Thursday 13: Favourite children’s books

kids_shelf My list today is about my favourite children’s books. Not that I read them for myself, even though some of them are wonderful and entertaining, no, I read them constantly to our kids.  Thank God they are big book lovers, both of them. To illustrate this, here is a picture of the book shelf in their room. I think for two boys, age 3 and 5, this is pretty good going.

So, here in random order, my 13 favourites (not necessarily theirs, I might add).

1. Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak
My top favourite book. Best book ever to read aloud. Only in English though, the German translation isn’t great at all.

2. Tyrannosaurus Drip by Julia Donaldson
Absolutely wonderful. We love everything by her, but a few are on this list. We met her once at a reading (or rather playing) in a local bookstore. She was there with Axel Scheffler, who illustrates a lot of her books, and her husband. It was fabulous. I was very impressed with her German, too.

3. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
What can I say? A total hit!

4. The Gruffalo’s child by Julia Donaldson
The wonderful sequel about the big bad mouse.

5. The fox in socks by Dr. Seuss
Our favourite part is "Gooey goo for chewy chewing! That’s what that Goo-Goose is doing." We love Dr. Seuss, but who doesn’t?

6. Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss
I read that often in order to get our older son to try food before rejecting it. Doesn’t work.

7. Tiger by Nick Butterworth
Great for smaller kids.

8. Nigel by Carina Axelsson
The illustrations are beautiful, I could look at them forever. And a wonderful story about dragons.

9. A squash and a squeeze by Julia Donaldson
You didn’t think I was finished with her yet, did you?

10. Night Monkey – Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson
I just love those little monkeys and the recurring lines.

11. Milo and the Magical Stones by Marcus Pfister
The same author also did the Rainbow Fish books. In this book, the kid can choose whether he/she would like to hear the good or the bad ending. After the middle of the book, the pages are divided horizontally and you can continue either way.

12. The wizard, the ugly and the book of shame by Pablo Bernasconi
Great story, like a mixture of the sorcerer’s apprentice and Riquet a la houppe. The illustrations, done by the author himself, are different, but awesome. Very stylish and not childlike at all. An additional bonus: A quote by Oscar Wilde at the beginning, not the usual choice for a kids’ book.

13. Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer by Robert L. May
I’ve got an edition that is a reprint of the original one from 1939 with the illustrations by Denver Gillen. It must have been some anniversary of Montgomery Ward in the 1990s when I bought it, I think. It is absolutely lovely, not like those flashy editions you see pop up everywhere. And the kids don’t miss that tacky, colourful style at all, don’t know why publishers nowadays think they have to do everything in wild colours and fancy fonts.

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  1. Wonderful list. Where the Wild Things Are has always been a favorite of mine. My S.O has the whole crew of them tattooed around his calf…


  2. We only have Where the Wild Things Are and Green Eggs and Ham, from your list. The others I’m not familiar with. But I’ve heard a lot about The Gruffalo.. we should check it out. 🙂 You have a lot by her, she must be really good! This is a wonderful post, thanks! (I love kids’ books.. both for my kids and myself!) 😀


  3. Used to read the two Dr. Seuss ones to my nephew (sadly he’s too old now for me to try out the others on your list with him; the one where the kid gets to choose from the two endings sounds fun). My favourite part of Fox In Socks was the tweetle beetles bit.


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