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Children’s books we love

Raising children who love to read has always been important to me.  Along the way, we’ve encountered many wonderful children’s books, that I thought I would share.

Special needs:

For books adressing special needs, the books I like best are ones that help kids and adults empathize with a person with special needs, and that serve as a jumping off point for a discussion.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The Heart’s Language  by Lois-Ann Yamanaka


A little boy can’t communicate with his parents, but can speak the language of the animals.  As the story unfolds, he and his parent learn to share what is in his heart.

Mole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis


Mole’s friends help him see the sunrise  in a new way, through their beautiful descriptions.

Being Different and Liking It

Verdi by Janell Cannon


Verdi doesn’t want to grow up to be like the rest of the old, boring green snakes in the jungle.

Sloppy Joe  by Dave KeaneDenise Brunkus
Sloppy Joe

If you know and love a messy boy, this book will make you smile!!!

A Bad Case of Stripes

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes

Incredible Ned by Bill Maynard

Front Cover

Ned’s unique  way of seeing the world causes problems  at school, until he learns how to channel his creativity.

Dandylion by  Lizzie Finlay 

Dandylion isn’t appreciated for who he is, and tries to be someone different, until his grandpa helps him to be proud of who he is.

Ten Big Toes and a Prince’s Nose


Barnyard Dance- (really all Sandra Boynton books, and her CD’s Philadephia Chickens and Blue Moo!)

It’s Time for Bed

Guess How Much I Love You

Preschool/Picture Books

Farmer Duck-  “How goes the work? Quack!” has become a part of our regular talk

Fancy Nancy Books

The Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain

My Forever Dress by Harriet Ziefert

Skippyjon Jones

Beautiful Books

Sarah and I love beautifully illustrated and worded  picture books.  A few we’ve really enjoyed are:

The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

Beautiful, vividly imaginative,  and not just for boys, in this book, dreams blend with reality for a little boy who wants to keep salamanders in his room.

When the Root Children Wake Up by Audrey Wood and Ned Bittinger

Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

Grade school

Magic Tree House Series

Magic School Bus Books

Boxcar Children Series

Books for Grade School Boys:

Warriors Series

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Familiars (trilogy)


Harry Potter

Big Nate

The Lemonade Trick

Calvin & Hobbs (Comics are books, right?)


Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers!  by Melinda Long and David Shannon “No sittin’ on babies!”

Making Sense of Tragedies

Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine

A beautiful, and sensitive read that helps children relate to those impacted by the Holocaust.


2 comments on “Children’s books we love

  1. Echota Keller
    November 1, 2013

    What a great book list – thank you so much for sharing!

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