Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books I’ll Force Upon My Future Children


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is books I want my children to read. I don’t have any kids, but if I ever acquire some, here’s what I’ll read to them. Most of these books were my favorites as a kid.






Picture Books My Children Will Read








The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

A much-loved classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has won over millions of readers with its vivid and colorful collage illustrations and its deceptively simple, hopeful story. With its die-cut pages and finger-sized holes to explore, this is a richly satisfying book for children.







Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realizes it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.







The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.







The Stinky Cheese Man And Other Fairly Stupid Tales – Jon Scieszka

A revisionist storyteller provides his mad, hilarious versions of children's favorite tales in this collection that includes Little Red Running Shorts, The Princess and the Bowling Ball, Cinderumpelstilskin, and others.







The Dumb Bunnies – Sue Denim

Meet the Dumb Bunnies. They eat lunch in a carwash. They go bowling in a library. And they ice-skate on the bottom of a lake. Everything the dumb bunnies do is REALLY dumb.

  





I Want My Hat Back – Jon Klassen

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance.







Puff, the Magic Dragon – Peter Yarrow

Welcome to Honalee, an enchanted land of imagination and love. 
In this special place, you can share in the adventures of Jackie Paper and his childhood friend, Puff, the magic dragon.








The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister

Eye-catching foilstamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child-appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish, who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions, that gives the book its lasting value.







The Butter Battle Book – Dr. Seuss

A cautionary Cold War tale (first told by Dr. Seuss back in 1984), The Butter Battle Book still has a lot to teach about intolerance and how tit-for-tat violence can quickly get out of hand.







Last Stop on Market Street – Matt de la Peña

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.






Which picture books would you force upon your children?








36 comments:

  1. I'll never be having kids and never wanted any so I just did my own thing this week! I loved the very hungry caterpillar and it was the first book I ever remember reading. My most loved kids book though was Bears in the Night!

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  2. The Polar Express is such a wonderful book. You have some great ones here. Nice list!

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  3. We have read a lot of these to my kids. They love The Very Hungry Caterpillar still!

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  4. Yes to all of these and I bet you won't even have to force them. My son loved them all. He's 10 now and actually still has a couple of them on his bookshelf. :)

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  5. So happy to see Puff the Magic Dragon on your list.

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  6. I remember having The Rainbow Fish read to me at school :)
    My TTT.

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  7. This is so fun! I don't remember any picture books I read as a kid, but I'd love to read these with any of my (future) children :)

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  8. The Rainbow Fish is a must-read!! I think I would read Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince.

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  9. Love this! I've been hunting for good seasonal picture books to get my son for Christmas, and The Polar Express made the short list. :)

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  10. Oh I loved Puff the Magic dragon as a kid! The Rainbow Fish looks awesome, and I'm always for Dr. Seuss.

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  11. We do have similar picks this week! I'll have to check the books on your list that are new to me :) great post!

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  12. My daughter's read at least four of these, so winning so far! ;)

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  13. LOVED The Stinky Cheese Man (and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!)

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  14. Oh my gosh, The Rainbow Fish! I completely forgot about that book, but I loved it! You have so many great choices on this list, I'd love to share all of these with my kid (and read a few for the first time myself)!

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  15. Whoa. Puff is not a children's book.

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  16. The Dumb Bunnies sounds so fun! Love it haha. I think I've only read a couple of the others, and I have a very unpopular apathy for The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Such a great list! I also love the bit about you possibly acquiring some kids bwahahah

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  17. The Butter Battle Book!! Such a classic. Great titles, love the list!!

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  18. AJ this is such a great list that I think would be GREAT to force on your child... lol. I Want My Hat Back and Last Stop on Market Street are new to me and I am terribly interested in them for my nephew. I particularly love the one with the brown little boy! I’m always on the lookout for characters like him that my nephew can relate to! ♥️

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  19. What a great list! I love The Stinky Cheese Man -- and adored all the Eric Carle books too. Your future kids are lucky!

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  20. These are all so fabulous, I can't imagine they will need to be forced upon anyone. And seriously -- Stinky Cheese Man made the list. Awesome!

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  21. This is a fantastic list! I love every book on it. Great job!

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  22. This list is WONDERFUL. I definitely agree with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where the Wild Things Are and The Stinky Cheese Man. There are a few I haven't read before, so I might have to give them a try!

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  23. Thanks for sharing. I don’t remember any children books I read when I was a kid, so I need lots of recs. 😁❤️

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  24. If I would have done a top 20 list I would have included all these books as well! :D

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  25. Great books! My kids love I Want My Hat Back.

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  26. Where the Wild Things Are is my favorite children's book. I just bought it for my niece. It's a must for every child.

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  27. OMG I love your list! Completely forgot about The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Where the Wild Things Are!

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  28. This list is absolutely amazing! It's like a trip down memory lane. I totally forgot about The Rainbow Fish; it was one of my favorites as a kid. Can you believe I've never read Where the Wild Things Are? They even made a movie of it, have you seen that? The Very Hungry Caterpillar is so much fun! Your future children are going to love this list! Happy reading!

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  29. I've watched the Polar express and Where the Wild Things Are and they were beautiful! I bet the books are awesome!

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  30. This is an awesome list! I probably read "Where the Wild Things Are" to my brother when he was little a thousand times.

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  31. Great list! Maybe my niece will love to read some of this books.

    Thanks for stopping by My Top 10 Tuesday

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  32. I've never read The Polar Express but we are singing one of the songs from the movie version in my choir and it is BEAUTIFUL. So I image the book is pretty good too ;)

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  33. Nice list of books!! Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment yesterday. Happy reading!!

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  34. Some great books! Love Rainbow Fish and Very Hungry Caterpillar. Thanks for stopping by my top 10 post on Lisa Loves Literature!

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  35. I loved the Stinky Cheese Man! It's great to see that you did too! :)

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  36. I loved the hungry caterpillar!! Fantastic list! =)

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