In celebration of Children's Book Week, and the unfortunate passing of Maurice Sendak (Nat wrote a sweet post dedicated to him), I present my top ten children's books. I have always, always loved to read, and I'm happy to discover new children's books, even though I don't have children [yet]. I'll give you the books in order of youngest readers to oldest readers. Share some of your favorites in the comments below, and read a book to your kid, why dontcha?
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Really, I could have put all of the Seuss and Eastman books in this spot; One Fish, Two Fish... was the first book I read on my own! And who doesn't love Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Are You My Mother? But Go, Dog. Go! holds a special place in my heart.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Have you read this book out loud? Do it. It's so fun, such a rhythmic book, with great rhymes.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
"In a great green room, there was a telephone, a red balloon, and a picture of..."
Yep, just wrote those lines from memory. How many children have been read this story at bedtime? How calming and soothing are the words? I feel settled just thinking about the book.
The Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik
I know this isn't one of Mr. Sendak's most famous works (he did the illustrations), but it's my favorite. My favorite of the stories was when Little Bear tried to go to the moon. The stories are imaginative, but everything is okay in the end, just as it should be.
The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
How charming are these books? I can't wait to read them to my children, silly voices and all! I also enjoy them, because Elephant reminds me of my friend, and Piggie reminds me of me! The Don't Let the Pigeon books, also by Willems, are awesome as well.
The Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel
These are simple, quiet books. No frills, no gimmicks. They tell a true story of friendship.
The American Girl series by various authors
Big, big fan of the American Girls over here! I had a Felicity doll, my friend and I dressed up as Samantha (me) and Kirsten (her) for an event at our library, and I read these books until the covers fell off.
The Baby-Sitter's Club series by Ann M. Martin
This is my most shameful inclusion, but yep, I read the Baby-Sitters Club books like they were going out of style. If you were a fan too, you might find this blog as amusing as I did.
The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I've written about these books before; I think they are the books I've read the most throughout my life. I think I could pick them up today, and enjoy them just as much.
Mandy by Julie Edwards
This book is actually written by Julie Andrews. Yes, that Julie Andrews. (Her married name is Edwards.) On the surface, it's a fairly typical orphan story, but it's a hidden treasure.
Celebrate Children's Book Week with your favorite books!