Top Ten Tuesday: My Children’s Favorites

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic was a freebie.  A couple week’s ago I talked about some favorite books from my childhood.  This week I decided to list some of my children’s favorite books.  I have to be honest.  I think I enjoy some of these as much as my kids!

Hopalong Jack and the Blue Bunnies by Jeri Landers-This book is absolutely beautiful!  The author is a very talented artist and the story is sweet.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet Ms. Landers at an art festival where she was kind enough to sign all of our copies of her books!

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A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker-Both my kids love all the Bear and Mouse books.

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The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy-My youngest is especially fond of this book as well as the sequel.

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Jack and the Beanstalk by Steven Kellogg-This is great to read out loud!

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Epossumondas Plays Possum by Coleen Salley-All the Epossumondas books are fun, but this one is the favorite in my house.

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The Tumbleweek Came Back by Carmela LaVigna Coyle-This is fun to sing to the tune of The Cat Came Back!

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Dragon’s Love Tacos by Adam Rubin-Completely silly and fun!  The sequel is great too.

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I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll-Another great one to read out loud, especially if you do different voices for each monster.

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Wellington’s Rainy Day by Carolyn Beck-I suppose this story doesn’t have a very good moral, but it sure is a lot of fun!

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The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss-Of course my children love Dr. Seuss, and this is one of their favorites.

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What do you think?  Have you read any of these?  If so, what did you think?  Do you still enjoy reading children’s books as an adult?

Saturday Seven: Kid’s Valentine’s Day Books


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This is the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, so without further ado – here are some special Valentine-themed books:

Join Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as he celebrates Valentine’s Day with all the friends he loves.

This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for preschoolers, who will enjoy the simple introduction to the fun of Valentine’s Day.

“This title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends,” said School Library Journal. “Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig ‘because she’s a good dancer’ and Bunny ‘because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.'”

Budding artists and crafters will love this book, perfect for pairing with Valentine’s Day activities. A surprise at the end adds to the read-aloud fun!

A creative and sweet story, perfect for Valentine’s Day, that helps open the hearts of young readers. From the beloved illustrator of If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie.

One day it rains hearts, and Cornelia Augusta catches them. She realizes that the hearts are perfect for making valentines. Each heart is special in its own way, and Cornelia Augusta knows exactly who to send them to: her animal friends.

A fun way to spark creativity and thoughtfulness! The perfect book to pair with Valentine’s Day crafts.

This Valentine’s Day favorite read-aloud will prompt lots of giggles, as well as discussions on kindness and forgiveness.

Gilbert is all set to write fifteen friendly valentine cards to his classmates. But how can he write a nice poem for the boy who tweaked his nose, or the girl who made fun of his glasses? Instead, Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines…and signs the wrong name on both!

When his classmates read his poems, their feelings are hurt, and Gilbert’s prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But with the help of a friend and an honest apology, there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.

Clayton and Desmond are back in this companion to the bestselling book THE BIGGEST PUMPKIN EVER! A sheet of colorful foil stickers is bound into the book for extra valentine fun!

When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff.

But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

Kids can use the colorful foil stickers to make their own valentines!

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean takes us on an awesome trip with Pete the Cat as he discovers just how special Valentine’s Day can be!

At first, Pete thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool…until he realizes all the special cats there are in his life. Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool comes complete with a poster, stickers, and twelve punch-out Valentine’s Day cards.

Once Pete the Cat realizes how much fun Valentine’s Day can be, he decides to make valentine cards for his family and friends. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat?

With short and simple rhyming text, the Llama Llama board books introduce Llama Llama to babies and toddlers before they’re ready for longer full-length stories. And their small size and durable pages are perfect for little hands.

In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?

Celebrate love with #1 New York Times Best-Selling Title!
“You are the cherry on my cake; you make the sun shine brighter; you make my heart flutter.” Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any day of the year!

What are some of your favorite Valentine books? Or share with us your plans for Valentine’s Day.

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