Top 10 Children's Books At Better World Books

School is ending and now is a great time to find books to enjoy during the summer months. Here is a list of some of the more popular children's books we sell.


  • 1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Carle, Eric

    "The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book--and right into your child's heart..."
    --Mother's Manual

    "Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
    --The New York Times Book Review


  • 2. Goodnight Moon by Brown, Margaret Wise / Hurd, Clement

    In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room--to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one--he says goodnight.

    In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.


  • 3. First 100 Words by Priddy Books

    Your little one will soon learn some essential first words and pictures with this bright board book. There are 100 color photographs to look at and talk about, and 100 simple first words to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold.


  • 4. Are You My Mother? by Eastman, P. D.

    Illus. in color. A baby bird is hatched while his mother is away. Fallen from his nest, he sets out to look for her and asks everyone he meets -- including a dog, a cow, and a plane -- " Are you my mother?"


  • 5. The Giving Tree by Silverstein, Shel

    'Once there was a tree...and she loved a little boy.'

    So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.

    Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk...and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave.

    This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return.

    Ages 10+


  • 6. Wonder by Palacio, R. J.

    "I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.
    "
    August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid--but his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. WONDER, now a "New York Times" bestseller, begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
    In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
    Join the conversation: #thewonderofwonder


  • 7. Just Me and My Dad by Mayer, Mercer / Grabbe

    The Little Critters in the book are a cross between trolls, bears, and porcupines . . . and they certainly are humorous to consider. This book is perfect for the 2-5 year old set. As your child gets older, this book will also make a good beginning reader. The idea of going camping alone with Dad will be encouraged by the story (especially if you reassure your child that bears are unlikely to take her or his fish). While many people would assume this is about a father and son, there is no language to say so. Only the blue overalls give any hint of sex, so I think the book will work well for daughters. The story involves a camping trip. Mom waves goodbye, and the father and child are off. The father lets the child participate in as many ways as possible, even though it doesn't always work out. For example, the spot the child picks out to camp on turns out to be occupied by a porcupine and a snake! The high point of the trip is when the child catches a fish. Dad takes a picture, and the child starts to cook the fish. Then the bear comes and snatches the fish out of the frying pan! I know from our children that fishing seems to provide endless fascination at this age. We always taught our children to carefully release the fish. Eating them is good too.


  • 8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Kinney, Jeff

    "Boys dont keep diariesor do they?"
    "The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to"
    Its a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before youre ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.
    In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowleys star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friends newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.
    Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, Just dont expect me to be all Dear Diary this and Dear Diary that. Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he wont do and what he actually does are two very different things.
    Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.


  • 9. Holes by Sachar, Louis

    "Check out the Holes tour with Louis Sachar ""
    Monday, October 20th, 7:00 p.m. Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
    Tuesday, October 21st, 7:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Skokie, IL
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:00 p.m., Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Brookfield, WI
    Thursday, October 23rd, 7:00 p.m., Red Balloon Bookshop, St. Paul, MN
    Friday, October 24th, 7:00 p.m. Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata, MN
    Monday, October 27th, 7:00 p.m., Tattered Cover Bookstore, Highlands Ranch, CO
    Tuesday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m., Borders, Aurora, CO"

    Stanley Yelnats tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.


  • 10. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

    To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original publication of "Green Eggs and Ham, " we're making available--for a limited time only--a special foil-covered Party Edition at the regular-edition price of $8.99. This highly collectible edition of the beloved Seuss classic (the story of Sam-I-Am's determined campaign to convince another Seussian character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham) makes a perfect gift that will be cherished by young and old alike.


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