When I was younger, I loved anything that had to do with horses. My pencil case had horses on it, I went to horse camp, and I even had a horse-themed birthday party. If your child is anything like I was, I highly recommend reading this book and the ones that follow. Kate and Cocoa’s friendship is entertaining, and Cocoa’s rather immature attitude makes him almost like a younger brother to his cowhand owner.
6. Pajama Time! bySandra Boynton
This one was a frequent read in my house, and my mom and I still quote it to this day. Written in rhythmic rhyme that makes it feel like a poem, this bedtime story is relaxing and does exactly what it’s meant to- send a child to sleep. Oh yes, it’s pajama time.
5. Adventures of Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
I’d like to first mention that not only is this book pretty good, the television show is great and was a prominent part of my childhood for several years. It has the whimsical nature and furry characters of a Beatrix Potter story, but all with a loveable, curious, and young main character. Little Bear is always nice to his friends, and he and his parents always have something to laugh about. I particularly like the story about the skunks in this one.
4. Corduroy by Don Freeman
For most people, this book shouldn’t need much of an explanation. It’s a classic, and rightfully so. Our hearts can’t help but go out to Corduroy as he watches all the other toys get sold. He then wonders if maybe no one wants him because he is missing a button, prompting him to search the entire store for a replacement. In the end however, he learns that he was already perfect just the way he was.
3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Another great bedtime read, Goodnight Moon tells the story of a little rabbit saying goodnight to the world around him- from the room he rests in, to the moon and stars. Short, sweet, and very memorable. Also try The Runaway Bunny, by the same author.
2. The Dark by Lemony Snicket
I didn’t read this book until my little sister got it, which was only a year or two ago. Even so, it really struck a chord with me. The story is about Lazlo, a little boy with a very common problem- he is afraid of the dark. As someone who had that same fear for a very long time, I find this to be a really influential book. Instead of painting the dark as this horrible unseen enemy, Lemony Snicket makes the dark almost as human as Lazlo is. At the end, they even begin a possible friendship, or at least a respectful truce. It definitely helps that this book has some of the best illustrations I’ve ever seen.
1. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
In my humble opinion, this is the best children’s book I have read. Ever. The best part isn’t so much the story, “Ma and Pa and Pickles and Penny Pig are going on a picnic.” The best part is the illustrations and attention to detail. I entertained myself for ages just looking at all the animals driving around in their dragsters and Bananacars. In each scene, you can spot a police officer chasing after a speeder, a mouse in her tow truck, and the famously elusive Goldbug hiding somewhere in the cars. The book is also educational, teaching kids about the different kinds of vehicles and what they do to help the community. Overall, it’s just a great read and I highly recommend it