More Wonderful Children’s Books

September 18, 2013 | My Jottings

These are a few more favorites from my at least six shelves of childrens’ books. My younger grandchildren go back to these again and again, especially if they know I’ll read them out loud for them. I do the best I can using different voices and gestures as I read to them. They crack up when I read them this book, especially by the last page when I open my mouth wide, throw back my head and bellow, “Whhhhhaaaaaaaatttt?”  🙂


This is always a hit, and I love this quirky family myself:


And this one is funny and ridiculous:


We love almost all the Jan Brett books — have you seen them? Her illustrations are rich and detailed and can keep me poring over the pages for an hour. My granddaughter Mrs. Nisky wants me to read this again and again, and she likes the way I do the trolls’ voices:


I think this is my favorite of the “If you…” books by Laura Numeroff:


And this older book is something Audrey likes to have read to her repeatedly. She doesn’t understand how someone could swallow the sea or grow legs hundreds of feet long…


And I love this book probably more than the grandchildren. My friend Carole told me about it and it’s profound for adults.  🙂


Have you read any of these books to the little ones in your life?

What are some of your favorite books for young children?


  1. Diane says:

    OK–one of my favorite subjects!

    William Steig: Yellow and Pink; Farmer Palmer’s Wagon Ride; Caleb and Kate; Amos and Boris; Roland the Minstrel Pig; and for older children, Abel’s Island. Forget Shrek–these others are better. He is quirky and weird and all about how love works. And, his illustrations are wonderful.

    Also, Mulga Bill. Turns out it is an old Aussie song by “Banjo” Paterson–of Waltzing Matilda fame.

    And finally, “Fiona’s Bee.” But I can’t find it anywhere now. Got it at the library many years ago. Lovely.

    Thank you for your great recommendations, Julie!

  2. Just Julie says:

    Diane, I can’t wait to look up all these books! I’m not familiar with any of them so maybe I’ll be adding to my home library! Thank you so much for your recommendations too… xo

  3. Jodi Clair says:

    The girls & I just finished Irma Baumlein, and thoroughly appreciated it! Looking forward to making our way through your list of recommendations 🙂
    Thanks Julie!!

  4. Just Julie says:

    They must be fantastic listeners to sit through Irma at such young ages! Well done Mama!

  5. Ganeida says:
  6. Just Julie says:

    Both of these look like keepers to me Ganeida….thank you! Love, Dreadful Julie

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