There are so many story books children love. You may be asking, “which are the best ones”?
I was lucky to have a mom as a librarian, so I was exposed to some of the best story books for children. She always shared them with my sister and I and wanted our opinion.
Story books are a step up from board books when it comes to reading to your toddler. They are bigger and have a more detailed story. They can be quite beautiful, truly showcasing an illustrator’s talent.
With this comes thin pages, and possible tears. Fat little fingers will want to turn pages. It’s a perfect time to learn about being kind to books. Remember, you can always fall back on board books until they are ready! Check out our post-Best Board Books For Toddlers – Babies Too!
Help them hold the book and then take turns with page turning. This way they can see how slowly and carefully you do this. Exaggerate how slow you turn the pages.
Be sure to read the title and give props to the author and illustrator.
This way, your kiddo can memorize the titles of their favorite books and ask for it by name. I also feel it is important for them to know who wrote and illustrated it. It is a good habit to start.
Even though our kids are in Junior and High School, I still have all the storybooks from when they were tiny. Someday I hope to read them to my grandchildren. Plus, I can hardly get rid of a book. I love them so!
To torment my teenagers, I occasionally plop on the couch and start reading an old children’s book out loud. At first, they act uninterested and too cool. Before you know it, I have them hooked. Gotcha!!
Really get into the characters!
Be animated, raise and lower your voice appropriately. Throw out an accent. Who cares if you mix Russian with some southern bell! Kids don’t care. Just be silly!
You could read ingredients on a cereal box and make it sound interesting! It’s all how you read the book!
With the help of my now teenagers, we came up with some of the best story books for children. Here is our top 10 list. I hope you love them too!!
The Napping House by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood
This book was always a top read with our kids for many reasons. The story alone is cute and silly. It keeps them guessing as to who is next to nap in Grandma’s bed. You have to hunt for the flea too! The illustrations are just as wonderful. In the beginning, it’s raining and the pages are a bit dull in color. But as the story livens up, so do the colors. The shading of colors in The Napping House perfectly match the story. Check out all the great books from Audrey and Don Wood.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Is a classic loved by children and adults alike. It’s the story of a stuffed bear who lives in a department store. He is missing a button on his overalls and just wants someone to buy him, and love him. It is a heartwarming story about loving imperfections and seeing past them. Corduroy is a must have for your home library. Don Freeman has several other books and much more in the Corduroy series.
Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk
Is one of the brightest children’s books around. Not only does David Kirk deliver a wonderful story, but the illustrations are out of this world. He is both the author and illustrator. The pages are almost glowing; they practically look wet! This adorable story is about making friends with unexpected people (or bugs I should say). It teaches children to not judge by appearance, but by character. Isn’t it funny how a children’s book reminds us, adults, how to behave? I just love all the books in the Miss Spider’s series- she is sure to be loved by your kiddos too.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Is a classic story book. This book is a great book to with loads of animation and expression! Your little monsters will want to eat it up!! The story is about a slightly naughty little one, who has a monstrous imagination. He is sent to his room, but in his mind, he goes on a wild adventure. Where the Wild Things Are is a must have!
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Is a best seller for both the story and the pictures. This wonderful story book tells a story of a proud fish who has the most beautiful glittery scales. But sadly, he is lacking in friends. He quickly learns that being pretty means nothing if you have nobody to play with. In the end, he learns that being humble and sharing are much more attractive features. Once again, a children’s book says it all! Make sure to check out The Rainbow Fish and his other adventures!
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
You don’t get much sweeter than this book. The story is simple and beautiful. A parent bunny puts their baby to bed, by going over all the ways they love them. It seems so simple to tell our children how much we love them. Between the relaxing illustrations and the sweet words, we discover just how much this bunny loves their baby. Guess How Much I Love You is a book that says what we all love to say to our children. Most importantly, our babies never bore of hearing how much we love them.
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, pictures by Marc Brown
Is a hilarious book! The illustrations are perfect for this wild story about animals running their own library. It all starts when a librarian takes her bookmobile to the zoo. The sleepy bored animals get super excited about books, it’s a riot! My favorite feature of this book is how Judy Sierra makes several references to many other well-known books! Props to her for giving props to other authors!! Wild About Books is clever and one of my favorite books to read out loud. It is a classroom favorite!!
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
This book doesn’t need any introduction. It is a classic Seuss and should be in everybody’s library! This is a wonderful story about the ups and downs of life and how to maneuver through it all. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a very popular book to give to anyone who is going off the college, or starting a new career. It is motivating to anyone who is taking on new challenges, whatever they may be! But this story is also perfect to read to your child because of the silly rhymes and goofy illustrations that are classic Seuss.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Talk about a silly book! This book is an over-the-top account of the spiraling events that occur If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Each page will have you laughing and wondering what is next for this little mouse and the boy. The mouse is very curious and must try everything out. The boy reluctantly helps his mousy friend in his adventures, like any good friend would. By the end, the boy is exhausted from all the mouse’s outings, but he wouldn’t have it any other way! Laura Numeroff has several other similar books, like, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Moose a Muffin.
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Is an adorable story about finding unexpected friends. A young fruit bat is attacked by an owl and gets separated from her family. Lost and scared she is taken in by a family of birds. She learns that even though they are so different from each other, it doesn’t matter. The birds love her and accept her. I won’t spoil the bittersweet ending, you will just have to read this yourself. Stellaluna is a wonderful book that reminds children and adults alike to put aside our differences and look to inner character. Cannon also has other wonderful books with exotic main characters. Pinduli is about a hyena; Verdi is a green snake. I love that she chooses “different” animals as her characters.
I hope you found this list of story books to be helpful. These are some of my family’s favorites and we have them all still in our bookshelf. On occasions, I bring one out and start reading. It doesn’t take them to lure them in….even teenagers cannot resist a beautiful story.
Have a fantastic week! Read on my friends!