Ok by popular demand and also because it is my current Mania, a thread of cool children's books in no particular order

I shall expand as more arrive (more, will Arrive) https://twitter.com/eigenrobot/status/1287814990167072768
1. Anything by the D'Aulaires

Beautiful illustrations, wonderful stories. Their _Greek Myths_ are absolutely required--I loved that book more than anything as a six year old.

Somewhat bowdlerized--Zeus "took wives", and the last photo is the ending to Abraham Lincoln 😅
2. Madeline, of course!

The story of a cheeky girl who lives in an orphanage (??) and gets appendicitis.

My copy comes with a helpful list of the Parisian landmarks depicted in the illustrations.
3. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Have you ever wanted a children's version of I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream?

(There is a happy ending)

The author is a sweetheart, his Caldecott Award speech also attached
4. Winnie-the-Pooh

Sadly I somehow did NOT have this as a child but I will rectify this for the next generation

An excellent introduction to Books with Maps which I understand to be a distinct genre of books, you know exactly what I am talking about
5. Make Way for Ducklings

The tragic story of a family of ducks who are forced by circumstance to live in Boston, where local police racially profile them
6. Beatrix Potter (various)

Stories about anthropomorphic Victorian animals, lovingly illustrated

Samuel Whiskers (last photo) terrified me
7. The Story About Ping

A dry treatise on the animal husbandry practices of the Han people of the Yangtze basin during the late Qing Dynasty, I don't know why this is marketed to children
8. The Clown of God

The story of a young boy in Sorrento with a gift. It's an introduction to ageing and death and it is acheingly beautiful.

Catholics beware this is a work of blatant Franciscan propaganda
9. Russian Fairy Tales

I have no idea who wrote this and it doesn't matter because it was illustrated by Ivan Bilibin and I could look at his work all day

Russian stories are spooky af and kids love scary stuff
10. Stone Soup

Superficially a whimsical tale of three buddies running a friendly scam on a group of villagers, Stone Soup also teaches children about how they too can grow up to eat at the trough of the Military-Industrial Complex
11. Go Dog Go

This book is incredibly stupid

64 pages of this crap

I remember liking it but on a second pass I may burn this before my kids take a liking to it and I have to read it every night

I regret everything about this book
12. Magic School Bus books

Ok I'm less angry now. The Magic School Bus books are fun and a compelling-for-a-child explanations about stuff like anatomy and earth science

Also Arthur, dear put-upon Arthur

Wonder how much of this stuff failed to replicate
13. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Although it is a story of the industrial age, its themes are eternal

You can read this book to your child while you hold back tears thinking about how GPT-5 has rendered your labor entirely without value
14. Look Out For Pirates!

Out of print and hard to find, a rollicking adventure story about a group of sea-boys besting a group of Pirates, stealing their treasure, and pulling a Wickerman (Nic Cage) on the pirate crew

First published in 1959, this book has led to deep cynicism about the rate of technological advances in several generations of children

No Virginia you will not go to the fucking Moon
16. Wombat Stew

A companion story to Stone Soup, involving more soup, more rampaging violations of the NAP, and more pranking

It's fine. Mostly have for nostalgia.
17. Pickles the Fire Cat

a somber Diogenetic reflection on virtue, wrath, remorse, and repentence
18. The Velveteen Rabbit

This one is actually extremely good and beautiful and I don't think I can actually remember the details of the story and I'm not going to reread it now because I'm not in a mood to sob uncontrollably
Ok I need to work for a while but this thread is far from over

F a r

from over
19. Love You Forever

I liked this book as a child (I don't think my parents read it to me) and it made me appreciate their love for me in a very real way. I also learned about growing up, maybe.

I will not be getting it for my kids because it turns out it is heartbreaking
20. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

One of the dumber ways to introduce kids to the alphabet but its got a good beat and you can dance to it
21. The Runaway Bunny

A cute book about motherly love for an age when kids aren't really ready to be aggressively independent
22. The Paper Bag Princess

A book that teaches girls about the importance of being brave and clever and not tolerating bums

And boys to appreciate brave and clever girls, and to not be bums
23. Saint George and the Dragon

The author adapted /Spencer/ for kids and Hyman illustrated down to marginalia. We shall see her work again.

Kegan 3 is important for kids because good things are, Good and this book is an embodiment of this precept.

A thing of beauty.
24. Bilbo's Last Song

It turns out that you can never introduce Tolkein too early.

I only learned of this a week ago, and wasn't sure what I would get; I rather like it!

