Children’s Books To Love Today And Every Day


Friday is World Book Day, a day recognized by the United Nations to celebrate reading and a universal love of books.

To honor the holiday, we asked a variety of HuffPost Facebook communities to share their favorite children’s books, both to read with their own kids and to give as presents.

Here’s what they had to say.


A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton is a wonderful book about ‘perspectives’ and seeing what the other person sees. Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster is great for helping kids find their bravery.” ― Katherine Jones

The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak.” ― Valerie LaVersa

The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and The Phantom Tollbooth were my favorites!” ― Stephanie Sunde

Helen Keller’s Teacher.” ― Julia Anton

Love You Forever written by Robert Munsch. I still LOVE this book!! It walks you through the circle of life from the eyes of a Mother. It brings warm fuzzies. The other one my kids loved was Dream Hop by Julia Durango – it’s a great read for kids prone to nightmares or terrors. When things get too scary, DREAM HOP!” ― Amanda Jean

“As gifts go, I think The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.” ― Naomi Blaikie

Corduroy; The Kissing Hand; anything Ramona.” ― Christie Rogero

The Snowy Day is a classic. Anything by Jan Brett is terrific for a gift because the illustrations are amazing.” ― Heather Young Durick

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon!” ― Audra Killian

“Definitely the Frog and Toad books for younger readers, and for older readers, Matilda by Roald Dahl and EVERYTHING ever written by Tamora Pierce.” ― Evie Sargent

“My kids loved the book The Carrot Seed and the Little Critter books.” ― Lauren Richetti

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney.” ― Danna Gilmer Coffey

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree.” ― Carrie Monroe

Anne of Green Gables; Peter Pan.” ― Elaine Bell

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” ― Angela Jettie

The Giving Tree.” ― Natalia Retnaf

Morris Mickelwhite and the Tangerine Dress is a beautifully illustrated book with a lovely message about kindness and loving whatever makes you happy.” ― Ashley Whitrock

The Snowy Day and Corduroy are some of our favorites. Monster at the End of This Book; Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel; Goodnight Moon; Big Red Barn; On the Night You Were Born. The Frances books (her poor tea set!); Richard Scarry.” ― Meghan Wolf Letkeman

The Stinky Cheese Man. I have given this book at every baby shower. You’re welcome.” ― Elizabeth Gomez

Madeline; The Infernal Devices series [for young adult readers]; A Series of Unfortunate Events.” ― Regina Galizio

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton.” ― Erica Leavell

The Snowy Day; Goodnight Moon; The Velveteen Rabbit; The King, The Mice and The Cheese.”― Kelli Rossie

Where The Wild Things Are; Everyone Poops; Goodnight Moon; The Pain And The Great One (great for siblings who fight a lot); the Pinkalicious series.” ― Jolee Hall Taylor

Rainbow Fish; anything by Patricia Polacco; All The Places To Love; anything by Tomie dePaola…” ― Lisa Skille

Harold and the Purple Crayon.” ― Myra Halpern

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman.” ― Mario Iorio

Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische. I love reading this to my daughter. It is such an encouraging message but also reassures them that if they didn’t achieve everything today, they can always try again tomorrow. It’s also kind of nice to remind myself of that sometimes!” ― Sherrie Howell

The Koala Who Could; Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site; Berenstain Bears books; Little Critter books.” ― Kristi Helget

A Kids Book About Racism.” ― Kyley Dehler

“The Mercer Mayer books.” ― Linda Klass

“As a parent I 100% relate to Mother Bruce and my kids can’t help but laugh through each book in the series.” ― Kirsten Walliser

“Any of the Frances the Badger books; Leo the Late Bloomer; The Velveteen Rabbit.” ― Anna Costello Wilds

How Do I Love You? by Marion Dane Bauer.” ― Jodie Wright

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