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Monday, September 06, 2010

Children's books?

My sweets, Toby and I love to read before bedtime. But we've read the same books over and over and are looking for a few more to spice up our repertoire. Do you have any favorite children's books? Was there a book you especially adored when you were little? We'd love to hear! xoxo

P.S. Two books that crack me up are Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late and Olivia Saves the Circus. Funny for both moms and babies. :)

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Caroline, No. said...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.....!

emily said...

my favorite: The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.

Vic said...

we love Good Night Harry and Here We Go Harry by Kim Lewis:) Sweet Dreams Toby!

Michelle said...

Finn loved anything Dr Seuss, especially The Foot Book. He also loved pretty much anything from Sandra Boynton, Good Night Moon, Good Night Gorilla, and Go Dog, Go.

Jo said...

I remember 'Click Clack Moo' being pretty awesome!

a lovely being said...

Madeline, of course! And Babar :)
xx fallon

Joanna Goddard said...

i LOVE the going to bed book!!!!! we read that every night. "the moon is high, the sea is deep, they rock and rock and rock to sleep." so sweet and calming!

Anika said...

when I was an aupair, the kids had "someday" which is amazingly cute, I think.

http://www.amazon.com/Someday-Alison-McGhee/dp/1416928111 is very sweet

I loved Astrid Lindgren books when I was young..

Olli Ella (chloe) said...

'Goodnight Moon' is an absolute classic and out 15 month insists on it nightly. Gorgeous picture of you both by the way! x

Joanna Goddard said...

these are such great recommendations!!! yay!

Kerri-Ann said...

The Puddle Lane series, I love them still, the illustrations are beautiful!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a sweet photo of you two:) How about the Hungry Caterpillar story? They have a version for little babies with a cute toy and each page is very colourful and perfect for little reader:)
Kisses,Joanna
Happy Holiday Monday:)

Ps: I posted a cool bubble video this morning...If you have a chance, check it out. I bet you will like it:)

Rose said...

definitely any Miffy and the Gruffalo!

Meghan said...

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie!

Erin said...

The Giving Tree is my all-time favorite!

Jess littlebunny.etsy.com said...

I loved Green Eggs and Ham, any Berenstein Bears book, Leo the Lop, Richard Scarry Books, and there was a Disney book called Button Soup that was a favorite!

Kristin Nicole said...

I Love You Forever...though, be warned, it might make you choke up a bit!

mermaidqueen said...

good night moon

and, when he's a little older:
No, David
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No- good, Very Bad Day

Hollie said...

We love Goodnight Moon. I think I read it at least 10 times a day. haha.

dbh said...

Miss Rumphius is my all time fave. Plus, Harold and the Purple Crayon, anything by Allen Say because of his glorious illustrations, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Owl Moon, and my kids loved Jan Brett's books.

Cherri @ SmartyPantalons said...

We liked "Go Dogs Go," "Miss Spider's Tea Party," and "Is Your Mama a Llama?"

Katie Jane said...

I loved anything and everything by Tomie DePaola when I was little. So good.

Anika said...

I forgot "Guess How much I love you" - also very sweet ;)

Echo said...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Giving Tree!

A "cheery" disposition said...

I agree. I love you forever is the best.. and it will make choke up. IT"S THAT GOOD!

Meg said...

The Skippy John Jones books are VERY funny (and cute)! I remember loving Babar as a kid and I had the entire "Mr. Men and Little Miss" series and all of the Berenstain Bears books.

esdelope said...

"Oh Were They Ever Happy" and "Miss Rumphius" - they make me happy to even think about!

Great picture of the two of you - could Toby be getting red hair? Very sweet.

Becca

Lisa said...

I loved Harold and the Purple Crayon and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie! I used to work at a nursery school and am having trouble remembering all the wonderful books that we read with the children.

E said...

Sheep in a Jeep! It was one of my favorites and I just gave it to my baby cousin, who loves it too.

The Sheep in a Box said...

THIS IS ADORABLE!!!

Stacey Long said...

My fave was "There's rock in my socks said the ox to the fox"

http://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Rocks-Socks-Said/dp/0688418511

Good story about how sometimes you just shouldnt take your friends advice...I loved it so much that a couple years I found it on ebay and had to have it, a couple days later my new puppy chewed it up, so disappointing.

Samantha said...

goodnight gorilla, the pictures are amazing

Lauren said...

If You Give a Moose a Muffin! I think I wore that book out...

Deanna Pai said...

