6 Children's Books that are Enjoyable for Adults too

If you have a toddler, you've been there.  

Let me set the scene for you...

It's bedtime.  You're cuddling up with your little one and over the moon that they're actually cooperating with the routine tonight.  It's a glorious miracle.  

You tell her, "Go pick out a book to read before bed".  She shuffles to the bookshelf in her little pj's, grabs a book and shuffles back.  

You're sitting content and proud...until...you see...that book again.  

Noooooooooo!  Not. That.  Book.  Ahhh!  

If you have to read that story onemoretime, you're going put a stick in your eye!

Yup, it's happened.  So if your toddler is going to insist on the same books over and over, you might as well stock her bookshelf with some choices that are fun for both children and adults.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the classics.  The Giving Tree and The Very Hungry Caterpillar are two of my all time favorites, but even those can get a bit dull over time.  

Whether you're in need of a library refresh or just looking for some ideas for future gifts, this list includes 6 books [one is actually a series!] with witty plots, prose that flows, and colorful, quirky illustrations.

Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

Peck, Peck, Peck is the story of a young woodpecker learning to how to peck a tree with his dad.  The little woodpecker gets quite excited and ends up pecking through some rather unconventional items.  

All those little circles?  Those are actually small holes in the pages where kids can put their little fingers.  The pages are thick and even though we've read this book about a hundred times, we haven't had a single hole tear through a page.  

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Goldilocks - the ever curious, ever picky, and ever unsupervised little girl who finds herself in a house owned by Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur and their Dinosaur friend visiting from Norway.  The writing is witty and intelligent and offers something a little different for both child and adult.

Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner

The story of a siamese cat who'd rather spend his days pretending he is a brave chihuahua despite his mother's efforts to keep him in a straight [kitty] line.  

If you enjoy reading in voices, you will love sharing this book with your kiddos.  There are several songs and many funny words throughout the story - I dare you to read it without chuckling.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

I can't get enough of this book!  The plot is so bizarrely goofy that you kind of just end up accepting that its true - dragons love to eat tacos, but they don't like spicy salsa.  That's just the way it is.  

Anytime we tell Vivi that a food is spicy she likes to point out that the dragons won't like it.  Thanks for the reminder, Boo.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Poor Farmer Brown.  He's all but lost control of his farm...the ag unions are stepping in!  Ok, not really.  

However, the cows and chickens are cold and are prepared to fight for their warmth.  Large, colorful illustrations and a frustrated, grumpy old farmer make this book highly entertaining.

The Pigeon Book Series by Mo Willems

Books include The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and many more!

I saved the best for last.  This book series is hilarious and so fun.  We've read these books so much that Vivi knows them by heart.  It's priceless to hear her recite "Each morsel is a joy.  A celebration in a bun!".  

The character at the center of these dilemmas, the pigeon, is expressive, persuasive and above all, preschool-like.  

He responds to situations of desire in a way that your own toddler probably responds; however, it's much funnier coming from the pigeon than it is your own child.  

And truly, learning to share is hard enough - but learning to share a hot dog?  I know many adults who are still trying to grasp the concept.  

Hang in there, Pigeon - some day you'll get to drive that bus.

Do you have children's book recommendations that you'd like to share?  I'd love to add even more selections to our library!  Please share in the comments below!

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