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OFF-TOPIC: My 2-year-old daughter loves books, so I'm always on the lookout for good children's books. She particularly likes books with animals, but any recommendations are welcome! If you remember a good book from your childhood, please post it as an answer here!

(I'm hoping to get a diverse set of responses, and excited to see what books international students might mention... although hopefully written in English, or with an English-language translation!)

asked in CSC305 Fall 2022 by (2.6k points)

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The Cat in the Hat

answered by (149 points)
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Read many times already! Certainly a classic...

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Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (it's a fan favorite, I hear)

answered by (665 points)
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Narwhal -- the unicorn of the sea!

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I adored Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree," and his poetry anthologies are also superb. Of those, I personally think "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is among his best.

answered by (249 points)
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I also enjoyed Where the Sidewalk Ends as a youth. We do have a copy, and she probably is getting old enough to enjoy it soon!

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Two that I remember from my own childhood, though both are fairly common: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

answered by (451 points)
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Yes, these are fun - we have these in our collection, and she enjoys them!

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The Rainbow Fish

answered by (142 points)
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You suggested one that I hadn't seen before -- looks great!

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Harold and the Purple Crayon is a good story. A staple of my bedtimes when younger.

answered by (721 points)
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I've heard of that one, but we haven't read it to her yet. Thanks for the recommendation!

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A Dog Named Haku

answered by (132 points)
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You suggested one that I hadn't seen before -- looks very interesting. I like the Nepali connection!

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Goodnight Moon is a super relaxing bedtime story.

answered by (249 points)
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Yes, certainly a classic. She especially likes the "cow jumping over the moon" page.

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The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig and Blue Hat Green Hat were favorites of mine as a kid.

answered by (132 points)
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We haven't read Blue Hat, Green Hat, although we have read some others by Sandra Boynton. The Three Little Wolves one looks like a lot of fun too... have to check it out!

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Hop-o'-My-Thumb

answered by (132 points)
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Wow -- I wasn't anticipating a fairy tale written in 1697! Very interesting recommendation!

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The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

answered by (580 points)
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I've read that one, and it is a touching book... but I confess it also makes me sad, and the relationship in the book feels so one-sided. So I have some reservations...

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“Green eggs and ham” is great

answered ago by (310 points)
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One of my favorites too! I like most of the Dr. Seuss books, although some are better than others.

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I don't have a book recommendation, but working in the library taught me that we have a large children's book section on the first floor! It has yellow shelf-end labels (as opposed to the normal beige), so it's easy to spot!

answered ago by (385 points)
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Good reminder that we could be taking advantage of Augustana's library, as well as the local public libraries!

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My mom is a daycare teacher and all of those kids love the Llama Llama books.

answered by (183 points)
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Ah, I've heard of these, but not read them. It's hard to go wrong with a llama. We should look into these more...

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The story of Ferdinand

answered by (357 points)
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Ooh - that looks like a good one! I appreciate the pacifism over violence message.

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Charlotte's Web

answered by (124 points)
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Certainly a childhood classic, but I wonder if she's old enough for it yet...
She likes pigs and spiders, though, so it may be time!

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I realize I am a little late to this but I really wanted to add "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" which is a great book not only for children but for people our age as well! I read this book recently (got it around my 18th birthday) and it truly has some great meanings behind it and relatability!

answered ago by (271 points)
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Indeed -- such fun illustrations!

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Corduroy by Don Freeman

answered ago by (135 points)
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She has several other books about Teddy bears, but I hadn't heard of this one before... will have to take a look.

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Olivia Saves the Circus. This book always made me and my parents laugh.

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