I don’t usually participate in book tags as my blog is more about reviewing books and interviewing authors, but one of my new favourite bloggers, Rhonda, from The Thankful Heart, asked me to participate in my 5 Top Children’s Books tag. She seemed genuinely interested in reading what I wrote.

I figure since she seems like such a nice person who makes delicious gluten-free chocolate cookies that really should be called To-Die for Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies that I should participate. Because really, whether I am reviewing or participating in this book tag, I am still talking books – all the time.

Thank you, Rhonda.

Oh What a Busy Day by Gyo Fujikawa is an amazing picture book that I often buy as a gift for children and features the adventures of a group of children from the time they wake up until they go to bed.
Oh What a Busy Day is my childhood favourite.

Oh What a Busy Day

I have mentioned this before but Gyo Fujikawa’s Oh What a Busy Day has been a favourite since my own childhood. Much like Amy Anne Ollinger in Ban This Book, I signed out Oh What A Busy Day so often from the library it was like I owned it. I ended up buying my own copy as an adult and have read it, or at least parts of it as it’s super long, to almost every child who has come to my house. Oh What A Busy day starts when the sun rises and ends when it sets and shows different parts of group of children’s day. Each page is a different story, rhyme or adventure. I love everything about this book – the stories, the kindness, the illustrations, the imagination and the chance to participate.

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers is about a boy who does everything he can to get his kite down from the tree. Much like other Jeffers books, you don't mind reading it over and over.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers

I love Oliver Jeffers‘ work . An Irish author, Jeffers books have some words and expressions used in that part of the world, which makes them fun to read. While I did enjoy The Day the Crayons Quit, which was illustrated by Jeffers, I love the ones he both writes and draws including Stuck, which is about a boy who is flying a kite that gets stuck in a tree. The boy throws his shoe up to get his kite down, but it too gets stuck. On and on it goes until the boy has thrown up the house next door, a whale who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and a group of firemen who come to see what all the commotion is about. I also love his series about a boy who goes to the moon (How to Catch A Star) and finds a penguin (Lost and Found). They are such beautiful books with wonderful stories.

Sandra Boynton writes books for toddlers and their parents who have to read the books over and over again. I appreciate the humour found within these board book pages.
Birthday Monsters still makes me laugh.

Sandra Boynton

I discovered Sandra Boynton‘s books when my son was a toddler and I have been reading them, recommending them and giving them as gifts since. What I like about them is that not only are they good for babies – rhymes and fun stories – but they are funny for adults, too, making the books fun to read over and over and over again. I still read my nine-year-old son Birthday Monsters, a board book that still cracks me up.

Qin Leng may be an illustrated, but we haven't found a book of hers we haven't liked.
Hana Hashimoto Sixth Violin is illustrated by Toronto’s Qin Leng.

Qin Leng

Qin Leng is an illustrator, not an author, but I put her in her because I have yet to read a book she has drawn that I haven’t liked. My son always requests Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin, about a little girl who decides she is going to play the violin like her beloved grandfather in Japan. She signs up for her school recital despite the fact her brothers both suggest she is going to be a disaster. We also love her safety series from Second Story Press. My son loves that the characters from one book are found in each of book of the series. We also love What if You Won’t, about a boy who refuses to put his dishes in the sink and comes up naughty things he will do if forced to help; and Shelter, about showing kindness.

How do you pick you favourite five children's books? You don't. You pick a whole bunch and disguise it as five.
I like goblins and dragons and books that make me smile and laugh.

And finally:

I like Ben Hatke for he writes books about goblins and robots ; The Storybook Knight because it’s about dragons and books and any book that makes me laugh, smile and want to read it again and again.

I have a list of favourite picture books that I recommend and buy, which can be seen here.