I love children’s books, and I love to share my favorites with my kids. It’s a great way to bond as a family that forces you to slow down.
I also love catching my boys reading when I’m not around. Even if they are just flipping through the pages, making up words.
But ultimately, I love to read WITH my kids. It’s so much fun…if I can get them to sit still long enough.
Reading with your kids has so many benefits. Things such as:
- helping them master the fundamentals of language
- understand concepts of print (which direction to turn the pages…read top to bottom, left to right)
- more logical thinking skills
- help with new experiences by using a relatable book
- enhanced concentration and skills
Check out more details here. I know with my little ones, there were always so squirmy during reading time…I thought we would never make any progress! I was amazed at how quickly they began to maintain focus with books and show interest.
There are SO many great books out there! I have quite the collection, being a former elementary school teacher. Here are some of my favorites, a “top ten” if you will. These books get their fair share of use, which results in a lot of wear and tear. But I suppose that’s a good thing, right? We are still working with the little one about proper book care.
So here we go..my favorites! Click the affiliate links to purchase from Book Depository…free shipping!
1. Best Interactive Book
Do Not Open This Book! is great for ages 3-10. In it, the main character/author has not finished writing this story, and “talks” to the readers throughout the book, trying to get them to go away so he can finish.
Jace just laughs and laughs when we read this, and loves pretending to talk back to the book.
2. Best Grandparent Book
Any recordable book! Jace and Tanner love listening to these, and they are a great way to feel connected to relatives that live far away.
3. Best Book for Inspiring Creativity
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds is a book about a little boy who keeps trying to draw a picture of a vase. He feels so discouraged, as it is not the perfect rendering he is aspiring towards. His little sister finds his pictures crumpled up in the trash, and is confused. He explains that he was trying to draw a vase, but it didn’t look right.
She brilliantly replies, “Well…it’s vase-ISH.” This unlocks the freedom for her brother to continue drawing and expressing himself, free from the idea of perfection. A great lesson for our little ones.
4. Best Book for Separation Anxiety
Every had your little ones cry at the mere THOUGHT of you leaving? The Kissing Hand is a classic, sweet story of a little boy who doesn’t want to leave his mom when he goes to school. She gives him a reminder on his hand of her love, and it helps his get through. I like how you can actually apply this one by giving your kids a heart sticker to keep on their hands when you are apart.
5. Best Silly Book
I LOVE Skippyjon Jones. It was my all-time favorite book to read to my students when I taught first grade. They loved the silly voices, and the adventures of a siamese cat with the mistaken identity of a chihuahua. This is the original, but there are several additional Skippyjon books.
“My ears are too beeg for my head. My head ees too beeg for my body.”
Seriously…you can’t NOT laugh.
6. Best Bedtime Story
There are way too many books to vie for this category of the BEST bedtime story. I have chosen this one purely out of sentimental value. It was the first book that I read regularly to Jace when he was a tiny one. Every night…we didn’t even have to look at the words, as we had it memorized. When Tanner was around 6 months, I started reading it to him. It’s short, which is great for little ones’ attention spans at bedtime, and has a great rhythm and rhyme to it. As you can see, it’s gotten a lot of love.
7. Best Classic
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. A little more of a possibility living in Colorado, so I have to couple this reading with lessons about never actually approaching a bear.
Jace isn’t convinced. We frequently pretend to go on a bear hunt when on walks, quoting parts of the story and acting them out. This book has great repetitive language for young, emergent readers.
8. Best Book for Momma’s Boys (or Girls)
I Love You Stinky Face is a cute story about a boy who asks his momma, “If I was a ________, would you still love me?” He goes through a variety of animals, such as a smelly skunk, a swamp creature, and an alien from Mars. The responses to his wonderings are clever and cute, reminding our little ones that their momma will love them NO MATTER WHAT.
“But Momma, but Momma, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that everybody called me STINKY FACE??”
9. Best Holiday Book
Too soon? I’m already in the Christmas spirit and we haven’t even plunged into Fall yet! But get this one on your list to have in your house at Christmas time! Snowmen at Christmas is a funny book about snowmen in a town coming to life at night and doing all sorts of cold, snowman-y things while everybody snoozes.
The best part? THE ILLUSTRATIONS. Seriously. It transports me into a magical, Christmas-spirit-filled town where all things are merry and bright. The way the artist captures to illusion of light is beautiful.
10. Best Lesson Behind the Story…aka Best Tear Jerker
Have you heard of You are Special, by Max Lucado??
Every day the Wemmicks stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The talented, pretty ones always get the stars, while the ones with chipped paint who can’t do much, get gray dots. Punchinello, the main character, is one who is identified by his flaws…and he has the dots to prove it.
One day he meets someone who has NO dots or stars. She introduces him to his maker, and Punchinello discovers that he has value because he is loved by the one who made him.
A great message that no matter how the world evaluates us, God loves us and knows just how special we are.
What are your favorite children’s books?