Tiger Is a Scaredy Cat! I memorized it and recited it to my mother when I was four. She was both delighted and a little confused.

Anonymous said...

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, mainly because it's really sweet book.

That's Not My Teddy by Fiona Watt, it's really good for sensory development.

@aluckyfish said...

We loved the Jan Brett board books. For when they are a little older, all the Chris Van Allsburg books are beautifully illustrated (Jumanji, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi)and I actually love the Madonna books because she hires the best illustrators (especially love The Adventures of Abdi and Lotsa de Casha)

Reginasaurus said...

You are so adorable! This post made me ridiculously happy. I especially loved "Love You Forever" for little kids. I just bought it for my little nephew :)

Diana Mieczan said...

Joanna, thank you!...Have a great day:)

Kate said...

The Pokey Little Puppy!

Laura Wynn said...

Skippy Jon Jones is hilarious! its just so clever. Fun to read.

PicklePetunia said...

We love ROBERTO THE INSECT ARCHITECT Here: http://www.amazon.com/Roberto-Insect-Architect-Nina-Laden/dp/0811824659

We can read it over and over and over... it's awesome

Euni said...

Wave by Suzy Lee, truly the most beautiful children's book I have seen :)

Elle Sees said...

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Katherine Summers said...

Anything by Kevin Henkes, particularly "Chrysanthemum." I'm 23 and my sisters are 18 and 20, and we STILL quote from it.

brie said...

The Little Brute Family by Russell Hoban. Funny and sweet.

Any of the Miffy books by Dick Bruna. Bright, bold and adorable.

The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth. Funny and a bit dirty.

wishasana said...

If you like the Pigeon books, you probably already have Mo Willem's "Knuffle Bunny", right? If not, get it! Babies adore it.

KH said...

Definitely Robert Munsch's 'Love you Forever'.. It's soo sweet!

Nicola said...

The Gruffalo! :)

Kirsten said...

The Gumdrop Tree by Elizabeth Spurr. Simple bright illustrations, creative, inspiring. Tried & tested: Go outside, find a good branch, and make your own gumdrop tree!

caroline said...

my mom used to read us I Love You Forever... she still has a copy today.

Katrina Bookhout said...

We love "Jamberry" around here. It's a fun book to read with all its clever rhyming and the illustrations are absolutely lovely.

Signe said...

You two look so cute together!
I always loved the books about The Little Vampire but I think Toby will have to wait a few years for those :)

Have a nice Monday!

Liz said...

All the Frog & Toad books! So mellow and sweet.

abby said...

st. george & the dragon, miss rumphius, mufaro's beautiful daughters and where the wild things are! okay . . . maybe not 'til toby is older, but they're fantastic!

megan said...

As a preschooler, I adored "Each Peach Pear Plum" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. And I've always loved the Madeline books!

Collins said...

Pat the Bunny and Are You My Mother? Both great books!

Anonymous said...

This was my all time favorite book. When I was old enough to know how, I even made the little figures with felt and put them around my room haha. I WANT TO READ IT RIGHT NOW!! ...i even found the amazon link for you ;)
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&q=the+root+children&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&cid=6446889883861863095&ei=NASFTJ2eKpOW2ASr5aCiAw&sa=title&ved=0CA0Q8wIwATgA#p

Nina said...

since birth - I love you because you're you by lisa baker has been a favorite.

also any sandra boynton but especially snuggle puppy (her songs are funny too, we got the cds from the library).

I do child book reviews on my blog - here's an archive - http://parentplanet.wordpress.com/archive-child-book-reviews/
my son is almost three and quite advanced verbally for his age and very smart so most of these would be too old right now but will be good in a short while.

lala said...

great children's authors: eric carle, mo willems, david shannon, rosemary wells, etc.

personal favorites: chicka chicka boom boom, make way for ducklings, pigeon books, etc.

Olivia said...

My all time favs are If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, The Search for Happiness, and A Sweetheart for Valentine.
xo Olivia
www.lovelyatyourside.com

Tiffany said...

Ditto everyone who mentioned Sandra Boynton. Her books are the BEST! I love them and so do the kids :)

the chirpy bird said...

Two of my favorite Australian books growing up were Koala Lou - I do love you and Possum Magic both by Mem Fox.. The illustrations are beautiful and filled with all the native Australian animals that I would see every day :) Will be a must for my babies!

Happy story telling dear Toby and Jo!
xo tash

Jamie said...

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. Absolutely and adorably hilarious.

Becky said...

