Five Favorite Children’s Books

Hi all– I’ve been tagged to post my 5 Top Children’s Books– by one of my favorite bloggers Marcia Strykowski, author, librarian and blogger who writes about books, travels, authors. Her posts are always interesting!!  Thanks Marcia!!

The Rules are:
1.  Thank whoever’s nominated you and and share their blog link.
2.  Let us know your Top 5 Children’s books!
3.  Nominate 5 people to do the same.
4.  Let your nominee’s know you’ve nominated them.

I’m going with Marcia and picking 5 picture books.  Even though I think I’ve mentioned these before, they are my Top 5:

Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier — The story of Noah told through finely detailed illustration. My favorite frame is Mrs. Noah weeping for joy when the dove returns with the olive twig, marking the end of the flood.  A Caldecott Medal winner, just beautiful.


Brave Iene by William Steig — When Sophie’s dressmaking mother fall’s ill, Sophie sets off through stormy weather to deliver the gown to the Duchess for her ball.  Charming picture of a young girl’s courage and the sweetest happy ending.


Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg — Through a series of “I spy” poems readers cross paths with many fairy tale characters until they all converge on a plum pie picnic!  Adorable lively illustration.


Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman — The classic retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story paired with the most beautiful detailed illustrations by my favorite illustrator.  Caldecot Medal Honor book.



Wolf by Becky Bloom — a group of reading barnyard animals inspire a ferocious wolf to change his ways and learn to read– which is not as easy as he thought it would be!  Wonderful salute to reading with the most expressive whimsical illustration.


My nominees to write their own post on favorite children’s books (if they chose to do so) are:
Antonia at
Lacey at
Mary at
Lisa at

Please be sure to visit my nominator at

P.S. Illlustation at the top by Francesco Ghersina


27 thoughts on “Five Favorite Children’s Books

  1. Our family favorite’s are If you give a Mouse a cookie! those are the BEST!
    Now -it seems likes that’s our life story! ,always one thing leading to something else!
    Brave Irene is a good one !!

    • Hi Debra!! You have my favorite job!! In college I worked in a public library– just checking out books. But on Saturdays I got to sit at the children’s librarian’s desk and help kids find books– loved it! And mostly I’ve been a teacher –reading lots of after lunch books to kids! So I’m really interested in what are your favorite kid’s books?? Or do you have grown people recommendations?? Always looking for good books to track down at our library! xox

      • Hi Rhonda, thanks for your kind post. Happy to hear how much you love children and libraries and kids books too! Being a librarian in the midst of beautiful community is an honour. Connecting with families over words is another honour. Some titles I love for children: Bear Snores on (my top #1), Mo Willems books (for easier readers), The Napping House (kids love when it all tumbles down), Brown Bear Brown Bear, Red is Best, Charlotte’s Web (a classic), The Trumpet of the Swan (from when I was a child), Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Judy Blume books, Beverly Cleary books, Kate DiCamillo books, and many more.
        For adults, recently lots of community buzz about Lion (also a movie) but I can’t bring myself to read it yet, and I am currently reading Louise Penny (mystery) and Brother (David Chariandy) is winning lots of awards right now, and Lisa Genova is a great author that many love (books like Inside the O’Briens). Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese is on my reading list. I also love poetry–one of my favourite poets is Jane Kenyon, American Poet. In my faith circle, a lot of friends are reading Beth Moore, Jen Hatmaker, and Ann Voskamp (also their blogs).

    • I know! Isn’t it the most charming story?? His language is a step up from most children’s picture books and I love the illustrations too! What other children’s books do you love?? Always looking for recommendations! hugs from here Lisa!

  2. Thank you so much, Rhonda. I am honoured to be included in your list. How to pick your favourite five? I must say I absolutely love Each Peach Pear Plum. I have given it as a gift at least twice. It was a librarian recommendation.

  3. Rhonda, I just love when you post book reviews or suggestions. I have just spent a while going through several of your posts with book titles, writing down some that I’m going to check for in the library, can’t wait to read them. (Both children & adult). I’ve always loved children’s books, and it might sound funny, but just 2 weeks ago I checked some out from the library so I could read them, study the illustrations, and have fun trying to copy them! I guess a lot of us have always wanted to write a children’s book, but never have really sat down to do it. Maybe this year?? 😊

    • Hey Daisy– wouldn’t that be an awesome project?? I’d love to see what you’d come up with!! I check out kids books too– for the illustrations– and if I want to find out by someone reading their biography but don’t want to invest the time for a 500 page adult book, I go to the children’s section and get the short version… What have you read lately?? Any suggestions?? Hope you are feeling A-OK by now friend! xox

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