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  1. Julie Geoffrion

    Good list and so many I don’t know – will have to get going on obtaining some of these. Thanks so much.

  2. Hi Jenn. Looks like a great list of books. I am forwarding it on to my daughter. Her children are 5 and 3 and they love to read. My daughter gets her reading addiction from me, and they get it from her. If you are going to have an addiction, this one isn’t bad.

  3. I never knew that James Herriot had been rewritten for children, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing your list with us, there’s quite a few that I’ve never heard of.

  4. Thanks for sharing such an extensive list. It’s been a while since I’ve read picture books to my kids. Now I have college students and teenagers, but those are some great memories! By the way, your site is very appealing! I look forward to visiting frequently.

  5. Thank you for sharing! As a mother of young children, I am always looking for new reading material that will keep them engaged and the colorful artwork definitely helps. Also, can you tell me which commentathon group you’re in? I haven’t received an email with the link. Thank you!

  6. My family also has lots of children’s books. My husband has books from when he was a kid and I have books from when I was a kid and our kids have acquired books as gifts. Our 2 year old loves to have short stories read to her. Our 7 year old reads out loud for 20-30 minutes each night before bed. On Sundays my husband and I read out loud from a family book to the whole family while we all sit in the living room. He and I alternate reading chapters. Right now we are reading the Indian in the Cupboard series like that.

    • Right now I’m reading “The Lost Prince” to my older children. We try to read from a chapter book for a few minutes every morning before school.

  7. Nice list…I have not heard of any of these books, but I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful illustrations that these books have.

    My brother bought my nephew a bundle of books from the thrift shop, and I think a Jim Arnosky book was in there because the illustrations/book covers you featured, and the fact that he writes about animal characters look familiar.

  8. What a lovely list! We’ve quite a few of them ourselves, but then I’ve been homeschooling for years and collecting books for even longer! They are indeed beautiful – a wonderful post!

  9. Thank you for the wonderful selection of books. My nephew loves to read, so I’m always looking for something great that he will enjoy and encourage him to keep reading.

  10. I remember reading “Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear” to my now 15- and 17-year-olds when they were little. Many of these books I’ve never heard of. We had lots of Dr. Seuss and Curious George in our house, but I can’t think of anything to add that you didn’t mention. I’m going to pass this list along to some friends with little ones.

  11. Really great list here! I’m surprised I actually have NOT heard of most of these, but I love that many of them focus on animal characters. One book that I would recommend also is, Jumping Mouse which has great illustrations and a touching moral.

  12. I’m always looking for new books to check out to read to my kids! We are partial to Dr Seuss! Go dog Go, Are You My mother, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street…but we also love Winnie The Poo, and Curious George…
    Thanks for sharing!

  13. What a great list! There are a lot I haven’t seen before! One of my favorites was the Frances series- I loved this as a child and bought it for my children when they were young.

  14. We love the Jesse Bear books! And I did find a blackberry farm book at the thrift store the other day that I took a chance on and liked.

    You might really like “Stand Back” Said The Elephant “I’m Going to Sneeze!”… It always makes my kids giggle uncontrollable. Also, we love Little Blue Truck and All The Animals Are Almost Asleep. My son has both of these memorized!

  15. It is wonderful that the stories used animal characters. The illustrations look lovely, and the morals of the stories are magnificent. Thank you for sharing a list of timeless stories!

  16. What a great list! I always loved “I’ll Love You Forever” and “Guess How Much I Love You?”. I had those for my son since he was born and read them to him often. Aw, now I’m feeling nostalgic. 🙂 By the way, I love your blog design: clean and yet so colorful. Wonderful! ~ Bobbi

    • Books are great for making us feel nostalgic. I’m reading one to my children right now that I read several times as a girl.
      Thanks for liking my blog design. Since “simplicity” is part of who I try to be, I’m glad my design reflects that.

  17. I have never read those books, but I love all of the classics you mention. Thank you for linking in Pintastic Pinteresting Party.

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