10 Things Tuesday: My 10 “most favoritest” children’s books.

Written by Rebecca.

These are books I read when I was a little one, running around my home on Trent Street in Brisbane, Australia.  I love these books.  My darling mother kept all my original 1980 copies and gave some to me as well as bought new ones for Joseph and now, Sam.  No Dr. Seuss on my list at all, and you’ll see that some of these books are heavily Australian in reference and subject matter, however, don’t let that stop you from picking up a copy of Possum Magic, you might not know what porridge is, but it’s still an enjoyable read.

Recently, Pioneer Woman gave away a color Nook to five readers if you would name your favorite children’s book.  I never enter these kinds of contests due to the fact that the odds are so bad it’s kind of pointless, but after reading that the majority of her answers were about Dr.  Seuss books, I couldn’t believe that the selection of favorite childhood books wasn’t more broad, I entered with “Tikki Tikki Tembo” and, didn’t win.

And since Ree did a giveaway, and I am yet to be as successful as she, I won’t be giving away a Nook, but I will be giving away a copy of one of the books below.  The winner gets to PICK which book of my top ten below, so that makes it easier on me!  All you have to do is comment in the comment section below and tell OCRO YOUR favorite childhood book and 48 hours after the post date I’ll announce the winner.  I’ll contact you, you’ll respond and I’ll mail you a copy of your choice of one of the books below.  Simple.

So, here it is:  MY personal 10 most favorite Children’s books, in no particular order.

1. The Very Grouchy Lady Bug.

Eric Carle’s books are gorgeous.  Gorgeous to look at, gorgeous to read.  It’s a good going to bed book, because it’s repetitive (good for the parent who is also sleepy and doesn’t want to read the thousand paragraphs of intellectual dialogue) and the beautiful illustrations are just dreamy.  Any Eric Carle book is great, also the Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc… everyone has their favorite Eric Carle book, this one is mine.

2.  Tikki Tikki Tembo

 

Tikki Tikki Tembo has fallen into the well!  What an exhausting name, and an exhausting story for the second born son and the old man with the ladder.  I LOVE this book.  Probably, my most favorite right here.  The first born son, receives the most honorable and longest name, the second, not so much.  So when the first born son, runs into some trouble, and the second born has to run about town and explain to everyone his brother’s accident, but first, delivering his brother’s EXCEPTIONALLY long name, it’s entertaining that he even gets to the point of what his brother’s trouble is.

3. Each Peach Pear Plum

I Spy Tom Thumb.  Combining some of the most memorable nursery rhyme characters and swirling them into this one story book adventure of rhyming is just so, enjoyable.  I can almost recite this book without looking at the words.  Each page is illustrated with a lot of detail, and you are supposed to be able to find each character on each page, they are carefully hidden amongst the beautifully drawn scenery, find the characters and any other tidbits of the matching story!

 

4. My Cat likes to hide in Boxes

My Cat, Tito, actually DOES like to hide in boxes.  Tito, I adopted after moving to the U.S. and after I found him hiding in my college moving boxes, I affectionately remembered this childhood book.  The Cat from France, likes to dance!  And you’ll read more about how cats from all over the world, like to do many fancy things, but MY cat, likes to hide in boxes.

5.  Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge

What a sweet, sweet book.  Brings a little tear to my eye, every time.  Wilfred, is an innocent young child, living next to an old folks home.  Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and Wilfred, in the way only an innocent child can, attempts to help Miss Nancy, find her memory, once again.  Just so lovely, just so sweet.  Please pick up a copy of this book and ANY by Mem Fox, she is truly, a gifted author.

