99 Best Children’s Books

Newborns, babies, and toddlers love listening to your voice (and your partners!), so reading them a book is a great option! One problem with this is that you then read the same books over and over, and they can get quite boring.

That inspired me to start making a list of books that we need to add to our collection. Which of course made me wonder what good children’s books we haven’t heard of, or have forgotten. (Have you ever read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie? If so, you’re probably seeing the pattern here.) Anyway, with all this wondering I was able to come up with 99 of our favorite children’s books!

I have listed all of our favorite books (that I can think of anyways…), in hopes that some of these will wind up on your bookshelf of favorites if they’re not there already! Also, I would love it if you took a minute after reading this post to tell me your favorite books! Even if they’re already listed here, it’s nice to hear that other families know the same books. 🙂

*Note: I did try to keep all books by the same author together! And our ABSOLUTE favorites are in Italics.

-The first set of books are by Robert Munsch (EVERYTHING by him is amazing! However, these are our favorites since there are so many to choose from…)

1.The Paperbag Princess

2.Love You Forever


3.Smelly Socks

4.Mud Puddle


5.Thomas’ Snowsuit

6.Murmel, Murmel, Murmel

7.I Have To Go!

8.Stephanie’s Ponytail

9.Show and Tell


10.Purple, Green, and Yellow

-Then by Sandra Boynton

11.The Going to Bed Book


12.Moo, Baa, La La La!

13.Blue Hat, Green Hat

14.Pajama Time

15.But Not the Hippopotomus

16.But Not the Armadillo

17.Belly Button Book

18.Horns to Toes and in Between

19.Opposites

20.Snoozers

21.Your Personal Penguin

22.The Bunny Rabbit Show

23.A to Z

24.Chocolate: The Consuming Passion

25.Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

26.Nutshell Library again, by Maurice Sendak

-Of course, Eric Carle!! He does SO many great books for children of all ages.. but again, these are the ones we could think of!

27.The Very Hungry Caterpillar

28.From Head to Toe

29.Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

30. My First Peek-A-Boo Animals

31. The Grouchy Ladybug

32.Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me

33. The Mixed Up Chameleon

34.My First Busy Book

-Next is a name EVERYONE should already know… Dr. Seuss! He wrote SOO many books! Since that would be an entirely different post packed into one, these are the titles that we could come up with from our pile and our favorites.

35.Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

36.There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

37.Horton Hears A Who

38.How the Grinch Stole Christmas

39.One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

40.The Lorax

41.Bartholomew and the Oobleck


42.Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

43.If I Ran the Zoo

44.And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

45.Oh, the Things You Can Think

46.If I Ran the Circus

47. Hooray For Diffendoofer Day!

48.On Beyond Zebra

49.Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

50.If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

51.If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff

52.If You Give a Pig a Pancake again, by Laura Numeroff

53. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

54.Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

55. Silly Wonderful You by Sherri Duskey Rinker

56. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

57. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

58. Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

59. The Wild Toboggan Ride by Suzan Reid

60. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

61.The Frog and the Toad by Arnold Lobel

62.Corduroy by Don Freeman

63.The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

64.Any A.A Milne books!!! (Winnie-the-Pooh)

65.The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

66.Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman

67.Eloise by Kay Thompson

68.Jamberry by Bruce Degen

69.Amelia Badelia by Peggy Parish

70.The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Scieszka

71. The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff

72. The Berenstain Bears (series) by Stan and Jan Berenstain

73.Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

74.The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring

-The “Goodnight Books” by Adam Gamble are WONDERFUL! He has so many books that all teach kids about different animals, places, and even helps them learn about times of day. Some of our favorites are listed here..

75.Goodnight Maine

76.Goodnight North Pole

77.Goodnight Mermaids

78.Goodnight Cape Cod

79.Goodnight Lake

80.Goodnight America

81.Goodnight Baby Animals

82.Goodnight Baby Dragons

83.Goodnight Beach

84.Goodnight Christmas

85.Goodnight Country Store

86.Goodnight Daddy


87.Goodnight Galaxy

88.Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

89.I Saw Santa In Maine by J.D. Green

90.The Velveteen Rabbit: Or How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams

91.Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

92.Llama Llama Misses Mama (again) by Anna Dewdney

93.Olivia by Ian Falconer

94.The Mitten by Jan Brett

95.The Cheerios Play Book by Lee Wade

96.Hey, Duck! by Carin Bramsen

97.All About Me! By Dawn Sirrett

98.Baby’s Very First Little Book of Little Babies by Mary Cartwright and Kate Rimmer

99.Time for Bed by Mem Fox

So there it is! My list of 99 Best Children’s Books! I said that I would italicize our favorite books, and looking back I ended up favoring most of these books… (what can I say? We love books!)

I hope that I gave you some ideas for books to add to your shelf! What are some of your favorite books? Any that I haven’t listed? I’d love to hear about what your family is reading in the comments below! (I may even add yours to my list!)

Thank you for reading, momma. 🙂

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