Library List: 10 great books for your next checkout



You know how sometimes you go to the library and you end up coming home with books you're not so crazy about? Or you come home with books with great pictures, but the story is just blah. Or the other way around?? Well not anymore! I've done the work for you!! (woot woot!)

Here's to the first segment of Library Lists from Worthington Ave! These are books that I 100% recommend. I checked each of these books out at my local library and read them to my own daughter. They have great artwork, enchanting stories, and I bet you and your kids will BOTH be entertained. So, you can be sure you come home with at least SOME good books every library trip!

So, let's get started!

Title: Author's last name (for easy library catalog searching)

1. Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae: Wilcox


    • The sweetest book about believing in yourself.



2. Tumford the Terrible: Tillman

  • A naughty cat learns to say "I'm sorry."

3. Madam President: Smith

  • A little girl imagines what her day would be like as President of the United States.

4. Silly Goose's Big Story: Kasza

  • A tale about taking care of your friends, and using your imagination.

5. Don't Wake the Bear: Smallman

  • The animals are throwing a party! Can they get it all together without waking the bear??

6. Corduroy: Freeman

  • A little bear wanders the department store looking for his lost button, but he ends up finding a loving home.

7. Find the Magic: Cohen

  • A kind frog teaches two little mice and a cat how to find the magic in a book. You're going to love the pictures in this one!

8. Diary of a Baby Wombat: French

  • A simple story of the day in the life of a baby wombat, (Sleep, eat, sleep eat) and how he makes an unexpected friend.

9. I'd Know you Anywhere, My Love: Tillman

  • A sweet rendition of a parent's love for his/her child.

10. Goldie and the Three Bears: Stanley

  • An interesting take on a classic that ends in a surprising friendship

I can't wait to see you reading these books with your kiddos! I hope you enjoy them as much as Baby and I did! If you post a picture on instagram with any book you heard about on this blog, pleas tag #recommendedbyworthington in the comments so I can see it!

Oh and here's another special surprise just for you! A free printable!












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84 comments

  1. What a wonderful idea to create recommended lists (kinda like an Oprah's book club)! Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

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  2. Haha! You're sweet! Don't we all wish we were Oprah ;)

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  3. This is great - I'm only familiar with a few of the titles. I love the story of Corduroy (I remember him from MY childhood) and actually found an old hardcover copy at the thrift store (I have a thing for find old copies of older books). How old is your daughter? My son, who just turned one, rarely lets me read to him. He's too busy trying to close the book on me, lol! I'm hoping, hoping! it's just a phase :)

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  4. I was so happy this week when I found Corduroy at a local thrift store as well! I had previously only been able to get it at the library. My daughter is 6 months old. She loves to scratch at the book and try to "turn the pages." Even reading aloud to your son while he's running around is a great thing you can do! Check out my first Tuesday Tip post for more info about that!

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  5. Love the book selections! I have been taking my little one (almost 7 months) to story time at the library for the past 2 weeks. We are going to check out 2 board books this week. :)

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  6. Aw that's so great! We haven't been to story time at our library yet. We'll have to check it out!

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  7. When I have taken my kids to the library, I just feel overwhelmed. There's so many books, I don't even know where to start. This list will be coming with me next time!

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  8. Can I just tell you, I still have all of my copies of Corduroy books. They were my favorite books as a kid, and I love that my copies are being read by my kids. Every time I open the books, and my kids read them, it brings me back to my childhood.
    Books are so amazing, and every time I see another eBook out there, my heart dies just a little bit. Books are meant to be held in your hands, and the pages are meant to be flipped with your fingers.
    Even though the kids are too old to read the Corduroy books at this point, I still love to have them read the books to me. Just for a little longer.....

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  9. I have read some of those books. They are great. Good job taking your child to the library and reading!

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  10. Thank you for your comment! And YES, exactly! I often felt the same way... which is why this list series was born! (so stay tuned for another list of great books soon!) I have also found it helpful to put a few books on hold before I go to the library, that way I can be sure to leave with some of the books I want that I KNOW we will enjoy!

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  11. This is so sweet! I too remembered Corduroy from my childhood. It's such a beautiful story. Isn't there something just SO special about real life books! Mmmmm I love it!

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  12. I don't have kids, but these would make great gifts for the children in my life. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thanks for the comments! I bet it would be fun to check out some of these books from the library anyways and read them to yourself. There is something about picture books that is just extra magical!

