I’ve always had a love for children’s books. So opportunities to enjoy stories with my own kids and watching them fall in love with books for themselves is truly a delight.
In celebration of National Book Month, I wanted to share a few of our family’s recent favorites. It was difficult to narrow it down to just a handful; but as I thought about the books that we keep coming back to, these really stood out. So now, without further ado, here they are…
The Lantz Family’s Top 10 Favorite Children’s Books
Trombone Shorty by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; Illustrated by Bryan Collier
I grabbed this gem of a book off of a library shelf on a whim because my eyes just kept coming back to the cover. In it, the author tells his story of how he began playing the trombone as a young child in New Orleans, and basically never stopped! The text and the artwork draw you into the everyday life and rich musical culture of Treme, the neighborhood where he grew up.
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff; Illustrated by Felicia Bond
My 5-year old son discovered this book, and it quickly became a household favorite. Like the other books in Numeroff’s series, an eccentric creature is invited in by an innocent kid who only intends to give their new animal friend a treat. They end up getting roped into all sorts of antics… the same way we do with the kids in our own lives.
You Were The First by Patricia MacLachlan
This sweet book was a gift for my son before his sister was born. I didn’t quite know how to prepare him for how his life was going to drastically change, but this book was helpful in reassuring him of his always special place in our family.
I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem by Jamie Lee Curtis; Illustrated by Laura Cornell
Both of my kiddos loved this book. Not only is it a super fun book to read, with its rhyming phrases and whimsical artwork, but it was written to encourage kids to be confident in who they are. We checked this book out from the library, and read it daily in the weeks leading up to the first day of school.
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
This book, right here… HILARIOUS. My husband volunteered to read it to our son’s preschool class last year, and it was a hit. The kids laughed a lot and begged him to read it again. It’s a great book to give to an unsuspecting relative to read out loud, too, haha.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illustrated by Jago
I first encountered this beautiful storybook Bible a few years ago, when it was a text for a seminary class that I took. Instead of simply holding biblical characters up as stained-glass heroes, it focuses on God’s character and kindness toward the people He loves, with His “never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love.” If you are looking for a book about God or the Bible to read with your kids, this is it. The artwork is stunning, and the stories will also encourage your own heart.
Feast For 10 by Cathryn Falwell
This book was one of the books we received from the Read to Learn Book Club, through The Children’s Trust. It’s a book that teaches counting and numbers in the context of a family’s trip to the grocery store to shop for a special meal. It’s become a book that we read together around Thanksgiving, and I love the textured art.
All The World by Liz Garton Scanlon; Illustrated by Marla Frazee
This is another wonderful book that was gifted to us by a good friend. It’s so lovely, I feel like I’m somehow enveloped in the story as I read it. The poem is about how everyone and everything in this world has value, and the illustrations are absolutely breathtaking. It’s an enjoyable, soothing and comforting book to read.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker; Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
I think we renewed this book as many times as we could before we finally HAD to return it. And then we got our own copy. As you read it, you say “goodnight” to each of the vehicles as they rest from their work at the job site. It’s just so much fun, especially if you have a construction-loving kiddo at home.
Just Right Family by Silvia Lopez; Illustrated by Ziyue Chen
This wonderful and loving adoption story was written by a local author! We had the privilege of attending one of her readings a couple of months ago, which made it really special. It’s about a multi-racial family that is preparing their oldest child for the adoption of a new baby.
There are so many wonderful books out there, that are loved for so many differerent reasons. What are some of the books that are in your family’s top 10? Let us know in the comments below!