31-Day Blog Challenge! Day 23: Five Favorite Children’s Books

How can I name only 5 favorite children’s books? This will take some thought.


Deep in thought at our beautiful Fort Vancouver Regional Library


Reading has been a huge (happy) part of my life for as long as I can remember. Now that I have young children, I am revisiting many of my childhood favorites and getting acquainted with new favorites all the time. Here are 5 I loved as a kid, and have enjoyed with my children since:

  1. The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell. This is one of the first novels I remember reading independently, and I had the pleasure of reading it to my son last year. It is the story of a young woman who survives alone on an island and never gives up on finding her family.
  2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. The colorful characters and humor in this novel are so fun reading aloud. Other good reads by one of our family’s favorite authors: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant)
  3. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey. This was one of my earliest and favorite Little Golden Books. “Where has that poky little puppy gone?”
  4. Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk. The illustrations in this book are colorful and incredibly beautiful, and the lesson is one of setting aside fears to discover great friendship.
  5. Anything by Dr. Seuss. I will forever be in awe of his creative characters, fun with language, masterful artwork, and powerful allegories.


Some good Seuss picks at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library


Thanks for reading!

Jeni Gall


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