(Closed) Childrens books recommendations

posted 8 years ago in Entertainment
Post # 3
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I bought my son one of my favourite kids books this year “The Mitten” (where all the animals want to live in a mitten). He loved it and thought it was silly (a bear in a mitten? for reals? lol). he is 4 though.

I really like “Polka Bats & Octopus Slacks” it is 13 silly poems for kids, some are pretty funny.

I have like a million more, but then I would have to go upstairs to the reading room & clean up all the books 😛

Post # 4
1986 posts
Buzzing bee

Goodnight moon, Brown bear Brown bear, and llama llama red pajamas are the favorites around here.

Post # 5
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


brown bear brown bear is a good one! I have loved Eric Carle’s books since I was a kid 🙂


OP: Usually anything by Eric Carle is a hit with kids (the hungry caterpillar, the angry ladybug & the tiny seed are a few others by Carle).

 My son also really likes Owl Moon — it is written somewhat like a poem, so it depends on the reading style of the kids in question.

with slightly older kids Shel Silverstein can be a hit too (falling up, the giving tree).

Post # 6
1093 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

any of the “Oliva” books, and Tomie dePaola does WONDERFUL books  like “Strega Nona”  and “Bill and Pete.”  I still have some of mine from childhood because the artwork is just so beautiful!

Post # 7
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I LOVE the Llama Llama books.  Another I like is Bear Snores On or any of the bear books by Karma Wilson.  I don’t have kids either but have been working with kids FOREVER.  PM me if you need any other book info.

Post # 8
4546 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I second all the books on here. Some others I love:

Good Night Moon

Really any book that’s by David Shanno…Stripes and Pigsty are my favorites

Elf on the Shelf (great for the holiday season)

Mary Had a Little Lamp

The Stinky Cheese Man (fractured fairy tales that kids LOVE)

The Polar Express

Oh the Places You’ll Go


Post # 9
527 posts
Busy bee

I love the “Olivia” books and anything by Robert Munsch and Lauren Child.

Post # 10
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My Fiance is a math teacher, and there is a series of kids books (ages 9-12) called Sir Cumference.  It’s a take on the King Arthur story, but with a math twist.  Super fun!

Post # 11
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I always give my friends’ newborns the classics – deluxe Peter Rabbit sets, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book.  Stuff they can keep and pass down, like I had as a kid.  I also gave one family (who is rock n’ roll like me) a copy of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, which is an ABC reader with a kind of morbid twist.  (Example: B is for Boris, who was mauled by a bear”) lol! 

I sent the same family a set of Margaret Atwood’s more interesting children’s books as well; she’s a Canadian novelist and poet, mostly, but she did a really ofbeat set of children’s stories that isn’t quite Gashlycrumb, but isn’t your typical See Jane Run, either.  (Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut, Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes, Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda).  Perfect for anyone who’s tired of Winnie the Pooh and his fluffy friends.

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