Favorite Books for My Kids

We have books everywhere in our house. In baskets by every couch, on shelves in rooms, in the toy room, in the basement, books litter our house. And I love it.
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March is the tail end of cabin fever and a great time to kick off a series about our favorite books for kids. Drop by once a week for a list of classics and new classics to add to your child's reading list! Are we missing your favorite? Share the title in comments!

We have books everywhere in our house. In baskets by every couch, on shelves in rooms, in the toy room, in the basement, books litter our house. And I love it. I love nothing more than when my kids are reading, with me, without me, I don't even mind if they are ignoring me with their nose in a book {sometimes}.

Some of our favorites:

For My Toddler

Sesame Street Look and Find Books
These books are awesome! They have lots of different versions. They keep my toddler busy and looking for items. They are her favorite books.

Sesame Street Look and Find - Elmo and Friends

Gossie and Gertie
(We like Ollie, Peedie and Boo Boo too!)

Gossie and Gertie

For My 1st Grade Girl

Junie B. Jones
These are her first chapter books. The humor is spot on for her and the books are easy to finish so she feels like a great reader when she completes them.

Junie B Jones

Ivey and Bean
This is another fun series for girls and I even find myself laughing.

Ivey and Bean

The Chronicles of Narnia
I'm big on not letting my kids see movies until they've read the book. I know . . . kind of a nazi. But it's motivated my kids (especially my daughter) to power through the Chronicles of Narnia books. (I think she has a crush on Peter)

The Chronicles of Narnia

Dr. Desoto
I'm pretty sure that the only reason my daughter bought this book from the book fair was that it had a silver medal embossed on the cover of it. Turns out, it's a fun read, and my toddler loves it too. But mostly I love to hear her say "De Soto".

Dr DeSoto

For my 2nd Grade Boy
Warning - he is a READER! The kind that stays up too late at night reading, gets in trouble, and then turns on his book light to keep reading. I'm amazed that he is taking on such big books!

Harry Potter
I'm so excited to see my kids get into Harry Potter. I think these books are pure magic and I love seeing them again through the eyes of my kids.

Harry Potter - Prisoner of Azkaban

Percy Jackson
He LOVED this series and says that Rick Riordon is his favorite author. These also teach a lot about Greek Mythology which I think is a cool side effect. :)

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I wasn't sure I wanted him to read these. I thought they might be too old for him, that the humor might be too mature and I wasn't sold on them. But he got a hold of one and loved it. He's now read all of the books. And I actually think they are pretty hilarious too. (Hence my Shel Silverstein post).

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Enemy Pie
Such a great illustrated book for boys - and has a great moral at the end of the story.

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My Personal Favorites (you know it's picture books)

The Monster at the End of this Book
This is one of my favorite books that my mom read to me when I was little. I can hear little Grover's voice on every page. And there is even a great iPad app for the book that all 3 of my kids love.

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The Day the Babies Crawled Away
I love the cadence of this book, and I read this one like a rockstar. I'm telling you that I think that I could qualify to read this at a storytelling festival. I've got my kids in the palm of my hand! This book will have a soft spot in my heart for the rest of my life. The illustrations are beautiful and I love the way they images are reversed (with the main image in black and the horizon full of color and constantly changing). This book IS bedtime!

The Day the Babies Crawled Away

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
We all basically think this book is hilarious. The illustrations are bright and the characters expressions are funny. It's so visually well done.

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

The Berenstain Bears
Another from my childhood. I love this series and I think every book has great lessons for kids and I still adore the illustrations (and the cartoon series on PBS Kids).

Berenstein Bears

Frederick
Cute little Frederick! I grew to love him even more when we were assigned to highlight Leo Lionni in the kindergarten co-op. Leo is a darling man and he writes darling stories with beautiful illustrations.

Frederick

If Kisses Were Colors
This story is a tender one, but I truly love the illustrator, Alison Jay. All of the illustration in this book is done in oils and have a crackly varnish that creates a really rich feeling. I love this illustrator so much that we had her create our cover art for our local guidebooks. We've got several of her originals framed!

If Kisses Were Colors

I Took the Moon for a Walk
Another one illustrated by Alison Jay. Last but not least, and a great bedtime story!

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Phew! Is that enough all ready? Sorry for the long list, but we've got too many that we love around our house!

What are your favorites?

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