1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss: A classic book that helps children learn to read by emphasizing repetition, rhyme and rhythm. Fun fact: Only 236 words are used in this 72 page book (not including common words like “and” “I”, “the”).
2. Olivia Goes to the Circus by Ian Faulconer: A tall tale of Olivia the pig’s circus adventure. Most of her story is “pretty all true to the best of her recollection”.
3. The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers: A beautifully illustrated book that masterfully deals with loss, grief, and healing. It sounds heavy, but it is a truly moving story. The book’s message will resonate with adults, but it also appropriate for children.
4. Goodnight Lulu by Paulette Bogan: LuluA humorous bedtime story that will help your little one feel secure at bedtime.
5. Elmo- Big Enough for Bed by Apple Jordan and John E. Barrett: A great book to help your child transition from the crib to a big-kid bed. Big Chick has been in a big bed for a year and a half, and she still loves this book.
6. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser: Follow along as Fancy Nancy tries to get her plain parents and little sister to add some glamour to their lives. A great read for any girly-girl.
7. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems: The poor incorrigible puppy thinks he wants a pigeon, but he has no idea what’s in store for him once he actually gets one. Mo Willems is a master at writing books with subtle dialogue that parents will find humorous and toddlers can’t get enough of.
8. I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt: A playful story of a mother’s unconditional love. No matter what the child in this book imagines himself to be: a slimy swamp monster, a terrible meat eating dinosaur, or a super smelly skunk named Stinky Face, the mother continues to love and care for him just the same. A great book that emphasizes a mother’s love for her children without making the parent burst into tears.
9. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann: A great book about well-meaning Rabbit and his friend Mouse. Whatever rabbit does and wherever he goes, trouble follows. See what happens when Rabbit gets his plane stuck in a tree and hatches an elaborate plan to get it out. I just read this book to Big Chick’s pre-school class and it was a big hit.
10. Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry: This book’s pages are packed full of artwork that will captivate your child. This visually stimulating book teaches children about all the different things that “go”, helps them practice patience as they try to find the elusive “Goldbug” on each page, and builds imagination while having a good laugh at the chaos that ensues as a family of pigs heads to the beach.
What books do you enjoy reading to your children?
-Contributed by Morgan