Okay first off, LOVE that picture! My recommendations: The Very Hungry Catepillar, Love You Forever, Fox on Socks (for the repetition), Goodnight Moon, anything in the Brown Bear Brown Bear series (there's also Panda bear panda bear and polar bear polar bear), The Pokey Little Puppy, and I'm sure there are tons more I just can't think of right now!

Anjelica said...

I LOVED Curious George as a kid, and a new favorite to read to children is Purpsy's Colorful Tale. It's available on Amazon for $10.

emcSquared said...

I love children's books! My favorite Halloween story as a child (perfect for this time of year) was "The Witch Who was Afraid of Witches". I prefer Karen Gundersheimer's 1970s illustrations compared to the current illustrations. Another good one, when Toby is older and refuses to go to bed, "Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!" by Dr. Suess. Enjoy!

Cassandra Marie said...

"Goodnight Moon" is one I remember being read to me a lot :)

Jessica Dalgart said...

As far as bedtime stories go, The Napping House by Audrey Wood, The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman, How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Mark Teague. For a truly hilarious book: Space Case by Edward Marshall (try the audio version too - you will laugh out loud). Just plain beautiful and timeless: Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco, Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina, anything by Maurice Sendak. Toby will need to grow into most of these books, but some he might appreciate now: Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle, and Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton. Sorry such a long list - kinda my passion.

JennyF319 said...

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. It's pretty short, but it is soooooo cute. It's my favorite children's book. My dad use to read it to me all the time.

iheartmyroof said...

i LOVED the Elephant and the Bad Baby (who never said thankyou.. ) and the elephant went rumpeta rumpeta rump alll down the road..

modern wise, i'm now obsessed with Oliver Jeffers :)

xxxxx

dollylonglegs said...

Definately "Guess how much i love you"

Evelina said...

Emil's list of his favorite books before bedtime:

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
Brown Bear
Goodnight Moon
Yummy Yucky
and
Curious George's Dictionary

:)

JulyanneScarlett said...

The Little Black Fish - Samad Behrangi

Jane said...

Some of my kids' faves: Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear; Jamberry; Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus; Runaway Bunny; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Keith Haring books, Big and Ten (might be out of print); any of the Todd Parr books. Enjoy!

Kristen said...

Though there are so many great children's books, The Monster at the End of This Book (http://smollin.com/michael/tmonstr/mon001.html) was definitely one of my favorites growing up. Enjoy!

goodnightstars said...

goodnight moon, of course :)

alicia abood said...

When I babysat my little cousin, we would read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" over and over again, but he'd just want to stare at the pages with the sugary food (cookies, lollipop, etc.) Love that book for that reason.

The "ish" book is great, as is "Harold and the Purple Crayon."

Joanna, Toby is coming into his own look more and more every day. You can really tell in this pic. Incredible!

Hollie said...

another good one is the velveteen rabbit!

Katie said...

I think that everyone needs every Sandra Boynton book for bedtime, but my all time favorite is "The Belly Button Book". SO CUTE!

Desiree Fawn said...

We just bought The Little House & it's becoming our new favourite!

carrie murphy said...

one of my favorites as a child was "The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake" in which a young girl wants to bake her mother a special birthday cake and is helped by some very interesting angels. Beautiful illustrations and an unusual story.

Jon Jon Wesolowski said...

The billy goats gruff, The giving tree (Shel Silverstein), and Chicka Chicka Boom boom are the best.

Caleb Gardner said...

Have you tried Sandra Boynton? Really fun, short, and quirky.

Nicole Marie said...

I'll Love You Forever.. I read it to my brothers and start crying every time. it's so sweet

Kim Humes said...

Goodnight Moon is always a classic, I really liked Corduroy and I'll Love you Forever. There's a series of books by Laura Numeroff that are great, including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, etc

BethanySusan said...

The Big Hungry Bear! As Quick as a Cricket. The Muffin Muncher. Those were my faves, in order! :)

Megan said...

I LOVED Goodnight Moon and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

Kenzie Chesnut said...

i KNOW that toby is way to young for this but my mom used to read us one chapter a night of the best chapter books. When he gets older you should read him "All of a Kind Family" and "Little Lord Fontleroy" Every night we would all squeal because the chapter ended at a cliffhanger and we would have to wait until tomorrow to hear the next chapter.

BethanySusan said...

Oh, and if you haven't cried yet over I Love You Forever, get that one too! ;)

christinamm said...

"Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" are also amazing. I love the drawings. haha.

christinamm said...

"Don't Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus" and "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog" are also amazing. I love the drawings. haha.

Stephanie said...

