We are a family of readers. Well, the boys and I are. David mostly reads articles and books on statistics and frankly, I don’t count those. The boys and I hit story time at our local library at least once a week. While there, we pick out some books to take home. At latest count we had 16 items checked out. I always have some guilt about this but we read them and read them regularly. So…it’s not that greedy is it?
We pick up some of my old favorites as well as some that the librarians have picked out as their favorites. Then we curl up on a daily basis with our enormous pile of books (including some we own) and read for an hour at a time or so. We do this most days of the week.
Here’s my guilty secret: I really hate some of those books. Fox in Socks is dead to me. I cannot handle its tongue twisters. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which enchanted me as a child and has spawned two movies, is entirely too wordy. Reading it makes my mouth dry and my brain tired.
So for those of you struggling to read to your children or those just looking for new books, I compiled this list of books that my toddler and pre-schooler love but that I also enjoy reading to them. Full disclosure: none of these are affiliate links. I’m too lazy for that. And since I’m not making any money of this, I’d encourage you to check these out at YOUR local library. Library love, yo.
1. Extra Yarn We love this book so much we kept it from the library and read it daily for six weeks. Finally, spawned by guilt, we returned it and requested it for Christmas. It’s beautiful, fun, meaningful and easy to read. I also bought it for my niece and I hope she loves it as much as we do.
2. Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Evan has something of a tiger addiction, so this book was easy to pick. It was harder to return. We loved reading it and going wild. And roaring too.
3. King Jack and the Dragon This is a fun rhyming book. I typically detest rhyming books because I feel ridiculous reading them but this flows nicely. It’s fun for the kids and let’s us talk about imagination. It also inspires the kids to have fun pretending they’re building a castle.
4. The Day Louis Got Eaten This is awesome, inventive and somehow not scary. It features a female hero, which I love, and a myriad of invention. Look at the pictures carefully and see what interesting things your kids can spot.
5. No, David I bought this book while I was pregnant with Alex because, simply put, my husband’e name is David and he got told no a lot as a child. My children think the book is hilarious. It’s a great way to talk about WHY certain things shouldn’t get done while also entertaining your children. The words are also simple so if you’re working on sight words, it’s great practice.
6. Where the Wild Things Are Come on, this is a classic. We love reading it and talking about what may be ACTUALLY going on.
7. Bang! Honestly, I can only read this one so many times in a row, but the pictures are beautiful. There’s only one word in the whole book so it’s a great opportunity for the kids to tell you what’s happening in the pictures, how everyone is feeling and why things are happening.