Episode #10: Building a Home Library: Children's Books

In this episode of my series on building a home library, I share about my favorite subject in the whole world: children's books. Many families have asked me to help them find out how to systematically build a library of books they actually want to keep. The books I share in this episode are from my own bookshelves, and they are the ones you don't want to let your children leave home without reading. Without these wonderful books, they will live a kind of deprived world!



Younger Years

A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; illustrated by Ernest Shepherds

Books by Beatrix Potter

Nursery Rhymes by Marguerite de Angeli

Crow Boy by Taro Yashima

Umbrella by Taro Yashima

The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol 1 by Ella Lindvall

Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson

The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field

The Small Books by Lois Lenski

Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco

Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie dePaola


Children's Classics

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Peter Pan by James Barry

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

King Arthur and His Knights by Roger Lancelyn

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Anderson's Fairy Tales

Grimm's Fairy Tales

A Child's Book of Stories illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths


Chapter Books

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit


More Books You Don't Want to Miss

Dangerous Journey

Tales of the Kingdom by David R. Mains and Karen Burton Mains

Children of Genius series by Lepscky (especially book on Albert Einstein)

Thee, Hannah! by Marguerite de Angeli

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

The Shoe Books by Noel Streatfeild

Far Out the Long Canal by Meindert DeJong

Books by Genevieve Foster

The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff

Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Star of Light by Patricia St. John

All of a Kind Family books by Sydney Taylor

The Good Master by Kate Seredy

Of Courage Undaunted by James Daugherty


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