Monday, September 29, 2008

More Than 200 Beloved Titles

At the end of August I polled my friends and family, requesting that they share their favorite book titles with me—what they loved from childhood, and what they love reading to young people today. The final list contains more than 167 titles for younger kids (a few "titles" on the list actually include two or more books by the same author) and 28+ excellent selections for older kids (most for 12 yrs. and up). And, I know that I repeated a few things (like listing Bread And Jam for Frances and Russell Hoban's Francis Books #14 and #110, but hey, consider those books extra great).

Almost everyone on the list also had a "favorite collection of fairy tales" in one book or several volumes that they loved as kids, and other folks fondly remember Children's Bible collections or stories. It was really fun to discover all these beloved titles, and to recall my own faves as well.

Following is "the list." I've organized it rather broadly, with board books, picture books and longer kids books jumbled together because I've found that it depends more on the individual child than the "suggested age range" of the title when choosing a book to read. My "older kids list" here contains titles that have more mature content (like for 14/15-year olds in Stephen King's The Eyes of The Dragon) and others are in this category because that's when the person who recommended them loved reading them (like Nancy Drew, but I was reading Nancy Drew in 2nd grade, so again, it depends on the kid).

Enjoy! I've already checked out many of these gems from the library, and we have found a good number of new favorites. I'm so blessed to have such a bunch of book-loving friends! Thanks to everyone who shared their favorites with me! And, if this list brings any others to mind, please share them in the Comments section below (you don't need an account to comment, anonymous comments are allowed, but add your name to the bottom of your comment).

