Like most families, we are overrun with books in our house. And that's a good thing. If there's one gift that parents and children never tire of, it's a new book to discover and rediscover often.

Our children are young — 4 & 2 — but their minds are filled with the stories that we've read them practically since birth. There are books that we've bought, been given and, most of all, books that we borrow from the library every few weeks. Our children's imaginations have grown along with these books as we've traveled the world, learned about dinosaurs and discovered animals, our bodies, colors, shapes and numbers.

There are a handful of books that our children beg us to read over and over and over again. Here's a list of the Top 10 books in our house. 

1. "The Pigeon" series by Mo Willems

Anything Willems writes is to be cherished — our youngest is still mentioning "Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale" six months after we read it — but the Pigeon books ("Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" & "The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!" among them) are our favorites. They follow the misadventures of a Pigeon who wants what he cannot have. The books are funny, witty and a joy for all to share.

2. "The Scrambled States of America" by Laurie Keller

Few books combine laughter and learning like this gem. The premise of this book is that the 50 states want to shift places, get to know other states and experience a new setting. It doesn't work out very well and the author fills each page with enough one-liners to do a set at the Improv. It's funny and is written to be enjoyed by both parents and children. The best part of the book — the comic story and terrific writing can't help but teach your child about geography.

3. "Good Night, Gorilla" by Peggy Rathmann

This book is short on words but long on action, humor and storytelling. The book focuses on a mischievous gorilla who stealthily steals the keys from a zookeeper and proceeds to free his zoo pals. Without many words, the book opens the door for parents and children to tell the story in their own words.

4. "Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth" published by the Smithsonian Institution

This is a reference book that you and your children will turn to again and again when you discover a new animal or plant in your backyard or when you see a cool insect on a camping trip. It contains information on thousands of animals, insects, plants and rocks that make up our world. It is a book to be savored and pored over by the entire family, one species at a time.

5. "To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street" by Dr. Seuss

We love this book for the way it encourages our children to use their imaginations. The story revolves a boy who imagines all the wild and wonderful scenes he might see on a simple walk home from school. As a result, we often ask our kids to make up their own stories to enliven the everyday, mundane moments that we all encounter.

6. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein

This book is like an all-you-can-read-buffet of memorable, pithy, funny and touching stories written by a master. Our kids love the story of the King whose mouth gets locked shut because he eats so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And the story of the girl who makes up excuse after excuse not to go to school only to learn that it's actually Saturday!. There are dozens of stories to enjoy in this book and your children will be captivated by the humor, drawings and rhymes.

7. "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Anonymous

It's a classic story and it thrills our children each time they hear it. In fact, our older child has heard the story so often that he can recite it by heart. In the days and weeks leading to Christmas, the poem captures their excitement of the holidays. The piece is so easy on the ear and such a joy to read that we share it all year round!

8. "I Stink" by Kate & Jim McMullan

Like most young boys, our sons love garbage trucks. This book tells the story of what a garbage truck does through humor, loud noises, vivid descriptions and gross but wildly funny images. Your kids will love the garbage truck's "Alphabet Soup" and you'll enjoy reading it.

9. "Farmer Dale's Red Pickup Truck" by Lisa Wheeler & Ivan Bates

This is a simple story that contains a great lesson for kids. Farmer Dale is on his way into town and he encounters a wide range of characters who all need a ride. His generosity costs him, though, when his truck breaks down. That's where the important lesson of working together as a team comes in. As a bonus, try reading each of the character's voices with a different accent. Your kids will love that, as mine do.

10. "Out of This World" by Amy Sklansky

This book will take your children to outer space and beyond and empower them to feel like they are truly ready to blast into orbit. One of the most enjoyable elements of this book is that it contains poems and stories for smaller children while each page also contains more in-depth notes for older children, explaining many of the scientific facts into all facets of our universe, like black holes, meteors and the planets.

What are the most popular books in your house?