Books for Josephine

Books have always been a huge part of my life, and I want the same for my daughter.  I have been working on her collection, and there are MANY more I cannot wait to buy her, but I also want suggestions on books she MUST have in her collection.

As I get her books, I will add them to this list (in alphabetical order by title).  Please, if you know of a great book that I should own, let me know in the comments.  

Thank you!

{A good chunk of these are board books, so if there is no author listed, it is probably a board book}

Josephine's Books:
A to Z (Sandra Boyton)
A Light in the Attic (Shel Silverstein)
All in a Day (Mitsumasa Anno, Eric Carle, Raymond Briggs, Nicolai Ye. Popov, Akiko Hayashi, Gian Calvi, Leo & Diane Dillon, Zhu Chengliang, and Ron Brooks)
Animal Babies Peek-A-Boo
Anoter Monster at the End of This Book (Jon Stone)
Baby Cat Nicky (Carol Friedman)
Baby Goofy Catches a Fish
Baby Signs 
Baby's First Bedtime
Baby's First Book of Rhymes
Baby's First Lullabies
Bambi's Fragrant Forest (Based on the original story by Felix Stalton)
Beach Day (Helen Oxenbury)
Beauty and the Beast
Bialosky Goes Out
Big Joe's Trailer Truck (Joe Mathieu)
Boom Chicka Rock (John Archambault)
Biscuit's Pet & Play Halloween (Alyssa Satin Capucilli)
Bread and Jam For Frances (Russell Hoban)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Eric Carle)
Brush Mona Lisa's Hair (Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo)
Bug Safari (Bob Barner)
Bunny Goes to Market (Stephen Cosgrove and Charles Reasoner)
Butterfly Kisses (Sandra Magsamen)
Cape Cod Light: The Lighthouse at Dangerfield (Paul Giambarba)
Catch Picasso's Rooster (Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo)
Children Make Terrible Pets (Peter Brown)
Chirpy Chick
Chrysanthemum (Kevin Henkes)
Clifford the Big Red Dog (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford the Firehouse Dog (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford the Small Red Puppy (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford’s Birthday Party (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford’s Family (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford’s First School Day (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford’s Hiccups (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford’s Ice Cream Mess (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford’s Sport’s Day (Norman Bridwell)
Clifford Teacher’s Pets (Norman Bridwell)
Color Train, Color Train! (Martin Kelly)
Cool Time Song (Carole Schaefer)
Corduroy (Don Freeman)
Curious George Plays Baseball (Margaret and H. A. Rey)
Cute As Can Bee
Dinosaur A-Z (Simon Mugford)
Dr. Suess's ABC (Dr. Suess)
Eight Animals on the Town (Ocho Animales) (Susan Middleton Elya)
Elmo's ABCs
Elmo’s 12 Days of Christmas
Everything Cat (Marty Crisp)
Fairy Poems for the Very Young (Beverlie Manson)
Falling Up (Shel Silverstein)
Family Lullaby (Jody Fickes Shapiro)
Fraggle Rock (Jocelyn Stevenson)
Go, Dog, Go! (Dr. Suess)
Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Suess)
Guess How Much I Love You (Sam McBratney)
Harold and the Purple Crayon (Crockett Johnson)
Hildilid’s Night (Cheli Duran Ryan)
Hop on Pop (Dr. Suess)
How Many Dragons Are Behind the Door? (Virginia Kahl)
I Am A Bunny (Ole Risom)
I Am Snow (Jean Marzollo)
I Love My Rabbit
I Love You Through and Through (Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak)
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (Laura Numeroff)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin (Laura Numeroff)
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Laura Numeroff)
If You Give a Pig a Pancake (Laura Numeroff)
If You Give a Pig a Party (Laura Numeroff)
If You Take a Mouse to School (Laura Numeroff)
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies (Laura Numeroff)
In a People House (Theo LeSieg)
Interrupting Chicken (David Ezra Stein)
Just For You (Mercer Mayer)
Just Grandma and Me (Mercer Mayer)
Just Grandpa and Me (Mercer Mayer)
Just Me and My Dad (Mercer Mayer)
Just Me and My Mom (Mercer Mayer)
