Our Youth Services staff always look forward to working with you and your children to determine what book to read next. They want to hear about interests, reading levels, goals or whatever you are looking to achieve with your next book. But do you ever wonder what our BCPL staff chooses as their all-time favorite children’s book? Below lists just a few of our top picks.
Jordan – Gregor the Overlander (Book #1 in the Underland Chronicles) by Suzanne Collins
Gregor the Overlander came to me during a time when I desperately needed encouragement, confidence, and a sense of strength against all odds. I was starting middle school, my mom just remarried, and I suddenly had two new siblings, a new home, new friends, and no idea who I was. Gregor reminded me that bravery can come in many shapes and sizes, it reminded me that family does not necessarily share the same blood, that friendship and belonging can be found in the most unlikely of places. This is a book about real life and real issues, but it’s wonderfully masked in an old and beautifully terrifying world that exists beneath New York City. It’s an adventure, a quest — one that will change you for all the right reasons.
On a side not – Jordan’s most favorite book is Harry Potter, but submitted the above to offer originality to her response. “In all honesty, if I could only read ONE book for the rest of FOREVER, I’d have to pick Harry Potter.”
Emily – Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb
Paul Meets Bernadette is a beautiful story for both children and adults. It is a story of two fish discussing the world outside of their bowl and coming up with imaginative explanations for the objects nearby (a teapot is an elephant, fried eggs are the sun and moon, etc.). In addition to the creative characters and the fantastic brushstroke illustrations, the story perfectly shows how love can change your perspective on the world.
Geneva – Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors by Lisa McCue
Quiet Bunny’s Many Colors is one of my all-time favorite children’s books. The captivating illustrations are what draw you in and keep you turning pages. It is an excellent book for children beginning to read and learn their colors. I love the meaning of the book – you are perfect just the way you are.
Jennifer – Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Ann of Green Gables and the series were a favorite of mine growing up and became even more dear as I read them aloud to my mother, who suffers with dementia. The memory of the story was one she continued to enjoy.
Teresa – Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda is my favorite children’s book; I think I read it like 7 times! As a child, I just related to the character so much, with her love of reading and thirst for knowledge. Such a great story with a sweet ending as well!
Ally – Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch is my favorite picture book. It’s laugh-out-loud funny and shows why it’s important to be yourself and not just be a follower. Stephanie is my spirit animal.
Karen – Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon is my favorite children’s book. I read it every night with my daughters for at least 2 years. I have video of my daughters “reading” Goodnight Moon – they had it memorized and they liked to read it to us.
Jennifer – Corduroy by Don Freeman
Corduroy was and still is my favorite children’s book. My kids have the same love for the book that I do. It was the first book I purchased with my own money, and I still have it today. Corduroy is the story of a bear that is not perfect, yet still deserves to be loved. My favorite illustrations in the book are Corduroy on a mountain (escalator) and Corduroy picking up his lost button from a mattress in the palace (furniture department).
What is your all-time favorite children’s book? We would love to hear from you!
Jennifer Cheek has worked for Boone County Public Library for 4 years. A graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph focusing on English and Communications, she previously worked in Advertising/Media Buying and still continues as a freelancer.