Friday Favorites: Children's Books

Friday, October 12, 2012


Recently it seems like everyone has decided to have a baby, which is kind of a happy thing. I've already celebrated the arrival of four little ones, three from family members and one from a close college friend. Next year, two of my siblings just announced happy little bundles AND two of my oldest friends will be having their second. That makes for a total of eight babies in the space of 10 months! That said, I figured a review of my favorite children's books (which make great gifts and encourage early literacy) was called for.

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan. This lovely book is a delightful tale of a little boy, Eli, who learns about all the special places beloved by both his parents and grandparents. The illustrations are stunning and the book recounts how children connect to nature.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (or anything) by Mo Willems. The gender neutral characters have a wide reaching audience and the humorous stories are engaging for both kids and adults. You simply can't go wrong with this author.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont. This book recounts the artistic wanderings of one little boy. It is a rainbow of rhymes and a kaleidoscope of colorful illustrations, perfect for any child. (Adults may need to reinforce proper crafting rules, but otherwise a pure delight.)

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse or Julius, Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes. What is about anthropomorphic mice that make stories so engaging? Lilly, with her red boots and little quips, captures your heart from page one. Plus we all love alliteration, right?

The Olivia series by Ian Falconer. This spunky little pig takes the world by storm in all kinds of adventures. The gray, black, white, and red illustrations also create a nice minimalist effect. Great for kids of all ages.

This, of course, is not an exhaustive list. There are many wonderful stories to share with children. Some of them just happen to come in book format.

Anything special you'd add to this list?


  1. Excellent choices! Have you seen the latest Olivia book? It's my fave! More individualism in the face of the rampant princess craze. Good stuff!


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