Well, since you mentioned Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late, have you ever read the other Pigeon books by Mo Willems? They're all hysterical, but my personal favorite is Pigeon Wants a Puppy. :-)

And Jon Scieszka does a bunch of fractured fairy tales that make me laugh. I'm not sure Toby will appreciate them just yet, but when I read The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales to a 3rd grade class, they thought it was hysterical. They also liked The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by the same author.

eric and deanna said...

We're going on a bear hunt! Here is the author Michael Rosen reading it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytc0U2WAz4s

Maggie said...

My favorite was the original "Good Dog Carl" by Alexandra Day : )

Joanna Goddard said...

these are amazing!!!!!

Ms. X said...

I liked The Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear What Do You See? (I think that's the title), and the Berenstain Bears. I wasn't too keen on Dr. Seuss, except for How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Maggie said...

Oh! And, "Is Your Mama a Llama" by Deborah Guarino

michella said...

oh my, the pokey little puppy! I forgot about that book but loved reading it when little. I never put it down.

I really like "if you give a pig a pancake', 'alligators all around', 'a giraffe and a half'. and I could go on and on -- child's lit is one of my favorite things ever.

Belinda said...

Where the Wild Things Are - this isn't cutsie but an absolute classic. When he's a bit bigger he will love joining in with all the roaring if he's anything like my three boys!

Kelly said...

Will you post a list of these when you get them all? I have a 4.5 month old and I'd love to take the list to the library with us. Thanks!

Emily said...

The Little Pea by Amy Krouse is such a cute book. It makes me giggle every time I read it to my baby.

Anonymous said...

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

O. said...

the Poky little puppy was always my favorite as a child.

Jill said...

Try to get your hands on a copy of Bear Party by William Pene du Bois. It's a wonderful story with lovely illustrations. My favorite as a child!

Croatian_Latina said...

Five little monkeys. My daughter loves it. Although now we are sticking to only spanish books (which I read) or croatian (which daddy reads).

Zenkichi said...

Madeline / Where The Wild Things Are / Dr Seuss.

"Olivia Saves The Circus" was our book of the month going-to-bed book for our 2 yr (+3months) old son a few months back! Definitely a fun one.

Our current read for the past couple of months is "Martha the Movie Mouse" (1966) by Arnold Lobel, author of "Frog and Toad are Friends" which my son loves loves loves. The old old children's book was sent to us from my mother-in-law, my hubby being the only child, they had saved every item (including a boxful of his favorite books) from his childhood! They also saved his first shoes, his first silverware, his first stuffed Snoopy, his first PJs, his first drawing from preschool etc etc etc.

Anyway...it's totally sweet to watch my son and hubby bond over their favorite book ;P

ciupa said...

Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales!

Anonymous said...

my favorite topic - children's books - there are so many & so fun to read all the other commentor's & find that we've loved many of the same! My son is 6 now but he still loves to re-read his "baby" books. Our favorite was:

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
The Mommy Book/The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
This is New York by M. Sasek (a classic!)
The Little Red Lighthouse by Hildegarde H Swift & Lynn Ward

and i 2nd the Oliver Jeffers books - amazing,

Toby is adorable & you are glowing! Happy times indeed! Best to you all!

Marisa Midori said...

Anything by Robert Munsch was my favourite as a kid. I loved yelling along to "50 Below Zero" with my dad. Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee and Frank Newfield has tons of silly poems in it that I loved as well.

Anonymous said...

Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Dan-ah said...

This is a fairly new, still growing site, but has a bunch of cute digital childrens' books:

http://meegenius.com/

Maybe for when Toby is a little older and can hold an Ipad or Iphone.. :)

Anonymous said...

my favorite: the day jimmy's boa ate the wash :)

Erin said...

My sister and I absolutely loved any books by Allan and Janet Ahlberg when we were wee.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Allan+Ahlberg+and+Janet+Ahlberg&x=0&y=0

At Toby's age, he would especially love "Each, Peach, Pear, Plum," "Peekaboo" and "Burglar Bill."

Jennie said...

Make way for ducklings, Ferdinand the Bull

Anonymous said...

I am a teacher so I could give about a million suggestions but some of my favorites are...

Kitten's First Full Moon - Kevin Henkes
(And basically any other book by him - he has easy board books as well as longer books for when Toby is older!)

I Will Never, Not Ever, Eat a Tomato - Lauren Child

There's a Monster at the End of this Book

As someone else mentioned, since you like Mo Willems, Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too

ALL of the Olivia books are great!

