I share a lot of books that have been published within the last few years, but there books that my girls adore that we read all the time that are classics. These same books were read to me as a child. I wanted to share six (I had to have six, I couldn’t possible cut one out) of our favorites that are oldies but definitely goodies.
Ferdinand (1936) this was a favorite of mine when I was little and now I get to share it with my own petites. A fabulous story by Munro Leaf with illustrations by Robert Lawson about a bull who just wants to sit under his favorite tree and smell the flowers.
Kermit the Hermit (1965) by Bill Peet was one of my very favorites as a child, I loved this greedy little crab, his treasure trove of things. My favorite part of the story is when his friend the pelican helps him to learn the value of sharing. An excellent story.
Where the Wild Things Are (1963) Maurice Sendak’s book has sold over 19 million copies worldwide. This book is a must for your petites library. A story of a little boy who is having a terrible day and is sent to his room and that is when the wild rumpus begins.
Blueberries for Sal (1948) written by Robert McCloskey is a darling story about a mother and her daughter Sal who are picking blueberries and happen upon a bear and her cub who are eating blueberries on the very same hill. I also love that the mother and child are written with his own wife and daughter Sally in mind.
Madeline (1939) by Ludwig Bemelmans, I love a story with a little redhead who is brave and outgoing don’t you?
Strega Nona (1975) by Tomie dePaola is a favorite in our house. Strega Nonas helper uses her magic pot and creates so much pasta that it is all over the town, she returns and stops the pasta, but there are consequences for Anthony, he must eat all of the pasta.
These books are timeless and truly belong in your petites library. What are some of the timeless tales that you read with your petites on a regular basis? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.