Child care providers have great taste! We asked for suggestions from child care providers on children’s books, and we received some wonderful recommendations.

Child care providers love, teach, and care for so many different children every day. It’s no wonder that these books resonate so well with them! Every book in this list teaches the children in their care a valuable and memorable lesson that they will carry with them long after they are out of child care.

Check out this top 5 list of children’s books that child care providers love, and maybe add a few to your bookshelf.

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes

By Eric Litwin

“Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes!

But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin’ and groovin’ and singing his song…because it’s all good. Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects – kids love to interact with the story.”
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The Princess and the Giant

By Caryl Hart

“Princess Sophie is exhausted, and it’s all because that grumpy old giant up on the beanstalk can’t sleep. His stomps and stamps keep everyone awake. But as the resourceful Princess Sophie reads her favorite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. She bravely climbs the beanstalk carrying a tasty bowl of porridge, a cuddly teddy bear, and cozy blanket to help soothe the giant. But nothing works until finally Sophie hits upon the perfect thing – a bedtime story! Everyone lives (and sleeps) happily ever after…”
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By Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

“Cordelia can fly. Over the ocean, up with the birds, wherever she wants to go, she does. It’s her favorite thing. It’s what makes her happy. It’s what makes her who she is.

Until one day, she hears the whispers: people can’t fly; it’s impossible. And suddenly, Cordelia can’t.

A modern-day fable about believing in yourself and your dreams – and flying wherever you want to go.”
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Miss Rumphius

By Barbara Cooney

“As a child Great – aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful – and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

Inspired by a true-life story, Miss Rumphius shows us how we can all make the world a more beautiful place.”
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

By Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

“A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck – all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle’s flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin’s sing-song text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals.”
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Do you have a kid’s book that you and your kiddos are in love with? Share it with us in the comments below!