book list from bloggers & friends

Don't you love when you get MORE IDEAS FOR BOOKS from people who love to read books to young children just like you?!
Yes, of course, absolutely, yes!

Here is a list from bloggers and friends via my Zella Facebook Page.
(you can follow me on FB via the button on the right column ... OR JUST CLICK HERE).

Give the list a look, check out on Amazon if the title looks interesting to you or for your child! Add them to your "look for" list during your next library visit! There were only a couple books that I couldn't include on the list because the title given didn't quite match up to a title I could find with an author, so my apologies to any favorites that are missing!
To note: while I am so excited and appreciative of the contributors' ideas on this list, it does not mean I have read all of them and therefore need YOU to be the evaluator of what books you like for your family or your school. Perhaps some are too young, too scary, too commercial, too short, too long...ahhhh, yet perhaps so many are just fabulous and a bit of a treasure to find :)

Special THANKS to book idea contributors:
Natalie Giulianelli, Alida Fernandez Chacon, Learning for life, Jo Pentony, Randi London Albertsen, Angie McLaren, Lucy Kiermaier Michaud, Images of Learning Project, Rachel White, Stephanie West, Courtney Floyd, Playing in Prep, Sara Brooks Long, Maria Navaratne, Rainbows within Reach, Jaana Swanson

Books recommended by bloggers, educators and parents:

Bitsy and the Bear ~ Angela McAllister
Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs ~
     Giles Andreae

Charlotte's Web ~ E.B. White
Dear Zoo ~ Rod Campbell

Duck on a Bike ~ David Shannon

Fox in Sox ~ Dr. Seuss
Funny Face ~ Nicole Smee
Go Dog Go ~ P.D. Eastman
Good Night,Me Andrew Daddo
Green Eggs and Ham ~ Dr. Seuss

Hiccup: The Viking who was Seasick ~
    Cressida Cowell
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World ~ Marjorie Priceman
Hush Little Baby ~ Sylvia Long
I Was So Mad ~ Mercer Mayer
Little Rabbit Foo Foo ~ Michael Rosen
Love you Forever by Robert Munsch

Mrs. Wishy Washy ~ Joy Cowley
On the Way Home ~ Jill Murphy
Owl Babies ~ Martin Waddell
Popcorn ~ Frank Asch
Purple, Green and Yellow ~ Robert Munsch
Pussy Willow ~ Margaret Wise Brown

Red, White and Blue ~ Debbie Clement
Remember the Night Rainbow ~ Cooper Edens
Room on a Broom ~ Julia Donaldson
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes ~ Mem Fox

The Giving Tree ~ Shel Silverstein
The Gruffalo ~ Julia Donaldson
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry & The Big  Hungry Bear ~Don & Audrey Wood
The Spiffiest Giant in Town ~ Julia Donaldson
The Very Busy Spider ~ Eric Carle
The Wolves in the Walls ~ Neil Gaiman

Today I Will Fly ~ Mo Willems
Too Many Pumpkins ~
    Linda White
Where is the Green Sheep? ~  
    Mem Fox
Where the Wild Things Are ~ 
    Maurice Sendak
Wild Child ~ Lynn Plourd
Zero ~ Kathryn Otoshi

+ books and poems by:
Eric Carle, Beverly Cleary, Lois Ehlert, Mem Fox, Virginia Lee Burton, Shel Silverstein

CHECK OUT MY Favorite Read-Alouds page
And, of course, I would LOVE to add more books to our great starter list! What are some of YOUR favorite books for young children? Please comment below & offer 1 or 2 or 3...or more!


  1. I see you have David Shannon! He is my favorite hands down.

    His books are so simple that little ones can read the books on their own after only a time or two.

    My favorite would probably David Goes To School! Love that one!

    Thanks for the list!

    Empowering Little Learners!

  2. We have Ten little fingers, Ten little toes. I am currently in love with Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton. Such great illustrations.

  3. @Jennifer: Yes, LOVE David Shannon, too! Duck on a Bike is probably my favorite :)

  4. @Alex - oh, yes, Rob Scotton's book have the most fabulous illustrations! Cheerful, whimsical, and super shiny :)

  5. You have a couple of my faves there Mem Fox, Eric Carle and sendak but not all. Please have a little look at my brand new baby site about picture books for the young to see more.

  6. Thought you might want to join in Word FOR Wednesday - simple concept to inspire a post - if so it is explained at Play Ideas - Cheers for following, I appreciate it on my new little blog

  7. @Lesley - Thanks for your comments and sharing the love of books :) I will check out your Play Ideas and the Word For Wednesday! Thanks!


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