This is a follow-up post to our Reading Room design.  You can also read about our favorite toys here.

S loves to spend hours reading, so between that, a few friends (and a Grandma) who are elementary school teachers and a few friends who are librarians, we feel like we've found some of the best of the best of children's books!  I am listing a lot of books here, but I seriously couldn't narrow it down any further!  We love each of these books and have read them each hundreds of times.  

We are lucky to have a huge collection of books I've amassed slowly over S's 3.5 years on Earth.  We celebrate holidays with books, have given grandparents book wishlists (Amazon is great for this - you can literally email the wishlist to anyone you want), and I am constantly searching at garage sales and book sales (library booksales are awesome!) and at Goodwill.  Now that S is in preschool a few hours a week, we have access to Scholastic book sales as well.  We still visit the library often, but enjoy having our absolute favorites here with us all the time.  :)

I've grouped them in a few different ways.  First up are authors who are just amazing.  We love everything they write and think they are the bee's knees.  Next, I've gone through and grouped some of our favorite infant/toddler books, and finally some of our favorite preschool/early reader books.  For the amazing authors - I've linked directly to Amazon's list of all their books; for individual book titles I've linked to the book itself.

To start it off, here are some of our favorites from Mo Willems.  He's SO awesome.  His books are hilarious, even for parents (I have laughed out loud more than once - Can I Play Too? is one of my top five kids' books ever).  Mo Willems' books are geared towards older children; I think S started to appreciate them around 2 or so.  The Elephant and Piggie Series also doubles as Early Readers.

Petr Horacek has such beautiful illustrations that we had to get several of his books for little S.  His books are mostly geared towards infants/toddlers - with his minimal text (and maximal awesome imagery!).  This is not to say that S doesn't still enjoy reading them - because she still does!  In addition to the beautiful illustrations, Petr uses cut-outs and oddly shaped pages to further tell his story.  There is even a beautiful pop-up butterfly at the end of Butterfly, Butterfly.

All I have is one lone book to show for Russell Hoban's Frances series because the others were left at S's grandma's house!  Whoops!  We adore Frances.  She's a fabulous character with lots of spunk.  Bedtime for Frances would be my favorite book ever except for the part about spanking (we don't believe in spanking or spank; the book was written in the 1960s) - when I read to S I just leave that part out.  Russell Hoban perfectly captures preschoolers in Frances.  These books will be most appreciated by preschool and up.

Leslie Patricelli is another amazing author with brilliant illustrations.  She writes books for infants/toddlers, but her books are so beloved here that we regularly still read them to S.  Any books by Leslie involving her baby character are adorable and we love them all!

 Nancy Shaw's Sheep series is one of S's favorites - as evidenced by the fact that we own every. single. one.  There was a period where these were in near constant rotation.  Sheep in a Jeep is great for infants/toddlers, but the rest are probably better enjoyed by the 2 and up crowd.

Julia Donaldson is my newest favorite author.  My husband's favorite book is the Gruffalo, so S has heard that one since she was a baby, but for some reason I'd never thought to check out other stories by Julia.  We did about a month ago and every one that we've gotten our hands on has been totally brilliant!  We are particularly fond of those books where she pairs with Axel Scheffler for illustrations because he draws amazing pictures.  Her story, The Snail and the Whale is my current favorite kids book.  Julia is a master at creating rhymes in her stories.  The rhythm of the stories is just as beautiful as the stories themselves!

Next up is a mish-mosh of our favorite infant/toddler books.  Many have rhymes, all have beautiful pictures, and none of them made us want to cry the 10,000th time we read them.  :)


 And finally the groups of our favorite two and up books.  All of the above laudatory statements are true of these as well.  


We hope that you find some new favorites here!  Happy reading!

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  1. We love the Elephant and Piggy series here too! And lots of other books that you shared are some of our favorites.

  2. love it! Gruffalo has always been a favorite of ours. We also love anything and everything by David Shannon (board books plus preschool - young elementary audiences).

    1. Hi Kristen! If you love the Gruffalo, you have to check out the rest of Julia Donaldson's books (if you haven't already!). I don't think we've ever read a David Shannon book (though I can picture the cover art on his books somehow). Adding them to our list! Thanks for the recommendation!!!

  3. As a former librarian and a rabid follower of all recommended reading lists, I was not expecting to see so many recommendations here of new-to-us books! Thank you for adding to our list of books to check out. We regularly request books from the library and then bring stacks home. We will be adding many of these to the next batch.

    1. Oh good! I LOVE finding new great kids books! Hope you love them as much as we do! :)

  4. I always LOVE reading about everyone's favorite books. So many great ones on your list! I think Knuffle Bunny is one of Lucy's favorites! Can't wait to check out some new ones I haven't read yet!

    1. Aw, thanks Chelsey! And good call, Lucy - Knuffle Bunny ROCKS! :)


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