Favorite Children's Authors?

Chasity - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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I started a book shelf for my son (before he was even conceived!) because reading is such an important thing to me! Does anyone have any suggestions of good books to add to his collection? We definitally want to add books with farm, western, or horse themes (you know the "cowboy" type), but are interested in all kinds of books! I really want to have a wide range of books written in different styles and with different themes so that he can be exposed to all kinds of writting! So all suggestions are welcome! Thanks!

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Laura - posted on 06/08/2010

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There are so many AMAZING suggestions! My 4 month old really loves when I read "Barnyard Dance" by Sandra Boynton which would go with your theme.

If you are going to read ANY classic you have to read the original "Peter Pan" or better yet listen to it on audiobook read by Jim Dale. He also does the Harry Potter books on audio and is incredible. Perfect for car trips and you can get it at the public library!

Jillian - posted on 06/08/2010

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My oldest son (4 years old) loves David Shannon books. A couple titles are David gets in trouble, david goes to school, good boy fergus.

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I like to read to my kiddos the following series: Andrew Lost, Magic Tree House, Magic School Bus, A-Z Mysteries, Laura Ingalls Wilder Books-all would be good, Time Warp Trio, Blast To The Past, Robin Hood, Harry Potter, Fablehaven..oh there are so many but that's a good start!

Sofia - posted on 05/06/2010

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Mommy Mine is a great one,Where Do Kisses Come From is another,also On The Day You Were Born is wonderfull! Maurice Pledger is a fantastic childrens author ( Bobby Bear,In the Forest etc..) as is Judy Schachner ( Skippy Jon Jones ), Kevin Henkes ( So Happy ),&;Charlie Chicks new nest.Alice and Gretta by Steven Simmons is super fun to read,&;The Rough-Faced Girl by Rafe Martin,&; David Shannon is beautiful and teaches acceptance with light heartedness. My sons favorite when he was little was about a bear, a mouse,&; a big red ripe strawberry ( That may even be the name ). Hope this helps. They are all really terrific books that my kids still love.

Lynn - posted on 05/03/2010

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"Oh The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss.
Anything by Shel Silverstein
"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton
Anything by Margaret Wise Brown but "Goodnight Moon: is my favorite
"The Velveteen Rabbit"
"Wombat Goes Walkabout" by Michael Morpurgo

Enjoy!!

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Gloria - posted on 06/09/2011

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Mo Willems is a fantastic author. My daughter has almost all of his books and she loves every one!

Bevely - posted on 06/09/2011

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One of my favorite children's books of all time is a farm type book called "The Day Jimmy's Boa ate the Wash" I also loved the "Boxcar Children" series and "Happy Birthday Moon"



And recently I borrowed a very cute book from the library for my kids called "The Uglified Ducky" by Willie Claffin. It is about a moose raised by a family of ducks. It is awesome, me and the kids were rolling at the narrator on the CD that came with the book.

Stephanie - posted on 05/17/2011

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Sandra Boynton has cute board books, "Tails" is my favorite touch and feel book. "Click, clack-moo" is a good farm one. I also like Shel Silverstein (author), Mercer Meyer (author), The giving tree, Where the Wild Things Are, Serendipity Books(Series), and you might want to get a few early-reader books based on whatever (if any) TV shows you'll let him watch. (Dora/Diego, backyardiagans, Baby Einstein, Mickey Mouse, Sesame Street, etc.)

Pam - posted on 04/01/2011

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my sons favorite books are mommys little boy by ronnie randall & kristina khrin. daddys little boy by ronnie randall & estelle corke i've been reading these sence he was a baby (he is now 27 months), but i read it a little diffrenet instead of the little boys name i use my sons name he loves this

Laurie - posted on 08/03/2010

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Margaret Wise Brown: The Big Red Barn. Runaway bunny, or any of her work. Eric Carle: The very hungry caterpillar, or any of his books. L. Bemmelmans (I think) Madeline stories (sounds like girls books but my son loves them, too). I took the Moon for a Walk, Allison Jay and (can't remember). I could go on and on.

Tracy - posted on 07/31/2010

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For as he gets older--Marguerite Henry wrote some really excellent horse stories, all based on real-life horses. Misty of Chincoteague, Born to Trot, and King of the Wind are my perennial favorites. My son (almost 7) is really loving Mr. Popper's Penguins and The Mouse and the Motorcycle right now, and for some great read-to-me-Mommy books, I suggest E. Nesbitt, EB White and Elizabeth Enright. Also, check out your library; the librarian can probably suggest stuff, and you can check it out, read it, and if you both really like it, it can go on a "to buy" or "future Birthday/Christmas presents" list.

