We have definitely developed some favorites over the years. Some of them are classics—or my childhood favorites—and some we've found as the boys grew.
For several years I was the chairperson of the elementary school book fair, and it had a few perks. Book Fair week always ended with a stack of new books for us. What I'm saying is that we have a LOT!!! Here are some of my very favorites.
All the mice books by Kevin Henkes.
SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE by William Steig
A classic! One day Sylvester goes on a walk and finds a magic pebble and makes a wish that has devastating consequences.
This book makes me cry, and I love everything about it. I have read that some think this book is too depressing and sad. Well, it is depressing and sad, and these are real emotions that people experience. Even children, and this book shows it in a beautifully illustrated way. The best part is sharing with your child that sometimes things seem hopeless, sometimes your alone and afraid, but there is hope and miracles happen. It almost makes me cry to think about it.
All the Harold Books by Crockett Johnson
Berenstain Bears by Stan, Jan, and now Mike Berenstain
PETE THE CAT by James Dean and Eric Litwin
STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON by Patty Lovell and David Catrow
Molly Lou Melon is different, but she doesn't let that stand in her way of being extraordinary. I love the message and I love the illustrations of David Catrow. They are vibrant, unique, and engaging. My boys have always loved this one, even if it's about a girl! ;)
There are a million more great ones, I could never list them all. What are some of your favorites??