Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Make Me Smile

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Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!  This week’s topic is Books That Make Me Smile.  Books make me smile for so many reasons, but my first thought when I started to put together my post this week was of children’s books.  I didn’t start reading children’s books again until after I had kids, and I forgot how much fun they can be!  I might have to keep reading them even after my children have outgrown them.  Here are some of the books I’ve had the pleasure of reading with my kids!

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker-I could include all the Bear and Mouse books on my list.  I love them all!

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Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond-Again, I could put all the Charlie books on my list.  I have a soft spot for dogs!


Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich-These dogs are so much fun, and just look at that grumpy pug face!


National Geographic Book of Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar! by J. Patrick Lewis-This is a great compilation of poems, and the photographs are beautiful.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss-My favorite Dr. Seuss book!


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Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith-I had a lot of fun reading this to my children.  We watched the movie afterward, and we all agreed that the book is better!


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin-A wonderful adventure!


I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll-Monsters can be fun and scary!


Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin-It turns out monsters can get scared too!


What do you think?  Do children’s books make you smile?



  1. Fantastic set of books. They make me smile too.

  2. Great list! I LOVED Dick King-Smith’s books when I was a little girl.

  3. What a wonderful set of books! And so many I haven’t read. Will take a note of them and give them a whirl with my stepdaughter 😀

  4. My children definitely grew up with a few of these books. Great list!

    • Poinsettia says

      Remembering reading these with your kids makes these books even more special! 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  5. Aw, just the cover for Charlie the Ranch Dog makes me smile!

    • Poinsettia says

      It is so cute! I’m glad it made you smile too. 🙂

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  6. Thanks for visiting me – All these books look adorable and I’m forwarding the list to my niece and nephew, both of whom have families with little kids that would appreciate these! Thanks for the great list.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome!

      You’ll have to let me know if they like them!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  7. Wow, so many I’ve never heard of! Love The Grinch. <3

  8. What a great way to do this! I wish i would have thought of children’s books- that’s a great idea. they can be so heartwarming and pleasant. And funny!

    Ah, the Grinch! Such a classic. 🙂

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes! Children’s books are so much fun.

      I’ll never get tired of The Grinch!

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  9. I wish I read more children’s lit so I could make my list completely of those books. I should start with your choices. Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week! Stay safely away from the coronavirus!

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome! I really do love reading children’s books. They are a lot of fun, but they can also be really beautiful too.

      Enjoy your week, and thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  10. Aaah Babe! I read that to bits as a kid. 😀

  11. Children’s books really are great mood boosters. I miss reading to my kids, but now I have a granddaughter to read to and she has so many books that weren’t around when my kids were little that I’m looking forward to reading with/to her.

    • Poinsettia says

      They are great mood boosters! 🙂

      If you read any of these with your granddaughter, you’ll have to let me know if she likes them!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  12. Oh these all look wonderfully sweet!

  13. The Pigeon books are always a lot of fun. 🙂

    • Poinsettia says

      Yes, they are! This one was definitely the favorite in my house.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  14. I agree! My kids are too old for picture books now, but it was fun reading them to my crew every night. Some drove me absolutely nuts (over and over and over) – some, though, were a pleasure to read no matter how many times I did it. THE GRINCH is definitely one of those.

    Happy TTT!


    • Poinsettia says

      My kids are starting to out grow the picture books now. It is bittersweet because I’m excited about the new books they’ll be able to read, but also sad because they are growing up so fast!

      Yes, the Grinch never gets old!

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  15. The Pigeon Needs a Bath made me smile just looking at the cover! Looks like a funny story. Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome! 🙂

      The Pigeon Needs a Bath is so much fun! It always makes us laugh.

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  16. Nice list 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog

  17. Whoaa. There are so many children book! I interest to read A Visitor for Bear.

    • Poinsettia says

      A Visitor for Bear is great! If you get a chance to read it, or any of the other Bear books, you’ll have to let me know what you think.

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  18. So many fun books on your list!

  19. I love This Pigeon Needs a Bath!! I’ve got it in a plastic format for baby’s bath time and regular print. So cute! Great list.

    • Poinsettia says

      Having an edition kids can take in the bath sounds like a lot of fun!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  20. There’s some beautiful looking books on your list!

  21. I always loved How the Grinch Stole Christmas when I was a kid.

  22. I don’t think I’ve read any of these, but I do enjoy re-visiting favorite childhood books when I see a stack of them in one of the spare rooms. They’re just such sweet and happy reads, but the nostalgia level is always REAL. 🙂 Thanks so much for the visit to Finding Wonderland.

    • Poinsettia says

      You’re welcome!

      Yes, children’s books make me feel nostalgic too.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  23. I never got into Dr Seus as a kiddo (I’m Dutch) but I think Im going to look into getting them for my son.

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