PLS Instructor’s Favorite Children’s Books

Today is International Children’s Book Day!

To celebrate, we’re sharing some of our instructor’s all-time favorites! 

*P.S. – You can find a very special children’s book at the end written by one our very own PLS Instructor, Judy Lalli.

Please note, we are not affiliated with the authors in any way, we just happen to like their work. 

Top Children’s Books Recommended by PLS Instructors


Jen Basom

Favorite Children’s Book: Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry by Samantha Berger

“This is a book that I ordered from Scholastic, along with many others, for my own girls. It became a favorite for them and one that we read over and over again. Before either of them could read independently, they were able to recite the pages aloud with me. I have many sweet memories of the three of us reading using both whispers and loud voices to match the text. It’s a cute book about learning the importance of saying I’m sorry!”


Jessica Pilgreen

Favorite Children’s Book: After the Fall by Dan Santat

“It’s a beautiful story about overcoming difficult times and confronting one’s fears in order to live a full and happy life. I love sharing this book and its message with others.”


Tara Moffatt

Favorite Children’s Book: The Bus For Us by Suzanne Bloom

“The current favorite in our house is Suzanne Bloom’s The Bus for Us. Fun illustration details keep it interesting for older kids, and it’s now a household tradition to shout ‘Is this the bus for us, Gus?’ when we see different buses out and about.”


Mike Glover

Favorite Children’s Book: The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

“This book is a testament to self-motivation and paints a true picture of the benefits of hard work. It also shows the hard reality of others trying to benefit from that work! My grandmother used to read this to me and I never see a copy of it without thinking of her.”


Nicole Zakrewsky

Favorite Children’s Book: Maybe by Kobi Yamada

“More and more children face troubles and anxiety now than ever before. This book is a happy reminder of how magical each person is. It helps children to set goals, reminds them of how many things they can accomplish, and allows them to feel special just the way they are. I love that it celebrates the individual and teaches acceptance without giving up who you are.”


Stephanie Harrison

Favorite Children’s Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree is a beautiful book about how relationships change over time and what it means to love a child.  When the “boy” finally understands the lesson of love, it’s a lesson of love for all!”


Brooke Thurston 

Favorite Children’s Book: Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

Gooney Bird Greene is a unique student who shows others that it’s okay to be different! She is a strong, confident second grader and she helps others to feel good about themselves. Over the course of the book, she also teaches the readers what makes a good narrative story!”


Lisa Ciampi

Favorite Children’s Book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams 

The Velveteen Rabbit perfectly illustrates the power of love. The boy loved his beat-up stuffed rabbit so much that the rabbit became real. I love the message that with authenticity and true love, all is possible.”


Becky Grube

Favorite Children’s Book: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

“I have fond memories of reading it to my own children and then to my grandchildren and of reading it to the kindergarten and first grade students in the school where I taught. We even made actual green eggs and ham in our kindergarten. It was great fun!”


Judy Lalli *PLS Instructor & Author*

Favorite Children’s Book: I Like Being Me: Poems About Kindness, Friendship, and Making Good Choices by Judy Lalli

“Writing this book and seeing it in print for over 25 years has been one of the highlights of my life. The feedback I have received tells me that the poems have been enjoyed by children all over the world. More than ever, we need kindness, friendship, and connection to one another.” 


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