One of the greatest things about being a mother is reading my favorite children’s books again with my own children. The best ones are just as magical now as they were when I first discovered them. The six books below are the ones that meant as much to me when I was younger as they do today and I’ve included some of my favorite places to buy them.

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin

This is the first book of an adorable series about a lion that decides to visit his friends who have been stopping by the zoo to see him all these years. He just can’t understand why they aren’t happy to see him.

Anatole by Eve Titus

After being horrified to learn that people do not like mice, Anatole decides to prove that mice have something valuable to offer. This intrepid mouse becomes a secret critic at a local cheese factory, transforming them into the best cheese makers in France.

Freddy the Detective by Walter R. Brooks

One of the funniest books from the very popular 1930s children’s series. Freddy is a hilarious pig that decides to become a detective after reading Sherlock Holmes.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

For any Dr. Seuss lover this collection of seven undiscovered stories is an amazing find.

The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame 

This century-old classic, featuring Mole, Badger, Ratty, and the wild Mr. Toad, is one of the most beautifully written children’s book.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Full of adventure and wonder, the tales of Mowgli, a young boy raised by animals, is a favorite of my boys.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

An incredibly beautiful and moving story that is as much for children as it is for adults.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Any woman who has grown up with a sister can relate to the trials and tribulations of the lively March sisters.

The Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter’s illustrations are so incredibly beautiful and her story of little Peter Rabbit is so clever and cute.

Charlotte’s Web by E. B White

I love all of E.B. White’s children’s books including The Trumpet of The Swan, and Stuart Little, but Charlotte’s Web is especially beautiful.

Curious George by H. A. Ray

Who doesn’t love the story of this rambunctious little monkey who just can’t help get into heaps of trouble at every turn.

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
(212) 989-3270
Known for being New York City’s oldest and largest independent children’s bookstore, this store offers anything from the newest books just published, classics from your own childhood, or old, rare, and out-of-print editions.

Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Avenue
(212) 831-3554
Boasting original design elements dating from the 1920’s – a terrazzo floor, tinned ceiling, and wood cabinetry, this beautiful store is warm, inviting and will suit every possible literary need. Books can be special ordered, by phone or email and they can customize gift baskets for any occasion.

Mary Arnold Toys
1010 Lexington Ave
(212) 744-8510
Although this New York classic is a destination when toy shopping, it is also one of the first places to call when looking for children’s books. Their collection is small, but very well selected; each book would make the perfect gift.