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Question #77788 posted on 06/02/2014 1:36 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you name some children's books that aren't obviously trying to teach a moral or a lesson?

-The Inquisitor


Dear friend,

Can I? Can I? Oh, my friend, you do not know who you're dealing with here. Check this out:

  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
  • The Z was Zapped, Chris Van Allsburg
  • Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game, Mary Felting, Michael Folsom, and Jack Kent
  • Aliens Love Underpants and Dinosaurs Love Underpants, Claire Freedman
  • Cow Can't Sleep, Ken Baker
  • Pat the Bunny, Dorothy Kundhart
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  • Almost anything by Roald Dahl
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
  • Fancy Nancy, Jane O'Connor
  • Amelia Bedelia, Peggy Parish
  • Caps for Sale, Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Goodnight Moon, Pat Hancock and Margaret Wise Brown
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson
  • Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss' ABC, and One Fish, Two Fish, Dr. Seuss
  • If the Dinosaurs Came Back, Bernard Most
  • Animalia, Graeme Base
  • Alphabet City, Stephen T. Johnson
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Eric Carle and Bill Martin, Jr. 
  • I Want My Hat Back, Jon Klassen
  • Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen
  • In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak
  • The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
  • Gallop, Rufus Butler Seder
  • The Napping House, Audrey and Don Wood
  • Tuesday and Flotsam, David Wiesner
And just about every alphabet book, counting book, and wordless picture book out there. I could probably keep going, but this will go over hours if I do.
-Stego Lily

Dear Melody Pond,

Press Here. I love this book to death, and it will be the first one I buy for my future children (I hope).

-Tally M.


Dear Basil,

Pretty much any board book for babies. 

I recently read When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, which was cute and moral-less, and Heather the Highland Cow, which doesn't have a moral unless you consider "highland cows are so freaking adorable" to be a moral.

I'm also a fan of stories with different morals.

-Marguerite St. Just


Dear Inquisitor,

Dragons Love Tacos immediately came to mind. Also Moo, Baa, La La La! and Press Here, which I thought of before I saw Tally M.'s answer.

I read a lot of children's books as of late.



Dear Iron Inquisitor,

The One That Got Away is the best children's book ever. And also there's no moral, unless you count clever puns.