20 of My Favorite Children's Books

If it's up to me to select a pile of books to read with my kids, it will certainly include a handful of titles from this list. If I encounter one of these books at a garage sale, I will snap it up, no matter how many multiple copies I own. And above all, these are books my kids love.

Book lists are difficult for me. I love too many books to commit to this type of thing. But it is book week here at Apartment Therapy, so I came up with twenty absolutely terrific books and I'm trying to remain calm about the hundred others I want to include.

Have I stumbled into the territory of any of your own lists? Share some of your favorites with us in the comments.

Amos & Boris by William Steig

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Emma by Wendy Kesselman, Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)

Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill

It's a Secret by John Burningham

The Iron Giant by Ted Hughes, Laura Carlin (Illustrator)

A Birthday for Francis by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illustrator)

Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

The Hidden Folk by Lisa Lunge-Larson, Beth Krommes (Illustrator)

Once There Was a Tree by Natalie Romanova, Gennadhy Spirin (Illustrator)

The Minpins by Roald Dahl, Patrick Benson (Illustrator)

Trouble Gum by Matthew Cordell

The Giant Jam Sandwich by Janet Burroway, John Vernon Lord (Illustrator)

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Mary's Penny by Tanya Landman, Richard Holland (Illustrator)

The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber

The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Manus Pinkwater

Madlenka by Peter Sis

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends by James Marshall

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