10 Books for Tinies, Not So Tiny Tinies and Big Boys {10 Books a Day for a Week}

Sharing favorite books is so much fun, but nothing evokes the heart to turn sappy like talking about children’s books. So many of my life hours have been spent with children on my lap, while stories were spun with words and pictures. Books line my heart like pencil scratches on a wall recording names and heights; time capsules of seasons and treasured memories of my boys. Even though my children have grown too old now for these stories, their characters, adventures, and virtues are somehow a part of us. I’ve included three lists of our family’s favorite books for kids {…and they are linked to Amazon or eBay}.

Books for tinies…

  1. Floss by Kim Lewis {…play, friendship, and unforgettable joy.}
  2. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper {…resiliency.}
  3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak {…reaping what you sow.}
  4. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester {…valuing uniqueness.}
  5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney {…children can never hear “I love you” too many times.}
  6. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant {…the gift of family.}
  7. You are Special by Max Lucado {…God’s perfect love and acceptance.}
  8. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Scieszka and Lane Smith {…for when you need a good laugh.}
  9. Elmer by David McKee {…you can only be you.}
  10. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood {…the creative power of persuasion.}
Bonus: The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups by David Wisniewski {…really for parents who need comic relief after the 100th time of saying “Eat your vegetables.”}

Books for the not so tiny tinies…

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster {…a fun adventure with language.}
  2. Mary Poppins by P.L Travers {…you already know why you must read this to your children.}
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett {…classic.}
  4. The Little Book Room by Eleanor Farjeon {…enchanting short stories.}
  5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman {…it’s better than the movie, really.}
  6. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling {…I had you at Rudyard; you know it’s true.}
  7. Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock {…for you and your junior to learn more than you can imagine about nature.}
  8. The King Without a Shadow by R.C. Sproul {…a great way to stir up big theological questions and worshipful answers in the not so tiny tinies.}
  9. The Priest with Dirty Clothes by R.C. Sproul {…a story about God’s love and forgiveness.}
  10. Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin, a children’s version of Paul Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress {…a tale that every child needs to hear.}

Books My Boy said had to be included…

The boy came in and saw me buried under my piles of books and informed me I had it all wrong. According to him, these are the best books he has read thus far.  {I’ve put them in chronological order of when he read them. He began this list in about Junior High and worked his way through them up until last year. This year he is a sophomore at the University of Washington.} If you’re a mom of a teenage boy who struggles to inspire your young man to read, maybe this list will be helpful.

  1. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  2. Redwall by Brian Jacques {…he devoured the whole series but said the first book was the best.}
  3. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien {…favorite book of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.}
  4. Arthur by Stephen Lawhead {…enjoyed the whole trilogy, but this was his favorite.}
  5. Catch-22 by Joseph Keller {…be prepared for some good conversations about war after this read.}
  6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  7. Eragon by Christopher Paolini {…apparently boys never grow too old for dragon tales.}
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald {…ranks as favorite book; go figure a High School  English Lit required reading book receiving such an honor.}
  9. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer {…boys love risk and survival stories.}
  10. Ball Four by Jim Bouton {…a reflection of his love for the game of baseball…but has some edgy parts…not for a younger audience.}

When I was a kid, I loved Harry the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion. It’s a story of getting lost, making a mess, being found and getting cleaned up to your true self. There’s nothing better than being returned to the love and acceptance of family. I read it a lot to my kids when they were young. I wanted them to know then, as now, that no matter how dirty they get, home is where you come to find restoration to your best self and love.

Do you have a favorite book from your childhood or your children’s childhood? Why? What makes that book so special? 

This week I’ve been inspired by Sarah’s link up and I’m joining her by sharing my library. Check out what other’s favorite children’s books are over at her site.

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