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The topic for this week’s Ten on Tuesday is 10 Favorite Children’s Books. I suppose it’s a little ironic that I’m choosing this topic now that immediately after my baby graduates from high school. I must be feeling sentimental and I’m remembering all those years of reading to her. In any case, here we go.

  1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. I never saw the movie because I thought it looked silly but I did love this book.
  2. Charlotte’s Web. My teacher read this to us in 3rd grade and I never forgot it.
  3. Where the Sidewalk Ends. A book that makes poetry fun for kids – hooray!
  4. Goodnight, Moon. I read this to Hannah so many times I had it memorized. It was her favorite for a really long time.
  5. The Polar Express. Here’s a case where I honestly felt the movie was just as good as the book.
  6. The Velveteen Rabbit. Truly a favorite of mine since my own childhood.
  7. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Another of Hannah’s favorite pictures books. Honestly, she loved the ones that made her laugh.
  8. Chrysanthemum. And also Owen and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. All picture books by Kevin Henkes and all favorites that I read to Hannah.
  9. The Little House books. All of them – I read them over and over when I was a kid.
  10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle is just fantastic.

That was fun – and fast, too. Makes me want to go hang out in the Children’s Room at the library for a while.

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  1. While you are there check out “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” I loved reading this to my kids. It’s a great book.

  2. and the “must read to the niece and nephew” list grows! How could I forget Charlotte’s Web? I loved that book. And they love If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

  3. Our mother allowed each one of us (4) to take 10 books each from the library. Then she only needed to count and make sure each book was there before returning. I read so many great books before the age of 6 I can’t remember them all.

  4. A few of my favorites when my kids were little:

    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

    Since Lulu Learned the Cancan

    Blueberries for Sal

    Goodnight Moon

  5. I love children’s books: my own favorites were Richard Scarry, but as an adult I love the work of Barbara Cooney (Miss Rumphius), anything by Lois Ehlert (the collages are stunning), Leslie Baker, and the Linnea books. The artwork in many children’s stories is amazing.

  6. Love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; the earlier edition has some fun subtle humor in the pictures that the newer editions left out – for no good reason! I loved reading any books by Bill Pete or Steven Kellogg to my girls. And let us not forget Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables.

  7. When I was a girl I read, and re-read, Nancy and Plum and Black Beauty. I began working in my elementary school library in the 3rd grade. I guess when you find a home you stay there!

  8. Love them all … and add to the list, anything by Dr. Seuss, ‘Caps For Sale …,’ and ‘Go Away Big Green Monster!’ Honestly, I’m all set with spending any time in the children’s room at the library … I treasure my peace and quiet waaaay too much to spend much time there 😉

  9. Oh yes, Miss Rumphius! When I was a child, I loved the Betsy series by Caroline Haywood and the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books, and my daughters did, too.

  10. Hazel’s Amazing Mother
    Jacob and the Three Robbers
    Make Way For Ducklings
    Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel

  11. Charlotte’s Web is my all-time favorite. I still read it once a year and still cry at the end. I also loved the Beverly Cleary books (Henry Huggins, Beezus and Ramona), Pippi Longstocking, the Little House books…and I think it was called The Stairstep Sisters – a series of books about a Jewish family in New York in the early 1900s and their five daughters.

  12. The Little House
    Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree
    I Can (a board book, but a family “action” favorite for years)
    …and hundreds more

    I will never outgrow kids’ books!

  13. What a fun topic. I loved your list and I loved reading through the comments too. It’s such a nice reminder of all the fun I had reading when I was little.

  14. That’s amazing: my list was totally different. Although I could have easily included most of yours — I don’t know Where the Sidewalk Ends, The Polar Express, or Chrysanthemum. I’ll have to check them out, in two senses.

    (I’ve always loved hanging out in library children’s rooms. Is that weird or what?)

  15. Love the list.

    I still have my “Where the Wild Things Are” book plus have the bank checks of them. In a swap a few years ago, I got a card also and have it framed in my room.

    I also have two Topo Gigio books which we found when cleaning the attic, they are now in the bookshelf.

  16. As a former children’s librarian and the daughter of a librarian I love children’s book as do my 2 kids and 5 grandkids. One of my daughter’s favorite authors is Jan Brett. 2 of my grands had the joy and pleasure of meeting her at a book signing. The boys love anything by Richard Scarry and Eric Carle. My granddaughter loved Madeline when she was of the age and at one time thought we should call her Maddie instead of Abi!

  17. Great list! I love the Mark Teague books that I’ve read, especially Pigsty. And the Little Critter books were popular at our house a few years ago, too.

  18. Did you know that the Eric Carle museum is about 1/2 hr from me in Amherst? A friend of mine does fundraising for them. You might plan a side trip when you head out to WSC next year.

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