There are a lot of children’s books out there, but it can be tough to find the really great kids books.
For me, I don’t like the books that try too hard to be right on the nose with some lesson. Dinosaur Learns to Use The Potty, for example would be the kind of book that I’m not really interested in reading to my child. That doesn’t mean I don’t like books with good lessons and morals, but I think kids don’t respond well to children’s books that are too transparent.
The Best Kids Books for Young Children
- Elephant and Piggie – Like it sounds, the Elephant and Piggie series of books starts two friends, an elephant, named Gerald and a pig named, well… Piggie. Each book is a ridiculous fun adventure that only occasionally ventures into that on-the-nose moral type of story, but even when it does, it’s fun and entertaining. Most of the time, there are silly adventures to be had. The books are by Mo Willems, who is the same guy who wrote another highly recommended set of childrens books that make great gifts, the Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus set of books.
- Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – The gimmick of this book is that you get to say “No!” to the book. Technically, you are saying no to the pigeon, but that isn’t important. What is fun about the book is the way the pigeon tries to talk you into letting him drive the bus, and even pouts when you keep telling him no. Of course, you don’t let him drive the bus, which has him sad, but the last page is a giant 18-wheeler pulling up and the pigeon goes, “Hey……” because he’d like to drive that now. Technically, this is a very young kiddo book, but older kids love the humor even when it’s beneath their reading level.