Just Shopping with Mom (Mercer Mayer)
Ladybug Girl (David Soman & Jacky Davis)
Library of First Questions and Answers About Water: Do Fish Drink? (Time Life for Children)
Little Bear (Else Holmelund Minarik)
Little Chick
Little Quack’s New Friend (Lauren Thompson)
Love You Forever (Robert Munsch)
Mama, How Long Will You Love Me? (Anna Pignataro)
Me & Neesie (Eloise Greenfield)
Melanie Mouse's Moving Day (Cyndy Szekeres)
Mickey Mouse's Picnic (Jane Werner)
Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney)
Miss Spider’s New Car (David Kirk)
Moo, Baa, La La La! (Sandra Boyton)
Moonlight (Jan Ormerod)
Mother Goose Kitten Rhymes
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? (Dr. Suess)
Oh, The Places You Will Go! (Dr. Suess) 
Oh, What a Busy Day! (Gyo Fujikawa)
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Salina Yoon)
On My Way with Sesame Street (Funk and Wagnalls)
One Drowsy Dragon (Ethan Long)
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Dr. Suess)
Over the Rainbow (E. Y. Harburg)
Opposites (Sandra Boyton)
Oscar's Book (Jeffrey Moss)
Pat the Bunny (Dorothy Kunhardt)
Peek-A-Boo Bedtime
Peek-A-Boo Farm
Peek-A-Moo (Marie Torres Cimarusti)
Peek-A-Zoo (Marie Torres Cimarusti)
Piggy's Playground (Amye Rosenberg)
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do you Hear? (Eric Carle)
Popcorn (Frank Asch)
Purple, Green, and Yellow (Helene Desputeaux)
Put Me in the Zoo (Robert Lopshire)
Rainbow Brite and the Big Color Mix-Up
Sammy Sheep's New Nibbles
Sleep Tight! (Constance Allen)
Snoozers (Sandra Boyton)
Snuggle Bunny (Lambert and Goldhawk)
Song and Dance Man (Karen Ackerman)
Spot’s First Easter (Eric Hill)
Spring (Nuria Roca)
Stephanie's Ponytail (Robert Munsch)
Strega Nona (Tomie dePaola)
Tails Are Not for Pulling (Elizabeth Verdick)
The Berenstain Bears and the Week At Grandma's (Stan & Jan Berenstain)
The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor (Stan & Jan Berenstain)
The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Suess)
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse, The Dog and His Bone, and The Fox and His Bone (Three Aesop Fables told by Patricia Scarry)
The Fairies' Alphabet Book (Beverlie Manson)
The First Adventures of Incredible You (Sarah Riley Headrick)
The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)
The Glo Friends Glo-Year-Round Book
The Going to Bed Book (Sandra Boyton)
The Goodnight Moon Room Pop-up Book (Based on the book by Maragaret Wise Brown)
The Jolly Mon (Jimmy Buffett and Savannah Jane Buffett)
The Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn)
The Little Engine that Could (Watty Piper)
The Lorax (Dr. Suess)
The Magic Locket (Elizabeth Koda-Callan)
The Monster at the End of This Book (Jon Stone)
The Monster Under My Bed (Suzanne Gruber)
The Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch)
The Random House Book of Humor For Children
The Real Mother Goose
The Runaway Bunny (Margaret Wise Brown)
The Sneetches (and Other Stories) (Dr. Suess)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
The Very Lonely Firefly (Eric Carle)
The Very Quiet Cricket (Eric Carle)
The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Patricia Scarry)
There's a Wocket in My Pocket (Dr. Suess)
Thomas' Snowsuit (Robert Munsch)
Tickle Monster (Josie Bissett)
Tikki Tikki Tembo (Arlene Mosel)
Walt Disney Fun-to-Read Library Volume 3: Pinocchio’s Promise
Walt Disney Fun-to-Read Library Volume 9:  Our Wonderful Earth
Walt Disney Fun-to-Read Library Volume 18: Tell Me a Story
We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania (Laurie Krebs & Julia Cairns)
What is Your Language? (Debra Leventhal)
What’s For Dinner? (Ann Garnett)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)
Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
Whiskerville Firehouse (Joanne Barkan) 
Whiskerville Post Office (Joanne Barkan)
Who Loves Josephine? (Jennifer Dewing)
Winnie-The-Pooh Meets Gopher (A. A. Milne)
Winnie-The-Pooh: The Honey Tree (A. A. Milne)
Worse Than the Worst (James Stevenson)
Zinnia’s Flower Garden (Monica Wellington)

