Let's start things off with a Busload of Pigeon Books! True, I included Mo Willems stuff on our Christmas list last year-- but seriously, little kids must be read these books!!
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas is one of the most silly books around... and it's the type that initiates hearty amounts of laughter! Silliness is just so great! (Have you read A Birthday for Cow! by the same author? I love the outcome!)
When Rainy came home from school retelling Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes word for word at the dinner table I knew we had to own it!! Instant hit! (The truth is, you should just go ahead and get all of the Pete the Cat books while you're at it. Take my word for it.)
Some books every child must experience repeatedly. Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is one such book. It's met the test of time. No childhood is complete without this book.
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently is like a perfect little glimpse into childhood! Plus its a rhyming book! Plus the art is by Helen Oxenbury! I love it!
My kids all LOVE There's a Mouse about the House by Richard Fowler. It's just such fun to slide that mouse through the cracks in the book! (I almost picked this one too!! This keeps happening every week!)
Flora and the Flamingo is a gorgeous wordless picture book by Molly Idle. It's so clever and so pink and so ballet-ish and it has these great flaps...I really really want this book!)
OH MY GOODNESS, I LOVE Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard so much! The ending of this book. Just fab. This is the perfect book to get a grumpy child smiling again.
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is a must own-- must! I could read this book over and over to my kids-- oh wait, I have! We all love it!!
I honestly don't know how to express my love of King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Don & Audrey Wood. This book is the best. It just is.
Wow! We are nerds! We loooove books written for 5 year olds! We could easily make this list 10 times this long! Really, be glad we kept it to ten. I'm not gonna lie, it was tough! I really hope Santa brings me books, my fingers are crossed. Do you think it's bad if I'm trying to get my kids to ask Santa for books I want?