The list author says: "I am truly addicted to children's books. I'm so lucky to have a child to read them to at home or I'd be sure to get a few looks from friends when they're over. I filled up one list of our favorites and wanted to share some more. There are so many terrific books out there for children and of course some that are just "ok" Here is a sample of some that we think are pretty terrific."
"This teaches about palindromes and entertains all in one great book! My daughter now calls her Mom Mom & Pop Pop to tell them Happy Palindrome Day! I love that she can spot a palindrome a mile away now all from reading a fun picture book."
"We read this book at a friends house, the next morning, my daughter asked me if I could try to find The Doghouse on the computer so we can get it in the mail. ha ha! It's a GREAT read aloud. A group of animals play ball, the ball rolls into the doghouse & they're all afraid. A great surprise ending. The illustrations crack me up and she loves when the pig is called Stinky! Who doesn't?"
"It took me a read or two to really appreciate this book but my 5 year old loved it from the start. An agoraphobic squirrel that won't come out of his tree in fear of the "unknown." We have tons of books at home and this one is on the nightstand often."
""Hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats!" A wife tells her husband that she thinks a cat would make their home less lonely. He sets off to find her the prettiest one but has trouble deciding. Moral of this one is not to judge a book by it's cover - and not preachy at all just fun!"
"A book filled with short stories of two best friends that are Hippos. George and Martha! Each story is a story about friendship and only a couple pages long. I try using this when it's getting late and we don't have a lot of time to read but my daughter always wants one more and I have trouble resisting these two hippos."
"This is a charming book that I just can't say enough about. The cat dislikes the bunny when he is first brought home to live with him b/c he is "set in his ways" but the bunny wins him over and the two have a mother/child relationship. The pictures and story are beautiful."
"A fun story with a great message - everyone is special and unique in their own way. Noodle, the dog, is unhappy with his size and sets out to find the "perfect shape." A good lesson without the preaching."
"At first read, I didn't "get" this book. I think I just read through it without thinking, b/c it is wonderful. It teaches how everyone sees things differently even if they're sharing in the same moment. It has loads of othere interesting things that you can discuss while/after reading this to your child. Definitely give the book a second read and each read after that you'll discover more."
"My daughter adores this book. A good book to read just before falling asleep. It is funny and we love trying to figure what part of the wedding procession we best fit into (tin pan bangers, dirty bibs, chocolate chins...) If you read this to a child, it will be definitely be followed by an "AGAIN!""
"A child loves to hear made-up (or real) stories that their parents tell...Mitzi does too. In each short story (a couple pages) Mom or Dad are telling her a story...fun to read. My daugher loves this story."
"We love Tim Egan books. This story is funny and reminds us to explore new things. It's the story of a couch potato who comes across a magic refrigerator in the junk yard and he's never the same again. Fun!!"
"I haven't read a Judith Kerr book that I didn't like. My daughter always loves her stories too. This particular book is about a goose that is lonely b/c there are no other geese where he lives. He ends up saving the day and the mayor buys him a goose companion."
"Don Freeman books are great too! A praying Mantis loves music and so sad that he doesn't make any music of his own so he sets out to make an instrument he could play. With help from a spider, he makes a cello! Teaches kids that anything is impossible when you don't give up on your dreams."
"We love this story - great imagination and every time we read it my daughter wants to make a "show" about this story. In this story, children make their own little town out of rocks "jewels" and build houses and streets...it's wonderful!"