A lovely poem, a nocturne, an elegy. Sleep well, kiddo, and dream of Aman
25. The Little Prince

Written by war hero Antoine de Saint-Exupery, needing no introduction, of course you must have known this book would make the list and everyone should read it


Did you /also/ know that some magnificent bastard made an unabridged pop-up version?
got some packages
26. The Kitchen Knight

This is another Hodge/Hyman collaboration, this time retelling part of the story of Gareth from the Matter of England

Another entry in my Good Things are Good early childhood curriculum, upon which I shall expound going forward
27. East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Norse folk tales.

@orthonormalist has a fantastic reading list somewhere--preparation for a great books curriculum, but for kids.

I understand it's full of folk tales. This is not a mistake.

Children's books should be beautiful.
28. Frederick

There are many good ways to live. Frederick shows one of them.
29. Babar

My parents took me to a children's theater production of Babar when I was six. The narrator was introducing the Elephant King with a series of astounded questions--"Who could this be?"

I shouted "It's Babar, silly!" and he graciously granted me, "Yes, it's Babar."
30. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

I don't know whether this was a popular Jewish story before it was published in _Cricket_ but by the time I was nine even my semirural Catholic school had a copy
32. Little Red Riding Hood

Of course everyone knows this story, but everyone must also hear it for the first time.

A problem with many stories is that they are written for the entertainment of a jaded reader, rather than for a naive child. Modern Disney movies exemplify this.
33. The Stinky Cheese Man

This book is a distillation of the phenomenon I mentioned above. It is nonsensical without a familiarity of the base material; it is an attaqq on decency and aesthetics; it is concentrated irony poisoning.

It is however reasonably funny.
31. Oops I missed it

Here's the name of the list I mentioned, haven't found a direct link

Thanks buddy! https://twitter.com/orthonormalist/status/1288647840189698048?s=19
34. The Little Old Man Who Could Not Read

Recommended by a mutual, this is the story of a sweet old man and his incredibly long-suffering wife.

I suspect there is much empathy for illiterate kids here.
35. The Rainbow Goblins

Another mutual's recommendation although @selentelechia remembers it from her childhood

A tale of wickedness, gluttony, and hubris

Sumptuously illustrated by an Italian Count, painting oil on oak
36. Rapunzel

I wonder what it was like to publish stories about heteronormative families with uncomplicated love for one another in the late 20th century.

Especially as Hyman herself was divorced, with a child; she may have been gay.

What was she looking for in her art?
37. Calvin and Hobbes

Extremely good to read as a parent or as a kid or just generally.

The complete collection is very nice but heavy for small hands.

I used to babysit a bright two year old named Phinneas who identified with Calvin intensely. He made his own transmogrifier.
38. Swimmy

A children's introduction to ecobolshevism, ethereally illustrated
39. Strega Nona

A good introduction to the multifarious dangers of witchcraft, and the corruption of even the clergy by that black art. Excellent preparatory material for a future scholar of Malleus Maleficarum
40. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Stories are not actually scary. Appropriate for ages 0-3.
addendum https://twitter.com/eigenrobot/status/1289018418062962688?s=19
41. Where The Wild Things Are

Monarchoprimitivist Calvin and Hobbes
42. Corduroy

Every think about how corduroy is probably actually a terrible fabric for a stuffed animal of any variety
43. Goodnight Moon

Deep lore:

1. My ex had a theory the old woman was actually a ghost

2. Some old biddy kept this out of the New York Public Library for decades
Found more books on another bookcase

Kids like diversity in their reading material right
Baby is not due til late February/early March and this is all I know how to do to prepare for being a dad

I find myself getting more books about as quickly I list them here, another dozen or two are on the way along with a few dozen I have that I haven't posted yet

Oh dear
44. Augie and the Green Knight

By @ZachWeiner and illustrated by @Bouletcorp

I backed this on Kickstarter but lost the original copy

It is extremely good, perfect really, for an unusually precocious grade schooler but might not be fully appreciated otherwise
45. Charlotte's Web

welp https://twitter.com/mikeets14/status/1289329699735257088?s=19
46. The Big Brown Bear

Another extremely dumb book and I loved it when I was three

Long-suffering wives with dumb husband's appears to be an ancient trope

Sorry @selentelechia we become the stories we read
47. The Gashlycrumb Tinies

A firm, morally-upright traditional British alphabet book
48. Bare Bear

An ethnographic extract regarding the vile sartorial habits of polar megafauna

Hilarious to four year olds
49. Various Eric Carle books

Overall would rate:

Caterpillar: 10/10
Ladybug: 6/10
Bear: 7/10
Spider: 9/10

Rereading I was slightly irritated that they're overengineered pedagogical devices rather than just stories but the art is gorgeous
50. The Story of Ferdinand,

The Bull Who Just Wanted to Grill, Por Deo's Sake

vaguely offensive to the entire Iberian Peninsula probably
51. The Tyger Voyage

From the man who brought you Watership Down and Shardik, a Victorian tale of a father-son voyage (they are Tigers)

No horrifying animal deaths but there is an element of the occult

Newer versions have replaced the g-word with the preferred "Vistani"
52. Dorrie's Magic

From a mutual's recommendation.

