Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recommendations

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish.
Today's topic is: Books I'd Recommend for a Mother to Read to her Kids.
I can't wait to have kids so I can read to them!

Let's start with the picture books - my three favorites from my childhood.
1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Artist: Clement Hurd)

I still have my copy sitting on the shelf... and I still like going through the pictures trying to find the mouse in each one! :-P

See the mouse?

2. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss (Artist: Crockett Johnson)

I absolutely adore the art in this one. And it has a sweet story of a little boy's perseverance to grow a carrot - even though everyone kept saying, "It won't come up:"

I want to hug that kid.

3. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (Artist: Clement Hurd)

Every kid wants to know that their mother will never ever leave - she will always find them.

On to chapter books!

4. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

This (actually, the exact book above) is the book my dad was reading to me when I, at three years old, corrected his reading. Yup.
Read this book, no matter how old you are. It will make you happy and give you thousands of insights into life.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

My all time favorite book. It's an interesting read for any age.
(And I have the exact complete collection pictured above. It has the original illustrations by Pauline Baynes.)

6. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

What can I say? Start your kids on Lord of the Rings early. :-)
(My cousin actually saw his first LOTR movie when he was one year old. Nerd parents ftw!)

7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This book will make any girl want to grow up and honorable lady, and any mother strive to be like Marmee.

8. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Haven't read this one in a while - I should reread it sometime soon.

9. Where the Sidewalk Ends (or other collections by Shel Silverstein)

Random fact: my neighbor's grandma dated Shel Silverstein.

10. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

... and other books by E. Nesbit. But this one is my favorite, by far.

BONUS 11! 
Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astred Lindgren

This is one of the most adorable books you will ever read - ever.

So what about you? What are some of your favorite childhood books?



  1. My favorite book as a child was Charlotte's Web. I reread it recently -- it holds up. :-)

    1. Ah yes - that is a good one too! I haven't read it in a while, but I read it a couple times when I was young and remember really liking it. At some point I think I got a toy doll of Fern with a mini Wilbur!



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