Best-Loved Books from Younger Days

Isn’t it strange how something years removed can suddenly pop into your head for no apparent reason? That just happened to me today.

Early this morning, as I was folding laundry, I started singing the song from a French children’s book that I had read to my children when they were little:

Je t’aimerai toujours,
La nuit comme le jour,
Et tant que je vivrai,
Tu seras mon bébé.

We also read this book in English. Its title was Love You Forever, written by Robert Munsch.  I always appreciated the premise of the story: that no matter how old your children are, they will always be your babies. Now, driving across town with a ladder strapped to my car and sneaking into my children’s room so that I can rock them in their sleep…umm, that’s not gonna happen. That’s just a little too “stalky” for me. (My kids are probably breathing a sigh of relief right now.)

Anyway, after my spontaneous sing, I began thinking about all of my children’s’ bedtime favorites. My kiddos certainly loved sleepytime storytime, so they had quite a few faves, including these most frequently requested ones:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: For the low-down on this wonderful tale written by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz, please read my book review.
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?: Written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle, this sing-songy, easy-to-read book is great for teaching toddlers colors. According to my youngest child, all the animals are pretty cool too.
  • The Butter Battle Book: Written by Dr. Seuss, this book addresses prejudice and how discrimination often leads to violence. The book also takes on war and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Goodnight Moon: No matter what other stories I would read at bedtime, this book, written by Margaret Wise Brown, was always the last one we would share. What a wonderful way to say goodnight.
  • Green Eggs and Ham: That Sam I Am, that Sam I Am, my kids just adored that Sam I Am. Dr. Seuss’ classic was read so many times in our household that we all still can recite it by heart.
  • Guess How Much I Love You, written by Sam McBratney: My children always tried to “one-up on me” when it came to who loved whom more. But, as Big Nutbrown Hare demonstrates, no matter how much our children love us, we will always love them more.
  • I Love You to the Moon and Back: This sweet bedtime story, written by Amelia Hepworth and illustrated by Tim Warnes, shows the many ways we can show our affection for one another. It also is reminiscent of something I often told my ruggers: “As high as the sky, as wide as the sea, I love you and you love me.”
  • Llama, Llama, Mad at Mama: This hilarious book, written by Anna Dewdney, was one that could relate to. My kiddos were not fond of shopping when they were little. Thankfully, they never threw a temper tantrum like Little Llama, but they were known to whine..a lot. Although all the Llama Llama books were wonderful, this was our favorite. (Sadly, the author of these books died from brain cancer in 2016; she was only 50 years old.)
  • The Lorax: I am a conscientious caretaker of the earth and have tried to instill that same “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and “Leave No Trace” mentality in my children, which is why we all love this classic Dr. Seuss tale. “I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.”
  • Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now!: This Dr. Seuss quick-read about a guy who has clearly overstayed his welcome has always given us a chuckle.
  • Strega Nona, written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola: My spouse has Italian roots, so any children’s book that contains pasta—lots and lots of pasta—is a hit in our household.  And if magic is involved, well then, I’m all in!
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo: This “fable”, written by Arlene Mosel, has one of my favorite childhood tongue-twisters, Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo. You know: I still love saying that! I think I will say that again…
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Another colorful, catchy read from author/illustrator Eric Carle, this book teaches toddlers to count and shows how a tiny caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly.
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: As a child and as a parent, I have always adored this interactive tale, written by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. With its catchy refrain and its use of onomatopoeia, my children and I loved acting out the story as we read it. Fun times!
  • Where the Wild Things Are: An all-time classic, written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, this tale tells of a mischievous boy with a big imagination. As a kid, I often went on flights of fancy to wondrous places like the land of the wild things. However, like Max, the place I most wanted to be was where someone loved me best of all.
  • Who, Said Sue, Said Whoo?: This story, written by Ellen Raskin, is pure 70s with its funky illustrations. The cadence of the writing is catchy.  In my youth, I read this book ragged. So, when I became a parent, I pulled out my frayed copy to share its charm with my own children. The main character, Sue, encounters many odd creatures like a billy goat’s ghost, a cross-eyed owl, and a polka-dotted cow, all who make strange sounds. But one sound Sue can’t figure out is chitter-chitter-chatter. What can it be? Hmmm…


So do any of these stories make your all-time favorite children’s books list? If so, which ones? If not, what must-reads would you recommend? Maybe I will share your suggestions with my future grandchildren… 🙂
Categories: Book Reviews, This Is My Life | Tags: , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Post navigation

8 thoughts on “Best-Loved Books from Younger Days

  1. Pingback: *Press it* Best-Loved Books from Younger Days #120 | Its good to be crazy Sometimes

  2. I never read those two books, Samantha. I will have to check those out. Thanks!


  3. Children’s books are almost always my favorite! I love those you’ve listed! The Gruffalo and The Selfish Giant are among my favorites as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. vicki

    I loved doing that!!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Vicki, how sweet is it that you have written notes to your sons in their “Love You Forever” books! What a great idea!


