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We go through books like kleenex in our house. If you’re like us and always looking for new fun books to read to your children, I’ve got a great list for you.
The Professional Mom Project’s List of the Best Children’s Books
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
This story is an example of how the little guy can win the day. It is a fun story of a mouse who encounters a make believe monster (the Gruffalo) while trying to avoid the animals that are trying to catch him. It’s such a popular story that there are several follow up books, a website and even a movie.
The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, Sheldon Cohen and Sheila Fischman
Our house is a Montreal Canadiens house. E is a huge Habs fan and in turn so is R.
The Hockey Sweater was written for families like ours and it’s a Canadian classic. The story takes place in small town Quebec in the 1940s when Maurice “the Rocket” Richard was the biggest Canadian hockey star. Like most little boys at the time, the protagonist loved to play hockey in his Montreal Canadians sweater. When the wrong jersey was sent to his house he was forced to play hockey in a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. He was not very happy about it…
I can’t say that this book teaches any positive life lessons but it’s still fun.
Puckster’s First Hockey Game by Lorna Schultz Nicholson and Kelly Findley
We first found out about this book when my son brought it home from his school library.
Puckster is the polar bear mascot for the Canadian National Hockey Team. He has a diverse group of friends on his team including a female fox and a moose who uses a sled to play. The characters are all different sizes and have different confidence levels. The characters all encourage each other and promote positive play.
I really like the message behind this book since it’s about doing your best, encouraging your friends and staying positive.
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
We really love all of Oliver Jeffers’ story books. The illustrations are beautiful and simple and the stories are enjoyable and sweet. In How to Catch a Star a young boy searches for a star of his very own. The same boy shows up in subsequent books like Lost and Found and The Way Back Home – two more of our favourite books.
The Snail and the Whale is another amazing story with beautiful illustrations by Donaldson and Scheffler. In this story a snail with an itchy foot goes an a journey around the world with his friend the humpback whale. It’s a story of friendship and how the big guy and the little guy can work together to succeed.
My son loves the Octonauts and I do too. I really like how these books teach kids to solve problems and work together as a team.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson
I like this story of Ferdinand the gentle bull who would rather smell the roses than fight the matadors in Madrid. It teaches the reader to stick to his/her guns and be true to his/her personality regardless of what the other kids are doing. A simple but important lesson.
Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
When R was born we received 3 or 4 copies of this book. It’s a great book but I think one copy would have been enough! This book is about a little boy who has a blanket that he loves dearly but it keeps on getting holes, stains etc. As the boy grows his grandfather turns the blanket into different articles of clothing so the boy can always carry it with him.
These books are funny, perfectly geared to kids and feature children from all over the world. The illustrations are amazing and I think I can recite Just one Goal word for word since we’ve read it too many times!
Animalia by Graeme Base
This book is an elaborately illustrated alphabet book. Every page is dedicated to a different letter with illustrations including animals and objects focused on the specific letter. Every time I look at the book I find something new.
That’s our list of the best children’s books – I tried to keep it to 10 but there are just too many awesome books out there!
Since we’re always looking for new books to read at bedtime please let me know in the comments which are the favourites at your house.