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I recently had a friend ask me if I had any favorite kids books that I could recommend for her preschoolers.


She knew that I am an avid book reader and figured that I would have some favorite little kid books. She was right. I have a shelf dedicated to my favorite little kid books, and each of my kids have a shelf in their rooms as well.


Here is a list of my absolute favorite kids books that every home with little kids should have.


Seven silly eaters1- The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman (Author)& Marla Frazee (Illustrator)

This book is about a family of picky eaters. Each of the Peter children had to have a special meal made a certain way each day or they wouldn’t eat, and in many instances would have a fit. None of the children realized how much work they were demanding their mother go through on their behalf each day…until they decide to each make their mother their favorite dish as a birthday gift.


ish2- Ish by Peter H. Reynolds (Author, Illustrator)

Ramon loved to draw. However, his confidence in his ability to create anything of value is shattered after one careless comment by his older brother. Ramon is about to give up on his art forever because. Thankfully Ramon has a wise and adoring little sister who convinces him not to give up his art after she helps him to see how beautiful his gift is.



The Dot3- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (Author, Illustrator)

Dot is another amazing book by Peter Reynolds that tells the story of Vashti who sadly  believes she has no talent until her art teacher encourages her to, “Just make a mark and see where it goes.”



Skippy Jon Jones4- Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

I Love this fun and imaginative book of a Siamese cat that thinks its a bandit fighting Chihuahua named El Skippito. With sprinkling of Spanish or (or spanglish) this book is a fun way to introduce your kids to another language and culture.



The Day Jimmys Boa Ate The Wash5- The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

Like many, I was first introduced to this book via Reading Rainbow when it was read on air by LeVar Burton. This books is a classic cause and effect book of what happens when Jimmy innocently takes his pet boa with him on a class field trip to a farm. “Everything was fine until the cow started crying…”



Animalia6- Animalia  by Graeme Base

This is such a fun book to introduce the alphabet to your children… The illustrations are amazing and your kids will find hours of fun trying to find all the hidden items that start with each letter as well as the boy hidden within each page.



I aint gonna paint no more7- I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont  (Author), David Catrow (Illustrator)

This is a fun and wildly colorful story of a little boy can’t help spreading his goopy colorful pain everywhere (especially himself) it is to the tune of “it Ain’t gonna rain no more” and though it might give your child a idea or two that you will have to quickly nip in the bud it is soooo fun that you wont mind.



you are special8- You Are Special by Max Lucado  (Author), Sergio Martinez  (Illustrator)

I love this beautiful tale of Punchinello  a small wooden person (or Wemmick) who learns that his value isnt determined by how many Star stickers or Dot stickers he is given by the other little wooden people. Rather his worth comes from Eli the woodcarver (His Creator) who loves him.



The sneetches9- The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss

This is probably one of my favorite Dr. Seuss book.  Here you have two kids of Sneetches. One with stars and one without.   because of this distinction the group who had stars thought they were better than the ones without.  Tired of being how they were being treated, the starless Sneetches were the perfect prey for a starveling salesman with a special machine that would change the status quo…



Where the wild things are10- Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This is a story of a little boy with a Wild imagination.  (Please don’t just this book based off of that horrible movie by the same name.) This is a book about innocence and childhood imagination.



Reading aloud  to your children  while they are young  has many benefits.  Just to name a few is the binding between parent and child, the increased attention span (and correspondingly their increased ability to sit still for long periods of time), increases imagination and creativity,  and sets up a pattern for a love of learning.


Do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? Please share what it is and why!


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45 thoughts on “10 Kids Books Every Home Should Have

  1. What an excellent list of books Julia! I loved Dr Seuss as a kid, and had many of their books. I was actually upset when my parent’s basement flooded a while back and my books were destroyed. Silly me for leaving them there to begin with 🙂

  2. What a terrific list! I’m going to send this to Lauren, my daughter, for my granddaughter, age 3. Thanks so much!!

  3. Those are some great books. I would add Bridge To Terabithia to that list, too, for kids who are a little older. That was always my favorite book as a child.

    1. I am going to write other posts in the future with book recomendations for the different ages. (Ill keep in mind bridge to teribithia)

  4. The only one on your list that we have is Where The Wild Things Are. I will have to check out the rest.

    1. Thanks. We have tons of books in our house, but as far as little kid’s books go these are bay far my favorite.

  5. Wow. We only have 2 of these books, so I’m going to have to get shopping on Amazon or half price books…or head to the library. Thank you for the suggestions.

    1. You are welcome. I know your kids will love the books. They would make the perfect Christmas gifts.

  6. Great list and yes there are a few that I would add, like the ones I brought for my granddaughter recently that has images and stories of our culture and heritage. Namaste

    1. Glad you liked the list. What are the names of the books you would add. I would love to check them out.

    1. I believe its important to have great books that teach good things and inspire the imagination in children in your home. Many of these books I had collected long before I had children of my own.

    1. I know…right. Way to go Hollywood. What were they thinking?!? Hey why don’t we take a perfectly innocent kids books and turn it into a dark creepy movie overrun with psychobabble…

  7. I never thought of homeschooling my kids because I don’t think I can manage it. But these books are great regardless if your kids are homeschooled or not.

    1. Agreed. I think these books should be in every home. They teach great lessons and spark the imaginations of children.

    1. It is such a fun book. I ain’t gonna paint no more no more. I ain’t gonna paint no more…

  8. This is actually a pretty great list. My grandchildren have a few of these books already. I might have to get them some of the ones you recommended. They sound like great books.

  9. These are all good. I really like “Rosie Revere, Engineer.” Awesome book for kids self-esteem and to teach them not to give up!

    1. Ohh. I haven’t read that one yet. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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