  6. I adore Velveteen Rabbit. Thanks for reminding me of that classic!


  7. I loved The Velveteen Rabbit, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, There’s a Monster at the End of This Book, Where the Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I had them all for my children and will have them when grandchildren start to show.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. vicki

    I LOVE children’s books!! And most of these are my favs too!! Currently, my Grandbabies are loving “Brown Bear” and its sequel (??) “Panda Bear”. I have given each of my teen boys a copy of “Love you Forever” with love notes from me throughout the pages. I would add so many titles to this list so I won’t get started. But, I am thinking of all my favs over the years. Don’t forget “Little Critter” books and “Berenstein Bear” Books….. oops… I started..

    Liked by 1 person

Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a website or blog at

Sheila's Archive

A Family History

Anna's Musings & Writings

A Catholic and Aspiring Contemplative's Journey, Genealogy, Odds and Ends . . .

Rhos Helyg Family History Services

Follow my family history adventures and more

Personal Prologue: Family Roots and Personal Branches

Copyright©2021, Margo Lee Williams, All Rights Reserved

Once Upon A Lifetime: Tales And Vignettes Of My Ancestors

MaryAnne Slabik-Haffner, Family History Author

Rhyme Schemes and Daydreams

Things That Interest Me

The Chiddicks Family Tree

Every Family has a story to tell..........Welcome to mine

writing my past

in which I document my genealogical research adventures and explore the people and events from my family's history…

Deeper Roots Genealogy

~ Discovering Your Family's Past To Shape Your Future ~

Delving into the past

Here you shall find, my writings, about my family research, and general research into murders, and other people's ancestry, where I dig deep, and find all kinds of information about my family, whether it is good or bad, and my life itself in general, there are some sad, informative, facts here, which I hope, will get you guys blogging, so what are you waiting for? Get reading!

A Pennsylvania Dutch Genealogy

the genealogy & family research site of Kris Hocker

The Family Letter Blog

Connecting Generations

Discovering Yesterday

Preserving the history of ordinary people

Barb's GeNealogy Life

Combining two of my favorite addictive pastimes - family history and writing.

Past Presence

A site for genealogists and family historians

Julie's Genealogy & History Hub

Blog of Brass Oak Genealogy

The Family Kalamazoo

A genealogical site devoted to the history of the DeKorn and Zuidweg families of Kalamazoo and the Mulder family of Caledonia

From Shepherds and Shoemakers

Sharing musings, insights, resources and strategies as I discover my family history.

Its good to be crazy Sometimes

A view from the inside of going through the minefield of the British benefit system if you are disabled and the ups and downs of coping with mental illness


Words of wisdom, inspiration, feeling

Rants, Rambles, Revelations, Remembrances

Because the voice in my head won't stay silent...

Genealogy for Children

How to engage children in genealogy and family history

Brumley Family Branches

A Genealogy Blog


Collecting stories from family historians who are climbing their family trees and planning trips to where their ancestors actually lived!

Kindred Stories

Everyone has a story


Where Distant Family Become Close

Jill's Garden

Garden of Life

Chips Off the Old Block

A blog devoted to genealogical wanderings - dedicated to family near and far, through distance and time

Applegate Genealogy

Helping others discover their roots

Gary A Wilson Stories

10 Minute Adventures, Fiction and Coffee Breaks

Shaking The Branches

Sharing Stories From My Family Tree

Decoding the Family Tree

solving family history one branch at a time.

Bespoke Genealogy

UK and Ireland: Genealogy, History and Travel

The Letters

Louise Mabey

From Ballachulish to South Mississippi

Mississippi family history letters


Exploring the Past to Improve the Future

Aquila's Place

An Eccentric Mix of Literature and Opinions

The Women Who Made Me

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary

F Yeah History

History...but better

Amanda Bradburn

Author | Editor | Genealogist | Historian


Actor, Writer, and Embroidery Artist seeking beauty and humour.

Today in History

"Tell me a fact, and I'll learn. Tell me a truth, and I'll believe. But tell me a story, and it will live in my heart forever." - Steve Sabol, NFL Films

Empty Branches on the Family Tree

Genealogy Tips & Family History

Dusty Roots & Forgotten Treasures

Researching, Preserving, and Sharing Genealogical Information For Future Generations

%d bloggers like this: