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We conducted an independent survey to determine the top ten children's books that should be in every family's library.

Er, well, no, we didn't actually do that. I just picked some of my favorites and organized them alphabeticaly, because I couldn't pick my favorite of the ten. They're all so good! My family doesn't even own all of these, so if anyone needs any gift ideas... Hint. Hint.

I'm sure I missed some classics in this list. What are your family's favorite books to read together?

Blueberries for Sal

I love the simple illustrations of Robert McCloskey's stories. This story revolves around the idea of the everyday act of picking blueberries except Sal meets a momma bear and her cub along the way.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This is a silly little story about the "abc"s going up a coconut tree and then falling out. The illustrations are bright and vibrant and a great way for little ones to learn the alphabet.

I'll be posting details on Facebook about how you can get this book from ParentSavvy in December!

Chicken Sunday

Patricia Polacco's illustrations are beautiful, and the stories are full of depth from her childhood history growing up with Russian and Irish grandparents and family friends from the Lousiana bayous.


Who can't help but love this little bear with the missing button? A little girl buys him from the department store and takes him home and sews a button on him. The love of a child for their toys always makes for a good story.

Curious George

A curious monkey and a man in a yellow hat. Mischief will ensue. The first book was published in 1941, and they have done a great job keeping this series alive through the years.

Goodnight Moon

This is a perfect bedtime book. Again I love the illustrations. I think it's a prerequisite for any children's book to be a classic it has to have beautiful illustrations. The bunny saying goodnight to everything in its room is adorable as well.

Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss has to be on any children's book list. Someone tell me, was Green Eggs and Ham a dish before Dr. Seuss wrote about it?

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie always makes me want a cookie, but I have to go to the store to pick up the chocolate chips. But I'll need a glass of milk to go with the cookie. And then I made a mess in the kitchen and I have to clean it up, but I can't seem to find the broom. And then I need a nap. Oh, you get the idea. It's a great book; read the whole series.

Make way for Ducklings

This is another McCloskey story with elegant illustrations. His stories always remind me of the East Coast. I was able to visit Boston a couple years ago and I got to visit the park where this story took place.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I'm ashamed to admit that I didn't read this book fully until I graduated from college. Encouraging your kids to dream big and plan wisely is important no matter the age.

What are your favorite children's stories?

Carolyn Kruger


Carolyn is an editor and promotions manager for ParentSavvy. She has enjoyed seeing the site grow from its infancy to its toddler stage. (And, yes, there have been growing pains in the whole process.) Carolyn was born and raised in Omaha and is thankful that such a unique site calls Omaha home. When not editing content, Carolyn can be found with her family and friends scouring local neighborhoods for untasted restaurants or exploring new stories at the movie theater. ...

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