6.  Possum Magic

 

The illustrations by Julie Vivas, are what makes these books.  I can so vividly remember a particular illustration in the book, of a fat possum, every so carefully crouched on a bicycle racing away through the Australian bush.  She makes wombat stew, but better than that she makes “hush”, her grand baby possum, invisible!  Another classic Australian children’s book.  Go and buy it.  Or comment below, and if you win, ask for me to buy this for you as your prize!:)

7.  Animalia

Taken directly from the introduction to the book, I couldn’t sell it better myself.. : “Every page contains a wealth of hidden objects and ideas.  As you travel from A to Z each extraordinary scene reveals an ever-expanding world of details, and each new discover begins with the letter for that page.  This, amid the Horrible Hairy Hogs, you will find hamsters and hang gliders, hippos  and humming birds, hammocks and horses…In some pictures there may only be a handful of things, in others, literally hundreds. Also hiding in each illustration is Graeme Base as a boy.  With his bright yellow and orange jumper you can’t miss him.. or can you?”

8. There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

I don’t know why she swallowed a fly, perhaps she’ll die.  This book has holes in it, the holes get larger for the larger animals this lady swallows.  At the end, prepare your child for the obvious outcome.  The old lady, dies.  She did, after all, swallow a cow, among other things she forgot to chew thoroughly first.

9.  Miffy

Miffy is a simple book.  It’s also painfully old in a sex-stereotypical way.  Mrs. Rabbit does the shopping and the cleaning, Mr. Rabbit tends to the garden each day.  Mrs. Rabbit wishes for a baby Rabbit and an Angel grants their wish.  Shortly there after a cow meets the new baby rabbit named “Miffy” and although not as pretty as the cows calf, the little chickens still ask to play with Miffy, but Mrs. Rabbit lets them know, that Miffy is tired and needs to go to bed.  The end.

10.  Sunshine

How 70’s could this book possibly be?  All it’s missing is the shag carpet touch ‘n’ feel section.  The colors are seventies, the hair styles, the clothing, all so terribly 70s.  Bust still a darling book, all without ANY WORDS.  It’s the kind of book you get your kid to read to you.  Get them to tell you what is going on in each picture, have them make up a story for what the young girl is doing, waking up her parents that are obviously in much need of more sleep.

 

Thanks for reading this blog post, comment below your favorite children’s book within the next 48 hours of this post, and at random OCRO will draw a winner and you get to PICK which one of the books mentioned above you want as your prize.  Good luck!

 

 

Rebecca - August 4, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Congratulations to Stacey! You are are random winner from Tuesday’s Post “Rebecca’s top ten most “favoritiest” children’s books. You will be contacted shortly. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Donna - August 3, 2011 - 11:23 am

My favorite book to read to Zoei is called “My crayons talk” by Patricia Hubbard . It teaches children about creativity and how to learn their colors.

Shauna - August 3, 2011 - 10:16 am

Oh and one of my favs growing up was “Socks for Supper”

Shauna - August 3, 2011 - 10:01 am

I haven’t read any of these so off to the library I go. Thanks for the ideas!

Kim Paul - August 2, 2011 - 7:02 pm

I am a kindergarten teacher and moher of two, so let me tell you, I LOVE children’s books, and I applaud your list…many of these are favorites of mine as well! I am going to cheat a little and tell you my favorite book to read to my kids. You need to check it out soon…it is so fun to read aloud (rhyming, rhythmic text)…the illustations are amzing…and the story line is one that both parents and kids can appreciate…Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Anne Hoberman. Trust me, you will love it!

Toni-Ann - August 2, 2011 - 6:29 pm

My favourite book was one handed down to me by my dad and was “Robin Hood”. It was hard cover with this really fabulous picture of Robin Hood on the cover. The best part was that my dad read it to me until I got old enough to read it. I still have it.

Kristi - August 2, 2011 - 10:37 am

My favorite book as a child was Where the Wild Things Are….my boys discovered the movie before I’d gotten them a copy of the book, but I guess it doesn’t matter which comes first, they thought the book was a product of the movie!

Debbie G. - August 2, 2011 - 10:08 am

I’m having a hard time choosing just ONE favorite! I will confess that Yertle the Turtle was my favorite Dr. Seuss. But I also have fond memories of Corduroy and also of Ping (a duck who lives on the Yangtze River!)
Thanks for the great list, there are some on here that I didn’t know about but will have to find for my son!

Stacey schnabel - August 2, 2011 - 9:32 am

“Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire!!! Love!

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