When it comes to children’s books there are many to choose from. Take it from an experienced educator, not all children’s books are created equal. You deserve to enjoy the books you read each night as much as your children do. If you’re looking for a list of the best children’s books around choose any of these titles and you won’t be dissapointed.
10. The Day The Crayons Quit: Written by Drew Daywal and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
This might be the cleverest book in recent years. When little Duncan decides to color he finds his crayon box is full of notes from his hard-done-by crayons. Orange and yellow are battling to be named the official color of the sun and Pink is desperate for Duncan to include her. The witty letters to Duncan will have you and your child laughing and relating to the plight of the crayons. This book is sure to become a classic.
9. How to Catch a Star: Written by Oliver Jeffers and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Writer and Illustrator Oliver Jeffers (who also illustrated The Day The Crayons Quit) might be the best thing to happen to children’s books in decades. His stories are simply beautiful and his illustrations are worthy of hanging in your home. This uber-talented man is even cheeky enough to use a childhood picture as his author photo. Once you read one of his books you’ll become a collector for sure.
8. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site: Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
You’ll love the stellar illustrations and sweet rhymes of this book. Bulldozer and his construction site friends settle into sleep for the night so they can be ready to work hard in the morning. Children love to read about their favorite machines having a bedtime routine just like them. This one will be an instant hit with your kids.
7. Ish: Written and Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Sometimes children are afraid to make mistakes and Ish teaches a lesson that is not always so easy to convey. Ramom’s careless drawing mistake is viewed by his little sister as something beyond a scribble and together we learn that ‘just right’ isn’t as important To Marisol as it is to Ramon. Ish encourages the pursuit of creativity and not perfection and it’s a lesson even the grownups could use.
6. I Do Not Eat The Color Green: Written by Lynn Rickards and Illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain
Got a picky-eater? Let them relate to Marlene McKean who refuses to eat the color green. Children will love to finish the rhymes on each page for you as you read through the brightly illustrated pages.
5. Matilda: Written by Roald Dahl
A classic for good reason, Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a must for every home. This chapter book offers the story of a remarkable little girl who succeeds despite her horrible parents and even worse school principal. Your whole family will be rooting for Matilda and wishing for bedtime to continue the story. This is easily one of the best children’s books of all time.
4. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes: Written by Eric Litwin and Illustrated by James Dean
Pete is so smooth. Pete has rythm. Pete is one cool cat. Let the antics of this sly kitty entertain your little ones as you get into the songs he sings and the friends he meets. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a child who has yet to hear of Pete the Cat.
3. The Giving Tree: Written and Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
This one will make you cry. I offer you fair warning because even though you’ll weep for the message Silverstein shares you’ll want to read this book over and over again. Silverstein is the ultimate wordsmith and his name should be well known to your family.
2. The Dark: Written by Lemony Snicket and Illustrated by Jon Klassen
The title is enough to draw you in. The ominous ‘dark’. Laszlo will defeat his fear of the dark and show children it can be done in this beautifully illustrated book by the great Lemony Snicket. You’ll wish you had this when you were a kid.
1. Santiago the Dreamer: Written by Ricky Martin and Illustrated by Patricia Castelao
Tackling the tough stuff like self-doubt and fear of following your dreams, Santiago the Dreamer tells the story of a boy who finds his confidence with encouragement from his loving father and realizes anything is possible. Read this when you want to build you children up because the heartfelt message is as true today as it ever was and our kids need to know it.