Tuesday, May 24, 2011

100 Books of Summer

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My kids and I have decided to see if we can read 100 books together this summer.

Here is our 

100 Books of Summer 
Reading List:

Note:  We LOVE and own the majority of the books on this list and consider these titles to be the best of the best.  However some are new to us.  We welcome your book recommendations for children ages 2-6.



Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola 

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina 

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch 

The Napping House by Audrey Wood  

Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein  

I Dream of Trains by Angela Johnson

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh

Most Loved in All the World by Cozbi A.Cabrera


Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis & Laura Cornell

My Parents Think I'm Sleeping by Jack Prelutsky

I Saw You in the Bathtub and Other Folk Rhymes by Alvin Schwartz

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Volunteer of the Year by Marc Brown

Old Man Whickutt's Donkey by Mary Calhoun

Tootle by Gertrude Crampton

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


Charlie Cook's Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

Snow Music by Lynne Rae Perkins

The Bunny Book by Richard Scarry

Stay Awake Sally by Mitra Modarressi

No Jumping On The Bed! by Tedd Arnold

On the Moon by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies

Who Wants an Old Teddy Bear? by Ginnie Hoffmann

Three Samurai Cats by Eric A. Kimmel

Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk


Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz

Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew

The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman

Giants Come in Different Sizes by Jolly Roger Bradfield

William Shakespeare -To Sleep, Perchance to Dream by James Mayhew

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Purplicious by Victoria Kann

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown


Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes

Your Body Belongs to You by Cornelia Spelman

Fanny's Dream by Caralyn Buehner

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

I Said No! by Kimberly King

Freight Train by Donald Crews

The Empty Pot by Demi

Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt

Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems


Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Dinosaur's Binket by Sandra Boyntan

Mice Are Nice by Charles Ghigna

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

If I Had a Big Blue Boat by Kindermusik

Whose Shoes? by Stephen R. Swinburne

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

Someday by Alison McGhee

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney


The School Bus Driver from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

Stone Soup by Ann McGovern

Sector 7 by David Weisner

Tsunami! by Kajikawa Kimiko

Truce by Jim Murphy

Hansel and Gretel by Michael Morpurgo

The Hinky-Pink: An Old Tale by Megan McDonald

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Eloise Wilkin's Poems to Read to the Very Young

Who Said Boo? by Nancy White Carlstrom


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz

Little Quack's Bedtime by Lauren Thompson

A Winter Day by Douglas Florian

Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz

Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss

See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes

Ootah's Lucky Day by Peggy Parish

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

Sylvester and The Magic Pebble by William Steig


Miss Spider's Wedding by David Kirk

I See Santa Everywhere by Glenn McCoy

Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein

No Fighting, No Biting by Else Holmelund Minarik

Superfudge by Judy Bloom

On The First Day of Grade School by Emily Brennen

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka

Chugga-chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis

Hopper by Marcus Pfister

Good Night, Sleep Tight by Barbara Cratzius

School Days by B.G. Hennessy

Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong

The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers

All Those Secrets of The World by Jane Yolen

The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z by Steve Martin

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis

The Adventures of Marco and Polo by Dieter Wiesmuller

June 29, 1999 by David Wiesner

The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood

The Secret-Keeper by Kate Coombs


  1. wow, what a list...happy reading!

  2. I almost couldn't read the list of books because I was so mesmerized by the picture and quote above it...I love that quote. It makes my heart so happy.

    Love the list of books. Have you read the other Bear books? Bear Stays Up for Christmas, Bears New Friend, Bear Feels Sick, etc. I LOVE them all. And any Berenstein Bears book is worth reading over and over and over again. :)

  3. I'm planning to print this list off and put it in our library bag... thanks for the suggestions :)

  4. You always have the best book lists!

    (Hard on my budget, though...)


  5. We love summer-time reading too especially as once a week we'll do a 5-minute reenactment of our favorite book of the week. It's an awesome way for the kids to think about the highlights of the books... and it's always so interesting to see it from their perspective, yes? Thanks for the list!

  6. Good list. I would add Not a Box, Actual Size, What Do You Do With a Tail, and The Kissing Hand. All Those Secrets of the World makes me cry every time.

  7. I love great tips on childrens books-Thanks! I would also recommend Pickle Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield,Summer Legs, Going On A Bear Hunt,and Ladybug Girl at the Beach.

  8. This is a FANTASTIC idea! I think we might borrow your idea and do it too. My kiddos love "The Pout Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen.

  9. Love the list! We have read a bunch of these. I scanned through quickly and didn't see "All Because a Little Bug Sneezed." It is a fun one.

  10. I'm excited to get started on this list (a little late, seeing that it's pretty much the end of the summer) But I noticed that "Giraffs Can't Dance" by Andrea Giles (I think?) wasn't on the list and we love that one too. :o) Thanks for the list!

  11. Hi Jocelyn,


    I have been feeling kind of bad about the comment I left on
    your post about Media the other day and feeling the Spirit leading me to leave
    you another comment. I couldn’t comment on that post or the one after so found
    this one to leave a comment to you. (Feel free to delete this after you read it
    if you want to, since it doesn’t really go with this post…..(which is a great
    post by the way.) I won’t be offended.)


    Anyways, I’m so sorry. When I read my comment later, I
    realized that it was a bit harsh and even a bit hypocritical. I accused you of
    not being Christ-like, yet wasn’t very Christ-like as I did so. The explanation
    is this: I first read your post the day you posted it (I think), and the parts
    I mentioned just didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to comment about it but didn’t
    want to stir up trouble (I’m really not confrontational, which is probably why
    I feel to apologize to you now). I didn’t think about it for a few days and
    then one day I was reading in the paper about the shooting and the victims and
    my heart just BROKE for them and their families. I remembered your post and came
    back over to leave that comment.


    I don’t necessarily regret having my opinion, just the way I said
    it, and perhaps that I said it at all. You truly have a magnificent blog and I’ve
    been inspired by MANY of your posts and ideas. I can tell that you have the
    Spirit in your home and admire how you are raising your children.  You are a good person, and I am truly sorry
    if my comment made you feel that you weren’t.  And again, I’m sorry that I did not express my
    opinion as kindly as I could have.


    Anyways, not sure if this comment will even matter at all,
    but I really felt like I needed to let you know that you and your blog are


    PS. Oh and thank you for posting the address to the
    hospital. Although you and I could make cards with our kids to send just to prove
    that we really DO have compassion on these people, I can tell that isn’t the
    case with you--but that it truly comes from your (and your kids’) hearts. Thank
    you for your example.