Book Recommendation

24 Children’s Books Recommended by Our Community

Need some ideas for some great children’s books to read? We asked our community, and here’s what they said.


  1. You are Special (by Max Lucado) — A heart-warming story that teaches self-worth by taking a look at a city of wooden people who spend their days giving each other gold stars or black dots, and their maker– a benevolent carpenter named Eli.
  2. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (by Virginia Lee Burton) –Although published for the first time during the Great Depression, it is still an enjoyable read today. Faced by an age of newer machines Mike and his steam shovel Mary Anne find a place where they can still make a difference, and take on a challenge to do in a day what it would take 100 men a week to do.
  3. If You Give a Mouse A Cookie (by Laura Numeroff)–A circular tale in which each of the mouse requests leads to another. The illustrations bring the story to life and tell just as much of the story as the words.
  4. Where The Wild Things Are (by Maurice Sendak)–A story of brilliant imagination that takes a naughty little boy who has been sent to bed without supper for wreaking havoc on the house in his wolf costume on an adventure to a place where he is hailed King of the Wild Things. Will he choose to go home?
  5. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (by Don Wood)— The little mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear. Enjoy the antics of the mouse in trying to preserve his beautiful red ripe strawberry from the bear in any way possible.

  6. Rosa-Too-Little (by Sue Felt Kerr)–Rosa desperately wants a library card, but it constantly told she is too little–to read, for a library card, and to participate in story time. In a moment of joy, she finally gets her own library card and is able to check out books.
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (by Eric Carle)–The bright and distinctive illustrations of Eric Carle tell the story of the hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through fruits and vegetables on his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly.
  8. Guess How Much I Love You (by Sam McBratney)— Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare take turns telling how much they love the other. The measurements of love grow bigger and bigger until it’s almost unfathomable.
  9. Fanny’s Dream (by Caralyn Buehner)–A different take on the Cinderella story. Fanny is a farm girl who dreams of someday marrying a handsome prince, and puts on her best calico dress and waits in the garden for her fairy god mother when she hears news of the mayors ball. But it isn’t her fairy godmother who comes–it’s some else. Someone better.
  10. Big Red Barn (by Margaret Wise Brown)–A sweet and calm story about the day in a barnyard with all the different animals as they play and sleep.

  11. Clap Your Hands (by Lorinda Bryan Couley)–An interactive book that includes instructions for energetic kids to do along with the animals in the book as you go through the story.
  12. The Runaway Bunny (by Margret Wise Brown)–An imaginary game of hide-and-seek unfolds in which the little bunny takes on many forms and goes many places, but his loving mother finds a way of retrieving him each time.
  13. The Uncrossable Canyon (by James Donweck)–None of the critters in the forest has even been able to cross the canyon before but a small gnome perseveres in creating a contraption for that purpose on the edge of the canyon with the help of his friends, despite criticism.
  14. Strega Nona (by Tomie dePaula)— Strega Nona warns her apprentice Big Anthony not to touch her magic pasta pot, but he’s seen her use it and wants to use it to feed the whole town. He didn’t watch carefully enough, however, and is powerless to stop the pasta pot from overflowing and going everywhere.
  15. Love You Forever (by Robert Munsch)–A story about a mother’s unconditional love as she sings the same song and rocks her son to sleep through all stages of his life until finally she is just too old, and he reverses the roles.

  16. The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover (by Jon Stone)–Grover, from Sesame Street, wants to prevent the reader from getting to the end of the book and being scared by whatever horrible monster lies in wait there. He tries to put a series of obstacles in the way of the reader only to discover, that the monster at the end of the book is actually himself.
  17. Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey)— This story follows Little Sal and her mother on their blueberry picking expedition, to get berries for canning. Sal eats more berries than she picks and is soon separated from her mother. A mother bear and her cub are also in the blueberry patch and find themselves in a mother child mis-match that resolves itself in the end.
  18. Cinder Edna (by Ellen Jackson)–A twist on the classic Cinderella story that contrasts Cinderella’s story with that of her industrious neighbor in a similar predicament–Cinder Edna. While Cinderella sits in the soot and waits for her fairy godmother, Cinder Edna spends her spare time doing odd jobs for extra money, learning 16 different ways of making tuna casserole and taking care of herself. In the end, they both end up with the prince of their dreams.
  19. Hairy Maclary (by Dame Lynley Dodd)–A series of picture books featuring this fictitious dog and his friends as they go on adventures and compete against the cunning cats. They rhyming style makes this especially fun to read.
  20. Knuffle Bunny (by Mo Willems)–Trixie, a toddler who hasn’t quite figured out how to form words yet, goes with Daddy on a trip to the laundromat, and once realizing her stuffed bunny is missing, can’t get her dad to recognize what’s going on. Once they get home, Mom quickly sees what is going on and they are able to go back and rescue the toy. The illustrations are very unique, and include sepia photographs with bright cartoon people draw overtop.

  21. Ding Dong Bing Bong (by Jan Slepian)–A vintage book filled with quirky illustrations.
  22. Moo, Baa, La La La (by Sandra Boynton)–A classic board book that combines Boynton’s distinctive illustration style with a fun and silly look at the sounds animals make.
  23. Mousekin’s Golden House (by Edna Miller)–Although this book is out of print, you might be lucky enough to find it at your local library or to get a used copy. A sweet story about a mouse who makes a home in a jack-o-lantern, and how that house settles to protect her from the elements and other things outside.
  24. The Big Orange Splot (by Daniel Manus Pinkwater)–A story that will help teach both children and adults to express themselves and acknowledge their dreams rather than adhering to a strict conformity of other’s expectations.

Is your favorite children’s book not here? Tell us your favorite in the comments below!

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