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  14. […] I said in the last Library List post, these are books that I 100% recommend. I checked out each of these books from my local library and […]

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  15. Oh I love this list. Looking forward to checking out Hip, Hip, Hooray for Annie McRae!

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  16. Thank you! It's a super sweet book! I hope your library has it!

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  17. It feels like it's been so long since I've had an excuse to read little kid books! I love the art on I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love. I might have to find that one and stash it somewhere for the future!

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  18. You're so right, that one is beautiful! And yes get it and read it to yourself! :)

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  19. Love the list. Its awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I think my youngest would enjoy Madam President. Thanks for the suggestions to check out at the library next time we're there. (Or maybe they have some as ebooks too. Love that format!!)

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  21. Aw thank you! I hope you can use it with your girls, even though they are a little older than mine ;)

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  22. Yes! A lot of these are available as ebook on amazon... and some of them my library has the ebook versions available to borrow! I hope you find a way to read them! I love how easy it is to pull up an ebook on my phone when my daughter needs a little extra entertainment!

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  23. We have the original Corduroy book plus two followups, and my girls love them. I've read them all dozens of times. :-)

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  24. Way cool! I love your book sharing idea! Now to find time to actually read a book, lol.

    It has been too long, but I think I deserve it, now I know what I should be reading. :) Thanks!

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  25. I have always read aloud to my kids - reading is so important for their education. I have a library of great books for my grandkids here at the house and encourage reading. Corduroy is one of my favorites.

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  26. Such a great idea! We always wanted to keep the kiddos happy!

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  27. I think I remember the followup Corduroy books from when I was a kid! I'll have to check them out again! Thanks for the recommendation!

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  28. aw thanks! And picture books still count as reading even when you're an adult ;) haha!

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  29. This is so great! This makes my teacher-self so happy inside! What are some of your other favorites?? I'm always looking for more recommendations!

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  30. Thanks for the sweet comment! I bet the kiddos will find a new favorite in this stash ;)

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  31. When our 16 month old was diagnosed with leukemia I asked a teacher friend how I was going to keep up with homeschool with all that was happening in our lives. She told me to just keep reading to them. It's so important. My husband still reads to us almost every night and our children are all young adults but love our family reading times.

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  32. This is such a special memory. Thank you for sharing it with me. It's so true! I always tell people, if you do ONE thing with your kids... read to them!

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  33. With the exception of Corduroy, these are all new to me! We love that book. Goldielox is also a big time favorite in our house, so we'll definitely be checking out book #10!

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  34. I had only read a handful of the books in this selection before getting them from the library and reading them with my little one! All of these have become favorites that I can see us reading over and over again! This version of Goldilocks is adorable- it has a different ending than most! Enjoy!

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  35. Love the book list. These books would be perfect for my children. Cordoury is a cool book series too. I hadn't heard of the others, but I'll have to check them out. :)

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  36. These are great. I'm always looking for good books to read for myself and my kids. I'll have to check some of these out. thanks for sharing!

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  37. These are all so sweet! That #9 'I'd Know You Anywhere' reminds me of one of my favorite childhood books, "I'll Love You Forever" By Robert Munsch. It's a beautiful story about how much a mother loves her son, and it's always stuck with me after all these years. I'll definitely have to pick some of these up when I have some kiddos of my own :) Nice to meet you virtually via the commentathon! :)

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  38. I am always looking for books to read to my girls. I'll definitely be checking out these that you listed.

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  39. What a great post! My little guy and I are always looking for great new reads for him! I will definitely keep this list in mind for our next trip to the library! Thank you!

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  40. I read Corduroy growing up, and I usually stick to the books I read and enjoy as a kid when I read to my nieces and nephews. This list is great and for sure books I'll have to check out to read with them. :)

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  41. I'll Love you Forever" is one of my all time faves! I have it listed in my post titled "Favorite Picture Books for a New Baby." It is for sure a MUST!

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  42. You're so welcome! I hope your fam finds a few new faves in one of these lists!

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  43. Aw Thanks! Yes, I hope you do and that your fam finds a new fave in this list! They're all so fun!

