For a very long time, I have been collecting children’s book – since I was a child myself. I’m so grateful I held on to my most precious and favorite children’s books! Since my child is also an avid reader, I’ve become obsessed with finding the best and most amazing books. We educate using Waldorf methods and are always looking for mindful, lovely messages as well as stunning illustrations throughout our books.
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This list is ever growing!
If you check back tomorrow, it will likely have 5 new books on it!
If you have recommendations for my child and I, please comment below!
A collection of incredible picture books that we’ve enjoyed over the years.
Recommended for ages 2+ depending on language level and content.
The Pout Pout Fish
by by Deborah Diesen
3 years later, I’m STILL chanting the main chorus of this book! I love it.
There is a moment in this book when one fish kisses the other fish without permission. Please note this. It can be used as a teachable moment or it might make you uncomfortable. Please check it out first.
Picture Books that bring awareness of various cultures.
Traditional stories passed down, illustrated and retold.
We use these daily to help understand our what is around us in our vast and large world!
Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Conservation
by Jan Reynolds
Beautiful photography fills this book of today’s Maasai, who face new challenges. Maasai tribes are meeting these obstacles head-on adapting their lives and agricultural practices while keeping their vibrant, close-knit culture alive.
This is an incredible series of beautifully illustrated nature themed books… We love them.
Winter Stories …
Books that explain the cycle of life, death and more.
Sometimes, we as parents need help explaining difficult things to our children – to make sense of their feelings.
The books in this section (in development as of February 2022), will help parents with topics such as separation anxiety, nightmares and all the little things children (and some of us adults) find fearful. This include children’s books about the sickness and death of a family member, grief, cancer and so much more… If you have amazing books to add to this section, please do contact us.
The Invisible String
by Patrice Karst
A wonderful book to help children put a heartfelt story to their feelings of separation anxiety, the death of a loved one and so much more. This is a beautiful, versatile book that can be used for so many purposes. (*mentions Heaven, but in a very easy way to lead to a lovely discussion of various beliefs)
The Grandpa Tree
by Mike Donahue
This is a beautiful book that can not only be used to teach children about the cycle of life in a very gentle way, but it can also be used to introduce children to the concept of death if your child is ready. It’s a lovely, simple book that can be used for many purposes.
What Happens When Someone I Love Has Cancer?
by Sara Olsher
This book is extremely helpful in helping young children learn a little bit more about cancer. It approaches the topic using a person who is non-specific (one isn’t sure the gender or even the relation to the child). It does not mention death, but it does speak of treatments and the impact cancer may have on a child’s life. It answers many questions they may have. Sara has a series of may books to help through this journey
CHAPTER BOOKS YOU CAN
read together now ... alone later.
This is a collection of chapter books, poetry, short stories and classics that can be read to your child at a very young age (depending on content). When your child can read themselves, they will surely get lost into the world of stories as well.
We’ve had most of these series since before she could read.
They are wonderful to read together and then perfect for when your little one begins reading on his/her own.
Little House on the Prairie
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
What would a children’s blog be without Little House? I couldn’t be happier to be reading these with my child and it’s one of our favorite children’s books. There are some things that need to be explained (or skipped), but they are a classic that take us through life back then.
I’m not sure I can convey the nature of these gnome stories in just a sentence or two. I honestly can not speak highly enough of them. They are so special and hands down our favorite children’s books. We read and read and can’t get enough of them. The gnomes become our friends and their Limindoor woods is where we dream of being.
I adore the Heartwood Hotel series. The characters are sweet and gentle and the themes are amazing.
These are some of the most special books we have.
Journey through the woods and into the life of animals and the forest.
Beautiful Learning Books
There’s nothing more shocking than to see your child sit down with an encyclopedia or a reference book, learn something and head back to the dinner table to tell you that an Orca isn’t actually a whale… it’s a dolphin.
This is an amazing resource thanks! Have you read the tiptoes lightly books? I own a Forest school and will definitely use this resource.
I have not read the tiptoes lightly books and I will check them out today! I’m so glad you will find it useful!
Love the effort you put into creating this terrific reading resource to share with others! You clearly know that reading to, and with, children develops their love of reading and this is a TERRIFIC gift to give a child. Like you, I love children’s books and tried to share that with my boys when they were kids and also with my kindergarten friends when I taught. I’ll share a few titles of books that were fun to read aloud and enjoyed by many, many little ones.
Yes Day!! and Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano
Also well-loved … The Legend of Jellybean the Unbreakable Egg by Joe Troiano
The Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems
More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt
Our Tree Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
and so, so many more!
Thank you so much, Audrey for your reply and I’m really glad you like this resource! These are excellent suggestion. My goal was to leave well-known books off this list because well… everyone knows them! It doesn’t make them not amazing of course. So there are SO MANY I’ve missed… I know. So grateful for the suggestions. 🙂