Tuesday Top Ten
1. Know what? No, what? by Arline Baum published in 1964 by Parents’ Magazine Press
As far as I know this book is out of print, but I’m including it anyway because it was my very favorite book as a child. It’s a story of two children talking to each other and imagining different and fantastic things. The artwork is beautiful, done in just a couple of colors. As an adult, I love anything that encourages a child’s imagination, so I found a used copy of it for my own kids.
2. The Little Book by Sherl Horvath published by Golden Books
This is a simple rhyming book about things that are little. (“A little train is a caboose. A little Indian is a papoose.”) It was a very close second in my list of favorite books when I was a child, and now I absolutely love the beautiful illustrations. It is a little outdated, as you can see in the excerpt above, but it is still a cute book to read to little ones.
For anyone not familiar with this, it stars lovable, furry old Grover. In it, Grover speaks directly to the reader urging them not to turn pages because that gets them closer to the monster at the end of the book. It never fails to make my youngest daughter laugh, and had the same effect on me when I was her age.
A rhyme for each month, with Sendak’s wonderful artwork.
5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This is a classic. It has been studied in literature classes, and read by generations of children. Can you find the mouse on each page?
6. Chica Chica Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambeault
One of the best alphabet books ever, the rhymes are catchy and the colors are vibrant. It’s fun to read and to hear.
7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Erik Carle
My youngest daughter has known this book by heart since she was two. It is so easy to learn, and has Erik Carle’s beautiful artwork. It’s also a great way to teach colors.
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Erik Carle
I couldn’t decide between the two, I’ll admit it. This book was always just so much fun, with all the little pages and the holes eaten through them.
9. But Not the Hippopatomus by Sandra Boynton
I actually had a very hard time deciding which Sandra Boynton book to choose. I love all of them, and it was a very close call between this one and The Going to Bed Book, but this one won out. The book is about a shy hippo overcoming her nervousness and joining in with the other animals to play. I was a shy kid, so I’m always a fan of this kind of book.
10. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardtd
Another classic, this book is fun because there is something to do on every page. My favorite part was always smelling the flowers. It seemed like magic to me when I was very little that the flowers actually smelled. Silly now, I know, but it’s still my favorite part.
What are your favorite books for young children?