My Top 5 Children’s Books

Kids’ Story World has asked me to list my top five children’s books. It was hard to pick only 5, but I’m happy to share.

Richard Scarry, Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. My sister and I read this book when we were little and visited our grandmother. We have read it to the various children we have babysitted over the years. And now our children are enjoying it as well. It’s a book that never gets old, especially if you don’t remember where Goldbug is hiding on each page.

Helme Heine, Friends. You can pretty much pick any picture book by Helme Heine and know that you hold a little treasure in your hands.

Mo Willems, The Thank You Book. I didn’t discover Mo Willems until a few years ago. His Piggie and Gerald books are great for little kids and new readers. The Thank You Book is delightfully “interactive,” though they are all wonderful. I dread the day my youngest will outgrow Mo Willems.

Sven Nordqvist, Findus at Christmas. This is part of a series of stories about an old man and his crazy little cat. It is adorable, and the illustrations are wonderful. I just dug it up out of the bin with the Christmas stuff to read with the kids this weekend, and I can’t wait.

Astrid Lindgren, Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. No list of favorite children’s books would be complete without something by Astrid Lindgren on it. I can’t count how often I read this book, and I can’t tell you how often I pretended to be Ronja when I was out playing.

What’s your favorite children’s book?




  1. I also love Richard Scarry – Lowly Worm always makes me laugh. And there’s always something new to look at in his pictures.
    I loved the Pippi Longstocking books, but I’ve never read Ronia… sounds like I’m missing out. And the Findus at Christmas looks sweet.

    I don’t think I could ever choose a favourite… even five would be hard! A couple off the tiop of my head: The Story of Ferdinand, Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd, Roald Dahl, and there are so many new good ones that come out each year that I, too, wish my children could stay little and read them with me forever. A cute book I brought home recently from the library (which my children all loved, even though they at first laughed at me) was “Carson Crosses Canada” by Linda Bailey.

    • Roald Dahl is definitely a favorite, but I couldn’t pick a favorite out of his books I’ve read. I’ve always thought that Astrid Lindgren was a bit ahead of her time, since so many of her characters are independent girls. If you find yourself with some spare time (hahaha), read Ronja. It’s a book that works well for adults, too, I think. I will totally check out Carson Crosses Canada! You can’t beat that alliteration.

  2. Our granddaughter is still a bit too young for any of these. However, we have a well-used copy of a Richard Scarry book in German, which we’ll hang on to until she’s older.
    I think my favourites when I was a very small child were the old Ladybird series of books.

  3. “I dread the day my youngest will outgrow Mo Willems.”

    You’ll just have to have another child every couple of years till your oldest is old enough to start giving you grandchildren… πŸ˜‰

    • I didn’t have any Dr. Seuss books when I grew up in Germany, and actually I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in a German bookstore. I’ll have to ask my sister if she has come across them. The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who are my favorites.

  4. Thanks so much for the list! Oh my goodness! Brought back memories from my childhood- I had 2 Richard Scarry books and the Friends book (this one in German). Thanks for bringing back fab memories!! πŸ’–

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