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Children's Books We Don't Like

Reading with children has been linked to everything from higher literacy rates to enhanced IQ to happiness and joy.

Except when it comes to some books.

You know the ones.

Everyone has a children’s book that they wouldn’t mind burning. Or at least donating to the local library.

We asked some of  blogging moms (and a dad!) to share their least favorites with us.

Flip through to read their responses and don’t forget to add your own most despised kid book in the comments!

Images courtesy of Amazon.  Post contains Amazon affiliate links.


  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch 1 of 14
    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
    Kristine hates Love You Forever because "there's nothing worse than witnessing a man hash out his mommy issues in front of a preschool audience" and Nancy thinks "it's creepy how the mom obsessively sneaks around the kid, and positively terrifying (for a kid) when the son has to take care of his old biddy of a mom. Here's to your future, kid!"
  • Swim, Boots, Swim! (Dora the Explorer) 2 of 14
    Swim, Boots, Swim! (Dora the Explorer)
    Wendi detests the Dora books because "it's painful enough to watch that stuff, let alone have to yell things like, 'Say backpack! Say backpack!' "
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silvestein 3 of 14
    The Giving Tree by Shel Silvestein
    The Giving Tree may be the root of many problems. Alexandra warns, "If you plan on introducing your sweet loving children to Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree, be sure to do so with a kitty set aside for future therapy; my three were wailing before we made it to page 9." Amy is not a fan, either ". I get that the tree is like a selfless parent who loves their child so much that they are happy to give whatever they can. I GET IT. But that boy/man is so stomach-churningly self-centered, I cannot get over it! "I want! I want! Give me this! Give me that!! GIVE ME EVERYTHING." What a jerk. This attitude—in both kids AND parents—is where the entitlement that everyone complains about kids having for the last few generations comes from."
  • Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli 4 of 14
    Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
    Dog may be man's best friend, but Biscuit certainly isn't Kelcey's: "Biscuit is the most irritating dog on the planet. He can only say, "Woof and woof" and repeats this witty gem incessantly through every book. Please someone teach this dog how to talk or at least how to be quiet." Woof. Sorry, couldn't resist.
  • Dr. Seuss by Theodor Geisel 5 of 14
    Dr. Seuss by Theodor Geisel
    SHOCKER! Some people hate Dr. Seuss! Shari confesses, "This will not make me popular, but I pretty much hate all of Dr. Seuss. The creepy illustrations and sing-songy text... it's like Sartre's "No Exit" for toddlers." And she's not alone! Kristen agrees, "I hate all Dr. Suess. THERE I SAID IT. They're annoying and repetitive and the stories just get on my nerves. My children have gotten several of them as gifts and I may have accidentally "lost" them on a high shelf in the garage so I don't have to read them out loud any more."
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams 6 of 14
    The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
    Elizabeth is not a fan. "I hate The Velveteen Rabbit. Probably until the age of ten, I thought I was not loving my stuffed friends hard enough because none of them were coming alive. Great way to give a kid a complex."
  • Caillou 7 of 14
    Caillou
    Anissa hates the Calliou books that accompanied the show because "He was a whiny, irritating character and I didn't want my kids picking up any habits from him."
  • Thomas and the Big, Big Bridge 8 of 14
    Thomas and the Big, Big Bridge
    What's not to love about Thomas and the Big, Big Bridge? Well, according to Frogmama "tales that rely on readers' suspension of disbelief need to succeed at convincing us to suspend our disbelief; after Thomas' wheels jump the track on the big, big bridge, I cannot get past the line 'but inside his coaches, the passengers enjoyed the wonderful view.' WTF?"
  • Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann 9 of 14
    Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
    Ellen says that "Pinkalicious is my idea of awful-licious. The first time, I thought the book was adorable, but during many readings thereafter I decided the child was a misbehaving brat. I'd get particularly annoyed at the passage where she turns up her nose at green foods like okra (which could cure her pink-ness)--way to teach kids to hate veggies! "
  • The Berenstain Bears by Stan Berenstain 10 of 14
    The Berenstain Bears by Stan Berenstain
    Issa has quite a few reasons for disliking The Berenstain Bears " I'm not even sure why I hate them exactly. Maybe it's the 50's attitude of women have this job only and men do this job only. Maybe it's just how annoying and perfect those little bear cubs are. Maybe it's just the repetition of reading them off and on to three kids over ten years. Whatever it is, I can't stand those bears."
  • I Spy 11 of 14
    I Spy
    Ann doesn't like I Spy because "nothing says "bedtime" like spending 45 minutes per page looking in someone else's junk drawer."
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 12 of 14
    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
    Nancy says, "I cannot stand The Kissing Hand not because it's sappy (which it is), but because it is SO badly written it's painful to get through."
  • The Cat in the Cat Comes Back by Theodor Geisel 13 of 14
    The Cat in the Cat Comes Back by Theodor Geisel
    Kevin was not happy about this sequel: "Repetitive, even for Suess, and annoying to read aloud, but worse -- just unnecessary."
  • Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan 14 of 14
    Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan
    Mama Kat hates Chicky Chicky Chook Chook because it lacks any redeeming qualities. Hrmph! Some people are so picky!

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