A Tale of Two Mommies

…because more seems excessive…

Children’s Book List

There aren’t many things more important to me than reading. While I appreciate the general merits of reading aloud to children as young as infants seen here and here, my primary motivation is to offset the learning struggles my children may very well inherit from me. I don’t have a diagnosis, but I was illiterate through the fourth grade, and a poor reader through high school. I began to make gains in college because my major in Philosophy required so much reading and writing, but it was an ugly slog. Upon graduation, I began reading fiction. Approaching middle age I can finally call myself a reader with confidence, and my historically egregious writing style has benefited.

This blog is a work in progress, but above all else I want it to be useful. I’ve never been one to enjoy children’s literature, but as my family and I journey through this unexpectedly creative and complex literary world, I plan to list tales we’ve particularly enjoyed. I don’t want this page to be cumbersome, so I’ll keep the commentary minimal, but feel free to add any insights in my comment section, and I’ll respond. I’m always on the lookout for new and diverse stories, so I welcome any thoughts or suggestions. Once the list becomes tedious, I’ll categorize them, but for now they are in a random order.

  • Where Do Garbage Trucks Go? And Other Questions About Trash and Recycling: Benjamin Richmond
  • Picture a Tree: Barbara Reid
  • New Chick for ChickiesPottytime for Chickies: Janee Trasler
  • Mustache Baby: Bridget Heos
  • You Were the First: Patricia MacLachlan
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayAlexander, who used to be rich last Sunday: Judith Viorst
  • Bedtime for Frances: Russell Hoban
  • Cool Down and Work Through Anger: Cheri Meiners
  • Simon’s New Bed: Christian Trimmer
  • Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type: Doreen Cronin
  • Library Lion: Michelle Knudsen
  • The Pout Pout-Pout Fish: Deborah Diesen
  • Bread and Honey: Frank Asch
  • Five Little Gefiltes: Dave Horowitz
  • I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel: Caryn Yacowitz
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: William Steig
  • The Big Box: Toni Morrison
  • A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies, and Africa: Virginia Hamilton
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker: Patricia Polacco
  • A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: John Oliver
  • The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher (no words): Molly Bang
  • Happy Hippo, Angry Duck; Moo, Baa, Lalala!: Sandra Boynton
  • Locomotive: Brian Floca
  • So You Want to Be President?: Judith St. George
  • I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Makes Her Mark: Debbie Levy
  • Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!Kate Schatz 
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  • Adventures with Barefoot Critters: Teagan White
  • Tuesday, Mr. Wuffles, Art and Max, Flotsam (These have little to no words.): David Wiesner
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
  • And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon: Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales: Jon Scieszka
  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Dr. Seuss
  • Shel Silverstein Poems and The Missing Piece
  • Tar Beach: Faith Ringgold
  • A Chair for My Mother: Vera B. Williams
  • Little Blue Truck: Alice Schertle
  • This Is Not My Hat: Jon Klassen
  • Grandfather’s Journey: Allen Say
  • The Snowy Day & More Ezra Jack Keats Stories: Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Velveteen Rabbit: Margery Williams
  • Stellaluna: Janell Cannon
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Harold’s ABC, Harold’s Fairy Tale: Crockett Johnson
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!, The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?: Mo Willems
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