Top Ten Books for Early Learners

[Note: I’m assuming you have your own favorite children’s Bible.]

Early readers

  1. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble –  A beautiful blend of humorous story and illustrations!
  2. Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman –  You have to love about a book that begins “Jillian Jillian Jillian Jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!”
  3. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett –  Tall tale + food = winner!
  4. Babar and His Children by Jean De Brunhoff –  There is a reason this is considered a classic.
  5. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett –  I include this book because it was one of my youngest son’s favorite stories ever. (I think it was the maps and the dragon that hooked him. Heh.)
  6. Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran –  This one appeals to anyone with an imagination. One of our all-time favorites.
  7. Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Helen Berger –  I used this often as a good-night story–so soothing. (Berger also wrote a wonderful Christmas book called The Donkey’s Dream.)
  8. The Children’s Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett – I appreciate the variety in this book but haven’t used it yet because it wasn’t around when my boys were little. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughters when they are older.
  9. People by Peter Spier – This is one we looked at time and again—at different ages. Each time I pulled it off the shelf—months or years later— it seemed ‘new’ again.
  10. Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child’s Book of Poems –  This was my sons’ favorite collection of  poems, and the illustrations are remarkable as well. I am pretty confident they both can still recite a few, including “Brother” by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Bonus Selection

Winnie-the-Pooh series of tales and verse by A. A. Milne. Hard to pick just one but I recommend starting with the first volume of poetry called When We Were Very Young.


*Like my suggested book list for toddlers, this list is obviously opinionated and does not necessarily reflect the views of the establishment. Oh wait–I own the establishment. Anyway, it is based on both what I and/or my sons enjoyed.


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    • Maggie says

      Me too – especially the poems. Did you see online where Milne’s former house is for sale? Looks just like you’d imagine. I’d love to explore it!

  1. Sara says

    I can’t wait to check these out at our library, they are only missing 2 off the list, but other books by these authors look just as wonderful. Already have the list reserved to tomorrows pick-up.

    • Maggie says

      Fun! Let me know what you think and share your favorites! Always on the lookout for good kids’ books.

  2. says

    What a great list of books! We love Winnie the Pooh in our house! We also have several of the books you mentioned. However, I don’t recognize a couple and will definitely see if our library has them. Thanks for the great list!

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