HEATHER - posted on 07/06/2010

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oh and we went through a "Goodnight Moon" kick too. we also read a lot of "Mommies are for Counting Stars" by Harriet Ziefert and "Two Homes" by Claire Masurel

HEATHER - posted on 07/06/2010

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On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman i still read this to my 6 year old and tear up. i LOVE it!!!

Hooray for You!: A Celebration of "You-ness" by Marianne Richmond it is a great book about being different

my boys LOVE the "Pigeon" series especially "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!!!" lots of giggles from this book=)

Seuss of couse. i'm having a Seuss party for Holden's 2nd bday and the guests will be asked to sign "Oh the Places You'll Go" for a keepsake

Gavin had a bookshelf before he was born. many were mine from childhood.

Chasity - posted on 06/11/2010

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Thank you all for the WONDERFUL suggestions! Alot of these are books that I have been reading the past couple of years off and on to kids that I watched at daycare and for some reason I just couldn't remember them! :) A few to pass on...I found a book entitled "The Three Little Tamales" ...can't remember the author but my little guy LOVES it :) lots of pretty colors... He always loves the part about "senor lobo"...another one to suggest would be Bubba the Cowboy Prince...I just thought of it today so it is on my "to get" list! It's a different look on Cinderella...and is GREAT for little boys and little girls :) I absolutally LOVE reading with my little guy and he really likes books...he has his own "crinkle" books that he looks at and plays with by himself (he's 3 months)...and we have TONS of books that I read to him.... :) Thanks again for all of your ideas and keep posting :) I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves to discover new books for kids :)

Anne - posted on 05/09/2010

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Hi Chasity, I have a Mother and Baby website and on the Baby Essentials page we have Penguin Children Books. They have a wide and varied selection of childrens books and very often have bargain offers going. www.allshoppersmarket.com

Heidi - posted on 05/07/2010

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If you want to instill Christian values, Max Lucado has wonderful, beautiful children's books.

Mandie - posted on 05/04/2010

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my sons not so much into cowboys but these are all fabulous authors and books. absolutely Dr Seuss!! Mercer Mayer, Skippyjon Jones books, my son loved the Cam Jansen mystery series and is very much into the Beast Quest series by Adam blade. Roald Dahl, Alexander Lloyd's Chronicles of Prydain, Shel Silverstien, Maurice Sendak, William Joyce, the Shredderman series by Wendelin Van Draanen, Holes by Louis Sachar, a tale of time city by Diana Wynn Jones, most recently the whimpy kid series is a riot, and the 39 clues books are amazing at intertwining history into a really good read. Rick Riordain and of course the new classics Harry Potter. these are all things you should be able to find in your library if you'd like to read them before you invest in them, which is something I often do myself. most of these are mystery fantasy adventure types.

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2010

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Check out Steven Kellogg for farm/cowboy themed books. He's illustrated a ton by other authors, but he's also written quite a few. "Pecos Bill", "Paul Bunyan", and "Clorinda" are a few that we've read. People have given you lots of good suggestions; you can't go wrong with the classics!

Connie - posted on 05/02/2010

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Eric Carle books are wonderful. David Parker has a good series"The Best Me I Can Be" books.

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I second a lot of the classic books mentioned already like Sandra Boynton, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle and such. My kids also loved Dear Zoo, Byron Barton (Machines At Work, My Car), The Napping House, Peek a pet (other themes too), Pirate Pete/Once Upon a Time by Nick Sharratt, Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks, Go Away Big Green Monster, Bear Snores On, everything by Peggy Rathmann, Mo Willems, and Kevin Henkes. When a little older, the Frog and Toad series, Where The Sidewalk Ends/A Light in the Attic, Magic Treehouse, Amelia Bedelia, Henry and Mudge, Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Junie b. Jones.
A great book we received as a gift is The 20th Century children's Book Treasury. Then you could see what authors appeal to you and your child.

Brenda - posted on 04/29/2010

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No More Jumping on the Bed and Parts ~ Ted Arnold; Dr. Seuss books; The Poky Little Puppy was one of my son's favorites ~ Janette Sebring Lowry

Lisa - posted on 04/29/2010

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I'm not sure how old your son is, however, when he gets to be about 4 or 5 you might want to add Laura Ingalls Wilders, "Farmers Boy". My son also was into farming, westerns and cowboys and he loved this book! I used to read it to him at bed time! When he could read himself, he read that book seven times! Have fun!

