So this weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic is one that is near and dear to me, Children's Books. If you have checked out my blog at all you will know that I read a lot of Children's books with my nearly 5 year old son, but even before he came along I was reading them and posting reviews here regularly. So I thought I would post 2 different top 5 lists, one of my favorite books from my childhood and Munchkin's top 5 picks as well. Just to let you know too, I am sticking with picture books and very early chapter books too keep this simple, I am not including middle grade at all.
So here are my top 5 favorite children's books from when I was a kid (in no particular order):
I loved the Catwings books so much, I read (and still have) all of the books, I adored the little winged kittens adventures and really wanted one of my own!
I was a HUGE unicorn fan as a kid (and really still am) and some of my favorites were Whisper the Winged Unicorn. The books were small but so beautifully illustrated and they came with stickers! I have the ones I had as a kid still but have been trying to round out my collection but gosh it is hard to track these down!
Again with the unicorns, Misty Morgan and really the entire Serendipity collection were very much adored when I was a kid (and honestly I still love these stories and the artwork). Sadly, my childhood Misty Morgan book has gone MIA but I have been working hard to complete my collection of Serendiptiy books, but again these are rather difficult and at times pricey to track down.
I couldn't have this list without Dr. Seuss on it. I have a very hard time picking a favorite and though the Sneetches and Zax are among my favorites now, as a kid Horton Hears a Who topped my Dr. Seuss list.
Looking back at my first summer reading program lists, I checked out Pickle Pickle Pickle Juice repeatedly. I have been trying to track this book down but it is hard to find and pretty expensive when I do find a copy. Something must have been great about it though, and I do love pickles!
Some honorable mentions:
Of course on top of those books listed above, I also loved the books that came from my favorite TV shows and movies like: Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, Heathcliff, Rainbow Brite, etc.
And now for Munchkin's picks, he really surprised me with a few of these but being a 4 year old likes change like a fly's path . . .
I picked up Milo Armadillo because I am slightly obsessed with armadillos, but it ended up being a really cute book about loving uniqueness and appreciating gifts received, especially those made with love.
I never expected that Gruffalo would become a favorite the first time we read it but Munchkin is obsessed with The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child (and we really enjoy all other books by Julia Donaldson). Munchkin's 4th Birthday was even Gruffalo themed (his choice).
The owner of our favorite independent bookstore recommended The Book with No Pictures to us, the first time we read it Munchkin didn't quite get it but it quickly became a favorite. He laughs so hard when we do read it!
Little Critter books were a favorite from my childhood and my husband's so it is so great that Munchkin loves them too. What a Bad Dream is his favorite of the series so far.
Of course there had to be an Elephant and Piggie book on this list, I was a little surprised that he picked I Love My New Toy but like all of them it is a fun story to read and with a great message.
Some honorable mentions because some of the books he requests to read all the time were left off his list: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Cat in the Hat, Very Hungry Caterpillar, & Llama Llama Mad at Mama.
What are some of your favorite children's books? Do you read them as an adult? Have your favorites changed over the years? If you have kids in your life what are some of their favorites?