There is nothing like reading a good book to your children as they are all snuggled up in bed. Our first son absolutely loved books and never would let us get away with reading just one. We kept all of his favorites, as he got older, because we knew that one day, we would use them again. We were right. We now have four kids and can easily identify which books kids truly love.
I know there are millions of books out there but here is a list of tried-and-true favorites. All four of our kids have loved these and I am sure that yours will too. I have placed links to all of them on Amazon for easy purchasing.
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
I don’t know what it is about this book, but all of our kids have loved it. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is a New York Times Bestseller written by Tom Lichtenheld and Sherri Duskey Rinker. There are others in the series, like the Excavator edition but this ONE has been read 1,000 times in our house. Even my husband loves it!
No, David is a book written by David Shannon. It is such a simple book, with very few words, but kids love it. I add a little spice to it by being over the top and really pointing out the pictures but, our kids have us read it at least twice a week. There are other books in the series that are also great.
good night yoga
Good night yoga, written by Mariam Gates, is a part of a series of yoga books. These are by far the most favorite books in our house. From our toddler all the way up to our tween. We do good night yoga as a family, as a part of our routine, before bed. I even got them all their own yoga mats. Yoga with friends is for partner yoga and good morning yoga is for the morning.
Elmo’s Boo-Boo Book
Elmo’s Boo-Boo Book is a bit of an older book written by Matt Mitter. It is a part of Reader’s Digest products and such a cute book. It comes with stickers and has flaps so that it is interactive. Basically, it talks about how to treat boo boos.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. It helps kids learn the alphabet in a fun way. There are other books in the series and our kids love all of them.
LEGO CITY makes tons of books, and they are good for various reasons. First, our sons have just loved everything about them because they are all about trains, planes, and automobiles. I probably know most of these by heart at this point. Second, these are leveled books that are great for reading independently when they are ready.
Mix it up!
Mix it up is an interactive book written by Herve Tullet, who also wrote PRESS HERE. You can tell by the picture this book gets used! Our kids have all loved this book and ask us to read it over and over. It seems so simple but really does get them to interact and helps them learn their colors.
Pete the Cat
Pete the Cat books are always a hit in our house. Wheels on the Bus, by James Dean, is a favorite of ours but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Like the LEGO CITY books, there are also level books that are great for when your child starts to read on their own.
Little Quack’s New Friend
Little Quack’s New Friend is a part of the Little Quack books, written by Lauren Thompson. Again, the whole series is great, but we particularly love New Friend because it talks about playing with someone who is different. We love the message behind this story and the kids enjoy anything about Little Quack.
All Around Chuggington
Even if you do not have a train lover, All Around Chuggington is a great interactive book for kids. It is written by Alana Cohen and has over 40 flaps! Our kids act surprised every time we open a flap, even though they have seen it 1000’s of times.
Hopefully this list gave you something new and exciting for your family to read. If you are struggling to get your children to read check out my post on how to support children with independent reading.
-Kristy M., Mommy to Many