Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Creating a Library for Children: 75+ Classic Books Your Young Child Will Love

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We're building a library of good children's books. So far we have...
Today, I want to share a few of our favorite children's books. These books are primarily geared toward babies, toddlers, & preschoolers because that's what I've got right now :) I hope that you will find some books on my list that pique your interest as you create, add to, and expand your own library.

**At the end of the post, there's a link to a handy-dandy PDF list of all these books for you to print & keep.**

75+ Classic Books


Young Children


Aesop's Fables retold/illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parrish
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Are You My Mother? & Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)

Blueberries for Sal & other Robert McCloskey classics like Make Way for Ducklings & One Morning in Maine
Bread & Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban 


Frog & Toad Series by Arnold Lobel 
George & Martha by James Marshall 
The Giving Tree & Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne
Little Bear Series by Elsie Minarik
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder


The Little House by Virginia Burton
The Little Red Hen retold by Paul Galdone
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans 
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers 
The Mitten & The Hat by Jan Brett

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
Paddington by Michael Bond
Poems & Prayers for the Very Young by Martha Alexander
The Secret Garden & A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats 
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff 
Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Story Time with the Millers by Mildred A. Martin

Tales of Mother Goose
The Three Little Pigs retold by Paul Galdone
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & The Mixed-Up Chameleon & other Eric Carle classics

& other classics by Cynthia Rylant like Poppleton & The Cobble Street Cousins Series
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
You are Wonderful by Max Lucado 

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These books all hold a special place in my heart. As I share them with my children, I hope they will enjoy the characters, illustrations, and stories as much as I have and pass them on to their own children. 

My hope is that you will find books that your children will cherish, too.

What is YOUR favorite children's book

Blessings to you,

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  1. Wow, comprehensive list! My kids have sadly outgrown these! But what an amazing time to enrich their lives with the beauty of lit! saw you linked at one of the hops...I think HHH? and clicked over.

    Have a lovely day and God bless!

  2. These is such an incredible resource! We have several of the books you mentioned, but a lot of them are new to me. I'm pinning this right now! But not before telling you that my favorite book is "Hedge of Thorns" by Lamplighter Books. If you're reading The Chronicles of Narnia, then I don't think you'll have any trouble with this book . :)

    1. Jillian, we are not reading the Narnia books just yet, but I hope to soon :) I will check out the "Hedge of Thorns" book though. Wish I'd won it :)

  3. We love so many of those books! Of the ones you've listed, my favorite girlhood book will always be Anne of Green Gables. So many life lessons are in those books, and I see it now as I'm rereading them as an adult. And I'm also realizing that my daughter's precociousness makes her so much like Anne.

  4. What a fine list! I am a retired children's librarian, loving just about every book here. Glad to see this for parents and even people like me who love to give books away! Thanks, ~ linda

  5. What a fine list! As a retired children's librarian and teacher, I love to see this classics in the hands of families reading together, children still reading them and loving them. For me, I can use this for the book gifts I love to give! Thanks, ~ linda

  6. This is a great list! I love knowing what other parents think makes a classic for their kids. It's so nice to hear about families that are making reading a priority as there are so many other distractions in today's world. You have put together a great list, and wonderful library for your kids. Thank you for sharing with Cozy Reading Spot!


  7. Wow! What a list! This is a great resource for new parents (and old ones too!) I think I'm like you; if I tried to say my favorite children's book, I'd end up with a list of 75! Thanks for linking up with Booknificent Thursday!