kiddo daily delight – what are your favorite children’s books? (painting giveaway!)


Beginning in April, I’d like to choose one book and use it for our kiddo daily delight activities all week long.  What do you think?  I’d love suggestions as to what books to highlight.  I’d also like to have another giveaway! Yip Yip!

Are you enjoying the children’s/baby paintings?  One lucky winner will commission an original oil painting (5×7″) of their favorite children’s shoes, cartoon character, baby clothing, baby toy…or anything else you can think of (that I approve of course)!  All you have to do is leave a comment below answering any of the questions in this post:

  • Are there books in your children’s library that you would like to see used on the daily delights?  ( 5 activities will be prepared for you and your kiddos to enjoy.)
  • Or do you have a list of favorite children’s books that you would like to share?
  • What are your favorite kiddo daily delights already shared? (mine are to your right)
  • What types of activities would you like to see more of? (ie. cooking, movement, outdoors, nature, music, visual arts, poetry, book writing, fine motor, mathematics,..)

p.s. Should the winner choose to use the painting as a gift, I will be happy to green-ily gift wrap and mail it to that special person.

Luck of the Irish to everyone!

Contestants will have until March 31st at midnight MST to leave their comment(s).  Winner will be announced April 1st…no foolin’!  Winner will be chosen at random from those who have left comments. 


46 thoughts on “kiddo daily delight – what are your favorite children’s books? (painting giveaway!)

  1. Have you ever read “The Tub People”? It’s out of print. I can’t remember the author as my daughter-in-law is currently holding on to it so she can read it to my grandchildren. Speaking of my grandchildren-Recently I played the shell game with Andrew. Cheez-it cracker under one of three cups; slide the cups around; if he guesses which cup the cracker is under, he gets to eat it. It was great fun!

  2. Janette,

    Welcome to the daily delights, and thanks for your input! The kiddos and I just read “The Tub People” a few days ago during storytime. The builder and I had quite the discussion about “the child” and what happened to him. Great suggestion. I’m giving you and extra vote for your activity as well. Thanks so much. 🙂 katrina

    ps. I’m finding all sorts of ways to find out-of-print books lately…thank goodness for the internet!

  3. Is mommasassy allowed to enter?
    I am really into books by Munroe Leaf. The book we are reading with Brielle is ” How to Behave and Why”
    It’s teaching simple terms to little children on why we should be ” Honest, Fair, Strong and WISE!” He has many other books and i recommend them all. Great teaching tools and the kids love the simple clean pictures!

  4. Of course, momma sassy is allowed! Thanks for the suggestion of Munroe Leaf. Sounds like some good learning going on! 🙂


  5. Well, my favorite is I’ll love you forever, as a kid I liked Corduroy, the little bear who lost his button. Kailer my 2 year old loves the Dr. Seuss books!

  6. Ashley,
    Aww…Rainbow Brite…We just read Where the Wild things Are the other nite…a great suggestion!


    Oh, I love Corduroy too, I wonder if I have that one in a compilation…if not, I know it will be at the library. And Dr. Seuss, gotta love them all right? Kailer…what a fabulous name. I bet he’s gonna be a charmer. 🙂

  7. This may come as a shock at first, but you’ll understand why I have loved this book at the end. EVERYONE POOPS is the name of the book…LOL. So my daughter while potty training would read books while on the potty. She wasn’t too interested in the other potty books, so we began to read this by accident, and my 19 month old is potty trained with only 3 accidents of poop. She now will go on listing all the other animals that poop too. She says “Poop, bunny, No No” The reason why she says “No No” is one day while playing outside I hear her say “Bu Berries” I then take a mad dash outside saying “NOOOOOOO”. So now when we get to the bunny in the book “everyone poops” She know that bunnies poop too and we don’t touch it!

    • Cachay,

      Oh my goodness! LOL! I can’t wait to look for this book at the library. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. first of all, i love books! my poor kids, lol, we are drowning in kid books! But the ones we return to over and over are…… goodnight moon, my sons favorite, and then a big family favorite is piggy in the puddle. it is so cute, theres a piggy in the middle of the muddy puddle… it is fun to say and particularly fun to read while they are in the bathtub!
    any eloise book, lol. so many! but defintely piggy in the puddle!

    • Jaelle,
      We love Goodnight Moon as well. That will make a great kiddo daily delight. Looks like we need to check out Piggy in the Puddle…especially since the kiddos love baths so much. Eloise, is another great one, thanks for all of your suggestions!

  10. Hi,
    This is a wonderful giveaway. I read lots of books with my kids but our current favorites are: Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Not a Stick, Duck Soup, Duck and Goose, Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, and Cinder Edna. They are all wonderful books. I’d love to see them featured here. Thank you for the giveaway. I hope I win!

