Children’s Book Reviews. There are so many wonderful books for children. Susan Fry reviews books for Sweet Peas & Stilettos and shares with us some of her favorite picks for the best children’s books.


Susan Fry

Susan is a writer and mother in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s written for Stanford Magazine, salon, the San Jose Mercury News, and many other publications. Here is a printable list of great kids books she created that you can take with you to the library or bookstore.

Top Children’s Books – Recommended & Reviewed by Susan Fry

Susan Fry is a dear friend of mine, a journalist and an avid reader. She writes a weekly blog post for Sweet Peas & Stilettos highlighting great books for children. Every week she has been treating us to a fun new topic to enjoy. Here are some quick links to many of her book reviews. I have them listed below by topic:

Alphabet Books

Around the World in Eighty Legs by Amy Gibson

Astronauts & Outer Space


Barnyard Animals



Charlie Cooks’s Favorite Books by Julia Donaldson

Chicken Big by Keith Graves

Creativity & Imagination

Death & Dying


Eating & Food

Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems

Fairy Tales Reimagined

Finn Throws a Fit, by David Elliot, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

Food – You are what you eat

Funny Monsters


Goal by Mina Javaherbin


Halloween (2)

Halloween (3)

Hogwash, by Arthur Geisert

Leon and the Place Between, written by Angela McAllister and illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith

Leonardo’s Monster, by Jane Sutcliffe

Little Rabbit & The Meanest Mother on Earth


Michael Wright’s ‘Jake’ books

Modern Princess

Peter Sis (author & illustrator)


Polo by Regis Faller

Poop (yes Poop!)



Rama and the Demon King: An Ancient Tale from India, by Jessica Souhami


Seek and Find books


Small & Tall – books about size


Sports books by Gail Gibbons

Steve Jenkins

Sweet Stories – Possible Tear Jerkers…


Thanksgiving selection 2

Thanksgiving Dinner – Gobble Gobble

The Adventures of Abdi, by Madonna

The Circus Ship

The Duchess of Whimsy: An Absolutely Delicious Fairy Tale, by Randall de Sève and Peter de Sève

The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson

The Practical Princess

The Terrible Hodag and the Animal Catchers, by Caroline Arnold

Time Travel

Touchable books

Unusual Pets

Travel & Vacation


Welcome to the Zoo by Alison Jay

When a Dragon Moves in by Jodi Moore


Favorite Children’s Books

Here are some of our family favorites. I know there are millions of great books out there. Hopefully you and your children can find lots of wonderful treasures that you can enjoy together.



The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein




by Byron Barton



Good Night, Gorilla

by Peggy Rathmann




Fancy Nancy

by Jane O’Conner





Violet the Pilot

by Steve Breen





Wow! School!

by Robert Neubecker




Little Pea

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal




How Can You Dance

by Rick Walton


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