• Rachel Barreiros

Kid LIT: My Favorite Children's Books

Updated: May 28, 2019

Every book is someone's favorite. These are just a few of mine.

Every children's book is worth a child's time. They have all been thoughtfully and considerately written, beautifully illustrated, and carefully chosen for publishing.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose .” Dr. Seuss

Follow me on social media and tell me what your favorites are and tell my why. I can't wait to learn of your choices.

Just a Few of My Favorites

1. Shel Silverstein: Falling Up


My love of poetry is animated in this adorable book with unforgettable characters. This is a perfect way to marry children's reading with poetry.

2. Dr. Seuss: Oh, the Places You'll Go!


There's nothing better than the Seussical rhymes and colorful adventures you'll find in Dr. Seuss books. In Oh, the Places You'll Go! we learn that life has many ups and downs but if we keep moving and perking and grooving and working, we have a 98 and 3/4 percent guarantee that we'll succeed.

3. Rory Feek: The Cow Said Neigh! A Farm Story



This is a silly-willy book of rhyming farm confusion filled with animal sounds and laughable delight. I feel like this is a perfect book for April Fool's Day, Opposite Day, or any silly-willy day of your own!

4. Margaret Wise Brown: Goodnight, Little One


This is a very precious goodnight, sleep tight story, told in rhyme, that convinces children that everything around them gets still and quiet and closes their eyes at bedtime...even children.

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This is an endearing story that embraces the idea of "stopping to smell the flowers". It teaches both positivity and empathy alongside some of the most beautiful illustrations I've seen.

6. Audrey Penn: The Kissing Hand


This is a truly heartwarming story that aids any separation between child and parent. Although this story addresses a mom having to leave her child at school, I used to commonly read this to my youngest daughter at bedtime and used the sweet kiss to the hand and then to the heart to comfort her when she could hardly bare me saying goodnight, then leaving her room. I loved this book then and I will love it always.

7. Melissa Lagonegro, Author and RH Disney, Illustrator

Beauty and the Beast


This is a classic Disney tale, which I am a big fan of all things Disney. This story is an amazing multifaceted lesson in not judging a book by it's cover, being kind and charitable to everyone, and we can all become fine and beautiful people despite our losses or hardships in life. LOVE this story!

Children's books are so fundamental in our lives. We all start young and little, and we all hear or read children's books at that early stage of our lives. Because these are developmental and formative years, books are adventures, lessons, and messages that help form little minds and hearts equally. Most of us all have favorites we remember fondly across the span of our adult years, just as we do certain teachers we had through our years of education. When a child loves a story, they become so enthralled that they'll want costumes so they can dress as the characters, they'll want to decorate their bedrooms the same as the setting of the book, they'll want to make foods that are mentioned in the story, and have their birthday parties in story theme. That's a tremendous impact and is a great testimony to the power of words and the power of stories. Parents and storytelling adults should always be cautious and judicious about their choice in books and messages they want told to little ears and minds, but should also be supportive of the book publishing industry that works hard to put a wealth of information into little lives. Story time can be your child's favorite pastime if you hold the fundament of reading books in the highest regard. Choosing and reading books were always a staple in my family, including sitting every year, (and still to-date), in front of the fireplace for a Christmas Eve reading of the first Christmas story out of the Bible, and then onto 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. My daughters were always the biggest spenders at school book fairs and the readers earning the highest amount of points in book challenges. Today, my daughters are obtaining degrees in Speech and Language and in Political Science, and still love to read for pleasure. So, get lit with Kid Lit and teach your kids one of the greatest lessons of all. It's fun to read! #kidlit

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