Staff Picks: Our Favorite Children's Books

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Recently we surveyed our staff members across branches and departments to hear about their favorite children’s and teen books. Whether we read them in our own childhoods, or love to share them with today’s children, please enjoy some favorites from the BCLS staff! 

Picture Books and Nonfiction

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert E. Barry 

There's No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent

Boom! by Mary Lyn Ray

Night Animals by Gianna Marino

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins

Ragweed’s Farm Handbook by Anne Kennedy

42 is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson by Doreen Rappaport 

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

Go Big or Go Gnome by Kirsten Mayer

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird

The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Imogene's Antlers by David Small

One-Dog Canoe by Mary Casanova

What the Road Said by Cleo Wade

Shark Lady by Jess Keating

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton

Unicorn Day by Diana Murray

Chapter Books and Graphic Novels

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita

The Land of Stories series by Chris Colfer

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Day my Butt Went Psycho by Andy Griffiths

When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White


Favorite Authors 

Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Cornelia Funke, Patrick Carman, Tomie dePaola


Published by on July 10, 2021
Last Modified October 22, 2021
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