Top Self-Published Children’s Books for Kindle

by Greg on April 24, 2013

Today we have a guest post from Maria L. Hughes, a children’s book enthusiast and publisher for

At the end of last year I purchased a Kindle Fire HD for myself as a Christmas gift. As a mother of three kids who love to be read to, it shouldn’t be a wonder why I have as many children’s books in my personal library as I do. Nevertheless, one thing remains constant between the children’s books and my own books: there are a lot of self-published authors who we read. I try to support them when I can, and there is no better way than to just read them. After spending the past few months with the Kindle and browsing and downloading, I’ve put together a list of four of some of the best self-published children’s books for children:

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and Illus. by James Dean

Pete the Cat is a fun, rhythmic, sing-song kind of a story about a blue cat named Pete who walks around in his white shoes that+ (if you couldn’t already tell by the title) he loves. As he walks along, singing about how much he loves his white shoes, Pete accidently steps in strawberries, staining his shoes red—but instead of getting upset, Pete decides to sing about how he loves his red shoes now. I love the moral of the story, that sometimes life throws problems at you and there’s nothing you can do but have a good attitude. The watercolor pictures have a lot of personality, and kids will learn to sing along in the right places if they don’t already know how to read.

I Love You More by Laura Duksta and Illus. by Karen Keesler

I Love You More is a sweet and simple little ebook. A mother and her son both ask each other, “how much do you love me?” Each of them answers in rhyme, telling that they love each other “higher than the highest bird ever flew,” and “I love you fuller than the fullest moon you ever knew.” This one is just heartwarming, and I enjoy reading it to my youngest just as much as he enjoys me reading it to him. Whenever I tell him that I love him, he always tells me that he loves me more.

Shoot for the Moon by Corinne Humphrey

If you’re a dog person—like I am—this one will hit a tender spot in you too. The book is an inspirational story about a dog finding love and family, and apparently is based on Corinne Humphrey’s true life story of adopting her dog. This is one that I may buy a hardcopies of and give to my children when they graduate, much like Oh the Places You’ll Go was given to me.

The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

The last three books have been for much younger children, but for this last one I chose a title for children grades 4 and higher. My oldest loves The Secret Zoo, which is a great story about four kids who call themselves the Adventure Scouts and live next to a zoo. With plentiful amounts of mystery, fantasy, adventure, and action, this book is difficult to put down (I don’t advise reading it right before bedtime). If you and your kids are a fan of the Narnia series, The Secret Zoo will be an instant hit for you.

+Maria L Hughes is a children’s book enthusiast, parent, and online publisher for She enjoys blogging about reading and kid’s books

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