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Our Favorite Children’s Books

By Cassandra HomeMotherhood

Once Upon a Farm Co-Founders: Ari Raz, Cassandra Curtis, John Foraker & Jennifer Garner (pictured above)

Once upon a time in a land far far away… there were four little fairies who lived in the woods and wrote children’s books for children of all ages! Well, actually they were in Berkeley, California and technically they were the four Co-Founders of a baby food company wanting to share their favorite children’s books with you, but let’s not stifle that imagination!

Reading to your kiddos (and fur babies too… #bookswithbirdie) early and often has proven benefits, including strengthening children’s social, emotional, and character development and decreased levels of aggression, hyperactivity, and attention difficulties (1). In fact, a child’s brain is already 80% formed by age three and 90% by age five (2) which is incredible and yet another reason to start reading to our kids early on.

Even though that bed time routine can be a struggle some days, incorporating time for reading just a few days a week can make a significant impact. If you’re not sure where to begin or need some guidance, this PBS article has helpful information including everything from picture books that encourage kindness to books to excite your child’s mathematical imagination to books to get the whole family giggling.

We’ve also rounded up our favorite childhood books, including our Co-Founder, Jennifer Garner’s, top six picks your little one will love.

Jennifer Garner’s Top 6 Children’s Books:

  1. A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
  2. Mama Panya’s Pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin
  3. Boot & Shoe by Marla Frazee
  4. Building our House by Jonathan Bean
  5. Root Beer and Banana by Sarah Sullivan
  6. Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit by Chris Van Dusen

Once Upon a Farm Team Favorites:

If you’re finding your kiddos aren’t engaging in story time, here are a few activities to get them excited!

Happy reading from our family to yours!



3 responses to "Our Favorite Children’s Books"

  1. Once Upon a Farm says:

    Hi there! Winners were notified via email. Let us know if you were looking for a specific school and we’ll look into it for you!

  2. Once Upon a Farm says:

    We’re so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Janet Councilman says:

    I appreciate the sincerity of this write-up of yours. Can’t wait to see more!

    Please check my blog about Great Ways Books Teach Essential Life Learnings to Children

    Hope this will help. Thank you.

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