Top 10 Children’s Books for 2010

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10. Waddle!: A Scanimation Picture Book
by Rufus Butler Seder
It’s Waddle! And it’s in color. And boy, is it irresistible. In the same way that kids can’t read Gallop! without wanting to gallop around the room, Waddle!, an animals-in-motion Scanimation book, will inspire prancing, hopping, stomping, and scampering. And did we mention color? Created by the optical genius behind the phenomenal #1 and #2 New York Times bestselling children’s books, Gallop! and Swing!, Waddle! adds touches of color to the images and integrates it into the text. That prancing pig is pink, the leaping dolphin is blue, the slithering snake yellow. The Scanimation itself is also more lifelike, as the author continues to refine his patented Scanimation process, resulting in a more fluid, realistic motion. Nothing else compares.
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9. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Inspirational yet honest, and always rhythmically rollicking, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is a perfect sendoff for children, 1 to 100, entering any new phase of their lives. Kindergartners, graduate students, newlyweds, newly employeds–all will glean shiny pearls of wisdom about the big, bountiful future. The incomparable Dr. Seuss rejoices in the potential everyone has to fulfill their wildest dreams: “You’ll be on your way up! / You’ll be seeing great sights! / You’ll join the high fliers / who soar to high heights.” At the same time, he won’t delude the starry-eyed upstart about the pitfalls of life: “You can get all hung up / in a prickle-ly perch. / And your gang will fly on. / You’ll be left in a Lurch.”
For Amazon’s price of $8.83 (vs. $17.99), click here!

8. Thumbelina
by Sylvia Long
From best-selling artist Sylvia Long comes an exquisite version of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale about a thumb-size girl and her larger-than-life adventures. Jewel-toned paintings depict the story’s settings from light and airy meadows to Mole’s dark and dismal underground home while whimsical details bring the classic cast of characters to life and make this storytime favorite a visual feast.
For Amazon’s price of $12.23 (vs. $17.99), click here!

7. Marley and the Kittens
by John Grogan
When a pair of adorable kittens joins the family, Marley is so excited to have two new friends to play with that he follows the felines everywhere. But Marley is no graceful kitten. By imitating their gentle behavior, he unintentionally makes a mess all over the house and gets into big trouble for it. What did I do this time? he wonders. Marley is afraid he may have lost his number-one status in the household . . . until an unlikely pair reminds him and his family that no one’s purrrrr-fect!
For Amazon’s price of $12.23 (vs. $17.99), click here!

6. Ladybug Girl at the Beach
by David Soman and Jacky Davis, Illustrated by David Soman
In the fourth book in the delightful Ladybug Girl picture book series, brave Lulu and Bingo, her pudgy Basset Hound sidekick, make their first trip to the ocean. Expectations run high as Lulu imagines sandcastles, kite flying, ice cream, and of course, that first swim. But as Lulu races to the water’s edge, and feels the power and pull of the crashing waves, she gets scared. Everybody else seems to be enjoying the water, why can’t she? This breezy story is just the right confidence-builder for little landlubbers with big dreams, but cold feet.
For Amazon’s price of $9.93 (vs. $16.99), click here!

5. The Very Fairy Princess
by Julie Andrews
While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do: she dresses in her royal attire, practices her flying skills, and she is always on the lookout for problems to solve. But it isn’t all twirls and tiaras – as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a perfect day!
For Amazon’s price of $11.55 (vs. $16.99), click here!

4. The Curious Garden
by Peter Brown
One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. This is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.
For Amazon’s price of $11.55 (vs. $16.99), click here!

3. The Going-To-Bed Book
by Sandra Boynton
For a little one who is reluctant to go to bed, sometimes a silly book is just the ticket. And when it comes to silly books, Sandra Boynton is the undisputed queen. In The Going to Bed Book, an ark full of animals watches the sun go down and then prepares for bed. They take a bath (“in one big tub”), find pajamas, brush their teeth, do exercises up on deck (imagine an elephant jumping rope, a moose lifting weights, and a pig doing handstands), and finally say good night.
For Amazon’s price of $5.99, click here!

2. Love You Forever
by Robert N. Munsch and Sheila McGraw
The mother sings to her sleeping baby: “I’ll love you forever / I’ll love you for always / As long as I’m living / My baby you’ll be.” She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far so ordinary–but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son’s window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she’s too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Each stage is illustrated by one of Sheila McGraw’s comic and yet poignant pastels.
For Amazon’s price of $13.57 (vs. $19.95), click here!

1. The Lion & the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.
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  1. Right now our favorite book is Skippyjonjones -Lost in Spice.

  2. Michelle says

    One of our favorite books on our shelf is A Bargain For Frances by Russell Hoban. It’s a really cute story about friendship.

  3. these are all awesome books!!

  4. Susan Glover says

    Madeline is still my all time favorite to read to my daughter. She’s just the right mix of spunk and good girl and she loves to dream. Timeless.

  5. Elisheva Dorfman says

    I absolutely love the book I love you forever. I can’t read it without tearing up!

  6. We love “Where the Wild Things Are” – a Classic!!!

  7. Danielle says

    I like a little princess … my son likes “I love you stinky face” by Lisa McCourt

  8. There are so many great children’s books. It’s really hard to pick just one. However, a favorite in our home is Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. It makes my son laugh everytime we read it. The story is told primarily through pictures not words, so my son enjoys “reading” this one by himself.

  9. Victoria says

    I’ve read Green Eggs and Ham more times than I can count, and that’s just in the last 3 days. Will knows it by heart and catches you when you try and skip a page.

  10. Right now his favorite book is “Bee & Me” by Heather Brown and Elle Mccguinness. Specially because he has just been stang by a bee at a pool party… and it teaches kids how bees are good to the plants and enviroment!


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