The Best Non-Classic Books For Your Child’s Bookshelf

My five kids range in age from 3 months old to 8 years. You can imagine that our bookshelves have a bit of variety to them.  We also homeschool.  So go ahead and re-imagine those bookshelves.  That’s the problem actually, overflowing bookshelves.  I recently decided to tackle the book situation in our home.  My husband and I believe that children should be surrounded by books, and see us reading as often as possible.  So far, we have succeeded in both aspects; however, it was time for a clean out.  I elected to sort through what we owned and categorize it all:  Donations, Homeschool Read-Alouds for all kids, Homeschool by age, Independent Learning to Read, Classics, Daytime Books, Nighttime Books, Baby and Toddler Books. Once I had my piles, I started taping ripped pages and covers back together and let go of books that had been chewed to bits.  I realized that somehow we had collected a lot of random books that were “One-Time-Reads.”  Frustrating.  You know the ones – those thin picture-style, four-words-on-a-page kind of books.  Even if they are read more than once, they are not (what I consider) fun to read.  I did keep them – in the “Independent Reading” category – because I’m done reading them! Ha. Then I started perusing blogs and Usborne parties and book stores and Amazon for the highest recommended books to add to our shelves!  I took the plunge and purchased a bunch. Want to know which ones? Of course you do…   14011826_10210254590582516_374163344_n   Remember that we like hand-me-downs here.  I did get a few specific books for my daughter because we are really working on reading, and I want her to love what’s on her shelf. But other than that, these are pretty gender neutral, and most can be loved for years and years (and will turn in to independent reading books down the road.)

Best Books for Your Child’s Bookshelf

I’m not including the classics (Paddington Bear, Corduroy Bear, Goodnight Moon, Charlotte’s Web etc) because there are 10,000 blogs out there with those on the list.  Instead, I’m sticking with the ‘non-classics;’ the books that you will love to read as much as your kids will love to hear them! Another Tip:  Audio books are WONDERFUL!!!  I use them for my emerging reader and my kindergartener who is learning letters (and my preschooler loves to listen in too!).  I set up a CD player and headphones as a station to our homeschool day!  Books Written by or with Illustrations by Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  (and the Baby Bear version!), The Mixed Up Chameleon - These are just a few of our favorites. book5   Pinkalicious Series by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann book10   Llama Llama Series by Anna Dewdy (I love all EXCEPT the Red Pajamas because I feel like a scared llama needed his llama mama!!) book11   Shine-a-Light On It Books: Oh, Usborne, how you strip me of my money.   These are fantastic books – my kids are currently obsessed with the Rainforest and Human Body books in this series. book37   I Miss My Monster by Amanda Noll book9   Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin book1   Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae book12   The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein book36   Mercer Mayer Series: All of the Little Critter books are fun. book13   Peep/Look/See Inside Books:  Usborne books are the best – this series of "Inside Things" books is just great! We are addicted to them.  See Inside Your Body is just one of our favorites, along with Look Inside Space, Peep Inside a Fairytale (all of them!), See Inside Fairyland, See Inside General Knowledge, See Inside Science, See Inside London, See Inside Ancient Rome, See Inside Planet Earth, See Inside How Things Work, and See Under the Sea book14 book15 book16   That’s Not My… Series by Usborne Books: Not my Squirrel, Penguin, Princess, etc… book17   Muddle and Match Books: Create your own adventure! Another great idea by Usborne. book18   Lift-the-Flap How Do Flowers Grow (Usborne):  As a gardening family, I love that my kids will understand how things grow! book19   Mo Willems Books: You cannot go wrong with any of his books. Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! Piggy and Gerald book20   The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen book 21   My Truck Is Stuck by Lewis and Kirk book22   Pete The Cat Series by James Dean book23   Splat the Cat Series by Rob Scotton book24   The Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett book25   The Day the Crayons Quit (and The Day the Crayons Came Home) by Daywalt and Jeffers book26   The Perfectly Messed Up Story by Patrick McDonnell book27   The Book With No Pictures by Novak book28   The Berenstein Bears Series  by the Berensteins book29   Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell book30   Sandra Boyton Board Books: (ALL.OF.THEM.) Little ears love these books. book2   Books by Don and Audrey Wood: The Napping House, Silly Sally, Heckedy Peg, etc  - all are wonderful! book31   Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Rinker and Lichtenheld book7   The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashlety Spires book32   Andrea Beaty Books: Iggy Peck, Architect   Ada Twist, Scientist   Rosie Revere, Engineer book35   Curious George Series by H.A. Ray book34   Big Plans by Bob Shea --- This has become a motto in our home -- "BIG PLANS I SAY!" book33   Gordy and the Magic Diet by Kim Diersen book48     **A lot of our favorite books are from Usborne – if you haven’t shopped the 1600 book selection yet  (or feel overwhelmed by it), click HERE for some insight!   (My kids are obsessed with their sticker books too – just an FYI)  

Chapter Books (to Read Aloud, Together, or Independently)

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (ANYTHING by Roald Dahl) book3   Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren book4   Rainbow Magic Fairy Series by Daisy Meadows book38   Harry Potter by JK Rowling book39   Completely Cassidy-Accidental Genius by Tamsyn Murray book40   Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson book41   The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer book42   The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair  by Williamson book43   The Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne book44   Fly Guy by Ted Arnold book45   Junie B Jones by Barbara Park book46   Minnie and Moo by Denys Cazet  (The entire series is fun!) book47      

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Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman Little Golden Books Pete’s Dragon by Landry Walker Skulduggary Pleasant by Derek Landy Dr. Suess Books: The Cat in the Hat Learning Library, I Can Read with my Eyes Shut, One Fish, Two Fish, The Foot Book The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry The Tickle Tree by Chae Strathie Peanut Butter Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka Captain Underpants by Dave Pikley Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman If Kisses Were Colors by Janet Lawler The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel When the Word was Waiting for You by Shields and Currey Harry the Dirty DogGlen Zion   (The whole "Harry" series!) Snowmen at Night -Caralyn Buchner Bear and Friends – Wilson and Chapman Car Goes Fast - Michael Garland   14012141_10210254591302534_258269249_n   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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