More Twaddle-Free Books for Preschoolers: The Runners-Up

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It was so difficult to limit myself to 10 Twaddle-Free Books for Preschoolers that I feel I have to mention these titles as well. Consider them the runner's-up.


The Complete Adventures of Curious George

by H. A. Rey

Eric Mueller from Los Angeles, CA says:

What is there to say? Few books are as beloved — or as charming — as the story of one curious monkey and the man with the yellow hat.


Harry the Dirty Dog

by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Kristen Stewart from Birmingham, AL says:

Harry the Dirty Dog is a sweet and classic story that has been beloved for many years. The story and illustrations are simple, and can be followed by children as young as 2 or 3, but are nonetheless interesting enough to grip an early reader. Who doesn't love dogs going on adventures and getting dirty?


Ira Sleeps Over

by Bernard Waber

Karen Kennedy says:

A simple, charming look at the many different ways of being brave, big and small.


Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business

by Esphyr Slobodkina

Mardi VanEgomd from Austin, TX says:

I read this as a little girl and remember it as my favorite. I remembered that pile of caps on that monkey's head. I wanted one just like it.


Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton

Leah Smith from Burtonsville, MD says:

If you haven't read this adorable book then you are probably wondering why I included it on a list about cool female characters in children's books. It's because the steam shovel's name is Mary Ann. If you haven't read this charming story, what are you waiting for?


The Little House

by Virginia Lee Burton

Heather Lawrence says:

Though a well-built house may possibly stay the same over many years, its surroundings most certainly do not. What started out as a happy little house way out in the country became a little house in a bustling city, where it couldn't see the sun anymore because the skyscrapers were so close to it. Yes, houses have feelings too, evidently (and it's quite believable with the charming illustrations by the author). When the descendants of the family who build the little house find it again, they move it back to its original setting... if not quite its original location.


Your Favorite Seuss: A Baker's Dozen by the One and Only Dr. Seuss

by Molly Leach, Dr. Seuss

Peter from Brooklyn, NY says:

On the plus side, this many-in-one edition seems to have many of the all-time greats like Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax. On the downside, I think combining these books into one edition is a mistake — there's nothing more appealing than looking at a bookshelf full of Seuss titles.