Fan faves!

OK, Minnesota parents, it’s your turn! Yep, this month you’re taking over our Bookshelf department, sharing your favorite books. Don’t see your top picks here? Tell us: What’s your favorite children’s book of all time (or this week)? Send the title, your first and last name and your city of residence to and you’ll be entered to win a free age-appropriate book for your child!


Miss Twiggley’s Tree 

“I remember reading it with my mom — and my grandparents — growing up. It’s the only children’s book my siblings and I can quote from memory. That shared experience and love for this story is such a fond memory that I am now passing on to my children.”

— Anna Wrisky, White Bear Lake

Author: Dorothea Warren Fox

Little Blue Truck 

This poetic story of friendship, featuring trucks and farm animals working together, is beautifully written. “(It’s a) fun, sing-song boy book. I loved when my son would say along, ‘Beep! beep!’” — Nicole Nelson, Golden Valley

Author: Alice Schertle

Illustrator: by Jill McElmurry

See also: Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, Little Blue Truck’s Christmas and Little Blue Truck Farm Sticker Fun.

I Love You, Stinky Face 

“It’s a story of a mother’s love — never ending — and ‘Mom loves you no matter what!’ My daughter ‘kisses’ every page!” — Sara Boulger Malloy, Fridley

Author: Lisa McCourt

Illustrator: Cyd Moore

See also: I Miss You, Stinky Face, Happy Halloween, Stinky Face and Merry Christmas, Stinky Face.

Baby Beluga 

This colorful, Raffi Songs to Read board book is based on one of the musician’s most beloved songs. “My husband sings it while he reads.” — Andrea Porter, Little Canada

Illustrator: Ashley Wolff

The Story of Ferdinand 

This classic children’s story — originally published in the 1930s, but still widely available today — follows the adventures of a young bull in Spain. “It teaches a valuable lesson — that being different is OK as long as you are happy.” — Katie Lawler, St. Louis Park

Author: Munro Leaf 

Illustrator: Robert Lawson