1- Anything Dr Suess
2- Anything A. A. Milne
3- Owl Babies, Martin Waddell
4- Friends, Kim Lewis
5- My Dad Thinks He's Funny, Katrina Germain
6- Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
I don't think it's possible to be a human being and not like Dr. Seuss. The great thing about his books is they're outlandish, featuring made-up creatures in wacky scenarios. They highlights and emphasize imagination. The other significant feature is he actually designed his books in such a way as to encourage children to read, hence all the rhyming. He would chose like 20 basic vocabulary words and then use those as a basis for his writing. His language is repetitious and easy to follow. Good for children and enjoyable for me to read to them.
A. A. Milne famously wrote the Winnie the Pooh stories. The characters are adorable and quirky. They embark on adventures and generally just have a great time. There are also a series of really great poems that Milne has. If you don't know what I'm talking about, look them up.
Owl Babies is this adorable book about these three baby owls who wake up in the middle of the night to find their mother is gone. The story is about how the oldest owl, Sarah takes charge and convinces the other two, Percy and Bill, not to worry. There is repetition in the writing and Bill, the youngest owl is so cute I just want to wrap him up in a blanket.
Friends is another totally darling story about two friends, Sam and Alice, who bond together to bring an egg from the hen-house safely back home. They put the egg in Sam's hat and the hat in Alice's bucket and carry it carefully (avoiding the geese because Alice is afraid of geese. I mean, who isn't?) to the barn. They start to quarrel and the egg breaks on the ground.
"Sam did like Alice and he didn't like Alice and he felt he was going to cry."
Anyway, they overcome their difference when they find another egg and become friends again, learning to do it together. This story is endearing and sweet and reinforces the importance of friendship.
My Dad Thinks He's Funny. I probably only like this book so much because I relate to it so well. It's basically just a book of classic dad-jokes. See above. It's cute and funny. What else do you need? Highly recommended for all people whose dad's tell cringe-worthy jokes.
Where The Wild Things Are is such a classic (I read the book before there was a movie). It tells the story of Max who is sent to bed without dinner because he's being too wild. His room turns into a forest and he sails across the sea to the place where the wild things are and they make him their king. He enjoys the experiences, but soon realises he can't stay forever because his mother needs him and he needs her, and when he gets home there is dinner sitting on his dresser and "it was still hot." I love the use of imagination and the significance his relationship with his mother plays.
So, in conclusion, if you're in need of adorable, easy to read, fun to read children's books (for whatever reason) check them out ^^^
If you have any other personal favourites I'd love to hear about them. What they are and what makes them so great.