must-read children's books

Friday, April 3, 2015

Alright, this week's linkup with the Style Me Bloggers is supposed to be about our reading list/book recommendations. 

Here's the deal: I don't remember the last time I read a book for fun. Pre-mini-me I was enthralled with all things (including books) pregnancy and baby related. Enter mini-me and I'm regularly reading, the difference is, it's all children's books. Naturally, it just makes sense that I write about my must-read children's books.

must-read children's books:

On the night you were born by Nancy Tillman 

this is my most treasured book. It's beautifully written and illustrated and I won't lie, I may have cried one or two ten times while reading it. The book is so sweet and has such a nice sentiment that you can't help but love it (even when you read it over and over again). I will add, all of Nancy Tillman's books are lovely and worth checking out, especially if you're sentimental like me. 

On the night you were born,
the moon shone with such wonder
that the stars peeked in
to see you
and the night wind whispered,
'Life will never be the same.
Because there had never been
anyone like you...
ever in the world.

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

for some reason I find this book hilarious. It uses farm animals to depict a union-like environment. This is another one of those books that kids love but also makes an interesting read for caregivers. What's more entertaining than typing, striking cows?

Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuess 

I'm sure this falls on many a favorite list. I received this book when I went off to university and it has a beautiful message about seizing opportunities, following your heart and living your dreams. Perfect for young and old.

You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard 

one of mini-me's favs. An adorable book about a bird, who wakes up grumpy and is surrounded by his friends until he's, surprise, not grumpy anymore. A book everyone can relate to!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault 

yes, the title sounds like the beat from an adult film; however, I promise this book is totally G-rated. It's a super fun, rhyming alphabet book. It's entertaining for me to read and mini-me adores it. I can now practically recite the book without looking:

 a told b and b told c 
"I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree"
 "WEE" said d to e, f, g 
"I'll beat you to the top of the coconut tree 

What are your must-read books? Children's or otherwise?

One day, I will aim to read grown-up books again. Thankfully, I know some of my fellow Style Me Bloggers are avid readers and will have some great suggestions for my future reading list! Make sure you check them out!

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  1. I read a ton to my kids when they were little! I had Chicka Chicka Boom Boom memorized too! My favorites were anything by Sandra Boynton or Dr. Seuss. We also loved the Beatrix Potter stories and the Berenstain Bears' Big Book of Science and Nature. For more great titles, check out Yes, it's a homeschool curriculum but you could just get good book ideas there!

    1. It's such a great book!
      Oh we have Sandra Boynton too!! I need more of hers!
      thanks for sharing the link, I'll check it out!

  2. I'm always looking for children books as gift ideas, thanks!

  3. LOVE THIS LIST!!! Oh the Places You'll Go gets me every time!!

  4. hahahaha...I also got the Dr. Seuss book as a gift for University and Chicka Chicak Boom Boom is high up on my kids' fave list. Definitely going to add the cow one and the bird one. I think we have that first one, but maybe not...I think they're always at Costco?

    1. I think so, we got them as gifts but I'm pretty sure I've seen them there

  5. My top "must read" children's books are: "Mama, Do You Love Me?" by Barbara Joosse. I read to my daughter at least 100 times. "An Invitation to the Butterfly Ball: A Counting Rhyme" by Jane Yolan...My mama read it to all of her kids at least 500 times! And then she read it to my children when they were little. She always bought it for a gift for new parents. Those books really would be my top picks for must have books for any parent!

  6. Click, Clack, Moo is hilarious. Love everything by Dr. Seuss. My kids very favorite books when they were little were Stellaluna (another tear jerker but with a happy ending) and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. Have a great weekend!

  7. I think it is great you shared these books! I don't read many adult books (or kids books) - one day, maybe?

    Daily Style Finds

    1. well at least now we'll have some great recommendations

  8. haha sounds like an adult book...I keep hearing people talk about that book, must pick up a copy. Also ON the night you were born was on my list too! :) and I might cry every time I read it.

  9. I love children's books and it is one of the things I miss about being a classroom teacher.

  10. Children's books are so often rich and wonderful. You highlighted some terrific ones here. Once mini-you two is born I would to send you I Love You the Purplest if you don't already have it. One of my favs for moms with two or more children.

  11. This is bringing back memories! My daughter loved the Cows that Type and the Oh the Places You Will Go! Hope you had a great weekend!

    Doused In Pink

  12. I always see the On The Night You Were Born book everywhere! I love Oh The Places You'll Go! One of my teachers bought it for me when I graduated from 8th grade.

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  13. My Liv loves all the books with cows :)

  14. Awesome recommendations! I am always looking for new books for my son and I to read together. We recently came across an awesome book series about monsters who steal your keys and monsters that steal your socks! They are funny, well written and fabulously illustrated picture books by author A.J. Cosmo ( They are imaginative stories that teach problem solving, compassion, and much more. I enjoy them as much as he does! I hope his books make it to a future list of yours


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