Favorite Children's Books

I've been a father since late 2018, and in the course of hundreds of storytimes and bedtimes, I've learned that the best children's books aren't really children's books at all they're simply books, and carry as much (or different) meanings for us adults than they do for our children. Here are some of my favorites: some classics, some multicultural, some in Spanish, and all teaching lessons of love, joy, and interdependence.

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Love, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

Los Discos de mi Abuela, by Eric Velasquez

Nochecita, by Yuyi Morales

Soñadores, by Yuyi Morales

Escalera a la Luna, by Maya Soetoro-Ng, illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Maybe Something Beautiful, by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael López

i carry your heart with me, by e.e. cummings, illustrated by Mati McDonough

Skin Again, by bell hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka

The Name Jar, by Yangsook Choi

The Seashore Book, by Carlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Wendell Minor

A Boy Like You, by Frank Murphy, illustrated by Kayla Harren

Grandmother's Dreamcatcher, by Becky Ray McCain, illustrated by Stacey Schuett

Mapping Sam, by Joyce Hasselberth

A Different Pond
by Bao Phi

Julián Is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love

La Selva de Zonia, by Juana Martinez-Neal