Happy bedtime reading :)

Maki said...

Definitely Helen Cooper collection: A Pipkin of Pepper, Pumpkin Soup, Tatty Ratty, Delicious etc. The illustration is so cute and the stories are soooo adorable as well. My daughters already remember all the stories and we read them together out loud.

Toby will love these stories!

xoxo

cay said...

I've always loved the Sandra Boynton books, especially Moo, Baa, La La La.

They'll definitely be on the shelf for my coming baby!

Anonymous said...

We love all of Sandra Boynton's books, but our favorite is "Moo Baa La La La." Perfectly silly and sweet for bedtime.

- Liss

Chelsey said...

Check out the Froggy series books! Our favorites were Froggy Gets Dressed and Froggy's First Kiss. We read these over and over and over--best done in silly voices, of course :)

Kaylen said...

WELL, The Runaway Bunny was me and my mom's favorite book to read.

However, I also loved There's a Monster at the End of This Book! and Ten in the Bed.

Camilla Leila said...

there was a book about a mouse and a giant ripe strawberry that i loved. and also eloise. of course. i still love eloise. Not sure it's for little Toby though. i also loved the very hungry caterpillar.

good graphics are important. it will teach him to have excellent taste. though with you as his mommy im' sure that will be no problem!!

betsy said...

Books we love...

Hush Little Baby by Sylvia Long
Emily's Balloon
Lentil, Robert McCloskey
Mike Mulligan
Lotta's Bike, Astrid Lindgren

savoie said...

Well The Ship's Cat is a great story and beautifully illustrated. It may be a tad dramatic for a teeny baby, but my Dad read it to me growing up and it was always a favorite.

And Charlies Needs A Cloak is adorable and quite funny. It's by Tomie DePaola one of my all time favorite children's authors.

-anna
chateausavoie.com

Cléa said...

Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut by Margaret Atwood was a favourite.

Mrs Robinson said...

Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow

Enchanting illustrations and a sweet story - has stayed with me my entire life!

maryp said...

I still have all of the books my mom says were my favorite on my self in my parent's house!

Look for Robert the Rose Horse, Are You My Mother? and Where the Wild Things Are. I definitely remember those three :o)

Such a happy picture of you two!

Linda said...

Anything by Ezra Jack Keats and Eric Carle, The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash, Where the Wild Things Are

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, get the wee fellow a copy of "Grandfather Twilight". It is enchanting.

Anonymous said...

Little Babaji was a favorite of mine and my sisters when we were little.

mercedes. said...

ish and puzzlehead!

amy said...

I see over a hundred comments here so I feel certain you've seen these titles before, but just to add to the many wonderful recommendations: (I tend to really LOVE the tried and true books published years ago.)

1. Goodnight, Moon
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
3. Where the Wild Things Are
4. Harold and the Purple Crayon
5. Madeline
6. Corduroy
7, The Little House
8. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
9. The Story of Ferdinand
10. The Snowy Day

******

Not for their stories, but for their fantastic photos that babies really love to look at, point to, etc., we buy these boardbooks for all of our friends and family who have babies.
Baby Faces

(I swear I don't work for DK Publishing-- I'm actually a reading specialist.) The boardbooks they publish with the photographs of objects, animals and people are completely wonderful! They help teach the names for things, colors, counting, the alphabet. Since photographs resemble the way things look in real life, it's easier for children to label properly, as opposed to an abstract illustration of a dog that has the same meaning as the family pet (if that makes sense).

We bought DK boardbooks of My First ABC Book, as well as their books on trucks, tractors, farm animals, etc. for our little nephew and our godson, and they still love them.

When Toby gets a couple years older, this book by Richard Scarry is SOOO much fun. It's truly gigantic and fantastic. :)

Happy Reading, Joanna! I'm so happy that you and Toby are reading together!!!

Darci said...

Oh, we were such a reading house...

Love you forever
The Big Red Barn (look for the butterfly)
Good Night Moon (find the mouse)
The "Carl" books
If you give a mouse a cookie
Go Dog Go
The Rainbow Fish
The very Hungry Caterpillar

Sandy said...

Great post! One of my favorites is Mouse Paint :)

Happy Reading!

Rachel said...

Knuffle Bunny is great. Also love Corduroy, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Harold and the Purple Crayon.

sarai said...

I love you stinky face is one of our faves!

erica said...

"Bed, Bed, Bed"
Lyrics by They Might be Giants
Drawings by Marcel Dzama

katie said...