    • Brittany,
      Welcome to the daily delights! Thanks for all the suggestions. Almost all that you mentioned are new to us…which I LOVE. We’re always looking for new favs. Be sure to check back often for I will definitely be using them. 🙂 katrina

  11. hi,
    there are so many favorites its hard to choose.
    for my 2 1/2 year old “LOOPY” was a favorite one for a long time, it is a book from a child point perspective about an attachment blanket, she could identify with it easily.

    for my 5 1/2 going on 15 girl, i would say “Salomon and the ant” short tales of great wisdom. truly her favorite.

    for me, i should say “wave” and “flotsam” both are picture books (no words) about kids encounter with the ocean. wave is kind of llike a french movie with a very simple plot about a moment in life, whereas flotsam is more like a Holywood production with lots of fantasy and effects. (if i may do this comparison)

    love all the other recommendation
    this is a great idea.

    • Hi Tali 🙂

      Thx so much for your suggestions..all lovely. I really did enjoy your comparison of “wave” to a french movie…three of my all time movies are “Red,” “Blue, and “White,” lovely french films. Anyways, thx :)!

  12. New to the website – found you via blog hopping and I love the paintings!

    I love to read. My husband loves to read and we are hopeful that our daughter (2) will love to read too. We do our best to encourage her by reading to her often and going to the library which she loves. Her current favorites are anything by Bill Martin/Eric Carle – Panda Bear, Brown Bear, Baby Bear, etc. These are a must check-out from the library!

    • Carrie,
      Welcome! So happy you hopped here. 🙂 We love Eric Carle as well, and we haven’t read Panda Bear or Baby Bear. Thx for the recommendations. I think that doing our kiddo daily delights (literacy based activites) is making them even more excited to read, for the activities make their reading more real. The dancer is two like your daughter and loves the activities…definitely a great time to start. She will do the Brown Bear/Panda Bear all by herself: loves the matching. ( Try some kiddo daily delights with her and let me know how it goes!

  13. I went up to my boys room where I have cleared all his baby books.. but I knew I would still find this one.. and my son is turning 15 next week! He doesn’t read if of course any longer, but it’s one he will never forget. I think it started him on a path for a love of building things.
    It’s called Knee-High Norman by Laurence Anholt and illustrated by Arthur Robins. I used to read it to him with the giant voices and we would laugh our butts off at some parts. It teaches the lesson: No matter how small you are, if you have brains, you can accomplish anything, no matter the size of the project! Delightfully fun read.
    Thanks for the suggestion to post here.
    Good luck everyone!

    • Susie,
      Oh, what a fun book…such an intruiging title…I feel like I’ve seen it before. Definitely a must find. Thanks so much! You’ve described one of the best parts of reading with our children: even when they are 15, we still have memories of laughing so hard together. Times together that will be cherished for him as well. 🙂

  14. We do both recall on occasion the Fee, Fi, Fo and Fum voices I did. Man, they grow FAST!
    He now plays clarinet beautifully and loves lacrosse and soccer! and gets a delicious all A’s on his report cards! I am truly blessed/lucky/fortunate!

    • Funny, some of my fondest memories as a child are the funny voices my Grommie would make as she pretend played with me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing: clarinet, soccar and lacrosse, a sucessful student…mommas like me need these wonderful dreams to look forward to…sometimes we wonder if potty-training will ever manifest it self!

  15. I”m sorry to keep writing on here, but I just had to tell you that just when you think your child won’t dodo when they’re supposed to. they do dodo! and the next u know, they run away (I have classic video of this BTW of him getting in our car to hang during his run away quest!).

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  17. We loved “Blueberries For Sal” by Robert McCloskey..partly because I had a daughter Sally. I read it to her little boy when he was here last and he loved it too. There is another book called The Country Bunny about a little momma rabbit who became the Easter Bunny. I always felt it empowered mothers because they learn so much and become so good from being mothers.

    • Hilma,
      Oh, it’s been such a long time since I’ve read either of those…I so love them both. Thanks for the reminder, we’ll definitely be finding them at the library. And after a long, hard day, it’s so nice to be reminded that being a mother empowers us and helps us be become more. xoxo

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  19. I absolutely love books by Patricia Polacco (The Keeping Quilt, Thank You, Mr. Falker, etc…). Her stories are so well written with such depth and meaning. Children can easily enjoy listening to them and follow along with the story through the pictures. Another author I thoroughly enjoy who may be better suited for a younger audience is Robert Munsch (Andrew’s Loose Tooth, The Paperbag Princess, Love You Forever, etc…). A lot of his books are hilarious and I find myself giggling along with the kids as I read them aloud. I hope you are able to enjoy these stories and authors as much as we do.

    P.S. Thanks for letting me know about this. What an awesome site!

