Great Children’s Books

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Okay people. Here is my attempt to make a list of great books. Please feel free to add to it! This is just a list. Some of these books represent a great author (like Karen Katz and Sandra Boynton) and some represent a great series (Clifford the Big Red Dog and Curious George). This is a list of books my kids love and books y’all have recommended to me. I am sure I missed many (there are way too many out there!). So I will add to this as I remember and as you share your favorites.


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  1. AnnDee
    December 5, 2009 / 12:46 AM

    Two books I have to add: my FAVORITE of all time: Enemy Pie by Derek Munson (so cute in helping kids overcome "enemies"); the second is just so funny: Parts by Ted Arnold. Those are two I love! Thanks for the post–reading and books are so fun!

  2. Bron
    December 5, 2009 / 2:13 AM

    Any books by Mem Fox, Dr. Seuss, A.A. Milne and Beatrix Potter are great!

  3. Sarah
    December 5, 2009 / 4:25 AM

    I love books published by Usborne books. My friend sells their books and my son favors all of the books I have bought from her.

  4. Kristy Shreve Powers
    December 5, 2009 / 12:44 PM

    I look forward to checking out some of these books that we haven't read yet. I've been really impressed with these three lately: Mama Cat by Denise Fleming, Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone, and How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World.

  5. The Watkins Three
    December 5, 2009 / 12:53 PM

    Boyton has sing-along books and CDs that are great. Philadelphia Chickens and Rhinoceros Tap are particularly great.

  6. Cameron and Megan
    December 6, 2009 / 4:49 PM

    We love the JATS Fairytale Classics

  7. Jessica and Michael
    December 6, 2009 / 9:04 PM

    I wasn't sure where to leave this comment…sorry. But my son is almost 3 1/2 months and doesn pretty well with sleeping through the night. I pump bottles for him to feed at 7 and again at 10/10:30 just so I know he is getting enough food. This has seemed to help him sleep better through the night. I would like for his waketime to be anywhere between 7 and 7:30 am. He ALWAYS wakes up at different times in the middle of the night with a wet diaper. The times are changing every week. Sometimes 1am, sometimes 5:30. When he wakes at 5:30 he sometimes seems like he is ready to eat! I'm not quite sure what to do b/c I've been trying to figure out when to drop the dream feed (which I just read that post) and also changing his 3-3 1/2 hour schedule to four hours. Any suggestions or advice would be so great. I feel like we've hit a rock.

  8. TeamOSM
    December 6, 2009 / 10:27 PM

    I love My Mommy and Me and My Daddy and Me by Tina MacNaughton. Her illustrations are amazing!! And both stories are so sweet. <3

  9. Avary
    December 7, 2009 / 2:09 AM

    Ezzra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day;Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are;Golden Books; Jan Brett (author; Make Way For Duckings; Lynd Ward,The Biggest Bear; Robert Munsch (author); The classic storybook of Winnie the Pooh (and poems); I could go on, and on with so many more favorites. 🙂

  10. Jessica and Michael
    December 9, 2009 / 3:24 PM

    I just had to add that he isn't going througha growth spurt…we just went through that. No fun! He is waking up sometimes 4 times in a night whether he is wet or not. I am back to feeling exhausted.

  11. Plowmanators
    December 17, 2009 / 5:55 AM

    Thanks everyone for your additions!

  12. Plowmanators
    December 18, 2009 / 9:28 PM

    Jessica and Michael, I would try a larger diaper at night. So if he wears 2 in the day, try 3 at night. Or you can try huggies overnights diapers, I hear good things about those.Once you get that changed, you will be better able to evaluate if he is hungry in the night or not. But I wouldn't drop the dreamfeed while he is still waking in the night. If you aren't changing his diaper at the dreamfeed, you might want to.

  13. Bobbie
    February 16, 2010 / 8:26 PM

    I am looking for a post where you made a recommendation for a children's Bible, but haven't been able to find it. Maybe I read it somewhere else, but I think it was here. Could you tell me which one you have that you really like? Thanks so much for your blog – I really enjoy it 🙂

  14. Plowmanators
    March 1, 2010 / 6:27 PM

    Bobbie, that wasn't me. That was a reader. It was in the post where I asked readers what their favorite children's books were. I believe that was in November or December of last year (2009).I have a few, but not one that I just LOVE.

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