The Redeyed Reader takes you on a walk down nostalgia lane with a review of some of the best children’s books out there.
- Goodnight Moon – Firstly, this book has some of the best illustrations of all time. Secondly, its main characters are rabbits. How cute is that? Thirdly, it is a well written and descriptive story that is perfect to have read to you just before bedtime.
- Where The Wild Things Are– Truly a childhood classic. Every kid has had a time when they wanted to get away from their parents and just go somewhere far, far away. Following Max on his journey to the island of (lovable) monsters is an excellent adventure for kids of any age.
- Green Eggs and Ham– While I am a fan of pretty much every Dr. Seuss book ever written, Green Eggs and Ham is the book listed because it is arguably one of the most well-known out of all of his children’s books. Young kids are notoriously picky eaters, which makes this particular book very relevant and attempts to teach children to try new things. Plus, all Dr. Suess books are amusing because of the rhyming. If you have not read this book your childhood makes no sense.
- Harold and The Purple Crayon– Now a YPAS production! Harold and The Purple Crayon features one of the most simplistic illustrations of any of the books on this list. What really makes this book special is its focus on creativity. With his one crayon, Harold can create anything in the world. Reading his story, you will feel like you can, too.
- Rainbow Fish – Who can’t relate to feeling left out (especially when you were a little kid and taunting others was a favored pastime for many)? The Rainbow fish is a perfectly pulled together story that still teaches kids today that it is okay to be different. Plus the main character, Rainbow Fish, is different because he has sparkly scales. What better way to get a kid interested in a book than to have shiny stuff in it?
- Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type – One of the most unique story plots created, this book tells the story of farm animals making demands of their farmer via typewriter. It is beyond hilarious. Though it contains an intelligent whimsy about it, due to its more modern style it could not really be considered a “classic” children’s book.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie– Cookies + cute animals = great children’s book. The plot is what wins me over every time. Nothing more needs to be said.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar– Honestly, I don’t remember a lot about the plot of this book. Basically, it features a very hungry caterpillar who eats a leaf (among other things), turns into a cocoon, and then becomes a butterfly. However, bright colors and artwork turn a straightforward biology lesson into a magical discovery. The character of the hungry caterpillar will stick with you, even if the plot doesn’t.
- Curious George– Who knew that a man in a big yellow hat and a monkey named George would make such a good pair? It never failed to entertain me when George got himself into some inevitable mess, that the poor man in the yellow hat had to clean up. That monkey had quite a knack for adventure.
- The Corduroy Bear– One of the most adorable characters of all time. Period. Personally, as a kid obsessed with stuffed animals, I was in love with the story of a toy bear wanting to go to a good home. As if the sweet and sappy storyline wasn’t enough, the wonderful illustrations just added to the overall level of cute.
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