I'm sure you've checked out the other mo willems books. so fun! also love anything by eric carle.

"the carrot seed"
"happy birthday moon"
"where the wild things are"
"not a box"
"blueberries for sal"
"click, clack moo"
"chicka chicka boom boom"
"it looked like spilt milk"
"alexander & the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day"
"cloudy with a chance of meatballs"
the "skippyjon jones" books are cute (the audio versions are great!)
and if you want to cry: "the giving tree"

oh, and living in nyc, you will love "the escape of marvin the ape"!! :)

Jessica said...

some of my favorites are:
-happy birthday, moon
-the snowy day by ezra jack keats
-a chair for my mother
-harold and the purple crayon
-tikki tikki tembo
-madeline
-caps for sale
-swimmy
-in the night kitchen
-harry the dirty dog
-sometimes im bombaloo
-the napping house
-the little mouse, the red ripe strawberry, and the big hungry bear
-goodnight gorilla
-kittens first full moon
-i'm as quick as a cricket
-jamberry
-mouse paint

Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

I love 'If You Give a Pig a Pancake'

Julie said...

By far my favourite book growing up was the Little Engine That Could....I still love it. I now love it because of the message behind the story, not sure if I understood what it really meant was I young, but it was "my" book.
Cheers!

becomingjolie said...

I'll Love you Forever and Like you for Always. It's a tear jerker but one of my favorites :)

NICOLE GINSBERG JEWELRY said...

Bedtime for Tad is a big hit at our place, as is the Grumpy Bird, and anything to do with trucks, really. :)

annie said...

I loved and still love Dr. Seuss' Yertle the Turtle as well as this old book that look like a novel but they were the original Winnie the Pooh stories. Cute picture by the way!!

Anamaria Bermeo said...

The Napping House by Audrey Wood was by far one of my favorites!

I also loved Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Courduroy by Don Freeman, and Abuela by Arthur Dorros.

Maryn said...

Some ones that my daughter loves:
Two Cool Cows (Speed/Root)
Brave Potatoes (Speed/Root)
Little Pea (Rosenthal)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Martin)

Hope you find some new ones to enjoy together!

Anonymous said...

Jam Berry by Bruce Degen. A seriously amazing book about an adventure through fruit.

Anne (in Reno) said...

Harry, the Very Dirty Dog is always a classic.

Caps for Sale (my nephew ran around for weeks after I gave him this one wagging his finger at everyone and quoting "you monkeys you!")

Daniel Pinkwater's fantastic The Big Orange Splot is my go-to baby shower book because everyone should have it!

and there are a series of french graphic novel-style picture books about a little dog named Polo: the best are The Adventures of Polo and The Runaway Book. My nephew could pore over the little pictures for hours!

Anne (in Reno) said...

Oh, and I forgot Go Dog Go! Another great one!

Kate said...

Old Bear! I was just thinking about this book the other day. It's so sweet and the art work is lovely.

http://www.amazon.com/Old-Bear-Jane-Hissey/dp/0399214011

kate reymann said...

I apologize if this has already been suggested but I love Hondo and Fabian - follows a dog and a cat through their day complete with a baby. It's very funny too and great illustrations.

http://www.amazon.com/Hondo-Fabian-Peter-McCarty/dp/0312367473/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283791461&sr=8-1

Also, my son (almost 2) has looooved any of the Planes, Trains, Trucks, or Boats books by Byron Barton since he was tiny.

http://www.amazon.com/Planes-Chunky-Board-Byron-Barton/dp/0694006033/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1283791508&sr=1-2

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Anonymous said...

I loved Grandfather Twilight
http://www.amazon.com/Grandfather-Twilight-Paperstar-Barbara-Berger/dp/0698113942/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1283791800&sr=8-1

and When the Sun Rose
http://www.amazon.com/When-Rose-Barbara-Helen-Berger/dp/0698114345

Kelli said...

The Grouchy Ladybug - Eric Carle. and Goodnight Moon. All the Dr. Seuss books and all of the Berenstein Bears - especially Bears in the Night - I read it so much we had to duct tape it to keep it together! Oh and the original Hans Christian Anderson and Grimms Brothers stories for when he's older. They're a must.

Bree said...

I loved "Frog and Toad," and the "Fox" series. Both bring back lots of wonderful memories about being a child!

Anonymous said...

Any rhyming books were soothing at bedtime for my children. Each Peach Pear Plum and Once Upon a Lullaby were favorites....beautiful picture of you and your son!

Judy Schwartz Haley | CoffeeJitters.Net said...

