Don and Audrey Wood

I love children’s literature. There are many things I really struggle with as a parent, but going to the library and reading to my kids is one of my favorite parts of  being a parent. Really, there is nothing better than snuggling your little one while curled up to a good book. I am savoring it now, because I am pretty sure that when they are 16, they won’t want to snuggle to read picture books :).  When we check out books from the library, we often check out many books by the same author. I definitely have my favorite books and authors, so I thought that it would be fun to start sharing some of my faves. Don and Audrey Wood have written and illustrated some of our favorite books. Here is some of their best work.

This book is a great Rhyming book that both young and older children love. Besides, who doesn’t love someone who is a little silly?

When I asked a librarian for a book that would make my kids laugh, this one was recommended.

This is one of my all time favorite children’s books. This is one that a 1 year old +would love and that kids love to memorize. 

Kids love this books so much. It is fun to read all year, but especially during strawberry season.

Another clever and adorable book.

We checked out this book not too long ago, and my kids wanted me to read it over and over again.

 

I would love to hear some of your favorite authors. We are always looking for good books, and right now my kids are really into books that make them laugh, so if you have any good ones, please pass the names along!

Belinda - October 28, 2011 - 5:34 am

I loved reading to my girls. However, I would get sleepy while reading and start dozing off but Natalie would holler out “READ READ READ!”. That would wake me up. Her favorite book was “caps for sale”. We all loved “in the night kitchen”. I would read to Danielle from a big book of Fraggle Rock stories. Jose would take the girls to story time at the library. Isn’t that cute? He was the only dad there. Too funny. I didn’t care for dr. Seuss. Too many crazy repetitive words. Really like Laura Numeroff and her if you give a mouse a cookie series. Can’t wait to have grandkids to read to. I might be to old to read to them by the time that happens.

Summer - October 28, 2011 - 5:50 am

Have you read Piggies by them? We love that one, the illustrations are amazing!

Mem Fox is one of my favorite authors. Hers aren’t totally silly, but they are sweet stories with sweet pictures.

I’m sure you’ve read the If You Give…(a mouse a cookie, a pig a pancake, etc.) books – those are fun!

Love children’s books!

Katrina - October 28, 2011 - 9:27 am

I recently have decided that my dream career would be as a children’s librarian. I would love to specialize in children’s literature. We really like the Llama, Llama books by Anna Dewdney. Berkley Breathed is also a really fun author. Lizzy takes a giant Richard Scarry book to bed every night. Sandra Boynton has great board books… There are really a lot of great books out there. Also some rather annoying ones. Lizzy really likes Angelina Ballerina and Pinkalicious, but I find their title characters kind of bratty.

Wendy M. - October 28, 2011 - 4:27 pm

We love Mo Willems in our house…the Piggie and Elephant books, as well as the Pigeon stories and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. Richard and Patricia Scarry books are fun because they are from my childhood (I love River Bend by Patricia in particular). The kids still enjoy a Boynton book now and then (even though they are a little old for them…)
I know I’m probably in the minority, but I really do like Dr. Seuss books!
I could go on and on…we have a crazy amount of kid’s books (considering we only have two kids!) It’s fun to hear what everyone else enjoys…

Robyn - October 28, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Silly Sally went to town, walking backwards upside down!

Robyn - October 28, 2011 - 8:41 pm

P.s – Do you know about the Francis books? Bedtime for Francis, Bread and Jam for Francis, etc. We love those.

adrienne w - October 28, 2011 - 10:54 pm

We enjoy the Woods books. I agree with Summer- Piggies is a good one. And Vienna loves their Piggy Pie Po book, but I’m not totally sure why. We also love Llama Llama Red Pajama. I always love Dr. Seuss and Bill Peet books, because they were some of my childhood favourites, but as a parent I kind of dread them at bedtime because they are sooooo long. Still love them though. Right now we like the Fancy Nancy books. They teach great vocabulary and the pictures are so cute. (Even Thatcher likes them.) The kids are very into non-fiction which is great. We are book gluttons at our house!

Wendy M. - October 29, 2011 - 8:56 am

Oh, also Harry the Dirty Dog books. I was excited to see they were being promoted this summer…they must be back in print. It was crazy trying to track down that collection when Brenden was a baby!

Kim - October 29, 2011 - 12:25 pm

We received a copy of Mouse Paint by Ellen Walsh Stoll as a shower gift (from an art teacher friend) before our daughter was born. Great for learning primary colors and mixing primary colors to get secondary colors. I recently discovered several more at the library – one with shapes, one with colors and shapes that look like the shapes are moving, and then there is the whole Dot and Jabber series. Even though my daughter is three, we still go back to those books over and over again. (Plus, the giant lap board book copy of Mouse Paint is a GREAT prop for photographing little kids!!)

Kara - October 29, 2011 - 3:16 pm

I love the idea of Jose at storytime with the girls. That is great. You will be a great Grandma someday!
Summer,
I haven’t read “piggies”, but I’ve seen it, so I will get that one next time. Love the Laura Numberoff. I have only read a couple of the Mem Fox books, so I will definitely check more of those out!
Katrina,
I would also love to be a librarian, but I really don’t want to get my masters in library science :(. I love love the Llama Llama books! Richard Scarry is great. My kids just love looking at the pictures by themselves. Yes, I agree about Angelina being kind of bratty, and sometimes those books have words like “dumb” and “stupid.” Aren’t they writing these for little kids??
Wendy,
I love the Pigeon books ,but I haven’t read any others by Mo Willems, so I am going to check them out. I like Dr. Seuss a lot, but my kids haven’t been as into them as me. I will keep trying :).
Robyn,
We have read “Bedtime for Francis” and the kids loved it, so I will get the other ones. Have you seen the “Francis” show?? It is so cute!
Adrienne,
I haven’t read very many Bill Peet books,so I will check those out! Sofia loves Fancy Nancy.
Kim,
Mouse paint is great!