A couple days ago my friends and I were having a conversation about picture books we read to our children. It’s always interesting to me what guides a parent to choose books for their kids or why they pass on others. Some appreciate an element of learning. Some feel strongly that books should set an example of behavior. I think we’re all sucked in by TV or Disney character books, no matter how horribly written, just because our kids love them.

I’m guided by all those things more or less, but the number one factor I look for when choosing pictures books is PLEASE-DO-NOT-BORE-ME-TO-DEATH-I-HAVE-TO-READ-YOUR-BOOK-A-THOUSAND-TIMES!!!

Reading to my kids is about being together, cuddling, laughing at the same things, and maybe opening up a conversation we wouldn’t otherwise have. The last thing I need when reading to my kids is drudgery. Give me a laugh, a surprise and give my kids one too, please.

One of my friends told me to make a list of the picture books I like to read with my kids. So here it is. In no particular order, below is a list of all the books on my kids’ shelf that we read on a regular basis.

Liesl’s list of favorite Picture Books:

Imogene’s Antlers David Small
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Voirst
by Ted Arnold
Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom Bill Martin Jr.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Toot and Puddle Charming Opal Hollie Hobby
Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems
Once There Was a Bull…(Frog) by Rick Walton
Green Eggs and Ham By Dr. Seuss
Horton Hears a Who By Dr. Seuss
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse Kevin Henkes
Sheila Rae the Brave Kevin Henkes
Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick Kevin Henkes
Owen Kevin Henkes
Wemberly Worried Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum Kevin Henkes
The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
Heckedy Peg by Audrey and Don Wood
Curious George by Margaret and H.A. Ray
Fancy Nancy Jane O’Connor
Morris the Moose by B. Wiseman
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Angelina Ballerina Katharine Hollabird
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
Tackylocks by Helen Lester
A Big, Fat, Enormous Lie Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Fanny’s Dream Caralyn Buehner
If You Give a Moose a Muffin Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Pig a Party Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Pig a Pancake Laura Numeroff
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Jon Scieszka
Victoria Kann


  1. We’re big Tacky the Penguin fans around here!

    I love books that use rhythm and are fun to say aloud.

    Phyllis Root (RATTLE TRAP CAR) are excellent at this.

  2. I’m totally with you on the please don’t bore me to death business. And I HATE disney books. I don’t know who they pay to write those things, but seriously? Seriously? You couldn’t at least hire a college graduate?

  3. Yes, please give me laugh while give my kid one too! There are many books that I will pass on because they bore *me*.

    We love Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious. Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom is another good one.
    We also love Jan Brett books, although, at times I paraphrase her stories. Another favorite is Princess Baby, Night-Night by Karen Katz. There are more, but those I listed are favorites.

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