Millie Waits for the Mail, by Alexander Steffensmeier
I’m listing this book first because you have got to check it out if you haven’t seen it yet! Every day on the farm, Millie the cow anxiously waits for her favorite thing… scaring the mail carrier! She loves finding a new place to hide so that the mailman is scared right off his bicycle. The poor man tries sending Millie her own package so that she’ll start being nicer to him… it doesn’t have the effect he wants, but the happy surprise ending had me laughing out loud.
Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary, by Beverly Donofri
We love this exquisitely illustrated book about a girl and a mouse living parallel lives in the same home. At the end of the story Maria’s daughter and the mouse’s daughter end up sharing a house – and develop a special friendship. This is one of those books to read very slowly – so you can catch every detail in the pictures. It’s definitely gift-worthy.
Monster Manners, by Joanna Cole
Rosie Monster has a problem – she has terrible manners. She speaks politely, smiles at strangers, and plays nicely with her friends. What are her monster parents to do? In the end a family disaster leads her parents to realize that Rosie’s manners come in handy! It’s a favorite from my childhood and still one of my read-aloud favorites today.
If You Give a Moose a Muffin, by Laura Numeroff
You’re probably familiar with this book and the others in this growing series. If you give a moose a muffin, he’ll want jam to go with it. When he eats all the muffins, he’ll want some muffin mix – and on it goes in this fun story. Like all in the series, the lively illustrations by Felicia Bond might just be the best part.
The Monster at the End of This Book, by Jon Stone
It’s rare that I will recommend a book based on a TV character – in fact, I’ve never done it – but how could I leave this classic book off our Letter M favorites? Kids love being told, IN GIANT SCREAMING LETTERS, to please not turn the page – poor Grover is afraid of the monster at the end of this book. Like me, this may have been a favorite of your own when you were young … be sure to let this timeless book delight the next generation!
Mimi, by Carol Baicker-McKee
The first thing you’ll notice is the 3-D artwork created with paint, fabric, and clay. It makes this adorable book really stand out – but the story itself is wonderful too. Preschool-aged children will relate to Mimi’s day of playing, library school, and a visit to the park. This is another great book to give as a gift!
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
Some of the vintage children’s books are a little long and tedious for kids today – but not this one. Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, work hard. They dig deep canals for boats and hollow out cellars for skyscrapers – but they’re soon out of a job when the newer machines take over. Mike Mulligan has a final chance to save Mary Anne from the scrap heap if they can build the basement for the town hall in just one day. Kids will cheer for Mike Mulligan while learning a little about what things were like seventy-five years ago.
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
Like all of her books, Jan Brett’s artwork in The Mitten is breathtaking; she illustrates animals with both realism and personality. In this book, animals crawl one by one into Nicki’s lost mitten — stretching it beyond recognition until the bear sneezes, sending the animals everywhere. A favorite!
Are You My Mother?, by P. D. Eastman
I’ll admit — reading this one again and again gets a bit tedious for me, which is why I’m glad it’s at the doctor’s office waiting room and not on our bookshelf. But the story is an enjoyable easy reader and makes a great read-aloud for young preschoolers. My three-year-old can’t get enough of it!
Mouse Mess, by Linnea Asplind Riley
This rhyming tale of a mischievous mouse is a quick and fun read. “Crackle, sweep, he rakes cornflakes — and jumps into the pile he makes!” When they were first learning to talk my older kids loved to fill in the rhyming word at the end of each page.
Maisy Big, Maisy Small, by Lucy Cousins
My toddler loves to look at books by himself, but getting my busy little boy to sit for a book is still a challenge. This was one of the first he’d listen to from beginning to end – and then page through it himself afterward. The giant, bold pictures and simple opposites are just right for young kids. Older children will enjoy it too.
There Was an Old Monster, by Rebecca Emberley
We loved this take on the favorite childhood song, “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” The pictures are great, the story is funny, and the surprise ending is great. We love to sing along, starting with the opening verse: “There was an old monster who swallowed a tick. I don’t know why he swallowed that tick, ‘Cause it made him feel sick!”
