Winning library books

John and I have read to our kids at bedtime for all of our parenting career.  These days, with so many teens, much of reading time is spent on chapter books.  Most recently John has been reading Little Britches and Man of the Family with the kids, two books in a delightfully entertaining series that also models work ethic on a stellar level.  But since our youngest is only 7, John still finds time most evenings for picture books.  We found a couple of unusually fun picture books when we went to the  library last week, and I thought I’d give you the heads up in case you’re looking for good books for your preschool and elementary-aged kids.

Tornado Slim and the Magic Cowboy Hat is a fun tale that keeps you guessing til the end. In the course of parenting ten kids I’ve read a LOT of kids’ stories, and there are some real yawners out there. This one is entertaining for children and parents, and the twist at the end will leave you chuckling.

Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose a delightful rhyming story with catchy upbeat words and a strong message about accepting yourself just the way you are.  We’ve read this one to our youngest daughters several times this week and each time they’ve giggled their way through it and also hopefully absorbed the message.

I wasn’t asked by the publishers to review either of this books.  I got them at the library, which most likely means you can find them there too. However  if you do choose to purchase them via the above amazon links, I will earn a small commission, which (at no extra cost to you) helps to support all the free content here on Owlhaven.

Happy reading, and I’d love to hear about picture books that you enjoy reading with your young ones!


  1. My youngest enjoys “Spoon”. He was in stitches tonight when I read “Stuck” about a boy whose kite gets stuck and he throws all kinds of crazy things up in the tree to try and get it down. I may have to buy that one!

  2. Our favorite books for reading aloud are Dr. Suess books. These sound fun though. Thanks for the referral.

  3. Oooh…The Seven Silly Eaters! I read that one almost every day to different ones of my nine, and even I never tire of it! The story, the rhyming, the pictures…look it up if you’ve never heard of it. We love it.

  4. I love to read picture books and like you over the years I have read some that are not worth much. I began keeping a list of some of the really worthwhile ones some years ago, here are a few from my list. Thanks for the recommendations, I always enjoy hearing about the good ones out there.

    On a tall tall cliff by Andrew Murry – not a specifically Christian book but with applications for following Christ.

    The Sea Serpent and Me – Dashka Slater

    Captian Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane – Ronnie Shotter

    The Tale of Custard the Dragon – Ogden Nash

    St. George and the Dragon – Margaret Hodges

    Rocks in His head – Carol Otis Hurst

    The Present – Michael Emberley

    Loop the Loop – Babara Dugan

    Brother Juniper – Diane Gibfried – I hope you can find this one at your library, if not request that they buy it. It is the story of building the church by giving it away. Such a picture of the Christian life, but so so simple. You’ll love it.

  5. Haven’t read to my youngest in a bit but the other night she asked me to read one of our family’s all-time favorites. Boy I practically ran to the bookshelf in my delight that she wanted me to read to her before bed. The book she asked for was:

    ‘Little Bo in France’ by Julie Andrews Edwards

  6. Forgot to mention that my youngest is now 13 and she fell asleep about half-way through the book but I continued on to the end. Love this book.

  7. I still read to my almost seven year old son on a regular basis. But I rarely ever read to my ten year old even though I think he would like it. He is an avid reader himself. I read “The Chronicles of Naria” series to my oldest a couple of years ago. I’m thinking about reading it to my youngest this summer. Maybe I need to find something to read to my older one. Mary – do your teenagers still like to be read to by a parent?

    I’ve already requested the books you recommended from the library.

  8. jennifer says:

    We’ve been reading Jan Thomas- hilarious and then my 4 yr old will read them back to me


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