Tuesday’s Tots: My Top Children’s Books… Part Deux


The fun continues with Part Deux of my favorite children’s books


A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger fluffy

This is actually my mother’s favorite children’s book. She’d laugh hysterically whenever she read it. See, there’s this porcupine and his parents can’t decide on a name for their prickly child and somehow, possibly not knowing the definition of the word Fluffy, see fit to name their newborn just that. Fluffy. Fluffy, seemingly possessing vast knowledge of words and meanings or maybe he just knows what Fluffy means, has this existential crisis when his image does not match his name. (Are you not laughing yet?!) Fluffy makes an unlikely friend in a happy rhino. The illustrations are HILARIOUS. And this book has the mom-reader-of-500-books-over-and-over stamp of approval.


Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 9.26.39 PMChocolate Me by Taye Diggs and Shane Evans

Taye Diggs made an appearance at Books of Wonder to read his new book and honestly at the time, all I heard was that Mr. Diggs will be IN THE FLESH at a Manhattan location on my day off and something about books. After getting over my yay-hot-celebrity-person-in-my-prescence thing, I listened to him read. It’s fun and sweet and sends off a great message about loving people (and chocolate) of all colors.





Lights on Broadway: A Theatrical Tour from A to Z by Harriet Ziefert & Elliot KreloffScreen shot 2014-08-05 at 9.32.15 PM

A children’s book about Broadway.  While bursting with Broadway facts, glitz and glamour, there’s no story-story here; it’s more of an ABC’s of Broadway for your budding thespian or Broadway enthusiast.




Screen shot 2014-08-05 at 9.33.27 PMMy Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell

I don’t know if you know this but moms are amazing. They can do ANYTHING.





Harry the Poisonous Centipede by Lynne Reid Banks and Tony Ross harryp

Before Harry Potter, there was Harry, the Poisonous Centipede.  This is the first chapter book I ever read more than once. It’s about a single mom raising her son and maybe his best friend too? in a world full of dangerous creatures. You may have heard of them, Hoo-mins? I’m not a fan of any kind of insect-y type thing but as long as the creepy crawlers stay on the page – all is well. Banks’ humor is ever apparent as little ones can learn to speak centipede (move over Latin) and Ross’ illustrations, however scant, add greatly to the text.




Jake Starts School by Michael Wright

First day of school jitters be gone! Sometimes little ones don’t want to let go of mom or dad and this is the perfect literary example of what might happen if Mom stayed with the tiny one at school all day.  Jake is apprehensive about his first day and decides to hold on to his parents…for a bit longer than they likely anticipated. Grownups of all ages will appreciate the expressions on the faces of both Jake and his parents as the day goes on.


Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry G. Allard Jr. and James Marshall


An oldie but a goodie. If Mrs. Doubtfire and To Sir With Love had a children’s book as a child, it would be Miss Nelson is Missing. In case you’re not familiar with these two movies (then I’d advise you to watch ASAP) then, here: an unruly bunch of children learn to appreciate their loving teacher only once she disappears and is replaced by a not-so-friendly one.



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