Books we love to read

Sweet Ranger

Sweet Ranger

The other day I was playing with sweet little Ranger, and laughing over the fact that he loves the SAME books read to him over and over.  As  his nana, I find that trait darling, partly because it reminds me of when my kiddos were at that stage. (Actually, I find all his and Ascher’s traits darling– I am gaga for them both.) But a decade or two ago I remember sighing while reading the same books overandoverandover.  In that very repetitive process, John and I discovered that a few books truly are enjoyable to read and hear many times in a row.  Here are some of our absolute favorites from over the years.  Some are still easily available new, and some you may have to buy used.  But all are entertaining to parents AND kids.  Once you’ve checked out my list, I’d love for you to add to it in comments, below.  And always, if you find this list useful, I’d love for you to share it on Pinterest.

Tanka Tanka Skunk!

A Week of Raccoons

Dinner at the Panda Palace

Rolie Polie Olie

Hedgehog for Breakfast

Henry and Mudge and the Forever Sea

One Horse Farm

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

Owl at Home

If You Give a Moose a Muffin

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  1. Love Rolie Polie Olie!
    A few others that we love are Ox-cart Man, Miss Rumphius, and the Emperor of Absurdia.

  2. My daughter is almost 2.5 years and loves to read. Snuggle puppy is a big hit at our house (and several other Sandra Boynton books). We also still like the word books (pictures of objects with the name underneath) because she likes to ‘read’ it to me. Touch and feel books were a big hit for awhile as well.

  3. You just reminded me of Rolie Polie Olie- I need to get that one out of the library for my youngest. I used to love reading that one. When they were real young, I would love to read- Sandra Boynton The Going to Bed Book. I still read it to my youngest or I should say recite it as I have it memorized 🙂 We also enjoy The Little Engine That Could and any and all Thomas the Train books.

  4. We lobe Henry and Mudge too! Richard Scarry books get very love-worn here too!! Other favorites: Moo Willems, Dr. Seuss, Mr. Putter series, Junie B. Jones series, Magic Tree House and Harry Potter. The list could go on & on!!

  5. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae was a favorite of my youngest that I loved, too. And it’s great to see Owl at Home on your list. I read that over and over again when I was a little girl and then read it to my kids over and over again as well.

  6. ANYTHING Skippyjonjones!

    • Kristi McDaniel says:

      We absolutely love Skippyjonjones too!!…especially because my huband reads it in character accents and voices. 🙂

  7. Every Autumn Comes the Bear (and most books by Jim Arnosky), Owl Babies (my kids LOVED that one), and the clever Jon Agee books (especially loved by my boys). Also, the Boynton books were great rhythmic books that were short, clever, and didn’t drive me insane to read over and over. :o)

    Love this topic!

  8. We LOVED the Boynton books too! Moo, Baa, La La La and Barnyard Dance are our favorites. Another one that I could read over and over and still love is Music Is Everywhere. It’s a Baby Einstein book. It has great rhythm and is very serene 🙂

  9. The two books in particular that we have all but worn out are “Good Night, Gorilla” and “Dig, Dig, Digging.” My bigger kids love Mo Willems, particularly Pigeon, and Richard Scarry. Right now my son is into dragons, so we read Jack Kent’s “There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” about three or four times a week. That’s one I liked when I was little, too.

    I remember as a kid — not to my credit — disliking children’s Bible stories. So it has been a real surprise (guerilla blessing?) to me that my kids repeatedly ask for stories out of our Read and Share Bible from the children’s division of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

  10. Hooray for more book suggestions! We’ll have to find all of these at the library. 🙂

    Some of our favorites for the younger crowd:
    I’m a Big Brother/Sister by Joanna Cole
    When You Were Inside Mommy by Joanna Cole
    My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
    The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kasza
    We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen
    If You See a Mouse Traditional, Gardener Publishing
    Where There’s a Bear, There’s Trouble! by Michael Catchpool
    The Relatives Came Cynthia Rylant
    Thunder Cake Patricia Polacco
    We Help Daddy by Mini Stein

    Some of our favorites for elementary age and older children:
    The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Marianna Mayer
    Mountain Born by Elizabeth Yates
    Understood Betsy by Dorothy Fisher
    Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
    The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Warner
    any of Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire’s books
    Christian Heroes: Then and Now series by Janet and Geoff Benge
    Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland
    Missionary Stories With the Millers by Mildred Martin

  11. You have to read, The Hello Goodbye Window…got it at the library and now we own it. I cry every time I read it…about a special nana and poppy. So sweet:)

  12. LOVE children’s books! Can’t wait to check out the ones on your list. We have always enjoyed: Jamberry; anything by Sandra Boynton; No More Jumping on the Bed; No More Water in the Tub; Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Is Your Mama a Lama? Henry and Mudge; Frog and Toad; Jan Brett’s lovely books; The Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo . . . . There are so many, it’s hard to stop listing them. 🙂 Thanks for inviting us all to share. Love seeing all the photos of you with your precious grands. So sweet.

  13. Ditto on so many of these. One I’ll add to the list is “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” by Mo Williams. My 2 year old and I could read that one every day, and I don’t find Piggy and Elephant as obnoxious as the Pigeon books by the same author (Pigeon has too many tantrums for my taste).

  14. Becca Fisher says:

    My nephews are past the being read to stage now (18.5/13/9.5) but, I had bought a collection of books that included If You Give a Moose a Muffin when my 13-year old nephew was 4 or 5, and even his brother who was about 10 at the time thought that book was hilarious. I am SO happy that all three boys are avid readers and I will admit to never saying NO them when it came to buying books. 🙂

  15. We love the llama, llama books. Tumble me tumbily, and You are my I love you, good night moon, the extended version of Eensy Weensy Spider, are all super faves, tumble me tumbily actually travelled to ET with us to get our 2 youngest ones, had to buy another copy of it!!,

  16. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. We LOVE this book! This one is great for giving you a chance to be very dramatic while reading it.