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The Best Books in the World According to My Kindergartener

One of my favorite things to do is take my son book hunting with me. We enjoy looking for books to read at nighttime as we wind down for the day. I'm not sure if all kids are like this, but we seem to have a rotation of favorite stories that we read night after night. Are you kids like this? I'm pretty sure I was - I have memories of reading Make Way for Ducklings over and over again.

I asked my little guy to pick out his five favorite books and here is what he brought to me:

1. The Skeleton Pirate by David Lucas
This is a cute book about a stubborn pirate who refuses to be beaten. He's a great terror of the seas until one day he's thrown overboard, meets a mermaid and they are both eaten by a whale. Together they must escape the belly of the whale. It's a simple book, so your early reader could learn to read this on his or her own.

2. The Paddington Treasury by Michael Bond, Illustrations by R.W.Alley
Paddington was one of my favorite books as a child, so I love reading these with my son. This book has a collection of six Paddington stories, beginning with the original Paddington and ending with Paddington the Artist. All of the stories are charming (and even better when you read them with an English accent) with lovely illustrations.

3. Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin, Illustrations by Daniel Salmieri
A funny raccoon is the primary character in this book. Raccoon loves pizza more than anything in the world, but unfortunately he's continually being chased away by people with brooms. The solution to his problem? A secret pizza party, which seems like a great idea until everyone finds out. This is a super fun book by the guys who are responsible for Dragons Love Tacos and Robo Sauce and is a family favorite.

4. The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak, Illustrated by no one because there are no pictures.
The Book with No Pictures is probably my personal favorite of the five. BJ Novak writes a hilarious children's book, teaching kids that the point of the book is to read the words. NO MATTER WHAT. Which means that whoever is reading this book has to say a lot of really ridiculous things. It's hilarious and very clever.

5. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
The duo who wrote Secret Pizza Party are responsible for this cute story about dragons who love tacos. This book gives instructions for throwing your own taco party with dragons - just be careful not to provide spicy toppings. Apparently spicy toppings really mess with a dragon's internal temperature.

So there you have it, the five best books in the world according to a kindergartener.
Runners Up were:

Ninja! by Aree Chung         
No David by David Shannon
Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston-Gannon

Do you and your family have favorite children's books that you read time and time again?


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