15 Jan 2013

My Favorite Children’s Books

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Without further ado, here are five of my favorite children’s books in no particular order.

 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault

Now I’m not normally a fan of alphabet books, however what I love about this book is that unlike many alphabet books out there, it’s not pushing an agenda. The letters are simply the characters and one by one (in order) they make their way up the coconut tree, where the inevitable happens and… spoiler alert… they all fall out of the tree. This rhyming book has a great rhythm to it (it’s probably the only children’s book I’ve read that has a section of scat), it’s easy to read and it’s fun. I have read it hundreds of times, in fact, I can read it without even needing the book, but I’ve never gotten tired of it. I even like the board book version, which just ends at the halfway point, catering to the attention spans of the littlest readers. For me, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a must read.

Llama Llama Mad at Mama

by Anna Dewdney

I have read most of the books in the Llama Llama series and they are all great reads, however, this one is definitely my favorite. When I have worked with parent groups, I would read this on an almost monthly basis because I think it really resonates with parents as well as children. It is the story of little llama going shopping with his mama llama. I think that it’s a very realistic depiction of an outing, where little llama gets pulled away from playing only to fall asleep in the car and getting woken up to go into the store. Inevitably little llama has a bit of a meltdown, but it all works out, as mama llama sees little llama’s needs and they finish the shopping together. This book has a great story, some great rhymes (the llamas shop at the shop-o-rama) and it’s a nice reminder that all parents and caregivers have the same struggles.

 Grumpy Bird

by Jeremy Tankard

Grumpy bird is another great book for toddlers and preschoolers (and their caregivers). Poor bird is in a bit of a mood and he’s out for a walk, but all of his friends keep interrupting that walk to join him. At first this just makes him even grumpier, but eventually he forgets all about his grumpy mood because he starts to have fun. What I like about this book is it’s simple story, as bird walks and the animals join him one by one. Predictable books are great for young children, as they can join in figuring out what comes next. What I also like is that this book is so truthful to children’s occasional grumpy moods, which I think makes it very relatable for caregivers and children.

Those are just three of my many favourite children’s books; what are your favourite books?

written by
A registered Early Childhood Educator and former President of the Halton Branch of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.

One Response to “My Favorite Children’s Books”

  1. Reply martha brown says:

    Jeremy Tankard spoke at our school last year — the kids loved to hear him read Grumpy Bird — I give that book to so many of my friends with small children! I love the David books by David Shannon. I also really like the Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (and all of the others) by Mo Willems… and Knuffle Bunny. I have way too many favourites. One of my favourite ones for a creative jumping off point is Not a Box by Antoinette Portis.

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