When our kids were growing up, every Friday we took out about 50 kids books from the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Monsey, NY, and would read the books to the kids over the weekend.  This is a list of the best books.  They are highly recommended.

Family Author
Tales of a Gambling Grandma
Dayal Kaur Khalsa
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children  James Herriot
The Lost Lake Allen Say
Uncle Jed’s Barbershop Margaree King Mitchell
The Growing Up Feet Beverly Cleary
Time of Wonder Robert McCloskey
Everyone Cooks Rice Norah Dooley
The Patchwork Quilt Valerie Fluornoy
Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance Ian Wallace
Legends and Parables
Mirette on the High Wire  Emily Arnold McCully
The Empty Pot  Demi
Flossie and the Fox Patricia McKissack
The Seeing Stick Jane Yolen
Ming Lo moves the Mountain Arnold Lobel
The Wild Swans Jeffers and Ehrlich
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch Trinka Hakes Noble
Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs Judi Barrett
Alistair Underwater Marilyn Sadler
Alistair’s In Outer Space Marilyn Sadler
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt  Deborah Hopkinson
Grandfather’s Journey Allay Say
A Peddler’s Dream Janice Shefelman
Under The Quilt of Night Deborah Hopkinson
Follow the drinking Gourd Jeanette Winter
The House On Maple Street Bonnie Pryor
Good Queen Bess Diane Stanley
The Glorious Flight Alice & Martin Provenson
A Medieval Feast Aliki
William Steig
The Amazing Bone
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Doctor DeSoto
Doctor DeSoto Goes to Africa
Brave Irene
Gorky Rises
Tintin - Herge
Volume 1 -
Tintin in America, Cigars of the Pharaoh, The Blue Lotus
Volume 2 -
The Broken Ear, Black Island, King Ottokar’s Sceptre
Volume 3 -
Crab with the Golden Claws, Shooting Star, Secret of the Unicorn
Volume 5 -
Land Of Black Gold, Destination Moon, Explorers of the Moon
Volume 6 - Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Sharks, Tintin in Tibet
Volume 7 - Castafiore Emerald, Fligh 714, Tintin and the Picaros
Lyle Crockodile - Bernard Waber
Lyle, Lyle Crockodile
Lovable Lyle
Lyle and the Birthday Party
Lyle finds his Mother
Lyle at the Office
The House on East 88th Street
Time Warp Trio - Jon Scieska
#1 - Knights of the Kitchen Table 
#2 - The Not-so-jolly Rodger
#3 - The Good, the bad and the Goofy
#4 - Your Mother was a Neanderthal
#5 - 2095 
#6 - Tut, Tut
#7 - Summer Reading is Killing Me!
#8 - It’s all Greek to Me
#9 - See you later, Gladiator
#10 - Sam Samurai
#11 - Hey Kid, want to buy a Bridge?
#12 - Viking it and Liking it 
#13 - Me Oh Maya 
#14 - Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci 
#15 - Oh Say, I can’t see 
#16 - Marco? Polo! 
The Magic School Bus - Joanna Cole
The Magic School Bus Inside The Earth 
The Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body
The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurracane
The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition
The Magic School Bus on The Ocean Floor 
The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks 
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses 
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip