Our Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books {for now}

Last week we finished the reading program at Annalyn’s preschool. In what seemed like a very short period of time, every child was encouraged to have 100 books read to her. Everyone who met that goal received a free book and an invitation to a special reading party. I love to read, Annalyn loves to read, and I feel like we read together quite a bit. But I’ll tell you what: Hitting 100 books in less than a month was harder than it sounded!

It was a stretch to get that many books read in such a short time frame, but it did introduce us to some great new (to us) books and remind us about a few old favorites. I asked tonight on Facebook for favorite kids’ books, and now it’s my turn to share my favorites. Ten of them, to be exact.

10 of our favorite kids books {for now}

Our Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books {at the moment}

  1. Princess Pig by Eileen Spinelli: I love non-girly princess books. This one tells the story of a pig who briefly believes she’s a princess but eventually realizes she’s happy to be herself, “a plain old pig.”
  2. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch: What do you do when your prince is a jerk? Slay the dragon yourself and tell the prince where to stuff it!
  3. Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke: This book’s princess scoffs at the idea of arranged marriage – and totally kicks butt in a jousting competition.
  4. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor: We own half a dozen Fancy Nancy books and look for new ones every time we visit the library. The original story is the best of all, though.
  5. The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza by Laura Numeroff and Nate Evans: Numeroff is the author of the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books, which we also love, and this new (to us) series is great, too. Well, Big Book Bonanza was. I can’t wait to try out the rest of the Jellybeans books!
  6. Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek: I’m pretty sure I mentioned this book before, but it bears repeating. I love this book. We often shout, “Pants on the line!” for no reason at our house. Please write another book, Mr. Nedwidek!
  7. Duck Soup Jackie Urbanovic: I checked out a couple other duck books for Annalyn without mentioning that we’d read this one before. A few days after we read them, Annalyn said, “Hey! Where’d that book about the duck in the soup go? I want to read that one!” Guess we’d better get back to the library!
  8. Bear Snores On Karma Wilson: The bear books by Wilson are sweet, and beautifully illustrated. We’ve only read a few of them, but finding more is on the top of our library to-do list.
  9. Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal: I love this book! The spoon gets bummed that he isn’t as fun or cool as his other utensil friends but eventually realizes he’s unique and special just the way he is. Clever writing and a great message.
  10. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin: The last time I wrote about children’s books, this was suggested. And I’m glad, because it’s great! I bought several Cronin books for Annalyn’s Easter basket.

What are your favorite children’s books?

This post will be linked to Top Ten Tuesday at OhAmanda. And by the way, this Friday is Read Across America Day, celebrating reading and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. We’re celebrating by enjoying the copy of The Lorax I got at Blissdom!

18 Comments Our Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books {for now}

  1. Sarah February 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I love your list! Such great books! Princess Pig is great. Julia loves the Jellybeans books and Hannah is a huge Fancy Nancy fan. Ducks Don’t Wear Socks had me rolling.

    We’ve really enjoyed the Carl books {though they don’t have words, they are still really fun}.

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect March 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      We read two more Jellybeans books this week, and I am in love with that series. The message is just so darned great – and there’s candy involved, so that’s a plus. :)

  2. oh amanda February 28, 2012 at 7:03 am

    OK, seriously, I haven’t read half of these. What is UP?

    Off to the library’s website…

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect March 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      I don’t know. I guess you’re a slacker?

  3. Lindsey Partington February 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

    LOVE Bear Snores On! Those books are my favorite. What a great list.

  4. Brooke February 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Found your blog from Top Ten Tuesday! Cute blog & I love the post :-)

  5. Rochelle February 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Nice!! Those all sound great!

  6. Angie @ Many Little Blessings February 29, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Clearly my kids are getting older (I guess!) because I only know one of the books. But oh my, how I love Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type. (And then Giggle Giggle Quack is also a hoot.)

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect March 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Oh my goodness, they ARE funny books! I really can’t wait until Annalyn really “gets” them, because right now, she just likes anything with animals while I’m the one cracking up at their antics!

  7. Amanda D February 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I am SO happy to see that the Bear books by Karma Wilson are on your list. I adore those books. ALL of them are fabulous and fun to read aloud. I also love the Llama Llama books.

    I think I will have to have a pity party now that my kids aren’t wanting to read picture books much anymore. How long til grandchildren?

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect March 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I love the Llama Llama books, too! We have several but they’ve fallen out of the rotation. You know what I’m pulling out tonight!

  8. Sarah L March 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Ooo Ooo, I’m so excited. I’m pretty sure I suggested “Click Clack Moo” to you. Glad you liked it. The other night I went to read “Pajama Time” to my almost 1.5 year old. She pushed it out of my hands. Then, last night, same book and same response. I guess she’s sick of that one. Daddy said he read it to her the night before, so it must be only acceptable on certain occassions. This is a first for us. We’ll definitely have to check out some of the books on your list!

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect March 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Haha! How do they get so opinionated so quickly?!

  9. Karen Kelly March 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    My daughter is obsessed with Fancy Nancy and we even had a Fancy Nancy birthday party. It’s especially nice that they have easy readers with Fancy Nancy now that she is learning to read.

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect March 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      Oh, I soooo want my daughter to have a Fancy Nancy birthday party! Sadly, she’s stuck on a Tinkerbell theme. (But her birthday’s not until October, so I have some time to work on her. Ha!)

  10. Jackie April 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I love how you organized this post. A top ten was perfect. We also love Click, Clack Moo.

    1. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect April 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks, Jackie!

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