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By Maggie Hogan

Book List

Reading with young children instills in them a hunger for books and a thirst for knowledge. Stumped on what to grab at the library or overwhelmed by the many choices at the local bookseller? Try on a few of these delightful titles for one-on-one reading or family story time.


  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne


  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
  • Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman
  • Baby Brains: The Smartest Baby in the Whole World by Simon James
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. Illustrated by Eric Carle
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Solbodkina
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  • Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  • Fairy tales, folk tales, and nursery rhymes, various authors and editions
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Goodnight, Moon by Margaret W. Brown
  • Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger
  • Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degan
  • Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
  • Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda G'ag
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Nate the Great by Marjorie W. Sharmat
  • Night In The Country by Cynthia Rylant
  • Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
  • Say Goodnight by Helen Oxenbury
  • Sheep on a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
  • Stellalluna by Janell Cannon
  • Stories from Around the World (Stories for Young Children) by Heather Amery, et al.
  • Temple Cat by Andrew Clements and Kate Kiesler
  • The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury by Schulman
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • The Color Kittens by Margaret W. Brown
  • The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
  • The Lady With the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernart Wescott
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood
  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret W. Brown
  • The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash
  • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery William
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne


  • A is for Adam by Ken Ham
  • Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke
  • Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays by Judith Gross
  • The Child's Story Bible by Catherine Vos
  • D Is for Dancing Dragon: A China Alphabet (Hardcover) by Carol Crane
  • Digging up Dinosaurs by Aliki. HarperCollins, 1988
  • Dinosaur Hunter by Elaine Marie Alphen
  • Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes
  • The Philharmonic Gets Dressed by Karla Kuskin
  • Tower of Babel by Alison Greengard and Carol Racklin-Siegel
  • Walk With Y'Shua Through the Jewish Year by Janie-Sue Wertheim
  • What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? By Robin Page and Steve Jenkins

Recommended Authors

  • Sandra Boynton—anything!
  • Jan Brett—stunning picture books
  • Margaret Wise Brown
  • Jean De Brunhoff—Babar books
  • Alexandra Day—Carl books
  • P.D. Eastman
  • Marjorie Flack
  • Ian Falconer—Olivia books
  • Wanda G'ag
  • James Herriot
  • Russell Hoban—Francis books
  • Steven Kellogg
  • Arnold Lobel—Frog and Toad books
  • James Marshall—George & Martha books
  • Robert McCloskey
  • Else Holmelund Minarik—Little Bear
  • Beatrix Potter

Maggie began homeschooling her sons in 1991. Along with her husband, she owns Bright Ideas Press.

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