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A Few of My Favorite Children's Books (For ALL ages!):

  • Saying Goodbye to Lulu by Corinne Demas (You'll need a kleenex.)
  • The Flea's Sneeze by Lynn Downey & illustrated by Karla Firehammer* (The illustrations are particularly cute!)*
  • Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton*
  • Quack and Count by Keith Baker
  • Farmer Dale's Red Pick Up Truck by Lisa Wheeler
  • Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? 
    by Rita Gray (Author), Kenard Pak (Illustrator) (Great for teaching onomatopoeia!)*
  • Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
  • "Uh, Oh!" said the Crow by Joanne Openheim (Author) & Chris Demarest (Illustrator)*
  • Rooster Can't Cock-a-Doodle-Doo by Karen Rostoker-Gruber (Author) & Paul Ratz de Tagyos (Illustrator) The illustrations are particularly hilarious!*
  • Pigs in Pajamas by Maggie Smith
  • If I Were an Ant by Amy Moses
  • Pets I Wouldn't Pick by Susan Alton Schmeltz
  • Moo! by David LaRochelle
  • Way Up In the Arctic by Jennifer Ward*
  • The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom (This one was my 2 year old's favorite, she laughed hysterically at this monkey's predicament and because of her enthusiasm, it also became a favorite of mine.)*
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson (Author) and Jane Chapman (Illustrator)*
  • You and Me, Little Bear by Martin Waddell (Author) and Barbara Firth (Illustrator)*
  • Turtle Splash [Countdown At the Pond] by Cathryn Falwell*
  • The Foolish Tortoise by Richard Buckley (Author) and Eric Carle (Illustrator)
  • Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring (Author) and Laurie Allen Klein (Illustrator)*
  • One Dark Night by Lisa Wheeler (Author) and Ivan Bates (Illustrator)*
  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae (Author) and David Wojtowycz (Illustrator)
  • Roar of a Snore by Marsha Diane Arnold (Author) and Pierre Pratt (Illustrator)*
  • Song of Night by Katherine Riley Nakamura (Author) and Linnea Riley (Illustrator)*
  • Kisses by Nanda Roep and Marijke ten Cate*
  • Wynken Blynken and Nod by Eugene W. Field
  • Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War by Yukio Tsuchiya* (You will need a BOX of kleenex's for this one!)
  • Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Kadir Nelson
  • Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Monsters (Cute stories on all things "scary"...) 
Moral Stories
  • The Empty Pot by Demi* (Teaching Honesty)
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein* (Giving without expecting anything in return.)
  • Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems (Teaching Diversity)
  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry (Illustrator) (Kindness to Others)*
  • The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland* (Selflessness and Giving to Others)
Nursery Rhymes/Songs (Twists on Classics)
  • I'm a Little Teapot by Iza Trapani*
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani*
  • Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum
  • The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort (Author) and G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)*
  • Eency Weency Spider by Joanne Oppenheim (Author) and S.D. Schindler (Illustrator)*
  • Busy Toes by C.W. Bowie (One of my 21 month old's FAVORITES.)
Rhyming Books
Posts written about Children's Books

Chapter Books: 

  • Classics:
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    • Little House on The Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Fantasy:
    • Gregor the Overlander Series by Suzanne Collins*
    • The Host by Stephanie Meyer*
    • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    • Beauty and the Beast by Jenni James
  • Historical Fiction:
    • Eve's Daughters by Lynn Austin*
    • Indian Captive: the Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski
    • Just Jane by William Lavender
    • The Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen
    • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers*
    • The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare (Great for young-teen boys!)
    • The Help by Kathryn Stockett*
    • A Bride in the Bargain by Deanne Gist*
    • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak*
  • Mystery:
    • Stephanie Plum Series by Janette Evanovich (Hilarious characterization!)
  • Realistic Fiction:
    • Full Series by Janet Evanovich
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexi
    • Emako Blue by Brenda Woods
    • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
    • Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
    • The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks*
    • Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
    • The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
  • Science Fiction:
  • Autobiographies/Biographies:
  • Professional Development (For Teachers & Parents who Teach!):
    • The First Days of School by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong*
    • How to Get Your Chld to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell*
    • Igniting a Passion for Reading by Steven L. Layne
    • I Read It, But I Still Don't Get It by Cris Tovani*
    • Speaking Volumes: How to Get Students Discussing Books - And Much More by Barry Gilmore
    • Strategic Reading: Guiding Students to Lifelong Literacy 6-12 by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Tanya N. Baker, and Julie Dube
    • Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading by Harvey Daniels and Steven Zemelman
    • Teaching and the Art of Successful Classroom Management by Harvey Kraut
    • When Kids Can't Read What Teachers Can Do by Kylene Beers*
  • Parenting/Motherhood
  • Religious:


  • A Bad Case of the Giggles edited by Bruce Lansky
  • The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Ghastlies, Goops & Pincushions by X.J. Kennedy

Short Stories:
  • Fiction:
    • The Beau Catcher by Frederick Laing
    • The Emperor's New Suit by Hans Christian Andersen
    • The Fan Club by Rona Maynard*
    • The Lady or the Tiger? by Games Thurber*
    • The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
    • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber
    • Skull Lake by Greg Dominey
    • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Test by Theodore Thomas*
    • The Waltz by Dorothy Parker
  • Non-Fiction:
    • The Tower by Robert J. Fern

* = My Favorites!
My Top-Ten Goodreads Shelf


Posts on Reading and Writing:

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