The importance of reading is immeasurable. Once a child can read, there is nothing they cannot achieve. Reading takes us to new worlds that we otherwise would not have access to. I love when I find a good book and my children get so engaged and want to hear more. They remember favorites and continue to look for more books by the same author.
Literacy in children, in my opinion, is the single most important tool. They can do nothing in the real world without this essential tool.
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Stories also have a way of coming alive with detail. The vibrant pictures and strong characters are what make us want more. And the stories below have all done that and more. Let’s jump right in and see what I have, shall we?
“My name is Skippito Friskito. (clap-clap) I fear not a single bandito. (clap-clap) My manners are mellow, I’m sweet like the Jell-O, I get the job done, yes indeed-o. (clap-clap)”
― Judy Schachner,
I love everything about this book. Skippy is a little siamese kitten with the imagination of a young child. He takes us on wild adventures and tosses in some Spanish to keep it educational. I highly recommend this book to any parent whose child loves adventure and funny voices!
Bad kitty is a series of books about a very naughty kitty. He has an uncle in the story who tries to give advice to readers but it’s really just a very silly book. I recommend this one for kids who can read on their own.
– Pete The Cat
Pete the cat is a young cat who uses songs and easy to read and understand words to teach a moral or help with a scary situation, like going to school for the first time. I recommend this book for young readers and families who love to sing and be silly.
This is such a great set of books that most children find hilarious. It talks about the things that people say that kids may take out of context. It is a must read for the entire family and will continue to be a cherished set of books for a very long time. I just discovered there is another book to this series. When we get a chance to read that one, I will update this list.
This book is about a child with a very active imagination who meets a dinosaur and goes on an adventure. I won’t lie, every time we get to the end of this book, I get a little teary. This book is one that I remember reading with my mama as a child.
Junie B. Jones “ The B stands for Beatrice, but I just like the B.” is a classic series of books that tells a story of a silly little girl who sometimes gets in trouble. She is quite the character and I am sure that most children between kindergarten and 5th grade can relate to Junie B in one way or another.
This is one of those books that is a quick read but is actually quite engaging. I always ask my kids what they think will come next before I turn the page. There are quite a few to choose from as well.
Oh, how I love the message in this book, The pout-pout fish starts out very glum and can not figure out why. Then he meets a new fish and discovers that he’s not glum he just did not know that he could be happy! Great story with fantastic illustrations.
Again, this series has easy to follow stories and talks about morals without preaching. It lets young minds decide for themselves how to fix a problem they have. These books have been around since I was a child, and there must be a reason for that. I recommend for younger readers as they will be able to easily connect with the characters.
- Any of the I can read books, but our favorite is Paddington.
These books are simple to read for new readers and slightly more advanced. Most words are noncomplex words so each child will be able to read with minimal help. Highly recommend for new readers.
“Love’s when you can’t stop describing Just what you’ve been doing all day. And love is when somebody quietly listens To everything you’ve got to say.” – Love Is A Hand Full Of Honey
This book is so beautifully illustrated that you almost forget that you are reading a children’s book. The message tells you all the things that love is, including a handful of honey.
Because my children must say goodnight to everything in our home some nights.
This one might be suited best for older kids, about age 8. My daddy read this book to us as children every night a chapter. One of my most fond memories includes this book.
What can I say about a classic such as Frog and Toad? They teach kids all kinds of moral values, like the importance of kindness.
- Smelly Socks
This book is great for all ages. It is about the importance of hygiene and of course, how great new socks are!
This book teaches kids that everyone has a bad day, and that’s ok. I enjoy this book so much every time it comes off the shelf.
- Any Fancy Nancy book
These books include a reference page to all the fancy new words that are used, along with the definitions. We love to read them and then try to use them the rest of the night. This book series is a great vocabulary builder.
I really don’t have to tell anyone about this book, but I am including it because it should be a staple in any book collection.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”
― Dr. Seuss
- Every single Dr. Seuss Book
Dr. Seuss, as you know, is an author that makes kids come alive with his books. There is not a single one I have read that I didn’t absolutely love. Make sure that you are stocked up on these because they are amazing and will never go out of style.
Oh, this silly book. If it teaches kids nothing else, it’s that its ok to be different, because that may just come in handy one day. I love it and Olive will have a place on my bookshelf for years to come.
These books are all about repetition. If you are trying to teach the art of remembering what happened in a story, these books are right up your alley.
If you have not read this book, stop what you are doing and please, for the love of all that is messy, read it now. You will thank me later.
Oh, the magic that is this book! I love the imagination that just comes alive when reading this one too kids. You can almost see the fantastic wheels turning as the pages turn!
This is an awesome adaptation to the original Gingerbread Man book. It’s super cute and holds the listener’s attention the entire time. And the illustrations are impeccable!
Holy smokes! This book. You really just need to read it to understand why I have included it. It is a spin-off of Mother Goose and, in my humble opinion, much better!
My daughter would not let me publish this without adding one of her newest favorites to the list. She says that Amelia Bedelia is one book she can read over and over. Lucky for her there are many she can choose from to keep her entertained!
What are you waiting for? Go read a book!
I really hope you take the time to read some of these books. They are wonderful and engaging stories that encourage kids to think outside the box and use the imagination that they all possess. I truly love each book listed here and have read them all 100+ times.
I wouldn’t give you my recommendations without asking for yours. Do your kids have a book that they ask for every night? Do you have one that you love reading so much that you tell the other parents about? Better yet, what was YOUR favorite childhood story? Mine was The tale of Beatrix Potter. Tell us your favorites so we can add them to our library!!
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Until next time!