Happy Wednesday, y’all!
I am excited to share a Book List this week. It’s been a while since I have shared a list. I was reading bedtime stories to my kids the other day when the idea for this list came to me. We love anthologies at our house! As my kids get a little bit older, they can sit longer for these stories. So many of these are classics or at least stories I remember loving as a kid. I hope you enjoy these favorite children’s anthologies!
Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel // We love the Frog and Toad stories at our house. They are fantastic stories for children of any age — even your youngest listeners! The language is simple and the stories are clever. I think my oldest is about ready to read them aloud to me. We love listening to these in the car as well. I love this anthology because it has all the Frog and Toad stories (4 books in 1!). Our favorites are Ice Cream, The Dream, and The Letter.
The Paddington Treasury by Michael Bond // We love Paddington at our house! We’ve read A Bear Called Paddington together and my big kids enjoy the old TV show. I was thrilled to find this treasury of Paddington stories for a birthday. It is such a lovely anthology with gorgeous pictures and great Paddington adventures. It also makes me very nostalgic for England. How I love that place! The stories are a bit longer but still readable before bed. Our favorites are Paddington the Artist and Paddington at the Palace.
A Treasury of Curious George by Margret and H. A. Rey // There are few characters as classic and iconic as Curious George. This is a very well loved collection at our house. All my kids have loved these stories. This collection has 8 classic stories that kids will ask for over and over (we sure read them at a lot at our house!) Our favorites include Curious George at the Toy Store, Curious George goes Camping, Curious George and the Halloween Party and Happy Birthday Curious George.
Disney’s 5 Minute Snuggle Stories // We have several of the Disney published 5 minute stories collections. This is our favorite one right now. My kids got it for me for my birthday and it’s lots of fun to read aloud together. We also have the 5 Minute Princess Stories and 5 Minute Frozen Stories. What makes these collections fun is that they put favorite characters like Belle, Rapunzel, Elsa, Mike & Sully, Minnie Mouse and more in new situations and stories. They don’t usually retell the movies. That makes them more fun to read aloud at bedtime and discover new magical adventures. Our favorites are What I did on my Summer Vacation (Monster’s Inc) and The Scary Sleepover (Minnie Mouse).
The Usborne Big Book of Little Stories // Usborne has so many fantastic collections for kids. This is a particular favorite of ours. It has fantastic illustrated retellings of classic stories and nursery rhymes. From Pinocchio to The Three Pigs, these are all stories you’ve heard before but perhaps not quite like this. I love how quick and easy they are to read and that there are so many fun stories to choose from. Our favorites are The Gingerbread Man, and Little Miss Muffet.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: A Treasury of Classic Nursery Rhymes and Songs by Iza Trapani // I love love love Iza Trapani’s retellings of classic nursery rhymes. All her books are beautifully illustrated and have such clever new verses to our favorite songs. I have only seen this collection at our library but it was fantastic! It is difficult to find but so worth the effort! If you can’t find the collection, all her stories are available as stand alone books and I highly recommend them! Our favorites are Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I’m a Little Teapot and Old Macdonald had a Zoo.
I hope you enjoy these favorite children’s collections!
What are some of your favorite collections of stories for kids?
Check out my full group of book lists here. What kind of book lists are you interested in seeing in the future? Leave a note in the comments below!