Kids can completely relate to this book.
6. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. This one was actually a childhood favorite of mine, and it still is a favorite now. I love that the text and illustrations are blue!
7. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka. Definitely one of the best fractured fairytales out there!
8. There’s an Alligator Under My Bed/There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer. Anyone remember these ones? I love the illustrations, and they are wonderful story time books.
9. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Love this one! You all remember this one right?
10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Best picture book ever? You betcha. Who doesn’t remember this book from childhood?
What are your favorite children’s books?