11 Must-own children’s books



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If these books aren’t in your library already, consider a trip to the bookstore.

LOVE YOU FOREVER BY ROBERT MUNSCH

Break out the tissues—this book really brings on the tears. This is the story of a mother who will always look at her son as her little baby, no matter what age he is. Every parent can relate to the classic lines: ““I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”

GO DOG GO BY P.D. EASTMAN

Loving dogs is a programmed trait in children. They can’t avoid it. Take a child for a walk and chances are he will point out every dog that passes by. This is why Go Dog Go is such a classic. It shares the silly ‘tale’ (Get it? Like ‘tail’?) of a group of dogs making their way to a party. You won’t want to miss the fun, either.

GOODNIGHT MOON BY MARGARET WISE BROWN

At the end of the day, when bath time is over and pajamas are on, this is the perfect book to snuggle into bed with. Quietly bidding goodnight to all the things in your child’s life is a calming way to end the day. The rhyming story is easy for young kids to memorize and “read along” with.

ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN BY NANCY TILMAN

Think back to the day your child was born. This story celebrates that feeling you had. Reading this story to your kiddo will help you relive that special day and bring back sweet memories of what it was like to see your child for the first time. It tugs at the heartstrings.

ARE YOU MY MOTHER? BY P.D. EASTMAN

A little bird hatches while his mother is away. This leads him on a search for his mom, asking a cow, a cat and even a plane, “Are you my mother?” It is heartbreaking, in a way, but when the little bird finally sees his mother, the love is undeniable and heartwarming.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE BY MAURICE SENDAK

After Max is sent to bed without any dinner, he enters the world of the Wild Things. He learns that being wild isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The award-winning illustrations will keep kids coming back to read this story over and over again. Parents should note that this book can be borderline scary for some kids.

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR BY ERIC CARLE

This book is entertaining and educational. It follows the journey of a little caterpillar’s transformation into a beautiful butterfly. Along the way, kids can count all the snacks the caterpillar munches on (he even chews holes right through the book). The illustrations are second to none.

POLAR EXPRESS BY CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG

Yes, this is a Christmas story, but it can be enjoyed year-round. This is the tale of a boy struggling with his belief in Santa Claus. Mysteriously, a train pulls up in front of his house, heading for the North Pole. He boards the train with other children and discovers that perhaps, he was wrong about Santa.

THE LORAX BY DR. SEUSS

This book was ahead of it’s time in the way it asks all of us to consider the role we play in nature and in the environment. We shouldn’t take our world for granted. The story (told in rhyme, of course) shows that even small children can impact the world with their actions.

THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS BY ROBERT MUNSCH

Talk about a book about girl power! In this tale of love and adventure, Princess Elizabeth battles a dragon to track down her Prince. When she finally finds him, she is dirty and wearing a paper bag. Her prince asks her to return when she looks like a real princess. Her response? “You are a bum.” You go, girl.

THE HOCKEY SWEATER BY ROCH CARRIER

Imagine being a Montreal Canadiens fan as a child and your mom purchases a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater for you. Could there be any bigger injustice in the world? This is the turmoil the lead character faces as he is ostracized for wearing a Leafs jersey to play hockey in Quebec. This book will hit home with hockey fans.
LOVE YOU FOREVER BY ROBERT MUNSCH
GO DOG GO BY P.D. EASTMAN
GOODNIGHT MOON BY MARGARET WISE BROWN
ON THE NIGHT YOU WERE BORN BY NANCY TILMAN
ARE YOU MY MOTHER? BY P.D. EASTMAN
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE BY MAURICE SENDAK
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR BY ERIC CARLE
POLAR EXPRESS BY CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG
THE LORAX BY DR. SEUSS
THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS BY ROBERT MUNSCH
THE HOCKEY SWEATER BY ROCH CARRIER

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