• Sarah Dann

Sarah's Top 20 Book Corner

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

As we sat in the shade of an old oak tree reading a selection of my charges (and mine) favorite books, I thought I simply had to share this great list of creations for those who might be getting tired of reading some of the same books on repeat.. Some are long loved classics and some have been introduced to me along the road of nannying, which I I have fallen head over heals for.


Every week since I have become a nanny, I have always made a trip to the local library to read new books to the children. I truly love how not only do they develop the child, but how they become part of our lives.


Personally, I don't pay too much notice to what age the book is targeted, as I find even if you simply look and talk about the pictures, it opens all sorts of wonderful doors for development.


A large portion of these books I have listed have won the Caldecott Medal, which is "most distinguished American picture book for children" and I truly do think they are worthy winners.


Of course there are plenty of classics like Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss, but I wanted to share some diamonds that might not be so obvious.



So in no particular order, here they are!

If you would like any of these great books, simply just click on the picture and it will direct you to amazon :).



A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)


Room on the Broom byJulia Donaldson(Author),Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)



Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees



The Spiffiest (Smartest) Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)



Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd



Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans



Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Author, Illustrator)



Paddington by Michael Bond (Author),R. W Alley (Illustrator)



The Selfish Crocodile by Faustin Charles (Author), Michael Terry (Illustrator)



Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.(Author), John Archambault (Author), Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)


The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr



There's A Tiger In the Garden by Lizzy Stewart



Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers (Author, Illustrator)



The Lion & the Mouse (This is solely a picture book)

by Jerry Pinkney (Author)



The Tortoise & the Hare (This is solely a picture book)

by Jerry Pinkney (Author)



The Three Pigs Hardcover by David Wiesner (Author)




Handa's Surprise: Read and Share by Eileen Browne (Author, Illustrator)



Alfie Gets in First Paperback by Shirley Hughes (Author, Illustrator)



Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai (Author), Kerascoët (Illustrator)

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