Children’s Book List 2013

My 3-1/2-year-old and I have been furiously checking out children’s books at the library, and reading about three each night; burning through them pretty quickly to see which ones would be worth investing in to add to Nola’s bookshelf. 25 Great Books for Kids Ages 3-5

Here is a rundown of 25 of the BEST children’s books
for ages 3-5 years that we have found in 2013

'Virginia Wolf' by Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen 'Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You' by Nancy Tillman 'Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great' by Bob Shea

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'If You Want to See a Whale' by Julie Fogliano & Erin Stead

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano & Erin Stead, is probably my personal favorite of this year. An instant classic, reminiscent of P.D. Eastman; a simple, whimsical adventure, with illustrations that are somehow simultaneously contemporary and nostalgic. I could read this book a thousand times over.

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'I Like Old Clothes' by Mary Ann Hoberman & Patrice Barton 'Stuck' by Oliver Jeffers 'Owl Moon' by Jane Yolen & John Schoenherr 'Counting in the Garden' by Emily & Patrick Hruby

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'Not a Box' by Antoinette Portis

NOT A BOX by Antoinette Portis: Nola absolutely loves this book! We maxed out our 2-months of renewals and eventually had to return it to the library. She was so upset, and continued to talk about it and ask for it, so I bought her a copy a couple weeks later and it remains one of her favorites.

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'No Fits, Nilson!' by Zachariah OHora 'For Just One Day' by Laura Leuck & Marc Boutavant 'I Want My Hat Back' by Jon Klassen 'Night Cat' by Margaret Beames & Sue Hitchcock

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'The Umbrella' by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert

The Umbrella by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert: an absolutely lovely wordless book. The illustrations are adorable, and the best part is: Nola reads this book to me! There’s nothing more fun than having a small child tell you their own version of the story.

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'Extra Yarn' by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, is another new favorite of mine. Nola enjoyed it, too, but I think she’ll enjoy it more in another year or two. I love Klassen’s illustration style (the infamous bear makes a cameo in this book) and it works perfectly with Barnett’s endearing story of generosity — and knitting!

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'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae & Guy Parker-Rees 'Monsters Love Colors' by Mike Austin 'Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book' by Rod Campbell 'Sparkle and Spin: A Book About Words' by Ann & Paul Rand

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'I Can Do It Myself!' by Stephen Krensky & Sara Gillingham

I Can Do It Myself!, one book from the “Empowerment Series” by Stephen Krensky & Sara Gillingham, is another one of Nola’s new favorites! She wants to take it with her to bed almost every night. The “series” is only three books right now, but I hope they will add more in the coming years. I am loving these illustrators who blend vintage and modern styles to make books that are appealing to children and still interesting for adults!

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'All Kinds of Families!' by Mary Ann Hoberman & Marc Boutavant 'I Took the Moon for a Walk' by Carolyn Curtis & Alison Jay 'Forever Friends' by Carin Berger 'A Long Way Away' by Frank Viva

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I have ongoing Pinterest boards of kids books recommendations for two different ages groups, 2-6 years and 7-12 years, filled with great books read and “approved” by my kids.

I’ve also been screening holiday/winter-themed books for a book-a-day Advent Calendar this coming Christmas. I will post the final results with a full 24-book list on December 1st!

If you have book suggestions for the kids (or for me!) feel free to post in the comments section!

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One thought on “Children’s Book List 2013

  1. Kathy Stangler says:

    Love to know what books are loved by kids

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