Top 50 Parents' Favorite Kids' Books

One of the great things about parenthood is sharing treasured elements of your own childhood with your kids. Parents naturally gravitate towards traditions, toys, songs, movies for which they have fond memories. Hollywood and the toy manufacturers know this, marketing movies to us as adults that were popular cartoons when we were kids and selling next generations of our favorite childhood toys. I'll use the Transformers movie and upcoming G.I. Joe movie as prime examples.

Other media aside, books were a large part of my childhood as they are to so many. A few of my favorites were I'm Going to Run Away, Noisy Nora, Bedtime for Frances and the amazing Where the Wild Things Are. We've introduced quite a few new ones, but I still buy my childhood favorite books for my son. After getting lots of reader feedback, I've compiled the top 50 children's books that were the childhood favorites of today's parents. Some of them I've never heard of, others I have worn through, but either way this list of the best children's books is a great starting point to build your own family library. In alphabetical order, here they are:

101 Dalmations
A Little Golden Book about Grover
Are You My Mother?
Bedtime for Frances
Bernstein Bears
Blueberries for Sal
Charlotte's Web
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree
Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
Curious George
David's Silver Dollar
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Disney Cinderella
Draw Me a Star
Each Peach Pear Plum
Goodnight Moon
Green Eggs and Ham
Harry the Dirty Dog
Hop on Pop!
Hyram's Red Shirt
I am a Bunny
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
I'll Love You Forever
I'm Going to Run Away
Jim Jump
Little House on the Prairie
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
Misty of Chincoteague
Mr. Pine's Purple House
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle
Noisy Nora
Peter Pan and Wendy
Pokey Little Puppy
Ramona Quimby
Runaway Bunny
Story of Poppyseed
Strega Nona
The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Cat In The Hat
The Giving Tree
The Little Engine That Could
The Little Red Car
The Monster At The End of This Book
The Velveteen Rabbit
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Today I Feel Like A Warm Fuzzy
Where did the Baby Go?
Where the Wild Things Are

If you're looking to add some of these titles to your personal library, most are available on Amazon, except for one or two that are no longer in print. Check out the cool spinny widget thingy below for a few of them.

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