Books for Later:
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Madeleine L’Engle)
A Wind in the Door (Madeleine L’Engle)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
An Acceptable Time (Madeleine L’Engle)
Anastasia Krupnik (Lois Lowry)
Beezus and Ramona (Beverly Cleary)
By The Shores of Silver Lake (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Roald Dahl)
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
Danny the Champion of the World (Roald Dahl)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Roald Dahl)
Farmer Boy (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood
Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Little House on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Little Town on the Prairie (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Many Waters (Madeleine L’Engle)
Matilda (Roald Dahl)
Morning is a Long Time Coming (Bette Greene)
Now We Are Six (A. A. Milne)
Number the Stars (Lois Lowry)
On the Banks of Plum Creek (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Pipi Longstocking (Astrid Lindgreen)
Ramona and Her Mother (Beverly Cleary)
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Beverly Cleary)
Ramona the Pest (Beverly Cleary)
Stuart Little (E. B. White)
The BFG (Roald Dahl)
The Chronicles of Narnia (C. S. Lewis)
The First Four Years (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
The Giver (Lois Lowry)
The House at Pooh Corner (A. A. Milne)
The Long Winter (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
The Random House Book of Humor for Children
The Samantha Series (American Girl Dolls)
The Witches (Roald Dahl)
These Happy Golden Years (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Through the Looking-Glass (Lewis Carroll)
Winnie-The-Pooh (A. A. Milne)
When We Were Very Young (A. A. Milne)
Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls)


  1. Do You Know How Much I Love You by Donna Tedesco... Its an amazing book, and even I myself still love reading it.

  2. My boys love Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We are on our 3rd copy!

  3. Anon -- sounds good!

    Sabrina -- I love that book! Third copy, huh? You've got some good readers! :)

  4. When I was growing up my mom would buy me the Newbery Medal winner each year, and had collected a lot of the previous winners for me as well. Checking out that list (Wikipedia has it on the Newbery Medal page) would be a great place to start!

  5. Granted, those are for a much older Josephine...

  6. Great idea, Jen Marie! I will definitely do that!

  7. You are special by Max Lucado. SUPER cute and great story!

  8. In books for later, consider

    Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery (it's a series of 8 books if she likes the first one)

    Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery (it's a series of 3 books if she likes the first one)

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald

    Happy Reading!

  9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Dr. Seuss)
    To Think That I Saw That on Mulberry Street (Dr. Seuss)
    The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)

  10. Hip Hop Hapoffs -- Thanks for the suggestion!

    Mari -- I really enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, but didn't read it until grad school! I bet I have it somewhere. Are the rest of the books as good? I have the "Wind in the Door" series by Montgomery but had never even heard of "Emily" series! I will definitely get those. I bet I have the Secret Garden somewhere too. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

    Anon -- We have more Seuss than anything else and we still need to get tons more to finish collection! They are all so great, aren't they? :)

  11. Hi there!

    Did you ever read the Redwall series by Brian Jacques? They were my favourite books as a child, and even as an adult I've never loved another book as much as I loved them! They would go in the books for later section of course - I was addicted to them from age 8-11.

  12. No, I actually never read them, but as an adult I have heard a lot about them. Thanks! Sounds like a good addition to the "for later" section!

  13. I just wanted to give you props on this. Reading is so important, and I think the earlier you start the better. My husband and I try to be the good influence in our niece/nephews lives and always give them books for their b-days, Christmas, etc. Nobody else does. In fact I bet the only books they own are the ones we have given them. It's a shame, they are really going to have a hard time the rest of their lives because their parents don't give a crap about their education and just sit them in front of the TV all day everyday. We can already see the bad effects it's having on them, and they are only age 3-12. You're doing a great thing for your daughter. BRAVO- the world needs more parents like you.

  14. MayLove -- Thank you so much! How nice of you. I'm trying ... I figure I'll mess up in many ways (unintentionally), so I need to intentionally do some very good things. :)

  15. Added to the list this weekend: If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (thanks mom!)

  16. The Very Hungry Caterpillar!! I don't remember the author, but every time I think about that book I get warm fuzzy memories of childhood :)

  17. Love you forever has always been my favorite book that i can remember i am glad it is on your list! When I was little i memorized it so i would " read " it to my mom or dad before bed...holding it upside down always gave me away.

    You already have a ton of books on here that i loved! Reading books every night before bed was my favorite!

    A series that my brother and I both liked that I didn't see on your list was Miss spider.Miss spiders tea party etc. Stephen didn't enjoy them as much, he was mildly terrified of "id-ers" as a little guy.

  18. Oh, when Nate was little we LOVED When the Wind Bears Go Dancing by Phoebe Stone. Check it out.

  19. My household baby is 21 months, and by now she has definite FAVORITES which she demands several times during the day. (She ran at me earlier shouting HAM HAM HAM and I was confused, 'cause we're vegetarians, before I realized that she was brandishing Green Eggs and Ham.)

