Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our All-Time Favorite Children's Books

I'm in the process of putting together our reading lists for each year that we've homeschooled so far.

In the meantime I thought I'd share our all-time favorites. These titles will also appear in my yearly lists, but these books are ones that the children asked for over and over again. These stories have become old friends to us over time.

I've categorized these somewhat loosely by grade level. Around here we usually all read together, so Sweet Pea and Giggly Girl cuddle up with us for the "primary" stories, and Superman can't tear himself away from the "preschool" stories. Please don't let the grade levels stop you from checking out any of these wonderful titles.

These favorites are just as much enjoyed by the grownups who read them aloud as they are by the children who gather round to listen to them. After all, as C.S. Lewis said, "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond."

Preschool/Kindergarten
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack
The Big Green Pocketbook by Candace Ransom
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Rey
Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton
Dr. Seuss' ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book
Five Little Sharks Swimming in the Sea by Steve Metzger
Giggle Belly by Page Sakelaris
Go Dog Go! by Dr. Seuss
God Knows Me! (from Psalm 139) by Joel Anderson
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight (and others in this series) by Jane Yolen
I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
If the Dinosaurs Came Back by Bernard Most
If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas
Jenny's Surprise Summer by Eugenie
Jessie Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy Carlstrom
Little Bear by Else H. Minarik
The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn (and the others in this series)
Mole Music by David McPhail
One Million Cats by Wanda Gag
One is One by Tasha Tudor
Paddington by Michael Bond
Paddington at the Fair by Michael Bond
Polar Bear, Polar Bear by Eric Carle
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Sailor Dog by Margaret Wise Brown
The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This First Thanksgiving Day: A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed
Those Can-Do Pigs by David McPhail
Thundercake by Patricia Polacco
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Tootle by Gertrude Crampton
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field

Primary
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk
Atlantic by G. Brian Karas
Because I Love You by Max Lucado
Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones by Byron Barton
Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin
Crinkleroot (any in this series) by Jim Arnosky
Eric Liddell by Geoff and Janet Benge
Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall
Fancy Nancy by Jane O'connor
The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Bishop
From Acorn to Tree by Jan Kottke
From Seed to Pumpkin by Jan Kottke
George Muller by Geoff and Janet Benge
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Glorious Flight by Martin and Alice Provensen
Handel, Who Knew What He Liked by M.T. Anderson
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Ruth Krauss
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
Humphrey, Albert, and the Flying Machine by Kathryn Lasky
I Love You Like Crazy Cakes by Rose A. Lewis
If I Were President by Catherine Stier
In November by Cynthia Rylant
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
The Little Drummer Boy illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha
Over the River: A Turkey's Tale by Derek Anderson
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poppleton in Fall by Cynthia Rylant
Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen
The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
Seeds of Love by Mary Petertyl
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
The Tale of Peter Rabbit (and other stories) by Beatrix Potter
When Agnes Caws by Candace Fleming
You Are Special by Max Lucado

Chapter Books/Anthologies
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Children's Book of Heroes by William Bennett
Chang and the Bamboo Flute by Elizabeth Starr Hill
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Childhood of Famous Americans Series
Everyday Graces by Karen Santorum
The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne
The Little House On The Praire series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
The Jesus Storybook Bible
The Rhyme Bible by Linda Sattgast

Poetry
A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mother Goose illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa
Mouse of My Heart by Margaret Wise Brown
Now I Am Six by A.A. Milne
Sing A Song of Popcorn by Beatrice Schenk
When I Was Very Young by A.A. Milne

I hope that you will find a new title or two here to enjoy with your family!

1 comment:

  1. What a great list Shannon! I'll have to do something like this for my boys. There's so many books that they love.

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