My Favorite Children's Books

My Favorite Children's Books

Maxwell Ryan
Mar 22, 2012

This is a post I've been wanting to write for a long time. It's an ongoing list of all the books I've read to Ursula since she was old enough to listen and look at them. She's only five now, so I'm pleased to say that I haven't procrastinated TOO long, and look forward to many years to come.

Any list is by necessity incomplete and subjective, so please don't judge me too harshly and don't expect that it's perfect. It's not. It does, however, have some really amazing books on it that have resulted in very happy times whilst reading during morning, noon and night. It's also got some just really nice classic books that may not surprise anyone.

Where do good books come from? I wish I knew.

The books on this list have come from all different places: family, friends and bookstores with the cover turned out so we'd see them first. One place they've also come from recently was from Amazon's "customers who bought this book also bought..." feature. While robotic in a way, the heat of a close recommendation is surprisingly accurate and trustworthy, and I hope that you can treat this list in the same way. If you like a few of these books, you may like more.

But don't just let me run this race alone. Please USE THE COMMENTS to suggest your own lists. If well done, we may turn them into their own posts! Enjoy.

Read at Age 3

1901 Peter in Blueberry Land Elsa Beskow
1932 The Sun Egg Elsa Beskow
1949 Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey
1977 The Pumpkin Truck Harry Forwood Hollins
2004 Miss Suzy Miriam Young
Original Curious George Series Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey
1941 Curious George
1947 Curious George Takes a Job
1952 Curious George Rides a Bike
1957 Curious George Gets a Medal
1958 Curious George Flies a Kite
1963 Curious George Learns the Alphabet
1966 Curious George Goes to the Hospital
1952 The Happy Birthday Present Joan Heilbroner
1906 The Story of the Root Children Sibylle Von Olfers

Read at Age 4

1997 The Tomten Astrid Lindgren
1907 Ollie's Ski Trip Elsa Beskow
1940 Horton Hatches an Egg Dr. Suess
Peter & Lotta Series Elsa Beskow
1918 Aunt Green, Aunty Brown and Aunt Lavender
1925 Aunt Brown's Birthday,
1942 Uncle Blue's New Boat,
1947 Peter and Lotta's Adventure,
Little Bear Series Else Holmelund Minarik, Maurice Sendak
1957 Little Bear 1959 Father Bear Comes Home
1960 Little Bear's Friend
1961 Little Bear's Visit
1968 A Kiss for Little Bear
1975 Benjamin Budge and Barnaby Ball Florence Parry Heide
2005 Andrew Henry's Meadow Doris Burn
???? Peter's Old House Elsa Beskow
1939 Woody, Hazel and Little Pip Elsa Beskow
The Original Babar Books Jean de Brunhoff
1931 The Story of Babar
1932 Babar's Travels
1933 Babar the King
1936 Zephir's Holiday
1938 Babar and his Children
1941 Babar and Father Christmas
1982 The BFG Roald Dahl
???? The Great Pie Robbery Richard Scarry
1952 Charlotte's Web E. B. White
1971 Christina Katerina and the Box Patricia Lee Gauch
1914 The Flowers Festival Elsa Beskow

Read at Age 5

1952 One Morning in Maine Robert McCloskey
1951 Corduroy & Company Don Freeman
2002 Miss Twiggley's Tree Dorothea Fox
1997 The Best Loved Doll Rebecca Caudill, Eliot Gilbert
1931 Around the Year Elsa Beskow
2002 The Ordinary Princess M.M. Kaye
1941 Calico, The Wonder Horse or the Legend of Stewy Stinker Virginia Lee Burton
1952 Charlotte's Web (again) E. B. White
1952 Maybelle, The Cable Car Virginia Lee Burton
1941 The Little House Virginia Lee Burton
1920's Flicka, Ricka & Dicka Books Maj Lindeman
1920's Snipp, Snapp & Snurr Books Maj Lindman

Corduroy and Company
Pippy Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Read at Age Six

Milly, Molly, Mandy by Astrid Lindgren
The Chronicles of Narnia
• The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
• The Magician's Nephew
• Prince Caspian
• The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

• The Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
• The Big Orange Splot - D. Manus Pinkwater

• The Silver Chair - CS Lewis

  • A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Read at Age Seven

  • Farmer Boy - Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Peter Pan - JM Barrie


Coming up...

The Great Brain
The Romona Books


Ursula was born in 2006 and is 5 1/2 now!

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