There is just something so magical about books. The way they can take you on a journey you never imagined or help you learn or make you feel the feels is so amazingly awesome. And children’s books are where it all starts. I’m sure you can remember a beloved book from your childhood. Maybe you had your parents read it over and over. Today, I’m sharing some of our family’s favorite children’s picture books. You may have heard of a few of these before and others may be new to you. So, let’s get started!
1. Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton
This sweet and short little board book, with it’s sing-songy wording, is the perfect quick bedtime story. You can see our copy is pretty banged up due to excessive use!
2. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Is there anything sweeter than a story about a parent’s unconditional love for their child? I remember my Mom reading this to me as a child with tears streaming down her face and now I read to my kids too (with tears streaming down my face).
3. Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French
This book is a bunch of fun with a cuddly wombat and her simple adventures. The illustrations are adorable and the story will surely leave you smiling.
4. Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger
We love this book so much! It tells the magical story of how Grandfather Twilight faithfully places the moon in the sky every evening. The images are soft/calming and this one is great for bedtime.
5. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
My personal favorite children’s book with lessons on love and what being “real” really is! This is a timeless story with a beautiful meaning and definitely one that stays with you through the years.
6. The Magic Rabbit by Annette LeBlanc Cate
This is an amazing story about a magician and his rabbit. A mishap separates the two best friends, but of course there is the perfect happy ending.
7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Giving Tree is such a wonderful book. The story is about unconditional love and learning to give. I really like that this book can open up a discussion with kids about taking and giving.
8. There’s a Nightmare In My Closet by Mercer Mayer
My kids love scary things and I think that this book is partially responsible for that. Reading this to them at a young age helped them to overcome fears of monsters in their bedrooms at night and taught them that just because something seems scary, doesn’t always mean it is.
9. The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name
We purchased this book for my son for Christmas and it is awesome! It is a totally personalized book for your child. The character in the story goes on an adventure to find his/her name, meeting fun friends along the way. So cute! (Get 15% off of your first book by clicking here.)
So, those are some of our favorite children’s picture books. Some of them are classics and others just have that little something that makes them special to us!
What do you think? Are any of these your favorites too? Or do you have another favorite not listed that you would like to share? We are always on the hunt for good books and would love recommendations!