Everyone who reads has a list of favorite books. When reading has always been a part of your life, your favorites will include books you want to pass down to future generations. Here are some of the favorite children’s books in my family.
The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack: Every day Ping and his family are let out to search for food. One day Ping does not hear the call to return at the end of the day and must search for his family. Along the way he meets new friends and has a wealth of new adventures. A great story with wonderful illustrations.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf: Ferdinand is not your typical bull. He just wants to sit under the cork tree and smell the flowers. His world is changed when he sits on a bee and everyone thinks he is the biggest, fastest bull of the group and he get shipped off to the bull ring in Madrid. Around since 1936, this favorite lets kids know it is OK to be different.
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz: Alexander goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair. Any time anything went wrong in my house we used the start of this book to say things will get better. An all-time favorite with many children.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: This favorite has even been made into a movie. When Max gets sent to bed without supper, his adventure continues when he goes to see where the wild things live. A favorite with kids and grown-ups both.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: A great book of tiny hands. The caterpillar continues to eat and leave holes as each page is turned. The book uses minimum of words to tell a cute story.
Corduroy by Don Freeman: If you ever wondered what the toys do at night after the store closes, here is an answer. Corduroy goes looking for his missing button after everyone goes home. After wandering the store he is put back on his shelf and purchased by Lisa. A great story about a stuffed toy that most children have and love at some time during their childhood.
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: A great bedtime story about a rabbit who is trying to put off going to sleep. Children will identify with the rabbit and his attempt to stay up late.
These are just a few favorites that have been passed down through the years to children in my family. Why not add your favorites to the list?