Our Favorite Kids Books: Part 4

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Eva Amurri shares the fourth installment of her Favorite Books for Kids series

I started Our Favorite Kids’ Books series a few years ago, and I’ve been totally slacking on posting follow-ups! So, apologies. It was really fun to read the comments about the books your kids were also loving, and I got some great suggestions too! We read every night before bed, so as you could imagine we end up going through a lot of books! Growing up, my little library bookshelf was really special to me, and my Mom even saved some of my favorites that are on my kids’ bookshelf today! (A notable example is Elbert’s Bad Word).

While my kids are really into most books, there are a few that stick out as favorites, and that my kids go through phases asking for again and again. Today I thought I’d share some favorites that have emerged in the past few months. Let me know if you love them too!

Mother Bruce

by Ryan T. Higgins

My kids are obsessed with this series, especially Major. Bruce is a grumbling and reluctant Mother to a few Geese…plus some very silly mice who are always up to something. The illustrations are great too!

Santa and the Goodnight Train

by June Sobel & Laura Huliska-Beith

With a train obsessed little guy, you can imagine that we have our fair share of train books. This one is a favorite, and even Marlowe loves it!

Good Night, Little Blue Truck

by Alice Schertle & Jill McElmurry

The Little Blue Truck series has been a favorite of ours since Marlowe was a baby, and this goodnight version is so sweet.

Bulldozer's Big Day

by Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann

A cute little bulldozer gets a big surprise! Major got this as a birthday present last year and he’s been loving it ever since!


by Airlie Anderson

This is such a cool, odd little book, and we LOVE it! It tells the story of a non-binary little creature who doesn’t subscribe to one species or another…and on their journey, they find a land of people just like them!


by Chris Van Allsburg

This book is a classic, and my kids love it so much that we finally let them watch the movie (the 90’s version). I love how moody and beautiful the illustrations are, too.

The Book with No Pictures

by B.J. Novak

This book has been a hit in our house for a couple of years. It’s SUPER silly, and we always laugh when we read it!

Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!

by Kara West & Leeza Hernandez

Marlowe LOVES this series! Mia discovers she’s a superhero, and that her parents are superheroes too! The series covers her getting used to and exploring her new powers.

Big Words for Little People

by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

Jamie Lee Curtis has quite a large collection of absolutely amazing books. The illustrations alone are so fun to look at…we can get lost in each and every page! This book is all about using and understanding big words. My kids love it!

My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives

by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

This book is another fave! Being brave is something we’ve had to talk about a lot in the past year, and I love how this book tackles it.

Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson

This book is all about a little boy who spends a simple but important day of discovery with his grandmother learning about happiness and gratitude.


by Tom Lichtenheld & Julie Rowan-Zoch

This is the cutest book from the perspective of a little boy’s favorite stuffed bear!

Becoming a Good Creature

by Sy Montgomery & Rebecca Green

This is the coolest book all about how the author learned different things from different animals that helped her become the person she is today. Marlowe (my little animal lover) flipped for this book, and it sparked a lot of conversation for us.

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

by Vashti Harrison

This is Marlowe’s current favorite book. I bought it over the summer, and without fail, Marlowe asks to read one or two pages a day. I like how they tell age-appropriate mini-biographies that seek to educate without talking down to the child absorbing the information.

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