favorite children’s books

Here are some of the books I can’t live without in my classroom:

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Mo Willems
  • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, Willems
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, Willems
  • The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Willems
  • Knuffle Bunny, Willems
  • My Friend is Sad, Willems
  • I Will Surprise My Friend!, Willems
  • There is a Bird On Your Head, Willems
  • I am Invited to a Party, Willems
  • Owl Babies, Martin Waddell
  • Farmer Duck, Waddell
  • Stellaluna, Janell Cannon
  • Chrysanthemum, Kevin Henkes
  • Julius, the Baby of the World, Henkes
  • Chester’s Way, Henkes
  • No, David!, David Shannon
  • How I Became a Pirate, Melinda Long
  • Hug, Jez Alborough
  • Swimmy, Leo Lionni

Classroom classics:

  • The Napping House, Don & Audrey Wood
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill Martin Jr.
  • Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  • I Went Walking, Sue Williams
  • The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats

Books my family loves:

  • Punk Farm, Jarrett Krosoczka
  • Slide Already!, Kit Allen
  • Traction Man is Here, Mini Grey
  • Scaredy Squirrel, Melanie Watt (the 2 sequels are almost as good)
  • Goodnight, Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann
  • The Day the Babies Crawled Away, Rathmann
  • Beegu, Alexis Deacon

Favorite authors — I use almost their complete works:

  • Jan Brett
  • Dr. Seuss
  • Eric Carle
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • Mo Willems, natch

Books for Older Kids:

  • Twilight, Stephenie Meyer
  • New Moon, Meyer
  • Eclipse, Meyer
  • His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
  • The Fly on the Wall, Lockhart

7 thoughts on “favorite children’s books

  1. Thanks, ninja. I appreciate the support — thanks for putting me on your blogroll. (I notice you’ve got very good taste in books too.) If you’re going to have to read a book over and over, it might as well be awesome.

    • Att..KIRI, I have written four childrens books,I have listed a link,my others are in print,I was searching my titles and I came across your page,very similar to what I have written.

  2. I agree with Mo Willems books being a fave in the preschool and pre k rooms. I told my husband for christmas I want a bunch of his books. The children sit attentive and want them read every day!

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