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There has been a few questions about what would make a good birthday gift for certain age groups. My daughter loves books and I also love giving books as gifts. What are some of your children's favorite books? What were your favorite books as a child.

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asked 18 Sep '09, 00:27

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It would be better if everyone mentions one book per answer (after checking for duplicates) and we vote the answers up/down. The most popular books will trickle to the top. It's hard to scan for multiple book names within answers.

(09 Oct '09, 03:10) Ates Goral

Adding images of book covers is nice for scanning answers too.

(23 Oct '09, 09:48) Paul Stephenson

@Paul Stephenseon I agree that it's a good idea. I'm not sure if most of the users would know how to do this. I know that I don't.

(24 Oct '09, 01:37) Tammy ♦♦

I suppose Hebrew books are not really appropriate for this question, are they?

(09 Nov '09, 09:25) Yuval

Whatever books you like. There could be other people who speak Hebrew on the website who might find that useful.

(09 Nov '09, 22:16) Tammy ♦♦

I created one post which has combined all the responses to date, it was the next best option other then splitting up everyone's post by individual books.

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I second the Sandra Boynton suggestion, though one of my least favorite books for this age is her "Belly Button Book." We love "The Going to Bed Book," "Hippos Go Berserk," and "Moo, Baa, La La La" - the last title is great for younger kids. We also adore the 'Bear' series by Karma Wilson ("Bear Snores On," "Bear Wants More" especially).

Generally, I have certain guidelines for books: for this age, they must be board books with relatively short word count per page. While my almost 2 yr old will sit through some Dr. Suess and some other simple and short tales, he can't be trusted with paper pages as they rip too easily. And part of the enjoyment and learning experience is being able to sit quietly and just turn the pages. Simple illustrations that are in contrast to the background is a plus. I'm not a fan of lift the flap books for this age group as the flaps tear quite easily, or get bent as the kids turn the page. Rhyming stories seem more engaging, but it's not a necessity. And overall, the page count should be short. Kids at this age naturally have a short attention span and a long book just won' be finished.

Happy hunting!

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answered 18 Sep '09, 01:51

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I agree Board Books are a must. It's not something I thought of before I was a mom.

(18 Sep '09, 02:27) Tammy ♦♦

I start reading "Moo, Baa, La La La" at our house and a 17 year old, a 16 year old and a almost 3 year old make the animal sounds!

(06 Feb '10, 22:31) Neen

I have listed all the responses in this post.

posted by E Mennemeyer
1. Sandra Boynton - "TheGoing to Bed Book," "Hippos Go Berserk," and "Moo, Baa, La La La" - the last title is great for younger kids.
2. We also adore the 'Bear' series by Karma Wilson ("Bear Snores On," "Bear Wants More" especially).

posted by Jon Sagara
1. Sandra Boynton - Barnyard Dance, Snoozers, Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosours!, Pajama Time!, and Belly Button Book

posted by MinJSD
1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
2. Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

posted by Sabrina
1. I Can Sign Playtime.
2. Fuzzy, Fuzzy, Fuzzy!
3. Happy Birthday Moon

posted by Peter Tate
1. Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?

posted by Brandon
1. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
2. Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

posted by teeday
1. Fiona Watt's "That's not my..." (monkey, monster, penguin, teddy, dinosaur, dragon, kitten, etc.) series of books. e.g. That's not my monkey

posted by Jon Skeet
1. Blue Kangaroo series by Emma Chichester Clark.
2. "There's an Ouch in my Pouch".

posted by Colin
1. All books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, including The Gruffalo, A Squash and A Squeeze (my favourite), Monkey Puzzle and Tiddler.

posted by Ratinox
1. Slinky Malinki, by Lynley Dodd (and her other titles)
2. The Mr Men (and Little Miss) books by Roger Hargreaves
3. Where's My Cow? by Terry Pratchett

posted by Rich Seller
1. Peace at last.

posted by Solar25
1. The Magic Castle Readers (Jane Belk Moncure)
2. The Sleepy Little Alphabet (Judy Sierra)

posted by My Kids Mom
1. Singing books by Iza Trappani.

posted by Igritz
1. Anything by Sandra Boynton, Richard Scarey, Dr Seuss, and Busy Barnyard (and related: Busy Doggies, etc.).

posted by Ates Goral
1. Me Hungry! by Jeremy Tankard

posted by Dinah
1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
2. anything by Dr. Seuss
3. other visual books like If You Give a Moose a Muffin and Harold and the Purple Crayon

posted by Paul Stephenson
1. The Hairy Maclary series of books by Lynley Dodd

posted by Kurt W Leucht
1. Dr. Seuss

posted by DazedAndConfused
1. Good Night, Gorilla

posted by Neen
1. On The Day You Were Born

posted by mkcoehoorn
1. VeggieTales: Bob and Larry's ABCs.