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  44. Thank you for the sweet comment! I hope you are able to find some of these at your library! They are fantastic! Be sure to print off the free printable list and take it with you so you remember them ;)

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  45. I used to be the same way! The books we remember as kids are always SO special, and I loved sharing those with my nieces! Then I started studying Elementary Education at University and learned about all sorts of other books that I had no idea were so good too! But the ones that make us nostalgic are extra great!

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  46. OHMYGOSH! How helpful are you! When I go to the library with my boys my eyes glaze over. I'm so overwhelmed that I don't know where to start. Now I will bookmark and take you with me to the library! I know you'll love our library. It's cozy ;) Thanks for the recommendations!

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  47. Aw thanks for the super sweet comment! Hopefully these will be helpful so you'll know where to start! There's another library list on the blog too ;) Good luck, mama!

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  48. What a great selection of books to read. I know these are for kids but I think i would like the diary of a baby wombat. Looks cute. Thanks.

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  49. It really is a cute one! I think picture books should be for grown ups too! Why should kids get all the fun ;)

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  50. I really love the list compiled here. I had forgotten about Corduroy but I am printing this out to take next library trip.

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  51. Yay! I'm so glad you'll find it useful! There's another Library List that I posted this week too ;)

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  52. These look like great books! Some of them made it onto our local library's "100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten." I was working through those books with my girls when we went to the library... it was nice to have a list to look for instead of just randomly browsing and grabbing books off the shelf. :) Thanks for the recommendations!

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  53. This is wonderful! Sometimes looking at the library shelves can be overwhelming, it's great to have a list and a goal. I'm sure my kids would love all of these! Thanks!

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  54. This is a great list of books worth sharing. Amazingly I haven't read any of these, but it sounds like I should go to the library and get them. I'm sure my kids and I would enjoy reading them together. Thank you for the suggestion.

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  55. Thanks for sharing - This is a wonderful list for younger kids. Will you continue to add to the collection as your child grows older? I've bookmarked this for updates.

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  56. Great list!! Now I just need to find time to actually READ a book again!!! :)

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  57. That's the battle isn't it ;)

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  58. I have just published Library List 2 this last week! Just click on the category "Library List" on my sidebar to see all the lists as they get published (we have 30 more library books that we're reading through this week to make another Library List ;)

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  59. Aw thank you! I hope you can use it! It's fun to sometimes just grab random books, but this way you can be sure to get a few great books in your stack that you know you and your kids will love! Hope you find a new fave with this list!

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  60. That sounds like such a great list! Way to go mama!

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  61. This is a great list! Books are always more fun to read when they come highly recommended for parent and child--especially when you plan on reading it over and over to your little one. :)

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  62. Thanks for the sweet comment! I totally agree! I get so many good recommendations from others, I thought I'd share some of my own ;)

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  63. I remember Corduroy. One of my siblings had that book and they used to love reading it. Nice selection of books. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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  64. These are great book suggestions - thank you!

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  65. Thanks so much for the printable list! We live very near our library and my boys both go to reading club there so we go very often. It'll be nice having something specific to look for the next time!

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  66. Thanks for the comment! I hope you check out the second Library List too!

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  67. Thanks for the comment! I hope you check out the 2nd Library List too!

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  68. Thank you for sharing these books. I work with young children in counseling and I think that these books could definitely be helpful to me with teaching them positive character building and social skills.

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  69. Oh yes! Hip Hip Hooray for Annie McRae would be an excellent one for those categories! Naughty Toes from my second Library List is another great one about self-worth.

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  70. Awesome. Every girl should be reading a book about a girl being the President (even if only in her imagination). Dream big!

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  71. I love that you've compiled this list. I'm always looking for good books to share with my children. Thank you for sharing.

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  72. Yes! I love that 'Dream Big!'

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  73. Aw thank you! I hope you find a new favorite in this list! And be sure to check out Library List 2

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  74. I loved Diary of a Wombat - I didn't know there was a sequel! Great list!

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  75. I actually haven't read the first one, but the sequel was so cute the original is now on my list :)

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  76. Thank you for this list. I love reading and my peanut is finally getting interested so this will be a great list to start with.

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  77. Aw yay I'm so glad! I hope you find a new fave!

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  78. Courdroy was my favorite book when I was growing up. Thanks for adding it to your list.

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  79. Corduroy is a classic!Love it!

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  81. […] time for another installment of Library List! (see the other two lists HERE and HERE). These books are all books that I checked out from my own local library and read to my […]

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