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Books by Heart

On Facebook recently, a friend used her status to raise the question “Do you know any kid’s books by heart?” This simple question elicited a wide range of responses, and made me think of the books that I know word for word, learning them not because of any requirement or mandate that I learn them by rote, but because I love them or because the children around me love them.

For example, I shared The Green Queen by Nick Sharratt with my daughter so often when she was young that, decades later, I can still recite it by heart after reading the first line.

Books I enjoy using in storytime are easy to learn by by heart.

Two of my favorites are Jill Murphy’s Peace at Last




and Sam’s Sandwich by David Pelham.


And there are some books which I learned by heart just because I love the rhythm of the language and the inherent message, like We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow.


So… what books do YOU know by heart?


  1. Trudy

    When my boys were little, I could recite the following books by heart.

    Guess How Much I Love You
    Where The Wild Things Are
    Why Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night

  2. Lisa

    I’m sure that I know several, but Goodnight Moon comes immediately to mind, also much of Mole’s Hill, by Lois Ehlert, one my children’s favorites when they were young.

  3. Anne

    Pete the Cat and Silly Sally are my two memorized picture books.

  4. Jeanette Larson

    Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

  5. Sarah Stippich

    There’s a Monster at the End of This Book (starring Grover)… and I almost know The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson by heart!

  6. Misti

    “In an old house in Paris
    That was coverd with vines,
    Lived twelve little girls
    In two straight lines. . .”

    I don’t know if I know the whole thing, but

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