Ten Books Every Kid Should Own

ten books every kids should own

We LOVE reading around here. And since Read Across America is this week (March 2nd!), I thought I’d share some of our favorite books! So, here’s our list… ten books every kid should own (in no particular order):

The Lorax – We’re big fans of Dr. Seuss, but we just couldn’t live without this book in particular! We love that it’s written in Seuss’s famous style, but the moral of the story (take care of the Earth!) is just stellar!

An Awesome Book of Love – We actually own every one of Dallas Clayton’s book (and you should too)! This is one of the most creative and inspiring books… both the words and pictures are just awesome!

The Pout Pout Fish – We just LOVE this story… it’s got a great moral about choosing to see your circumstances in a positive light.

Zen Shorts – This is a great book about mindfulness for kids!

Llama Llama Time to Share – Every book in the Llama Llama series is just fantastic! And they all have great morals and help teach kids solid life lessons, like sharing.

You’re All My Favorites – This adorable story addresses the age old question of which kid (bear) is the favorite. And it does it in a great way!

The Giving Tree – This one’s been around since we were kids, but it is just a solid book about giving and taking.

The Rainbow Fish – This is a great story about learning to not be selfish.

The Kissing Hand – We love the idea of the kissing hand and this book is awesome for kids who have a little bit of separation anxiety.

But Not the Hippopotamus – A great short story about being left out. Everything Sandra Boynton writes is awesome!

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11 comments
RosemaryWineGustin
RosemaryWineGustin

On the Night You Were Born - it made me cry in the middle of Target, and Wherever You Are: My Love Will FInd You, both by Nancy Tillman.  Seriously, Josh and Jenny - buy these!!!  :)  You won't regret it!

I love Sandra Boynton, but my favorite of hers is Hippos Go Beserk!  I can recite the whole thing from memory.  

And you'll have to add my book to this list when it comes out!  ;)  Just kidding!  

kleo
kleo

The Kissing Hand is a cute book, however I've read The Rainbow Fish and I disliked the story because I don't think you should have to give people gifts (or shiny scales) for them to be your friend. The Lorax is a good story but has some inappropriate language in it such as "stupid" and "shut-up", and I do not feel comfortable saying those words to my 4yr old, so I omit them. The other books I havn't read, but if I see them I'll take a look.

Jane
Jane

LOVE this list! How did you ever narrow it down to 10? Checking some out at B&N today. Some of our favs: You Are Special - Max Lucado Birthday Monsters - Boynton (As a result, the lovable characters make annual visits to our house on the kids' birthdays and destroy it...you must read to appreciate that) Diary of a Worm - Doreen Cronin The Hermit Crab - Eric Carle (love Carle books) The Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant The Oak Inside the Acorn - Lucado I Love You the Purplest - Barbara Joosse

Sandy a la Mode
Sandy a la Mode

i heard great things about llama llama, i need to get it for my son!! xo, Sandy Sandy a la Mode

happyfammvmt
happyfammvmt moderator

@RosemaryWineGustin I will check them out! Have you read I'll Love You Forever? I cry at that one every time too! We do love Hippos Go Berserk!! And I'll just have to make a new list... up and coming writers you should know about ;)

josh
josh

@Jane it was practically impossible to narrow down the list!! Thank you for sharing your list! We have (and LOVE!) Birthday Monsters! Haven't read any of the other ones... will have to check them out soon!

josh
josh

@marigold - Dallas Clayton is SUPER inspiring!

josh
josh

Thanks! We are grateful for any and all support! Much love!

josh
josh

The best part is ALL of them are good :)

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