    • Heather,
      How are you? 🙂 Thanks so much for all of your suggestions! I love Robert Munsch…haven’t read Andrew’s Loose Tooth yet, but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it soon. 🙂 And Patricia Polacco is so wonderful. Can’t wait to pick up these books at the library that I haven’t read to my kiddos yet. One of the amazing thing about great books is that you can read them over and over; as they grow, they learn something new at different develpmental stages. It’s almost like discovering a new book when you haven’t read it for a while! Glad you like the daily delights!

  20. Hi Katrina,
    My very favorite children’s book is, Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak. My little brother started learning the poems when he was in Kindergarten. I remember learning them with him and consequently bought the book for my kids, I think if you stopped any of my kids and asked them the Chicken Soup poem of the month, or at least one of their favorites. Are you familiar?

    • Hi Alisha 🙂
      So I’m all about the “Where the Wild things Are”, in fact we read it last week…but Chicken soup with Rice, sad to say I’m not familiar. But it looks like a must! Thanks so much for the suggestion! BTW, the builder was singing “Follow the Prophet” after church Sunday (marching all over the house)…thx for being such a great influence in his little musical soul!

    • Hi lady!
      Oh I love all of those too! I remember getting teary-eyed as a kid, reading Arthur and the Magic Pebble. 🙂 Good memories…thanks for the reminder. luvs!

  21. Since my guys are still little (3 and 1), our favorite books are the ones by Karen Katz. But Counting Kisses could be their favorite because as you count from “ten little kisses on tiny tiny toes” all the way to “one last kiss on your sleepy, dreamy head” they love it as I give them kisses along the way. It always envokes a belly laugh at some point. Also, “Where is Baby’s Bellybutton” is a good one because they like lifting all the flaps as the story progresses.

    • Hi Michelle,

      I’ve not read either, “Counting Kisses”…it sounds like such a great bedtime story! As for the bellybutton book, my kiddos are facinated with their bellybuttons. 🙂

  22. Somehow I missed this, and I so want to enter! I have a blessing dress that was my grandfather’s christening dress, handmade by my great-grandmother that my girls and I were all blessed in that I’d LOVE for you to paint!!! So I hope you pick me :), although I’ll be OK if you don’t, too, of course.

    Love Where the Wild Things Are. I think that may just be my very favorite childrens’ book of all time. I also love Blueberries for Sal, Goodnight Moon, and Pat the Bunny…all classics. And I really love David Wiesner’s Flotsam. So beautiful. But I think every one of those has been mentioned. I also love Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. It makes me laugh every time we read it.

    • Kerri,

      Hi there beautiful, all great choices. The “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” sounds hilarious…can’t wait to find that one! Your christening dress sounds lovely…you’ll have to show me a photo. 🙂

  23. Hey Katrina,

    What a great idea! You are so talented and I love that you’re sharing your talents with all of us. I have lots of favorites, but one of them has to be Wemberly Worried or anything by Kevin Henkes. Love your blog!

    • Lindsay,

      Hi lady. 🙂 Soo glad you’re enjoying the daily delights! I love Kenvin Henkes…not familiar with Wemberly Worried, definitely need to find that one.

  24. I think this site is wonderful. I think the best book out there for children is a older book called “Charlottes Web” I think that alot of people have read this book and love it. I can read it over and over, there are good messages in it and its a joy for Children as well as adults to read. I recommend it 100% to anyone 🙂 thanks for the website, I will definately be back to check it out more often Thank you Katrina 🙂

    • Hi Michelle!
      So nice to have you here! Everytime the kiddos point out a school bus, I think about our bus riding days. 🙂 As for Charlotte’s Web, you’re soo right, a beautiful book full of wisdom, kindness, friendship…i love it!

  25. Hey Katrina!! I love the daily delights!! What a fun give-away you are doing!!
    Bryanna’s absolute favorite book right now is “Pinkalicious”
    Another book that she loves me to read to her over and over is the classic, “Green Eggs and Ham”!!

    • Hi Stacy!

      Oh, Bryanna and the dancer would have soo much fun together! “Pinkalicious” sounds like a perfect book to read to her. “green eggs & ham”: gotta love the classics!

  26. I’m barely squeezing in my entry before the deadline…

    A favorite book of ours is “Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom”. Carston may enjoy it. It’s about a teacher’s classroom that isn’t ever cleaned up until she retires and the whole town helps. My kids love it and I can’t get enough of it as well.

    Thinking about your family and hoping you are all well!

    Lisa and family

    • Hi Lisa,

      So glad you put in your late entry! I know you must be soo busy these days with all that kiddo love. 🙂 I’ve not read the tale of Mrs. McBloom…thanks for sharing, definitely need to read it! hugs

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