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Today’s is International Children’s Book Day. It made me stop and think about all the children’s books I have read and loved through the years. Of course the exact number would be far too difficult to count. And while some books may have been read once and quickly forgotten, many more became cherished favorites and were ones I have read and re-read and sometimes gifted to countless children along the way.
Instead of listing every single favorite book that may have touched me, made me giggle or tear up, taught me a sweet lesson, or warmed my heart – often again and again with each re-reading, I thought I would share a sampling of books or cover screen grabs (from Amazon). This represents just a few of the books that I think everyone should read at least once…maybe to get lost in the words or maybe just to be dazzled by the illustrations.
Here is the list:
Someday – written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Ruby the Copycat – written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
The Surprise Doll – written by Morrell Gipson and illustrated by Steffie Lerch
Two Badd Babies – written by Jeffie Ross Gordon and illustrated by Chris L. Demarest
Casey at the Bat – written by Ernest Lawrence Thayer and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book – written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh – written and illustrated by A. A. Milne
Stone Soup – written and illustrated by Marcia Brown
Caps for Sale – written and illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina
Eloise – written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight
The Velveteen Rabbit – written and illustrated by Margery Williams
The Little Prince – written and illustrated by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
The Hundred Dresses – written by Eleanor Estes and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
Special Note: While most of these covers are of the original book that I remember and love, some of those listed have been republished with new illustrations and/or by different illustrators.
So how about you dear reader, do you have a favorite children’s book you’d like to share? Or maybe like me, would you have difficulty choosing only one?