Our Family’s Top 10 Children’s Books

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Books, books, books! We LOVE to read in our house! If Andrew had it his way, we’d sit and do nothing but read all day! So, inspired by Crystal’s recent read-aloud series, I thought I’d share 10 of the books Andrew loves the most. Enjoy!

1.The Children’s Book of Virtues. I’ve mentioned this before, but this is hands-down one of our favorite books. It is a conglomerate of short stories, tales and fables that teach many valuable lessons.  Andrew’s favorite story, of course, is “St. George and the Dragon!”

2. A Small Child’s book of Verse. Like the above book, this is a conglomerate of known and not-so-known rhymes and poems. Some teach a lesson and some are just plain fun! They are a great way to begin instilling a love of verse in your children.

3. A Child’s Treasury of Bible Stories. This is a large, picture-filled beginner’s bible. The bible stories are short and easy for little ones to understand and there are big, colorful pictures to reinforce the stories. As expected, David (and Goliath) and Jonah are Andrew’s favorites and I love how they easily portray the stories of Jesus.

4. Picture Book of Saints. This is the perfect book for learning about some of our great Saints. The biographies are short and include the opening prayer for the saint’s feast day mass. We often read this at breakfast time on each saint’s feast day; but, also, Andrew likes to pick up the book anytime and look through the pictures and “read” about them himself.

5. Thunder Cake. This is a sweet, true story of a young girl who was afraid of thunderstorms and how her grandmother helped her overcome her fear by making a “thunder cake.” There is even the grandmother’s recipe for the cake in the back of the book. (I’ve never made the cake yet – maybe someday!)

6. Guess How Much I Love You. This tender story is our ultimate-favorite bedtime book. Little Nutbrown Hare tries to show bid Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him. We often expand on the story ourselves trying to top each other in expressing how much we love each other. We usually get pretty silly doing this and ending up laughing up a storm!

7. McDuff and the Baby. This tells the story of a family who brings home a baby from the dog’s perspective. It is a short, very cute book. Very well illustrated.

8. Goodnight Moon. This is, I believe, a well-known classic. Need I say more. 😛

9. My Special Dinosaur Adventure. This is a personalized book that was given to Andrew a couple of Christmases ago my an Aunt. His name, address and three of his cousins are written into the book. There are several “My Adventure Books” but in this particular story, Andrew is taken back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This is a fun book that Andrew loves me to read over and over again!

10. My Big Rescue Book. This is a large picture book with colorful images of emergency vehicles, trucks, boats and people in uniform. The perfect book for a little boy! Andrew will spend up the 45 minutes looking at each picture and talking about being a fire fighter, police officer, etc.!

11. BONUS 1! Spot Goes to the Park. Andrew is learning to read and can recognize many of the words in this simple story. The print is very large and the images are bright and big.

12. BONUS 2! Green Eggs and Ham. Andrew specifically asked me to add this in! Who doesn’t love this classic story? “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am!”

I had a real hard time picking and choosing the favorites of our favorites. I may have to do a part two post! What books do you love to read to your children? Do share in the comments! I am always on the lookout for new books to read!

(This post is linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)


  1. Hi, this is a great list of children’s books. My daughter is 3, and is crazy about books. Right now she just stares at the pictures, and demands that we narrate the story, but hope one day she will get to read all these books!!

    I wrote a post on reading and books for OhAmanda’s top 10 Tuesday, too!

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  2. SimpleCatholic says

    Hi Jane, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Checked out your list as well – great titles!

  3. Is the Thunder Cake the one with tomato sauce (or paste) in it? I volunteered to help with a reading program at school, and I know we read that book. I made the cake for the kids. It actually was good! I was not sure at all about having the tomatoes in it.

    When I read these lists, I think, my kids are so old now! (13 & 10) 🙂

  4. SimpleCatholic says

    Hi Sheila, The Thunder Cake has 1/3 cup of pureed tomatoes in the recipe. I’ve never saw tomatoes for a cake recipe before and have been curious to try making it. Maybe soon. 🙂

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  5. My kids were never really into Goodnight Moon, but I love reading it with my therapy kiddos. It’s just such a sweet little book.
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  6. What a fantastic list of books! I am a great reader myself and hope very much that our child (or children:) are too! I think I will have to find the Childrens Book of Virtues, it sounds very good! What age did you start reading with your son and when did he really begin to enjoy it just out of curiosity?
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  7. SimpleCatholic says

    Hi Angie, Goodnight Moon is a sweet book. However, given Andrew’s personality, if I hadn’t started reading it to him as a baby he might not like it as much as he does! lol!

    Hi Colleen, I’m an avid reader myself and started reading out loud to Andrew when he was in my belly! He has always seemed to enjoy it but at 3 he started to really love books and reading and acting out the characters from the different books, etc. 🙂

    BTW, I found the Children’s Book of Virtues a few years ago when I lived in OH. A local Catholic school was closing and the Priest let all the homeschooling families come and take whatever they wanted! However, you can get the book cheaply on Amazon, though. 🙂

  8. I’ve GOT to order the child’s book of virtues – this is the second time I’ve seen it and wanted it based on a review! Thanks, for that!

    Also – your Andrew might really like The battle of Sir Cob and Sir Filbert. we have worn our copy out through 4 boys, but it’s still a FAVORITE> About 2 knight who have the same thing but think they need MORE..
    One more WE love – The mightiest heart. beautiful illustration and great message about loyalty.

  9. SimpleCatholic says

    Thanks for stopping by, Liberty, and for the book suggestions. I’ll check them out. 🙂

  10. Thanks for the ideas! I’ve made a list of favorite chapter books for reading aloud, and here are some of our favorite picture books (my son is 5 1/2):

    I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew is my favorite Dr. Seuss. It’s just so funny yet relates so well to the “everything is going wrong today” feeling we’ve all had.

    In the same vein is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst. I also love her book Sometimes Even Mamas Make Mistakes.

    Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber is a sweet story about anxiety and independence.

    Bear on a Bike is a very catchy rhyming book with colorful pictures, great for toddlers but still appreciated later.

    Anything by Ezra Jack Keats. I love his artwork!
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  11. SimpleCatholic says

    Oh, these are great suggestions, ‘Becca! Thanks for sharing! My son is 5 also, and I bet he would love these!

  12. Spot books are some of our fave! And the first 3 you mentioned I don’t have but recently picked up a treasury of stories and poems at the thrift store and love it–it’s so fun to find new stories!

    Thanks for linking up–I LOVE BOOK LISTS!
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  13. SimpleCatholic says

    Hi Amanda,

    I love book lists, too! I’m always on the lookout for quality books; not just for Andrew, but for me as well. 🙂

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