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Warning: may include some sentimental favorites! Please do not rush out and try to find all these books; this is a look at some of our personal favorites, not a list of AO "must haves." Some of these reflect differences in individual family situations that are unique to their family, such as adoption, or differences in parenting styles, or even our own individual personalities. We advise reading book reviews such as those on to see whether any of these books might be right for your family.

Wendi's favorites

Catch Me and Kiss Me and Say It Again by Clyde and Wendy Watson (nursery rhymes; OOP)
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown ($)
Picture books by Maud and Miska Petersham ($earch)
Each Peach Pear Plum Janet and Allan Ahlberg (and others of theirs) ($ $)
Amie and Anika by Terry Stafford (a La Leche League book; OOP)
On Market Street by Arnold Lobel ($)
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field ($ $)

Preschool and Up:
Picture books by Lucy Micklethwait ($earch)
Brown Angels by Walter Dean Myers--poetry, we skip two poems, I believe. ($)
I'm Listening, God, Psalm 19 for Children by Elspeth Campbell Murphy, and others of her Psalms for children (OOP)
Flossie and the Fox by Patricia McKissack ($)
The King with Six Friends by Jay Williams ($; OOP)
Miss Suzy by Miriam Young ($)
Books by Tomie dePaola ($earch)
Outside Over There; In the Night Kitchen (slight nudity) ($) and others by Maurice Sendak (Not for everyone!)
Jump series by Van Dyke Parks, Malcolm Jones (adaptations of Brer Rabbit) ($earch)
Year at Maple Hill Farm ($) and others by Alice and Martin Provensen
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant ($)
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant ($)
Babar books ($earch) (the originals by Laurent De Brunhoff, not the TV spin-offs)
What Do You Do, Dear ($), and What Do You Say, Dear ($) by Sesyle Joslin--comical books about manners.
Rose in My Garden by Arnold Lobel ($)
The Man Who Loved Books by Jean Fritz (OOP)

chapter books:
Ivy Cottage and sequels by E. J. Taylor (OOP)
The Princess and the Admiral by Charlotte Pomerantz ($)
The Story of Holly and Ivy ($) and others by Rumer Godden
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes ($)
The Plain Princess by Phyllis McGinley (OOP)

Anne White's favorites

Alfie series by Shirley Hughes (very sweet and family friendly) ($earch)

Preschool and Up:
A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman ($)
Fool of the World and the Flying Ship by Ransome/Shulevitz ($) OR The King with Six Friends by Williams (they're similar)
Crictor by Tomi Ungerer ($)
Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain by Edward Ardizzone ($)
The Jumblies and Other Nonsense Verses by Edward Lear (esp one illustrated by Leslie Brooke) ($earch)
Doctor Desoto by William Steig (the best dentist story ever) ($ K)
Lonely Doll series by Dare Wright ($earch)
The Sugar Mouse Cake by Gene Zion (OOP)
Umbrella by Taro Yashima (about a little Japanese girl in New York City) ($)
The Crane Maiden by Miyoko Matsutani (OOP)
Two by Two by Barbara Reid (plasticine illustrated Noah's Ark; OOP)
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback ($)
Yellow and Pink by William Steig (a good argument for creationism) (K)

Lynn Bruce's favorites

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle ($)
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown ($)
Read Aloud Bible Stories by Ella K. Lindvall Volumes 1-4 ($earch)
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell ($ K)

Preschool and up:
Least of All by Carol Purdy ($)
The Real Pretend by Joan Donaldson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor ($)
Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk ($)
A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman ($)
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman ($)
You Are Special by Max Lucado ($ K)
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant ($)
Down, Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle ($)
All the Places To Love by Patricia MacLachlan ($)
Sophie and Rose by Kathryn Lasky ($)
Jan Brett books, particularly The Mitten ($ K), The Hat ($), and The Gingerbread Baby ($)

Donna-Jean's favorites

Good-Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown ($)
On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott ($)

Preschool and up:
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant ($)
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant ($)
Laurie and the Yellow Curtains (an early reader; OOP)
Billy and Blaze by C. W. Anderson ($ K)
I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse ($)
Fireflies for Nathan by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim (OOP)
The Rainbabies by Laura Krauss Melmed ($)
Miss Fannie's Hat by Jan Karon ($)
With You All the Way by Max Lucado ($)
No More Singing by Norman Bomer ($) (presents the tragedy of abortion for young children; OOP)

Leslie Noelani's favorites:

The Little Fur Family by Margaret Wise Brown
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown ($)
Mommy Hugs ($) (also Daddy Kisses $) by Anne Gutman and Georg Hallensleben
Alfie Gets in First ($earch) and Alfie's ABC ($) by Shirley Hughes

Books her boys loved:
Angus series by Marjorie Flack ($)
The Three Little Kittens illustrated by Paul Galdone ($ K)
The Poky Little Puppy by Gustaf Tenggren ($ K)
Jesse Bear What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom ($)
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag ($)
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty ($)
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton ($ K)
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina ($ K)
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward ($)
Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson ($ K) and others in the series ($)
Scuffy the Tugboat by Golden Books ($ K)
Seven Little Rabbits by John Becker (a repetitive counting/rhyming book) ($)

Books her daughter loves:
Little Princess Ka'iulani in Her Garden by the Sea by Ellie Crowe ($)
A Little Old Man by Natalie Norton (OOP)
Edie Changes Her Mind (and That's Right, Edie) by Johanna Johnston (OOP)
The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown (a "Little Golden Book") ($)
My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore (a "Little Golden Book") ($ K)
Baby Animals by Garth Williams (a "Little Golden Book") ($ K)
The Jolly Barnyard by Annie North Bedford (a "Little Golden Book") ($ K)
Four Puppies by Anne Heathers (OOP; a "Little Golden Book")
Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (a "Little Golden Book") ($)
The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown (a "Little Golden Book") ($)
Books with pictures of bugs
James Herriot picture books ($)
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey ($ K)
My First Little House books ($earch)
Millions of Cats by Wanda Ga'g ($)
The Real Hole by Beverly Cleary ($)
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper ($)
Corduroy by Don Freeman ($ K)
Winnie the Pooh series (audio read by Jim Broadbent, OOP $)
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone ($ K)
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell ($ K)

Chapter Books for preschoolers:
Little Pear ($) (and Little Pear and His Friends ($); Little Pear and the Rabbits) by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen L. Taylor ($ K)
Children of the Old House by Ruth Borchard (OOP)
Edward Eager books (Half Magic, etc)

Last update June 25, 2010

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