    We're readers and we're rather annoyingly pretentious about it, and we fancy OUR favorite children's books to be super special: solid stories, artistic illustrations, no branding, celebrating difference and kindness, not reinforcing antifeminist beauty standards (we really talk about that, even though mentioning it makes me sound like a character on Portlandia)... I could go on but I won't.

    There are a few very special books that fit into both Baby's Favorites and Our Favorites. All of the Sandra Boynton books are definitely there (the baby loves Blue Hat, Green Hat; I prefer But Not the Hippopotamus although my housemate thinks it's sad) and I saw that you’re on your way to collecting those. Goodnight Moon, of course! Yes. Oh, yes, Shel Silverstein is amazing. I always coveted those as a kid. The Eric Carles are babyfavorites, although our baby demanded Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? so many times when she was 8-15 months old that we frequently get it stuck on a loop in our heads and we all want desperately to burn it in a ceremonial bonfire. Anyway, some of the everyone’s-favorites on our list, that I don't see on yours, are:

    A Bad Case of Stripes (David Shannon)

    All in a Day (Cynthia Rylant)

    All the World (Liz Garton Scanlon) (This is my all-time favorite ever ever ever.)

    Awake to Nap, Mama Is It Summer Yet?, and To Market To Market (Nikki McClure)

    Blueberry Girl (Neil Gaiman) (So. Wonderful.)

    I Like Me! (Nancy L. Carlson)

    Iggy Peck, Architect (Andrea Beaty)

    Isabelle and the Angel (Thierry Magnier) (I adore this book. I do worry sometimes about books about love, about finding one-and-only person who completes you... is this fostering codependence? Shouldn't we be teaching her that she IS complete? That loved ones enrich life, but aren't completely your life? This is probably just me overanalyzing, though.)

    (continued in next comment 'cause I'm ridiculously long-winded)

  20. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Don Wood) (I love this one, but my housemate refers to it as "that book that teaches us to trick our friends into giving us their food." She's joking of course, but it's not her favorite, so I had to offer that disclaimer. Read the Amazon reviews! They back me up.)

    The Nice Book (David Ezra Stein) (We quote this book often: "Look after someone little. We're all little.")

    most of the Olivia books (Ian Falconer) (The first one is WONDERFUL and the one about the missing toy is much requested, but for some reason no one can really get into the one wherein Olivia goes to Venice.) (Ooh, I just looked these up on Amazon and there seem to be some spinoffs written by other authors... I am not sure how I feel about that and I will try to get over myself and check them out but hmph.)

    Peach and Blue (Sarah Kilborne)

    Pete and Pickles (Berkeley Breathed) (We also have and love Mars Needs Moms, but I hear that the movie is wretched. The book is still sweet and lovely.)

    Quick as a Cricket (Audrey Wood)

    Slide Already! (Kit Allen)

    The Subway Mouse (Barbara Reid)

    Also, I keep hoping that she will fall in love with Eloise (Kay Thompson) and Madeline (Ludwig Bemelmans) but it hasn't happened yet. Time.

    Also, there are a lot of ABC and 123 board books (as you know!) so I'm not sure which ones you have---but we love Charley Harper's ABCs and Charley Harper's 123s. My housemate is a Charley Harper fanatic, and every single illustration in these books is frame-able. Regarding board books, the baby also really likes the "My First..." series by DK Publishing, the ones with photographs on each page of the objects in question. She’ll sit and point at objects and have us name them for HOURS. "My First Colors Board Book" and "My First Spanish Word Book" in particular are favorites. She gets so excited and shouty that we can't read them before naptime 'cause she won't be able to sleep.

    Longest comment ever! Yay reading. :-)

  21. OH WAIT!!

    The Arrival (Shaun Tan)

    The Blushful Hippopotamus (Chris Raschka)

    Diary of a Wombat (Jackie French)

    Flotsam (David Wiesner)

    More More More Said the Baby (Vera B. Williams)

    Sorry. I may not be able to stop doing this...

  22. The Sleep Book has always been my fav. Dr. Suess book! Perhaps more for the art than the book? I love looking at all the little nooks and cubbies that creatures are sleeping in. And I especially love the part that goes something like... "The drawbridge is drawn and it's going to stay drawn till the sun rises at about dawn. So nobody better come by with a special delivery letter!"
    I think I'm misquoting that, but the book has disappeared into my 6 yr. old's room never to be seen again!

    It has the added bonus of putting anyone to sleep, which is probably why it has been hidden from me!

    Also, the toothbrush lady looks a lot like my Aunt Ruth. Hhehee.
    Great blog Veronica!


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