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I have a list of our favorite books by age here.  I would also say almost any of the Five in a Row titles.  If I had to pick just a few of my absolute, can't live without, top favorites, I guess they would be Rikki Tikki Tavi, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and the James Herriot collection.  Those are favorites of my children and we all have such good memories of them.

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Some of our favorite picture books (besides the classics)


The Margaret Wise Brown classics (LOVED My World, Runaway Bunny)

Robert McCloskey books

Clap Your Hands (more of a toddler/preschool book but my youngest loved it forever!)

Babar's Museum of Art

Everything Jan Brett (here's her website with lots of extra activities)

Kitten's First Full Moon 



Lots more but those stand out right now. 




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The Duchess Bakes a Cake

Pickle-Chiffon Pie 

The Red Clogs

The Little Blue Engine That Could


any of the fairy tales illustrated by K.Y. Craft or Paul O. Zelinsky (I think DD's favorites were King Midas and the Golden Touch and Rapunzel, respectively)

The Dreamkeeper (Robert Ingpen)

We Help Mommy (and pretty much everything else by Eloise Wilkin, DD read these over and over)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Animalia (Graeme Base)

The Firebird (Gennady Spirin)

The Giraffe Who Walked to Paris

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The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak.

I know, no pictures. I couldn't resist.

To name just a few other favorites ... ones by Leo Lionni, Tomie dePaola, Barbara Cooney, James Thurber, Tasha Tudor, Sibylle Von Olfers, Beatrix Potter, and Emily Wingfield Martin. I know I am forgetting more!

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The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood.


Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh.


The George and Martha books by James Marshall


The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz


Grandfather Twilight  by Barbara Helen Berger


Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells


The Frances books by Russell Hoban.


The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.


Books illustrated by Jane Ray. She has some wonderful collections of folk tales, etc. You can see some of her books here.



For older children: 


The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake by Nancy Willard with illustrations by Richard Jesse Watson




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Just off the top of my head?


The Apple-Pip Princess

Zoom! by Robert Munsch

Smelly Socks

Sugar Cane

New Socks by Bob Shea

How My Parents Learned to Eat

Sam and the Tigers

There Are Cats In This Book

Julius Lester's edition of The Nightingale

Seven Chinese Sisters

Cherries and Cherry Pits

The Trees of the Dancing Goats (and Polacco books generally)

The Ugly Vegetables

Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson

Coyote Columbus

Rain Stomper

Raising Dragons

Dad, Jackie, and Me

Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm

Cowboy and Octopus

The Hello, Goodbye Window

The Red Lollipop

Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

I, Matthew Henson

Little Night

Kid Blink Beats The World

Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride

There Are No Scary Wolves

And, of course, anything ever written by Mo Willems. We still keep adding to our Piggie and Elephants, even though of course the girls, at 9 and 11, don't need "easy readers" anymore.






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The Little House

Letting Swift River Go


The above books are more serious while these are just cute and fun to do silly voices with:


Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski


I am sure there are lots of others since my books shelves are overflowing, but these are what first come to mind :)

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