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answered 03 Jan '10, 04:41

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Here are a couple of our favourites available as board books.

  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. This is one of my favourite gifts that I got when my first son was born.
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. He has quite a few that are available as board books and they are all very colourful.

When they get older any of the Robert Munsch books. And my husband loves to read them Shel Silverstein (fun poems).

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answered 18 Sep '09, 13:36

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My daughter also loves Goodnight Moon. One of her favorites.

(19 Sep '09, 02:21) Tammy ♦♦
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My son already loves "Goodnight Moon" at 8 months. By the time I've said "In the great green room..." he's stopped fussing and is staring at me with a slightly sleepy look in his eyes and a grin on his face.

(24 Sep '09, 01:52) dave0

"...there was a red balloon, and a picture of ..." (this book will be indelibly etched in my memory forever).

(03 Jan '10, 01:09) Scott ♦♦

+1 for Robert Munsch. He's also very entertaining to see live - kids love him.

(03 Jan '10, 12:50) Graeme

My son never liked "Goodnight Moon" but he loves the "Very Hungry Caterpillar"

(25 Sep '10, 00:58) Kiesa ♦

We have found pretty much anything by Sandra Boynton to be gold. In particular, Barnyard Dance, Snoozers, Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosours!, Pajama Time!, and Belly Button Book.

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answered 18 Sep '09, 01:05

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We also love Sandra Boynton. My daughter loves Snuggle Puppy.

(18 Sep '09, 02:25) Tammy ♦♦

Barnyard Dance was a favourite of both of my kids, and my wife and I enjoyed reading to them. My youngest is now seven, but I can still remember strutting with the duck and sliding with the sheep.

(03 Oct '09, 01:30) Graeme

Fiona Watt's "That's not my..." (monkey, monster, penguin, teddy, dinosaur, dragon, kitten, etc.) series of books, which their touchy-feely panels on every page, are very good for babies from just a few months old.

e.g. That's not my monkey (on Amazon)

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answered 18 Sep '09, 21:02

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The favorite for multiple generations: Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?

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answered 20 Oct '09, 00:43

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That's a great book. We put is aside for awhile. Reminds me I need to get it off the baby's bookshelf again.

(20 Oct '09, 01:20) Tammy ♦♦

An absolute favourite in our house!

(07 Feb '10, 01:20) Krista

Our children also love the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books.

Slinky Malinki, by Lynley Dodd (and her other titles) are fun and have great rhymes, and the Mr Men (and Little Miss) books by Roger Hargreaves are another bedtime favourite.

Finally, Where's My Cow? by Terry Pratchett gets read again and again and will hopefully one day lead to a love of The Discworld ;-)

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answered 28 Sep '09, 14:12

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+1 for the Mr Men Books - absolutely wonderful!

(28 Sep '09, 22:18) Colin

I loved Mr Men as a child, but as an adult I find them really infuriating -- not quite sure why. They're also surprisingly long for such small-looking books.

(23 Oct '09, 09:36) Paul Stephenson

I really love the "I Can Sign" books because the pictures are very engaging AND it comes with a DVD that my kids love to watch and is relatively short. (and inexpensive)

I Can Sign Playtime

I also agree that the Sandra Boynton books are great, but one that hasn't been mentioned that is our family's all time favorite is "Fuzzy, Fuzzy, Fuzzy!" because it's what Ms. Boynton calls a fuzzy, skritch & tickle book that it is interactive and fun for babies as well as toddlers.

Fuzzy, Fuzzy, Fuzzy!

One of my favorite books growing up was and still is "Happy Birthday Moon." I love the pictures and the simple story. Ah, childhood memories. :)

Happy Birthday Moon

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answered 18 Sep '09, 06:26

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My favourite book as a child was Peace at last. My sister recently introduced it to her two year old who also loves it.

The manufacturer's description sums it up better than I can:

The hour was late and Mr Bear was tired. But he could not sleep however he tried and wherever he tried. Snore, Snore went Mrs Bear. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock went the clock. Would he never get to sleep? The familiar noises, repetition and beautiful illustrations make this delightful picture book an all-time favourite with children and adults everywhere.

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answered 27 Sep '09, 17:52

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The Hairy Maclary series of books by Lynley Dodd have fantastic rhyme and rhythm, with lots of great animal pictures.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

Our two-year-old loves them, and now he's starting to talk, he gets to say "Cat!" or "Dog!" on every page.

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answered 23 Oct '09, 09:41

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