Jamberry - my daughter loves that book so much we ended up getting a spare

amy said...

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis is a must! :)
Spoon- Amy Krouse Rosenthal
When you were Small- Sara O'Leary
My Friends- Taro Gomi
The Very Busy Spider- Eric Carle
The Dot- Peter H. Reynolds
When Darkness Slipped In- Ella Burfoot
First the Egg- Laura Vaccaro Seeger
What do you do with a Tail Like This- Steve Jenkins
Bears In The Night- Stan Berenstain

I know these aren't all "baby" books, but I don't stick to that whole age thing anyway :)

Sarah said...

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and all of Sandra Boynton's books ; )

Kate said...

BABAR! and The Story About Ping - both wonderful and timeless.

Laughter-Loving Stacy said...

'The Berenstain Bears' FOR SURE! There are a ton of those books, and will teach him good lessons. Like to not "Get the Gimmies". I loved them and read them to my cousins when they were little. :)

CER said...

joanna, i can't recommend the following enough -- "small one" by zhenya gay.

my gram read it to all of us kids as small children & although it may be hard to find [first published in 1958 or 1959], it would be worth it. we still hold gram's copy dear to our hearts. it's a darling little story about a baby bunny. when i think of the best moments of my childhood, it's tucked in the twin bed at gram's house, & reading this story.

Bea said...

Splat the Cat and Dear Mrs. LaRue are a hoot. :)

Alicia said...

There are so many lovely ones some are a bit older but beautifully illustrated:

- The Maggie B
(GORGEOUS watercolor illustrations and a beautiful baby boy)

- The Stupids and George and Martha (James Marshall is a hilarious, wonderful genius and the illustrations are lovely)

- In the Night Kitchen
(My fave ever Sendak)

- Blueberries for Sal
(Shocked no one has mentioned this yet! all time classic)

Happy reading, so much fun...

the blonde said...

"maggee and the lake minder" - unique, beautiful illustrations! i still absolutely love it. apparently it's pretty hard to find, but if you can, it's so worth it!

Anonymous said...

I second "The Big Orange Splot," which is my favorite children's book of all time (SUCH an amazing message).

Jamie said...

"Pat the Bunny" was my most favorite. I went through 2 copies! Also, I'm a big fan of any Shel Silverstein books.

Rachel said...

Harold and The Purple Crayon
I will Love You Forever

The year I was a freshman in college I received a book from my mom every month I was gone. Each book was a children's book she read to me when I was little. I loved it.

Make sure you keep those children's books you are reading to Toby now, he will appreciate them when he is older.

Jessica said...

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

http://www.amazon.com/Knuffle-Bunny-Too-Mistaken-Identity/dp/1423102991

It takes place in NYC!

Anonymous said...

"Bedtime for Frances"

R. said...

Kevin Henkes is the most amazing author and illustrator! He's written a ton of books and they're all adorable! xo

JCrow said...

Picture books are the reason I got into publishing! Some of my recent favorites are:

-Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
-Oh No! by Mac Barnett
-Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett
-Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
-Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
-The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
-Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

And some old favorites include:

-The Napping House
-Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm
-Good Night, Gorilla
-Crysanthemum
-Max's Dragon Shirt
-Poems of A. Nonny Mouse
-In the Night Kitchen

Have a great time picking out your new books! This entire comment section is full of such amazing choices!!

nuša zupanc said...

when I was little I adored Beatrix Potter books and stories from brothers Grimm. Even now, I still know them all by heart :D

nath said...

i haven't read all the comments so apologies for any repetition!

we love love love books!

we especially like

anything by Margaret Wise Brown, the bunny book is so sweet and gentle
ditto anything by Dick Bruna
the Petunia books by Roger Duvoisin
Pelle's New Suit by Elsa Beskow (all her work is really lovely)
all Brambly Hedge Stories by Jill Barkem
the Mr Men books
everything by John Burningham

i am about to open a little vintage children's bookshop so perhaps you might like to have a look when we're open?

chopsuey said...

The Tilting House by Tom Llewellyn! It's a chapter book so it'll be a fave for a long time, I promise.

kid. said...

i loved amelia bedelia books and cloudy with a chance of meatballs!

Giulia said...

I see most here that I would echo. I do like funny ones. But don't know if anyone has suggested Ted Hughes' How the Whale Became. Faber has a lovely edition.

Cheers

Eliza Jane said...

All of the "Olivia" books by Ian Falconer are good.

"Chalk" by Bill Thomson

"Diary of a Worm" by Doreen Cronin

Grace Hester Designs said...

