What's Your Favorite Book?

As an avid reader and a chronic over-sharer about what I’m currently into, I often get asked “What is your favorite book?” But, you guys, there are MILLIONS of books out there! How could I pick just one? It would be like picking my favorite snowflake, or my favorite M&M (green! — nevermind, I guess that one was pretty simple), or my favorite daughter. Pick one? Impossible! 

What I CAN do is give you a list of some of my favorites, the ones I go back to over and over. 

So, over the next few weeks, on "Favorites Friday" I will do just that. I wrote a list of my all-time favorites and broke them down into categories: Read-to-Me, Beginning Readers/Early grades, Middle grades, Tween/Teen, Adult, Non-Fiction, and what I’m calling “Defies Classification.”

Let's get started with the Read-To-Me group.

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince

Jack the railway switchman just wants to have a quiet snack during his work break. But, alas, he spots danger ahead! An ant has found its way onto the railroad track! If Jack doesn’t act quickly the ant will be flat. 

This lively, rhyming romp makes me laugh every time I read it. Joshua Prince’s I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track, and its sequel I Saw an Ant in a Parking Lot, deserve a spot on your shelf, or at least a space in your library book bag.


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale By Mo Willems

The epic saga of Knuffle Bunny and her owner Trixie is not to be missed. In this first installment, Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the laundromat. But one of them doesn’t return. Can Daddy and Trixie find Knuffle Bunny, or will the beloved toy be lost forever?

Mo Willems has created something special with his Knuffle Bunny series. The illustrations are black and white photos overlaid with cartoon drawings. Readers instantly see themselves in the pages of this book, either in the frustration of a parent trying to do their best, or in the sense of loss and ultimately joy felt by a child who leaves behind a beloved friend. 


The Monster at the End of this Book By Sesame Street

Lovable, furry, Grover will stop at nothing to get you to quit reading. After all, there is a monster at the end of the book! But staples, bricks, and well meaning pleas won’t stop the most intrepid readers from finding out just how scary the monster really is.

This book is a classic everyone seems to own. In fact I bet you have the Little Golden Book edition in your personal library already (or your mom does). If not, go out and buy it for your little ones, and help a new generation of readers enjoy the story.



If you ever want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! By Elise Parsley

This list wouldn’t be complete without a shoutout to my gal, Magnolia. Magnolia is a do’s and don’ts guru like no other. “Should I bring an alligator to school?” You may ask. Magnolia’s got your back. In If You ever want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t, she outlines the many reasons why an alligator might not be the best choice for show and tell. 

Full of engaging and delightful illustrations, the entire Magnolia series is a sure hit with the Read-To-Me crowd. If you’ve ever wondered about bringing a piano to the beach, or a circus to the library, you’re going to want to consult Magnolia. 



That's it for this week. Check back next week for my top favorite Early Readers.


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