Sunday, January 10, 2016

Favorite Children's Books

These are books to read to young children. Table 1 lists board books. Babies and toddlers can also enjoy picture books—see Table 2. Table 3 gives some good early nonfiction books. All three tables include books for a range of ages, so pick and choose.

The hyperlinks take you to a Google search on the ISBN. Also search online for Caldecott Medal and Newberry Award winners from any decade (older often means better). There are also some good books in this list (PDF).

People often ask me which math books to buy for little ones. There are a few counting-specific books in Table 3, but when the time comes, any book is a counting book. You can just ask the child to count the number of caps, or bumblebees, or flowers, etc., in whatever book you happen to be reading at the time.

Table 1. Favorite Board Books—Fiction

Sandra Boynton Moo, Baa, La La La! 067144901X
Sandra Boynton But Not the Hippopotamus 0671449044
Sandra Boynton The Going to Bed Book 0671449028
Sandra Boynton Blue Hat, Green Hat 0671493205
Jan Brett The Mitten 0399231099
Jan Brett The Hat 0399234616
Margaret Wise Brown Goodnight Moon 0694003611
Margaret Wise Brown The Big Red Barn 0694006246
Margaret Wise Brown The Runaway Bunny 0060775823
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar 0399226907
Alexandra Day Good Dog, Carl 0689807481
Bruce Degen Jamberry 0694006513
Melanie Gerth Five Little Ladybugs 1581172184
Piers Harper, Sonia Black Snow Bear 0439544262
Beatrix Potter The Tale of Peter Rabbit 0723247706
Roger Priddy Fluffy Chick and Friends 0312494300
Roger Priddy Halloween Jack 0312500076
Roger Priddy Alien Al 0312498934
Roger Priddy Chirpy Chick 0312516258
Raffi Five Little Ducks 0517800578
H.A. Rey Curious George (many stories)
Esphyr Slobodkina Caps for Sale 0064431436
Rosemary Wells Max's Bath 0803701624
(many possible) Mother Goose (many possible)

Table 2. Favorite Picture Books—Fiction

Francesca Assirelli Chicken Licken 1846433274
Ludwig Bemelmans Madeline 0670445800
Bros. Grimm / Bernadette Watts Little Red Riding Hood 0735840083
Peter Brown Mr. Tiger Goes Wild 0316200638
Virginia Lee Burton The Little House 039525938X
Virginia Lee Burton Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel 0395169615
Rene Cloke My Big Book of Brer Rabbit Stories 0517228718
Wende and Harry Devlin Old Black Witch! 1930900627
Julia Donaldson The Gruffalo 0142403873
Marjorie Flack, Kurt Wiese The Story About Ping 0448482339
Emily Gravett Blue Chameleon 144241958X
Emily Gravett Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear 1416939997
Russel and Lillian Hoban Bread and Jam for Frances 0060838000
Russell and Lillian Hoban Bedtime for Frances 0064434516
Russell and Lillian Hoban A Bargain for Frances 006444001X
Russell and Lillian Hoban A Birthday for Frances 0064430073
Russell and Lillian Hoban A Baby Sister for Frances 0064430065
John Klassen This Is Not My Hat 0763655996
Ruth Krauss The Happy Day 0064431916
Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson The Story of Ferdinand 044845694X
Leo Lionni Inch by Inch 0688132839
Arnold Lobel Days with Frog and Toad 0064440583
Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad Are Friends 0064440206
Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad All Year 0064440591
Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad Together 0064440214
Robert McCloskey Blueberries for Sal 0670175919
Tomie de Paola Finn McCoul 0823403858
H.A. Rey Curious George (many books)
Suejean Rim Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes 0316044709
Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are 0060254920
Dr. Seuss Various titles (many books)
David Shannon No, David! 0590930028
William Steig Sylvester and the Magic Pebble 1442435607
William Steig Dr. De Soto 0312611897
William Steig Amos and Boris 031253566X
David Ezra Stein Dinosaur Kisses 076366104X
John Steptoe Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters 0688040454
James Stevenson That Terrible Halloween Night 068884281X
Judith Viorst Alexander and the No-Good (etc.) 0689711735
Mo Willems There Is a Bird On Your Head! 1423106865
Mo Willems Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 078681988X
Mo Willems We Are In A Book! 1423133080
Gita Wolf, Joydeb Chitrakar The Enduring Ark 9380340184
Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr Owl Moon 0399214577

Table 3. Favorite Early Nonfiction

(several) My First Little House Books (series) (many books)
Laurence Anholt Degas and the Little Dancer 0764138529
Mitsumaso Anno Anno's Counting Book 069001287X
Eric Carle From Head to Toe 0694013013
Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? 0805047905
Eric Carle Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? 0805053883
Eric Carle A House for Hermit Crab 0887081681
Henry Cole Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad 0545399971
Nicola Davies Big Blue Whale 0763610801
Richard Ferguson Deep Blue Sea 1405321504
Flensted Counting Chickens 1609050339
Gyo Fujikawa Baby Animal Families 1402757026
Taro Gomi Spring Is Here 0811823318
Karen Katz Where Is Baby's Belly Button? 0689835604
Susan Korman Box Turtle at Silver Pond Lane 1568999356
Martin it et al. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 1442450703
Wendy Pfeffer From Seed to Pumpkin 0064451909
Roger Priddy Happy Baby Colors 031249047X
Roger Priddy Happy Baby ABC 0312491697
Roger Priddy Happy Baby Words 0312490097
Roger Priddy Happy Baby 123 0312490232
Roger Priddy My Big Truck Book 031251106X
Peter & Connie Roop Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie 9780876142752
Paul Showers You Can't Make a Move Without Your Muscles 0690041845
Alastair Smith Dinosaurs: Lift-the-Flap 0794504183
Joan Sweeney Suzette & the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt 0764138529
Matthew van Fleet Tails 0152167730
Matthew van Fleet Moo 1442435038
Wilson and Bloom Elephants: A Book for Children 0500543445


Lara said...

oops: an error in table 1.
Ms. Boyton's 1st name is Sandra not Barbara. (And her books are awesome so they definitely belong on your list!)

Jason Zimba said...

Thank you!
Fixed above.