Karen - posted on 04/29/2010

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Sandra Boynton was one of our favorites; her board books are fun to read--even more than twenty times! "Moo, Baa, Lalala," "Snuggle Puppy," "The Belly Button Book," and "Barnyard Dance" are just a few of our favorites. Also, try "The Big Red Barn"--not sure who wrote it, but they loved that one, too. Eric Carle is another favorite--esp. "Polar Bear, Polar Bear" and "Brown Bear, Brown Bear."

Jackie - posted on 04/28/2010

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Little Golden Books, Dr. Suess, Leo Lianni, Eric Carle, Jon Scieska, Peggy Parish, Maurice Sendak for younger children. Our kids have as parents a librarian with a history major and administrative assistant with an English degree so they have been exposed to a wide variety of writings: Judy Blume, Robert Cormier, Peggy Parish, Mildred Taylor, Jacqueline Woodson, Virginia Hamilton, the classics and many others.

Stephanie - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter's absolute favorite book is "Chicky Chicky Chook Chook," which sounds kind of silly, but we read it at least daily. The Skippyjon Jones books, "Llama Llama Red Pajama," "Click, Clack, Moo," and any books by Sandra Boynton are all favorites in our house. I would definitely stock up on board books because we have quite a library, but most of what we read are the board books (my daughter is one and my son is a month old) as the others are very easily destroyed by little hands. Good luck with your project. . .I was a bookstore manager for years, so I had quite a start when my kids were born and reading is one my favorite things to do with my little ones!

Shruti - posted on 04/28/2010

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a must have for any toddler :-)

Jennifer - posted on 04/27/2010

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Stephen E. Cosgrove
He shows how imagination can mimic life and make life easer. It also teaches kids to not judge people right away. We have "The TerryBrook Dragon" and both my girls love it. In the story the boy is a prince who protects his mother and sister from the dragon with a glowing eye. Very cute and a fun read for young children, the last page is a suprise though and you might find tears in your eyes when you realize what the story is saying without saying. Pick one of them up and see...
My oldest enjoys MonsterQuest, and Magic Tree House. She also likes the choose your own adventure books. For Horses I would deff. Pick up Black Beauty, Riding Freedom, I don't know what its about but we've seen The Tumbleweed Sieries at the library that might be along the lines your looking for. My little ones are getting a kick out of the Percy Jackson books.

Toni - posted on 04/27/2010

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I don't know your sons age now but my daughter enjoys "Magic Tree House" books. They are not for one sex or the other and they really teach history lessons and so forth. The children in the stories a boy and a girl visit their tree house for adventures. Sorry but I can't recall the author but you can ask at the local library.

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Here is a list of my kids favorites when they were younger:

The 'Little Critter' books by Mercer Mayer
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond (and all the others)
Miss Spider's Tea Party: The Counting Book by David Kirk
There's a Wocket in My Pocket! by Theodor Geisel - Dr. Seuss
The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites by Theodor Geisel - Dr. Seuss

If you need suggestions for older age groups let me know as my children are 8 and 13 now!

Have fun and good luck!

Kristin - posted on 04/26/2010

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Margaret Wise Brown, Jane Yolen's dinosaur books, Sandra Boynton, Maurice Sendak, Mercer Mayer, Dr. Seuss, Curious George. If you've got a library, check out the children's section. That's a great place to expose them to different books without having to buy them just yet. Then, just let him lead the way.

Chasity - posted on 04/26/2010

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Thank you Keely! I'll keep those in mind! I'm really not looking for anything in particular...just a variety of books that will help to encourage him to read,...and enjoy books.... I can't believe I forgot Dr. Seuss!

Keely - posted on 04/26/2010

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This may sound silly, but I would look into Dr. Suess. He has some really silly books, but there are books that have such great insight and meaning to them as well.



The Lorax - about using up all of the planets natural resources until one day everything is gone, including plants and animals.



Oh the Places you will Go - mainly a book given to College and High School Grads, which talks about going into the real world. Sometimes you will success, sometimes not.



I am not sure if there is anything in particular you are looking for...



I will think on it somemore and post later.



Beverly Clearly and Judy Blume were a couple of my favorites when I was a kid, but those are more for girls. Beverly Clearly might be good for him though because there were some that was about her brother, I think....

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