Our Most-Loved Books of 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

2020 has been a year for the books, literally! With more time at home than ever before, we've been reading even more than we already did (and we were already big readers!!).

Back in February I did a large-scale reorganization and purge of all our books, which has *mostly* been keeping things organized, and has helped the kids know exactly where the books they love most are at any time. And it's given me a better idea of what is getting read and what we could stand to get rid of to make room for MORE books.

In the event that you're still looking for ideas to stock your shelves, here's a list of each child's favorite and most-read books!


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Lucy, 21 months: (this will vary a LOT because she's grown so much over the past year! Many of these are favorites for Edith and Peter as well.)


B is for Bedtime Usborne Books & More

Baby Animals Flap Book Usborne Books & More

Poppy and Sam and the Bunny Usborne Books & More

Little Ballerina Dancing Book Usborne Books & More

Bunnies Bookshop//Amazon

The Little Blue Truck series Bookshop//Amazon

The Poppleton series Bookshop//Amazon

The Frog & Toad series Bookshop//Amazon

King Jack and the Dragon Bookshop//Amazon

Home for a Bunny Bookshop//Amazon

Any of the "beginner books" series Bookshop//Amazon

Animally Usborne Books & More

The Monster at the End of This Book Bookshop//Amazon

Edith, age (almost) 4:

Elsa Beskow boxed sets Bookshop//Amazon

Jan Brett's Animal Treasury Bookshop//Amazon

How Does My Garden Grow Bookshop//Amazon

A Little House Picture Book Treasury Bookshop//Amazon

Illustrated Fairy Tales Usborne Books & More

Peter, age 6:

Farmer Boy Bookshop//Amazon

Anything by Virginia Lee Burton Bookshop//Amazon

Nate the Great Series Bookshop//Amazon


Mary Claire and Elizabeth, age 8:

Illustrated Ballet Stories Usborne Books & More

The Anna Hibiscus series Usborne Books & More

The Betsy-Tacy Series Bookshop//Amazon

The Zoey and Sassafras series Bookshop//Amazon

Cecilia, age 9.5: 

Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls Usborne Books & More

Illustrated Stories from China Usborne Books & More

Little Men Bookshop//Amazon

Esperanza Rising Bookshop//Amazon

The People Could Fly Bookshop//Amazon

All the older kids (8-11): (These are the books I find them fighting over, begging for the next turn, etc.)

Complete Shakespeare Usborne Books & More

Usborne Graphic Legends Usborne Books & More

The Saints Chronicles Bookshop//Amazon

The Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series Bookshop//Amazon

Backyard Bird Song Guide Bookshop//Amazon

The 100 Things to Know series (we have history, food, planet earth, numbers, and they love them all!) Usborne Books & More

Julia Rothman's "anatomy" series (food, farm, nature, and I'm hoping to get them the new ocean book for epiphany) Bookshop//Amazon

John Paul and Cecilia, 11 and 9.5:

The Warriors series (there are a LOT) Bookshop//Amazon

The Mr. Lemoncello's Library series Bookshop//Amazon

The Treasure Hunters series Bookshop//Amazon

The Famous Five series Amazon


John Paul, age 11:

The Elements, and anything by Theodore Gray Bookshop//Amazon

The Guys Read Series Bookshop//Amazon

*I think the Guys Read Series is a FABULOUS series because it has short stories by lots of different authors, so it introduces us to new authors and helps guide our library searches! It seems so easy to find good books with female protagonists, but male characters can be tricky... 

How about you? Any favorite books for 2020? We would love your recommendations!!


  1. So happy to see a mix of books we also enjoy (those Usborne treasuries are nice, and my kids would spend all day reading Nathan Hale books if I'd let them.) and new titles.

    We just got the Usborne lift the flap Periodic Table book, and it's been an easy way for me to add in science. I don't usually like gimmicks like "lift the flap," but when then kids come and tell me a fact about elements, I have to respect the flaps!

    I can't get the RSVP to work, though.

    1. Oh thank you for letting me know!! I think I fixed it :)

      That elements book has been a favorite here for years! I'm always astonished by how much they secretly learn from some of those lift-the-flap books, because I definitely haven't taught them these things 😂

  2. We love the Betsy-Tacy books and King Jack and the Dragon (there are a couple others of those, too, if you don't have them!!!). I also have a couple second language Usborne books (currently Spanish and French) which have been fun and the illustrations are darling, even Felix likes flipping through them.

    1. I need to see if our library has anymore of those books about Jack!

  3. Yay! Congrats on joining Usborne! I've been a consultant for almost 3 years now-- best decision ever!

    1. The big challenge is going to be keeping my purchasing under control 😂😂😂


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