Because I have been asked more than once what books I would recommend for young children I thought I would do a post devoted to a few of my recommendations. Some of these are not readily available anymore so you’ll have to keep your eyes open at garage sales, thrift stores, etc. I’m listing these in alphabetical order by the authors’ last names not necessarily in order of favourites. Not all of the lists are a complete list of every book written by the author, but they are the ones we have read and enjoyed.
ALL NIGHT NEAR THE WATER
- COME OUT, MUSKRATS
- DEER AT THE BROOK
- EVERY AUTUMN COMES THE BEAR
- GRANDFATHER BUFFALO
- OTTERS UNDER WATER
- RABBITS AND RAINDROPS
- RACCOONS AND RIPE CORN
- WATCHING FOXES
Beautiful, realistic artwork. Simple stories – only one phrase or sentence per page. Some of his later books have more writing on each page.
- AUDUBON CAT
- BLUE-RIBBON CAT
- CROSS COUNTRY CAT
- HENRY THE SAILOR CAT
- HIGH WIRE HENRY
- HOT-AIR HENRY
Most of these books are about a cat named Henry and his adventures. The story is told from Henry’s point of view, and being a cat his view of himself is pretty high.
Nancy White Carlstrom
- BETTER NOT GET WET, JESSE BEAR
- GUESS WHO’S COMING, JESSE BEAR
- LET’S COUNT IT OUT, JESSE BEAR
- JESSE BEAR, WHAT WILL YOU WEAR?
Jesse Bear is a cute little bear that two to four-year-olds will especially relate to. The books are written in rhyme that easily trips along. He experiences what many little ones do and makes it all seem like fun.
This story follows the life of one boy Matthias from babyhood to grandfather and his life on an island on the eastern seacoast. Life was hard but simple and full of character.
A series of books about a little teddy bear and his adventures. Pictures are realistically set up photos of real stuffed animals and their toys and etc. Little ones especially love these appealing stories and real and make-believe adventures.
- IN THE RAIN WITH BABY DUCK
MAKE THE TEAM, BABY DUCK
- OFF TO SCHOOL, BABY DUCK
Baby Duck is a “preschooler” who is afraid of rain, swimming and the first day of school. Her parents don’t understand her, but her grandpa does and always seems to say and do the right thing.
- BLOSSOM COMES HOME
- BONNIE’S BIG DAY
- MOSES THE KITTEN
- ONLY ONE WOOF
- OSCAR, CAT-ABOUT-TOWN
- SMUDGE, THE LITTLE LOST LAMB
- THE CHRISTMAS DAY KITTEN
- THE MARKET SQUARE DOG
These are stories taken from James Herriot’s books for adults and rewritten for children. The illustrations are gorgeous. Any child who loves animals will love these stories. These books can be bought individually or in one “Treasury” volume.
- ALFIE GETS IN FIRST
- ALFIE GIVES A HAND
- ALFIE WEATHER
- OUT AND ABOUT
- TWO SHOES, NEW SHOES
My children love the “Alfie” books. He’s just like any average little boy and has adventures easily related to. His little sister Annie Rose is absolutely adorable and tags along on Alfie’s adventures.
Jane Pilgrim – BLACKBERRY FARM SERIES
These books are written in a similar way to the Peter Rabbit books. They have sweet stories and beautiful illustrations to match. The stories are the tales/adventures of the animals who live at Blackberry Farm with a small, moral undertone. We love them. They are hard to find though. We’ve found most of our at thrift stores and used book stores.
These books record the troubles and triumphs of a little Quaker boy living on Nantucket Island around the time of the founding of America. My children (2 and 4) love these stories. In the first book Obadiah tells “stories” of adventures no one believes. Then he has a real adventure and cannot understand why no one believes him. In Obadiah the Bold a gift of a spyglass makes Obadiah want to grow up and become a pirate. A talk with Father finally helps him see what a truly “bold” man is. Finally, a seagull, much to Obadiah’s dismay, adopts him as a friend. In the end Obadiah comes to love the seagull.
Of course, we also have all the classic favourites: Winnie-the-Pooh, Peter Rabbit and friends, Madeline, Babar, Curious George, Richard Scary, Dr. Seuss. In case you haven’t figured it out yet our home is full of books. We read all. the. time. What do you recommend that we add to our shelves?