Very much a learn-to-read book, I found it charming

Dorrie just wants her room to be cleaned and she doesn't want to do it herself. Deeply relatable, with an ultimately Petersonesque message
53. The Sleeping Beauty

Another Hyman retelling, very much not Disney-style

A story about the importance of party etiquette and the ineluctability of Fate

Illustrations include tasteful nudes and corpses
54. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Various horrifying poems and illustrations by Shel Silverstein, a strange man

Beloved by third graders who have to read a poem for school

I have to say they have stuck with me
55. A Child's Garden of Verses

By Robert Mother Louis Fucking Stevenson!

Probably more for reading to than reading by; poems about life from the perspective of a child.

Gorgeous art neaveau illuminations

I think @orthonormalist told me to get this one, glad I did.
56. Alice

I am dismayed to report I somehow never got this as a child; seems right not to repeat this error (although another book had Jabberwocky and the illustration and that was absolutely terrifying at four)

Recently reissued in glorious color; Carroll remains uncancelled.
nouveau, stupid autocorrect or whatever the hell that was
57. The Little Island

A little jewel of a book, a year passing from the perspective of a wise little island

Its discourse with a visiting cat is provocative (good sense)
58. Mr Wuffles!

Like the last book, recommended by a mutual.

No words; I understand the game is to ask your child to tell /you/ a story based on the pictures.

What do you imagine is happening?
59. Time for Bed, Miyuki

Guys I love this book, this book is a wonder, consider this book

Miyuki, her Grandfather, and the tasks she insists on completing before bed

Scale gives way to more important matters in S-tier art

Miyuki and Grandfather will appear again soon

Well they say that Richard Scarry
owns one half of this whole town
With political connections
To spread his wealth around

Born into society
a banker's only child
He had everything a man could want
Power, grace, and style

But I work in his factory
And I curse the life I'm
uh @selentelechia we had better get that bookcase we are very much running out of room in the nursery
61. Merlin and the Making of the King

Hyman and Hodges at it again

A gentle introduction to the Matter of England

Gorgeous, well told, perfect aesthetic delivery; gold(?) foil marginalia
62. A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied His Horse to Me

A book of nonsense illustrated by Wallace Trip

Recommended by I think @mr_archenemy? Sadly twitter search is broken

Absurd stuff I am confident it will be loved. (Cat-approved)
63. The Lorax

My favorite book at three; I remember going to the library with my grandmother to pick it up.

Perfect for your budding, civic-minded mathematician
64. The Buried Moon

Maybe mutual-recommended? Picked up for obvious reasons but wow this book is scary as hell

Illustrations are fantastic and your child will fear marshes forever (rightly so)

but iirc Kids Love Scary Shit
65. The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat

Annals of books with unusual form factors

A book one of my parents inherited from their childhood, I think? Our original copy was lost in a flood

Content is probably mostly subversive lies from the +×+clock+×+
66. Jane, Wishing

Back to earth, a sweet book about Jane, quotidian, who wants to be Amanda or Elizabeth. Wishes in color; life in greyscale

Maybe good for a daughter especially?

I'm not going to lie, last week I went and just bought a dozen books that Hyman illustrated
breaking for now but I really appreciate all of the recommendations. ❤️

I am bookmarking each and will go through them when I have a little downtime (and pending spousal budget approval 😅)
I also have to say--it's incredibly validating, as I make this list, to hear from people with strong and specific recommendations of their favorites from their own childhoods.

If books stick like that--well. Maybe evidence this exercise will be loved in the way I hope ☺️
67. A House Is a House for Me

This book OWNS

It is a children's introduction to abstraction

It begins by listing literal homes in which animals live and then stretches the concept beyond all recognition in perfect meter

Strong recommend
68. Patience, Miyuki

Miyuki returns! In a slightly more complex story wherein she learns to be a little more patient and makes friends with a flower

So beautiful 🥺
69. Dragons Dragons

Somewhat older appreciate Eric Carle, a Beastiary of legendary and fantastic creatures and Gods

Described by literary excerpts worthy of the renowned poor devil of a sub-sub
70. Homer

I found these fellas at a reasonable price.

