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?