Favorite Kids' Books (Birth—Age 12 or so...)
  1. A Bad Case of Stripes /David Shannon
  2. A Frog in the Bog /Karma Wilson
  3. Alpha Bugs / David Carter
  4. Animalia /Graeme Base
  5. Are You My Mother? / P.D. Eastman
  6. Auntie Claus / Elise Primavera
  7. Autumn Walk / Ann Burg
  8. Baby Bat's Lullaby /Jacquelyn Mitchard
  9. Baby Dance / Ann Taylor
  10. Bear Snores On / Karma Wilson
  11. Before I Was Your Mother / Kathryn Lasky
  12. Blue Hat Green Hat / Sandra Boynton
  13. Blueberries For Sal / Robert McCloskey
  14. Bread and Jam for Francis /Russell Hoban
  15. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go /Richard Scarry
  16. Charlie Parker Played Bebop / Chris Raschka
  17. Charlotte’s Web / E.B. White
  18. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom / Bill Martin Jr.
  19. Chrysanthemum / Kevin Henkes
  20. Cinder Edna / Ellen B. Jackson
  21. Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type / Doreen Cronin
  22. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs / Judi Barrett
  23. Corduroy / Don Freeman
  24. Counting Kisses / Karen Katz
  25. Cowboy Small / Lois Lenski
  26. Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa / Erica Silverman
  27. Creatures of the Desert World /National Geographic Society
  28. Curious George books / Margret and H.A. Rey
  29. David and Goliath / retold by Jean Marzollo
  30. Degas And The Little Dancer / Laurence Anholt
  31. Diary of a Spider & Diary of a Worm / Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss
  32. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus / Mo Willlems
  33. Duck for President / Doreen Cronin
  34. Duck Soup / Jackie Urbanovic
  35. Ella The Elegant Elephant series / Carmela D'amico
  36. Elusive Moose /Joan Gannij and Clare Beaton
  37. Ferdinand / Munro Leaf
  38. First Book of Sushi / Amy Wilson Sanger
  39. Flyaway Katie / Polly Dunbar
  40. Freight Train / Donald Crews
  41. Frog and Toad / Arnold Lobel
  42. Funny Face / Nicola Smee
  43. Georgie and the Robbers / Robert Bright
  44. Giddy Up! Let's Ride! / Flora Mcdonnell
  45. Go Dog, Go! / P.D. Eastman
  46. Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox / Erin Dealey; illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama
  47. Good Night Moon / Margaret Wise Brown
  48. Goodnight Gorilla / Peggy Rathmann
  49. Green Eggs and Ham / Dr. Seuss
  50. Guess How Much I Love You / Sam McBratney
  51. Harold and the Purple Crayon / Crockett Johnson
  52. Helga's Dowry : A Troll Love Story /Tomie dePaola
  53. Hop on Pop / Dr. Seuss
  54. How the Grinch Stole Christmas / Dr. Seuss
  55. Humbug Rabbit / Lorna Balian
  56. If You Give A Pig A Pancake (and Moose A Muffin and Mouse A Cookie) / Laura Joffe Numeroff
  57. If You were my Bunny / Kate McMullan
  58. Is Your Mama A Llama? / Deborah Guarino
  59. Jamberry / Bruce Degen
  60. Jesse Bear What will you Wear? / Nancy White Calstrom
  61. John Paul, George and Ben (illustrated by Lane Smith)
  62. Kitten's First Full Moon / Kevin Henkes
  63. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse / Kevin Henkes
  64. Little Badger, Terror of The Seven Seas / Eve Bunting
  65. Little Black Sambo/Helen Bannerman
  66. Little Green Tow Truck / Ken Wilson-Max
  67. Little House Series / Laura Ingalls Wilder
  68. Little Pea /Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  69. Little Quack's New Friend / Lauren Thompson
  70. Make Way For Ducklings / Robert McCloskey
  71. More Pies! / Robert Munsch
  72. Mouse Count / Ellen Stoll Walsh
  73. Mr. Putter & Tabby series and Henry & Mudge series / Cynthia Rylant
  74. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree /Robert Barry
  75. My Dog Never Says Please / Suzanne Williams (also comes with a book on CD)
  76. My Many Colored Days / Dr. Seuss
  77. Nature Hide and Seek : Oceans / John Norris Wood
  78. Night of The Moonjellies / Mark Shasha
  79. Nina Laden's board books: Ready, Set, Go!, Peek-A-Who?, etc.
  80. No David! / David Shannon
  81. November / Cynthia Rylant
  82. O is for Orca /Andrea Helman
  83. Officer Buckle and Gloria / Peggy Rathmann
  84. Oh! The Places You Will Go / Dr. Seuss
  85. Old Hat New Hat / Jan and Stan Berenstain
  86. Olivia / Ian Falconer
  87. On Mother's Lap / Ann Herbert Scott
  88. On The Day You Were Born / Debra Frasier
  89. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish / Dr. Seuss
  90. One Watermelon Seed / Celia Barker Lottridge
  91. Over in the Ocean In a Coral Reef / Marianne Berkes and Jeanette Canyon
  92. Owen / Kevin Henkes
  93. Owl Moon / Jane Yolen
  94. Paddington Bear in The Garden / Michael Bond
  95. Peek-a-Boo! and Each Peach Pear Plum / Allan Ahlberg
  96. Pie Rats Ahoy / Richard Scarry
  97. Pigeon books / Mo Willems
  98. Pinduli, Verdi, and Stellaluna / Janell Cannon
  99. Pippi Longstocking books / Astrid Lindgren
  100. Pirate Girl / Cornelia Funke
  101. Puff the Magic Dragon /Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton (comes with a CD of music)
  102. Questions and Answers About the Natural World /published by Parragon Press
  103. Raggedy Ann and Andy and The Camel with the Wrinkled Knees / Johnny Gruelle
  104. Rainy Day Slug / Mary Palenick Colborn
  105. Ramona Quimby stories / Beverly Cleary
  106. Ribsy / Beverly Cleary
  107. Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever! /Richard Scarry
  108. Roald Dahl's books
  109. Runny Babbit / Shel Silverstein
  110. Russell Hoban's Frances books
  111. Sheep in a Jeep / Nancy E. Shaw
  112. Sing, Sophie! / Dayle Ann Dodds
  113. Snuggle Puppy / Sandra Boynton
  114. So Many Bunnies / Rick Walton
  115. Some Smug Slug and Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke / Pamela Duncan Edwards
  116. Stephanie's Ponytail / Robert Munsch
  117. Stuart J. Murphy's MathStart series books
  118. Swamp Angel / Anne Isaacs
  119. Swim, Little Wombat, Swim! / Charles Fuge
  120. Swimmy / Leo Lionni
  121. Tacky the Penquin / Helen Lester
  122. Tails /Matthew Van Fleet
  123. Ten Black Dots / Donald Crews
  124. Thanks for Thanksgiving / Julie Markes; illustrated by Doris Barrette
  125. The Animals Who Changed Their Colors / Pascale Allamand
  126. The Berenstain Bears books / Stan and Jan Berenstain
  127. The Carrot Seed / Ruth Krauss
  128. The Cat In The Hat / Dr. Seuss
  129. The Duchess Bakes A Cake / Virginia Kahl
  130. The Empty Pot and One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale / Demi
  131. The Frog Prince / retold by Edith H. Tarcov
  132. The Froggy series books / Jonathan London
  133. The Giving Tree / Shel Silverstein
  134. The Gruffalo / Julia Donaldson
  135. The Hundred Dresses / Eleanor Estes
  136. The Important Book / Margaret Wise Brown
  137. The Kissing Hand /Audrey Penn
  138. The Lorax / Dr. Seuss
  139. The Mitten / Jan Brett
  140. The Moon Jumpers / Maurice Sendak
  141. The Nose Book and Hand, Hand Fingers Thumb / Al Perkins
  142. The Paper Bag Princess / Robert Munsch
  143. The Polar Express / Chris Van Allsburg
  144. The Snowy Day /Ezra Jack Keats
  145. The Sweet Smell of Christmas / Patricia Scarry
  146. The Tale of Peter Rabbit / Beatrix Potter
  147. The Three Billy Goats Gruff / retold by Stephen Carpenter
  148. The Trumpet of the Swan / E.B. White
  149. The Velveteen Rabbit / Margery Williams
  150. The Very Hungry Caterpillar / Eric Carle
  151. The Wind in The Willows / Kenneth Grahame
  152. Thy Friend, Obidiah /Brinton Turkle
  153. Tikki Tikki Tembo / Arlene Mosel
  154. Time for Bed /Mem Fox
  155. Toot & Puddle books / Holly Hobbie
  156. Trashy Town / Andrea Griffin Zimmerman
  157. Tuesday /David Wiesner
  158. Tumble Bumble / Felicia Bond
  159. Urban Babies Wear Black / Michelle Sinclair Colman
  160. Walter the Farting Dog series / William Kotzwinkle
  161. Where the Sidewalk Ends / Shel Silverstein
  162. Where the Wild Things Are / Maurice Sendak
  163. Who's hiding? / Satoru Onishi
  164. Wombat Stew / Marcia K. Vaughan
  165. Word World : Sheep's Magic Hat /Jacqui Moody Luther
  166. Wow! City! / Robert Neubecker
  167. Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary / Julie Larios
Favorite Books for Older Kids (Ages 12+)
  1. A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L'Engle
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn / Mark Twain
  3. Bridge to Terabithia / Katherine Paterson
  4. Catherine, Called Birdy / Karen Cushman
  5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Roald Dahl
  6. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women / Catherine Thimmesh
  7. Harry Potter Series / J.K. Rowling
  8. Heidi / Johanna Spyri
  9. Inkheart Trilogy / Cornelia Funke
  10. Judy Blum books (various ages)
  11. Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
  12. Maniac Magee / Jerry Spinelli
  13. My Father's Dragon / Ruth Stiles Gannett
  14. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry / Mildred D. Taylor
  15. Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness series (4 books)
  16. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / Mark Twain
  17. The Boxcar Children / Gertrude Warner
  18. The Eyes of the Dragon / Stephen King
  19. The Hobbit / J.R.R. Tolkien
  20. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe / C.S. Lewis
  21. The Little House / Virginia Lee Burton
  22. The Nancy Drew books / Carolyn Keene
  23. The Secret Garden / Frances Hodgson Burnett
  24. The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls / Catherine Thimmesh
  25. The Thief Lord / Cornelia Funke
  26. Treasure Island / Robert Louis Stevenson
  27. Watership Down / Richard Adams
  28. Wise Women: Folk and Fairy Tales from around the World / retold by Suzanne I. Barchers


