The list author says: "My daughter and I are very dissimilar, but we've read hundreds (thousands?) of books together so far. These are books we both particularly like and that are less well-known (I'm sure Corduroy, Dr. Seuss, etc. are already on plenty of lists)."
"This is a book we had to buy after my daughter requested it several times from the library. She likes new things better than familiar things, so whenever she wants to read a book over and over again, especially over the course of several years, that's a real mark of distinction. Of her favorite books, this is probably my favorite -- I love the illustrations and the story."
"I read this book as a kid and it's one of my favorite kids' books. A great story of someone who is headed down the wrong path in life making a turnaround. Pickles the cat is a bully, but when he's adopted by a fire station, he decides to work hard and earn a place as a Fire Cat."
"Another of my daughter's favorites, that she's wanted to read over and over. Great for kids who are interested in playing with rhyming words. The Hungry Thing asks for food, but uses words that rhyme with what he wants ("boop and a smacker" = "soup and a cracker")."
"My daughter loved this book when she was a baby and toddler. When she was a preschooler, we would sometimes sit and read through all the Old Testament or New Testament stories, or even the entire book. Even if you're not particularly religious, this is a great book for young kids as the stories are just right: one or two sentence rhymes per page, with lots of animals in the illustrations."
"My daughter loves the Octonauts series (she especially loves marine animals and particularly octopuses). Definitely one of her all-time favorites. As an added bonus, land animals are in it too (they live in the underwater Octopod). The stories are okay; the illustrations are fantastic. Definitely worth reading for the illustrations alone."
"Lots of kids like MSB, but I was surprised that this turned out to be one of my daughter's favorites of the series. It's about famous scientists in history, and she likes learning about their lives as well as how they made their famous discoveries. I'm not that interested in science, but the series is great and this is my favorite out of the series as well."