This is going to sound like an ad but during one of our reading time, I was inspired by the titles of my daughters' books on the shelf that I took some of their fave reads and created a poster on my store,

http://www.etsy.com/listing/55076371/book-titles-poster-choose-your-own-color

I personally love that I can scrapbook this as a keepsake that captures what they loved to read during that moment in time.

Lauren said...

That photo is just plain adorable.

Anonymous said...

moo baa la la la. its a classic and very fun to read. Good luck
xo
alex

Emily said...

I love "The Big Orange Splot"! And I love the photo of you and the little man.

J. Tyrus Williams said...

"I am a Bunny" It was my favorite book when I was little :)

Veronica said...

When my son was little he really responded to the sandra boyton books.

Megan Rosemary said...

I am so glad "Goodnight Moon" is so well-loved. I adored that book so much my mom would lose it on top of the fridge every now and again so she could read something, anything else.
I would recommend "On Mother's Lap" by Ann Herbert Scott and "Moo Baa La La La" by Sandra Boynton.
Happy reading!

Amy said...

there is this awesome collection of board books by lisa patricelli (happy baby, sad baby; quiet, loud; big, little; etc) that my 14 month old LOVES LOVES LOVES. we read one at least once a day.

Melissa Blake said...

My mother read to me constantly as a child too!!! :)

He might be a bit young still, but the Berenstein Bears series was always a hit at our house.

Also, i'm not sure if this is the title, but I remember a book called something like We Help Mommy.

Oh, and what about the cordoroy series about the little bear?

Melissa Blake said...

i actually wrote a newspaper column on the joys of childrens book not too long ago, joanna! ;)

Marissa said...

My mom always read Goodnight Moon before bed

Rachel said...

For Toby's age:

"City Animals" Simms Taback
"In My Nest" Sara Gillingham (the whole "In my" series, really)
"123 San Francisco: A Cool Counting Book" Puck
"Jazz Baby" Lisa Wheeler

Enjoy!

Katie Morwenna said...

You've had quite a lot of suggestions already, but one of my favourites is The Church Mice series. Despite the title, it is not religious. It is about a group of mice that live in a church and a benevolent cat called Samson who takes care of them and gets them out of various scrapes. It is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated.

lmt said...

I just got "Peek-A Who?". Odin loves it at this age and I love reading it to him. Goodnight moon and the hungry caterpillar are favorites of ours too.

Emsarconi said...

I loved Tuesday by David Wiesner. It's about frogs that one night can fly! The catch (and reason I loved it) was that there were no words and my dad would make up the story, giving the frogs different voices every time.

Margaret said...

The Pig That Went Moo
I'll Love You Forever
Goodnight Moon

mara said...

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Hanna said...

Goodnight Moon, for sure! It's a family tradition! I also love any anthology of children's poems. And make sure to pick ones that have pretty illustrations--Childcraft is pretty great.

notsurebut said...

Its quite some time since my daughter was wee enough for m to read to her but we both loved the following
Something Else by Kathryn Cave & Chris Riddell
Hairy Maclary books by Lynley Dodd
and anything by Babette Cole who is just a genius

kinsey elise said...

My favorite book when I was young was The Apartment Book by Leo Hartas.
It is lovely. (:

{lovely little things} said...

If you like Pigeon books, try "Pigeon Wants a Hot Dog" - by far my favorite!

Also - have you tried "The Gift of Nothing," a good holiday-y book.

I have hundreds in my brain...post this again when he's a little older, as a 2nd grade teacher I am obsessed with Children's books!

Sara Bean said...

Any of the Skippy Jon Jones books and Wet Dog are favorites of my son's and mine for story time!

Hannah said...

As a kid's book connoisseur (at 28, my mother still gives me kids' books for every holiday) I definitely feel you CAN judge a book by its cover. Having said that, I really prefer books with beautiful illustrations over cutesy stories that you can only stand to read twice before they totally annoy you. So, on the beautiful illustration front (with good stories that won't totally irritate you):
-Anything by Jan Brett
-The Gates of the Wind (Kathryn Lasky)
--The Fiddler of the Northern Lights (Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
--A Chair for my Mother (I remembered this from kindergarten, and finally bought it for myself at age 25) by Vera Williams
--The Tomten and the Fox (Astrid Lindgren)
--Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney)
--The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher (Molly Bang)

And I have to second a few of those above: The Little House; Mike Mulligan and His Steamshovel -- definitely on the best ever list.

Hope that helps!

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