Favorite Books from My Childhood I Want My Kids to Love Too

Great Classic Books for Toddlers Do you remember your favorite books from childhood? The ones you begged your parents to read to you over and over, just like your toddler does with their favorites now?

At the end of the school year my daughter got to choose two books to bring home with her. She chose Charlotte’s Web, because we had borrowed it from the library and she loved reading it; we’ve already read through it twice this summer.

The second book she chose sparked my memory, because it was a book I had read often as a child, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. The author lived in my hometown, and I remember her reading this book, and some of her other books, at library story time.

Thinking about this book that I read (or really, had read to me) when I was Kaelyn’s age, got me thinking about some of my other favorite childhood books that I want my kids to know and love too.

After some searching around online to help jog my memory, I made my list of books. We already own several of these books and they are well loved by my kids, but some of them my kids had yet to experience. So off we headed to the library to find those books, bring them home, and read them ourselves.

My kids are so intrigued that these are books that mommy read (and liked) when she was little. And I’m sure we’ll be adding some of their favorites to our collection once these copies have to be returned to the library.

Some of these books might be a little long for toddlers, but many of them are classic stories, and they are the books that I remember loving, so I want my kids to know these stories and love them, and maybe one day pass them down to their own children.

My Favorite Childhood Books that I Want My Kids to Love:

  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 1 of 17
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    I was so glad to learn that I wasn't the only kid who had bad days growing up, and my son especially, is really enjoying this book right now!
    $12.23 at Amazon
  • Amelia Bedelia Books 2 of 17
    Amelia Bedelia Books
    I loved to laugh at all the crazy situations that Amelia Bedelia gets herself into. The humor may be a little bit above a toddler's head, but I still want to introduce these classic funny books to my kids at a young age.
    $3.99 at Amazon
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff 3 of 17
    The Three Billy Goats Gruff
    My daughter was so excited when we brought this book home from the library and she realized that it was the same story that her teacher read her class at school. There are lots of different and interesting versions of this classic folk tale for your kids to enjoy.
    $14.45 at Amazon
  • A Birthday for Frances 4 of 17
    A Birthday for Frances
    This book is a little bit longer, so it's a great one for kids to listen to on CD, or cassette tape, like I did when I was young. I loved all the Frances books when I was young, and now I love the morals that these stories teach my kids.
    $6.99 at Amazon
  • The Little Engine That Could 5 of 17
    The Little Engine That Could
    What child doesn't love this book? It's a must-have for every child's at-home library, and the message that you can do anything if you just put your mind to it is great for toddlers, who are working hard to learn new skills every day.
    $4.99 at Amazon
  • Frog and Toad Together 6 of 17
    Frog and Toad Together
    The short stories of friendship between Fog and Toad are great for reading one at a time, or all together for a longer story time.
    $11.55 at Amazon
  • The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses 7 of 17
    The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
    I loved horses when I was young, and now my daughter is following in my footsteps. I knew she would love this story about a girl who lives with a herd of wild horses.
    $12.23 at Amazon
  • Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb 8 of 17
    Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
    I loved this book so much as a child that my mom told me that thunder was just the monkeys drumming on the drums so I wouldn't be scared. I tried the same thing with my kids, but they didn't quite buy it. They still love the book though.
    $8.99 at Amazon
  • Harry the Dirty Dog 9 of 17
    Harry the Dirty Dog
    I was excited to find a perfect old copy of this book at Goodwill. And it's one of those books I never mind reading to my kids, even when they chose it night, after night, after night.
    $12.23 at Amazon
  • Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain 10 of 17
    Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
    I had forgotten about this book until my daughter brought it home from school. The author is from my hometown, so we thought it was so cool when this book was featured on Reading Rainbow. Don't you wish that show was still around for our kids?!
    $7.99 at Amazon
  • Little Bear’s Friend 11 of 17
    Little Bear's Friend
    This book was one of my favorites because the little girl's name is Emily. It is on the longer side for a toddler, but it has four different sections, so it's a good introduction to chapter books for young kids.
    $3.95 at Amazon
  • Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book 12 of 17
    Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You Book
    All of the Richard Scarry books are classics, but I remember especially loving this one. And it's great for encouraging toddler's manners!
    $3.99 at Amazon
  • The Poky Little Puppy 13 of 17
    The Poky Little Puppy
    This is a classic children's book if there ever was one, and I hope my kids enjoy reading it as much as I did.
    $8.99 at Amazon
  • Scuffy the Tugboat 14 of 17
    Scuffy the Tugboat
    I loved the adventures of Scuffy when I was little and can't wait to read this book with my kids. I know my son especially will love to listen to Scufy's travels down the river, and almost out to sea.
    $3.99 at Amazon
  • Strega Nona 15 of 17
    Strega Nona
    As I'm writing this, my kids are in the other room playing "Magic Pasta Pot". They've asked to read this book everyday since we brought it home from the library. The classic tale teaches a great lesson about listening and following instructions, a lesson I'm more than happy for my kids to hear as often as they want.
    $7.99 at Amazon
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo 16 of 17
    Tikki Tikki Tembo
    I mostly remember the boys long, long name from this book, and we found it on CD at the library, so my kids can enjoy it, and I don't have to actually repeat that long name over and over.
    $6.95 at Amazon
  • There’s a Wocket in My Pocket 17 of 17
    There's a Wocket in My Pocket
    I think this is a lesser known and loved Dr. Seuss book, but it's my personal all-time favorite. My parents loved it and read it to me often as a child. And now my kids love it and I use it to help teach them about rhyming words.
    $8.99 at Amazon

What favorite books from your childhood do you want your kids to know and love?

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