Tuesday’s Tots: My Top Not-Quite-100 Children’s Books… Part 1


My original title for this post was My Top Not-Quite-100 Children’s Books That you may or may not have heard of That Should Be on Your Shelf or Bought for your niece/nephew/grandchild/any child in your life or even for yourself because children’s books aren’t just for children as evidenced by my growing collection of Mo Willems’ books.

Since that was too long – Not-Quite-100 will have to do.

I’m going to try and resist putting staples on this. Goodnight Moon, The Cat in the Hat, Runaway Bunny and the like. In the countless homes-with-tots I’ve entered, these are ALWAYS there. And there are so many other books out there that are just SO good for the grownup reader that will likely memorize said book and the tiny human that will request it over and over and over again.

Without further ado and in no particular order whatsoever

Shark vs. Train by  Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheldsharktrain

This book was a favorite with one of my tots. See, Shark and Train are VERY competitive and challenge the other to see who’s best at important things like, selling lemonade or being quiet in a library. But as the challenges intensify and become more and more ridiculous, they (hilariously) realize things are getting out of hand. The illustrations are so amazing and just add to the antics. Pay close attention to the last shark vs. train challenge, grownups. It’s a treat.

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The Monster in the Bubble


It’s only Day 2 of my must-blog-for-31-days-straight thing. (I need a real name for this) and I’ve already hit a snag in my plans. I had a post all planned out to coincide with yesterday’s post and it was all going to ebb and flow so well. UGHH. But the show must go on!

I read a new book today, The Monster in the Bubble by Andi Green. It’s a children’s book that I completely fell in love with. Squeek is no ordinary monster – he’s pink and terribly afraid of life outside of his bubble. He dreams of what life could be, all of the wonderful possibilities but his fears keep him locked inside the bubble. I know, this sounds really heavy for a kiddie book but Green keeps it light and child friendly with not only his simple sentences but beautiful illustrations that make the book a gift for children and adults of all ages.

It’s a delightful reminder to take the plunge,

Til tomorrow!