Books of a Lifetime

We recently discovered an adorable children’s book store not too far from our house and we’ve been having a lot of fun bringing LC there.  I have yet to visit without buying something, the last time I bought several books for under the Christmas tree.  Looking through the book shelves, I am reminded of some of the great books I enjoyed as a child.  (A claims he was not read to as a child.  I’m sure this isn’t true, but this is why he does not have any favorite children’s books listed here.)

Panda Cake is one of my all time favorites.  I knew the poem by heart when I was little and remember taking it out of the library over and over again.  (I can still remember on which shelf in the library it could be found.) It is out of print, but my Dad found a copy for me a few years ago and now I can share it with LC.

Make Way For Ducklings is a no brainer.  Every good New England child knows and loves this book. Our trip back East for the holidays will take us through Boston and I will have to take LC to visit the Mallard family statue for sure.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is still a little old for LC, but is one I look forward to her reading.  I remember reciting the title to the book and enjoying how silly it was.  The fact that Alexander’s day wasn’t so terrible was probably lost on me when I was little, but I hope LC enjoys it and sees its many layers :)

The Monster at the End of this Book was my little brother Scott’s favorite book when he was younger.  (He’s 24 now and probably not that into Grover anymore.)  We actually have this book on the iPad and LC loves it.  For such a young baby, it really holds her attention.  I look forward to her understanding the book better and giggling along with Grover’s hysterics as Scott used to do.

Moo Baa La La La is a book we discovered only with the birth of LC.  Friends of ours sent us this and another Sandra Boynton book.  With all the board books out there for children LC’s age, Sandra’s books have become our favorites.  Moo Baa La La La is a big hit with LC and is easy enough that we quickly memorized it.  So now when LC is throwing a fit in the car on the way home at night, we can recite the book’s silly words to her and (usually) she calms down.

Those are just a few of my favorite books that we’ve shared, or look forward to, sharing with LC.  What are some of your favorite children’s books?  With many more trips to the book store in our future, we could always use suggestions.

ETA:  I’ve been informed that A enjoyed A Child’s Garden of Verses and Peter Pan when he was younger, two works I am sure LC will enjoy too.



  1. Each Peach Pear Plum was a favorite of mine. In fact, I can still recite a good portion of it. Luckily I came across it on Amazon and it's going into Little Miss Elle's stocking this Christmas.

    Each peach pear plum, I spy Tom Thumb. Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard…

    I also adored Fire Fire Yelled Mrs. MacGuire, Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See, and all the Little Critter books!

    – Elle from

  2. You are wrong about Scott not being into Grover anymore. I told him about the I=pad story. He cannot wait to read it with LC when you are here. He even quoted parts when we were talking about it. And you forgot another classic, Dad's favorite
    McGoose's Grocery.

  3. Washington Woman says:

    We received Each Peach Pear Plum as a gift and it is adorable!

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