11 Wonderful Picture Books

I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately for the days when the boys loved picture book bedtime stories.  We still do read alouds together, but we are usually reading non-fiction or novels these days.

Join me for a trip down memory lane of favorite picture books from both their childhood and mine.

I Love You Because You’re You – The boys and I spent many snuggly bedtimes reading this one.  Momma fox loves her little fox when he is happy or scared, well behaved or misbehaved.  She always loves him no matter what he does.  She loves him because he is her son.

Big Red Barn  This was always a comforting book for the end of the day. The pictures are engaging and the rhythm of story is easy and peaceful.


The Crows of Pearblossom – This was one of my favorites when I was little.  It was one of the stories my dad enjoyed reading.  The author is Aldous Huxley – of Brave New World fame.  He wrote it for his niece, Olivia.  The book is easily understood by young children, yet it includes some advanced vocabulary.  It’s fun to read aloud- I really enjoy the variety of voices it allows.  It had been out of print for a while and was just republished in 2011.

Lost In The Woods A baby deer is alone in the woods.  He is confident his mother will come for him but the other animals are concerned.  Amazing photography and a nice nature lesson.


It’s Spring!– We had this in the board book edition and it was absolutely perfect.  It’s light and rhyming with delightful illustrations.


Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep I can’t begin to count the number of times the boys checked this one out from the library. It’s perfectly silly, yet provides a wonderful explanation of how wool becomes sweaters.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type We spent many an afternoon giggling over the antics of the cows and Duck. The entire series is wonderfully entertaining and clever.

There Is a Bird On Your Head! Mo Willems does an absolutely delightful job creating the antics of Elephant and Piggie. The simple wording is still completely entertaining.

We Were Tired of Living in a House by Skorpen – I’m quite certain my parents tired of reading this book.  Although not available on Amazon I was able to check the book out at the library to share with my guys.

 In searching for a copy of the aforementioned “We were tired of living in a House”, I stumbled across Andrew Henry’s Meadow. I’m so glad I did. It is a wonderful tale of a very inventive boy.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – Somethings cannot be explained. When I was young I checked this book out over and over. I finally had to learn to read it myself, because my mom didn’t enjoy it the same way I did. She would get sort of choked up when Sylvester turned into a rock. Fast forward 30 years. I bought the book for the boys with fond memories. They love it. I get verklempt every time I get to the page where he’s a stone out in the field during winter.   No matter how many times I read it, I’m overjoyed when he is reunited with his parents.

What are the favorite picture books at your house?

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On the Bookshelf – Fun Read Alouds

I don’t know how it is at other houses, but my boys are much more willing to tackle challenging reading material when it is non-fiction. I think we might be the odd house here.  I was probably the opposite as a kid, I enjoyed getting lost in a novel.  Most of the non-fiction books I read were biographies.  My boys like to read non-fiction books about animals, history, and inventions and share facts with each other.  They do however really enjoy fiction as read alouds.

Mr. Popper’s PenguinsI actually read this to E a couple of years ago and he insisted we read it again this year so his brother could enjoy it.  The book is from the 40’s and bears little resemblance to the Jim Carey movie.  It is delightfully silly and ridiculous.


How to Train Your Dragon series   This fall we’ve read 5, 6, and 7 from the series.  I just bought books 8 and 9.  The books tell the tales of Hiccup the Horrendous Haddock the 3rd as a young teenager in the land and time of Barbaric Vikings.  The storyline is slightly different from the movie or cartoon series.  The tales are completely engaging and at times absolutely side-splitting hilarious.  The boys always beg for another chapter.   I do a slight bit of editing of some names, so doing these as read alouds is great.

The Phantom Tollbooth  I was really glad we read this out loud, because I think the boys would have missed some of the humor on their own.  It was delightfully clever and witty.  It’s been a month since we read this and they are still occasionally pondering situations from the book.


Rabbit HillThis book tells the story of a community of animals facing hard times after people move away and the garden is left barren.  Hope spring anew when new owners buy the home.  The story is kind and gentle and uplifting.  My boys love animals and this book really appealed to them.  Rabbit Hill was the winner of the 1945 Newberry Medal.


What books do you enjoy reading aloud?  Do your kids read more fiction or non-fiction?