NW Firefly said...

Great job on this Fantastic List!
Here is one for older kids, "The Indian in the Cupboard" by Lynne Reid Banks

Jen said...

Ben's fav is STILL Over In The Ocean in a Coral Reef and the illustrations are awesome. We also love the board books: The Big Red Barn, Silly Sally, Pajama Time.

Sycamore said...

"Little Cottontail"- a Golden Book.
"_Now_ am I grownup?"
This is the question the little rabbit asks his mother as they learn to evade the fox.
One of the illustrations where the fox is hiding in the distance always scared the pants off me (we the readers can see him, but Little Cottontail and him mom are having a deep discussion and are oblivious).

- Jessica

Janet A. Ginsburg said...

I love this list! I got it via a "google alert" for Stuart J. Murphy (#117 on the list). I work with Stuart and thought you might also be interested in checking out his website: There are lots of math activity ideas for teacher and parents to do with their kids (some in downloadable pdf form.)



Jerrie said...

Nice compilation Katrina! Wonderful! I love children's books...I may get a few new ones for Nick (or me or BOTH!!!)!

Anonymous said...

When I was little, my sister read "Puppies are Like That" by Jan Pfloog about 10,000 times. She used to hold it up so that I could see the pictures, and she'd say it all by memory. I loved that book so much! I have a copy for my kids... got it through an Amazon retailer for 95 cents.

Our recent favorite around here is Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney. That and Horton Hears a Who, and All I See is Part of Me by Chara M. Curtis. The latter, Dennis has changed when he reads it... he adds his own flare to the story by saying "All I see is part of Roger's Butt" (Roger being our dog) The kids crack up. That's what we get for reading one book too many times! hahah


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