I'd say they're elementary appropriate--stories are probably a little long for preschoolers.

Thoroughly illustrated but maybe not an early childhood aesthetic.

Still I appreciate the work and it had me thinking about Myth
71. Stories from the History of Rome

This book slaps so fucking hard. Get this book.

Check the preface (3d image) for background. Stories are crisp legible and engaging.

Recommended by someone-- @PereGrimmer?

Thanks whoever it was! Children should learn these stories.
72. Rosalie

I was looking for some more Girl-coded books and found this one

Really more early-elementary but it is beautifully written (with my Kind of typography and writing Conventions) and illustrated

It is a paean to Female Friendship and virtue

73. Snow and Rose

Snow White and Rose Red, of course this is not the same fairy tale as the one with the dwarves

This is maybe second or third grade level, it is longer than I had expected

I did not read it but nevertheless I assume it is very good
74. Moominbooks

Your children will need a firm moral grounding compatible with the future Anarchic world order and this is the path to such an outcome

Charming, mischievous, full of love, there is a reason everyone has a Snufkin avi
75. The tale of tsar Saltan, of his son, the glorious and mighty knight prince Guidon Saltanovich, and of the fair Swan-princess

Just what it says on the tin

I mean it's translated Pushkin illustrated by Bilibin so

sucks it's long out of print ☹️

may have been USSR propaganda
76. City, Pyramid, Castle, Cathedral

Line drawings of the construction of mighty works

Easily understandable by young grade schoolers

History and engineering

I love these they are wonderful and I wish I'd had them growing up

Go with the black + white

ht @halvorz and others
77. Blueberries for Sal

A clarion warning. A message for our times. A disaster averted--this time.

Warn your children about ursine treachery.
78. One Morning in Maine

The Great Bear War has been won by the humans, but at great cost.

Sal, older, struggles with an old wound from the Second Battle of Blueberry Hill.

Her growing family struggles to find food; the economy is a shambles.

Will they survive the winter?
79. The Ghost-Eye Tree

Got this at a Scholastic book fair when I was seven because I liked scary things

A boy and his brave big sister go to fetch their mother milk late at night and are nearly eaten alive by a haunted tree

A lovely meditation on fear and bravery
80. The Stork King

A fairy tale introduction to domestic violence

A lad makes his bid for the hand of a princess; she tries to kill him with black magic and he repeatedly tricks her with the help of a magic bird

Their wedding night is a scene of unimaginable violence

Ages 1-3
81. Yes and No Stories

Recommended by @browserdotsys, by the Papashviliys, we got a signed copy somehow (?!)

Exceptional people and my absolute favorite book of fairy tales.

When men speak of heroes, let them sometimes remember Ajam Boglay's name. 😭

82. The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat

Quite a stupid book remarkable only for the fact that it was I think the first book I read on my own

It was all downhill from there

An introduction to the nature of entitled cats which has also been a constant theme in my life
83. A Madeline Treasury

While I mentioned Madeline above I was compelled to get a complete collection of the originals for recently-uncovered Kabbalistic reasons

Classic mischievous stories I expect I will be reading quite a lot

This book is a bit cumbersome for small hands :(
84. Pockets

I mostly don't like new books but this (1998) is robot bait

Art and revelation and fashion, hidden passions, foreign words, discoveries, a journey to Byzantium

So beautiful
85. The Little House

The house is a metaphor for each of us and for our society

Our cities are sick, and no place for Man

Our civilization is dying

In wooden home or felt tent, RETVRN to the open Sky

let Tengri reward you

yes there is a happy ending

86. Our Universe (national geographic)

I didn't totally understand this as a kid but I loved looking at it

Very pretty, and tons of illustrations and science word's to help a child get used to not knowing what the hell is going on with Reality
87. The Green Pelican and Other Stories

Probably hard to find. (My copy is DELICATE.)

A charming weird book of short stories written in an energetic and exceptionally wry voice.

Great for early grade school reading.

ht @anaisnein9 !

88. Ox-Cart Man

In the days of old, a Bay Colony family worked hard throughout the year, producing handicrafts and living a humble, loving family life

Whither went the Ox-Cart Man of yesteryear?

What ill wind, from whence, bore on its hateful wings the accursed Masshole?
89. Miss Rumphius

The story of a women who goes on an adventure and becomes a cool wine aunt it never occurs to her that one way to make the world more beautiful is to be a loving parent COME ON i shout each time I read it THE SURVIVAL OF YOUR SPECIES IS BEAUTIFUL but ok flowers
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