Saturday, August 20, 2011


Special Report:
Top 10 Classic Books Parents
Should Read to Their Kids

The question was asked on Linkedin's Children'sBooks

Director of Sales & Marketing at
What To Do With The Kids!

Many members sent in their 10 best choices. Linkedin is a worldwide resource site that offers a great place to network in your field of expertise:  job search, ask questions, have discussions, or find others willing to mentor you or offer advice.

I am listing a sampling of the choices sent in to Linkedin's Childreb's Books.  For full details and the complete lists, click on Linkedin's Children's Books link above.

Remembering Crystal by Sebastian Loth;
The Chicken Thief by Beatrice Rodriguez;
The Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut;
The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton;
 Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley 
Anything by Roald Dahl
Willy the Wimp - Anthony Browne
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carrol
Beatrix Potter collection   
Jungle Book, Ruyard Kipling. If old enough.
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaimen. If old enough. 
Frog and Toad
But Not The Hippopotamus
Where the Sidewalk Ends
A Pizza the Size of the Sun
Winnie the Pooh 
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
The Blunder of the Rogues by Tim Egan
Benny's Had Enough by Barbro Lindgren & Olof Landstrom
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Moo Baa La La La (board book) by Sandra Boynton
The Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen - for older kids
Goodnight, Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
The Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
The Little Mouse, 
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss
The Runaway Bunny - Margaret Wise Brown

NOTE: the original request was for Classic Children's Books. However, if you have favorites that are not old enough to be classics add them to the COMMENTS section.  OR - if you disagree with any of the choices tell me about it as well.

I will send a copy of my FREE Time-travel adventure to all who leave a comment, or the title of one or more of their favorite children's book - classic or not.

SAFE sample e-mail:  mfinke at frontier dot com


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  1. I read most of the ones in bold to my children.
    Pen and Ink will be posting first pages from children's picture books either this week or next.
    I have Officer Buckle ready for my grandchildren. Now that I heard Gary Paulsen speak at the SCBWI 40th Anniversary conference, I HAVE to read his books.

  2. Gary Paulsen's books are great for boys and tomboys. They have a WOW factor that tempts reluctant readers to keep turning the page.

    Thanks so much for your comment.

    Margot’s Magic Carpet
    Books With a WOW Factor

  3. Thank you very much for referring to our Top 10 List.
    Unlike other websites, What To Do With The Kids is more than just a directory. The website features games, crafts, special events, party ideas and downloads including activity sheets, birthday cards, party invitations and personalized awards. We are at

  4. Thanks for your comment Brian. I am sure readers will note all the extras your site offers when they go there. Yours is an excellent site for children of all ages.