children’s books i love

the dot


on the off-chance that you haven’t yet read “the dot” by peter h. reynolds, please run out to your nearest bookstore (preferably a small, independently owned bookstore like “storyteller” in lafayette, ca) and get it. just get it. you’ll see why. and while we’re at it, here are my other must-have children’s books for the young and young-at-heart. i’m going to stay away from the obvious ones (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Where the Sidewalk Ends) and go for the more obscure ones you might not have taken notice of. and if you don’t have a small, wonderful, independently-owned bookstore (like “storyteller” in lafayette, ca) why not check them out of your local library! libraries are the cat’s pajamas. ok, here goes: 

George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl 

an outstanding book not only because it’s Dahl, but because George says that his wicked grandmother’s mouth resembles a “dog’s bottom” 

don’t miss the cd recording of this as well, narrated by richard grant…  

the gardener

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart 

one of the most touching books i’ve read in a long time…the story of a little girl who brings joy to her sad uncle’s life 

what! cried granny

What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum 

i adore this book and so do my boys, especially when i read it out loud and use a crotchety old lady voice for grandma. hilarious and touching… 


Herbert’s Treasure by Alice Low 

i read this when i was very young and i still just adore herbert with his big, curly hair and his round glasses. the perfect book for a little boy or girl who sees treasure in junk.  

good morning sam

Good Morning Sam by Marie-Louise Gay 

“Stella!” called Sam. “I can’t find my underpants.” (need more be said?) 

little blue little yellow

Little Blue Little Yellow by Leo Leoni 

i bought this at the national gallery in washington d.c….for those of you who love Leo Leoni already (Swimmy,Frederick, etc) you’ll just love this one. great for learning how different colors make new colors, and also a wonderful message about understanding and friendship… 

the wolf's chicken stew

The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza 

who can resist a big bad wolf who makes 100 pancakes? not me 

the art lesson

The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola 

now, i’ll admit…i’m a sucker for Tomie. strega nona. big anthony. but the artist in me must say that this is my all-time favorite. i think we’ve all had a miss landers and a miss bowers in our lives. so, here’s to using all 64 crayons. 

library lion

Library Lion by Michelle Knudson 

oh, this book is just too wonderful. the illustrations are superb and the story just makes my day. a  must have. 

happy hocky family

The Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith 

You might know Smith from “Stinky Cheese Man” fame, but you’ve got to get this one. best line? “Do you have a string? I have a string.” Read it and you’ll see why it’s so awesome. 

horrid henry

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon 

unbelievable. laugh out loud hilarious. we listened to the cd of this (read by none other than miranda richardson) on an eight hour drive and we laughed the entire time. 

“i’m not familiar with the ‘boy and pig’ series,” she said. 

“that’s cause it’s australian,” said Horrid Henry 

this is fun…i’m going to have to think of more.


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2 responses to “children’s books i love

  1. Alison

    HORRID HENRY! How do we not own this already?!?!

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