Mouse Went out to Get a Snack, by Lyn Rossiter MacFarland
A hungry little mouse leaves his mouse hole to get a snack. “Something like a piece of cheese.” But what a feast awaits him when he finds a giant party spread on the dining room table! The mouse throws food over the side of the table as he counts: “1 piece of cheese, 2 plump plums, 3 baby carrots…” When the cat finds him, the mouse must abandon his giant platter — but escapes with one piece of cheese. You’ll love the simple text and hilarious pictures, and you won’t mind reading it again and again. A real gem!
Max’s Dragon Shirt, by Rosemary Wells
I’m a big fan of all the Max books (and nearly every book by Rosemary Wells!), but this one’s my favorite. Max’s overalls are a mess – so his big sister Ruby must take him to the store to buy a new pair. But little Max only has eyes for a dragon shirt. Surely there’s no harm in just trying it on… I love the dynamic between the responsible big sister and wide-eyed little brother.
Alphabet Curriculum for Preschool
Our curriculum includes lessons for teaching both upper and lowercase letter names and sounds. You’ll get three lessons per letter, built-in review, simple handwriting practice, rhyming, syllable counting, phonemic awareness, and a whole lot more!
Don’t forget Goodnight Moon and Madeline! I love your book reviews! I’ll be sure to check out the books I’m not familiar with!
We love those too, Sharon! Thanks for chiming in!
More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt and Troy Cummings
Thanks for the recommendation, Lynola! It’s going on our library list. 🙂
You picked some great books! And some new-to-us ones we’re going to need to check out!
Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Hope to see you linked up again later today,
Thank you, Beth! I love your link-up.
Oh I love books and this is a great list. I’m not familiar with Mouse Mess, but it looks like a great read for our library story time program. I would also add “Make Way for Ducklings.”
I’m visiting from the After School Linky
Yes, I love that one too… but I haven’t been able to get my kids into it yet — not sure why! Definitely need to try again. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sharon!
Great list of books. I have read so many of them. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much for checking it out!
Very nice list! I’ve pinned it for future use. 🙂 You’re making book lists, I’m making games lists, haha. I’m visiting from the hearts for home blog-hop. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for your list of favorite games, Jen! Am always on the lookout for ones as I make gift purchases for the kiddos. Pinned it!
Love this list! What a brilliant idea. These are some of my favorites “M” books. Another favorite M book that I simply adore is Max’s words by Kate Banks! I am super glad I found your blog of the Family Fun Friday blog party. I think your blog is awesome and I definitely will be a frequent visitor. I am also ordering the mamreading program a.s.a.p.
Thanks your blog rocks.
Max’s Words… I think we have a video version of that book. Will have to put it on my library list! Thanks so much, Mollie, for visiting, and I hope you find lots of helpful things for your monkeys!
Weirdly, I have not come across most of these – I’ll have to rectify that! Our house mini-fleshling is fairly obsessed with the interactive e-version of Another Monster at the End of this Book…he loves the argument at the end between Grover and Elmo…
Back to KLB hopping!
Interesting – I haven’t seen the e-version. I’m sure my kids would love it too. Thanks for stopping by, Bruce!
What a great idea. You have lots of fabulous books listed. Thanks for sharing. Cheryl, Hop Hostess.
Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl!
What a great resource for teachers and homeschooling parents! We are big fans of many of these M books!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Elizabeth!
great list with lots we haven’t checked out yet.
Thanks for checking it out, Kriss – always fun to find new titles!
I see that Natalie beat me to Mouse Paint! I would also add Mole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis and Mucky Duck by Sally Grindley. Love your letter lists 🙂
I stopped by as part of The Kidlit Bloghop.
Two new books for me to check out, Catherine. Thanks for the recommendations!
Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Oh, you definitely have some classics in there! Max from Max and Ruby, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Maisy… Great list! 🙂
Thank you for checking it out, Renee!
What a great list. I would also add Ellen Walsh series – Mouse Count, Mouse Shapes, etc and especially Mouse Paint.
Thank you for the contributions, Natalie!
I love book lists! Millie Ways for the Mail looks like a good one. I’ll have to check that out.
We(I) love, love Jan Brett and the If You Give A…. series.:) Thank you for the suggestions!
Hope you find some new favorites, Catie!