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I recently had a friend ask me if I had any favorite kids books that I could recommend for her preschoolers.
She knew that I am an avid book reader and figured that I would have some favorite little kid books. She was right. I have a shelf dedicated to my favorite little kid books, and each of my kids have a shelf in their rooms as well.
Here is a list of my absolute favorite kids books that every home with little kids should have.
This book is about a family of picky eaters. Each of the Peter children had to have a special meal made a certain way each day or they wouldn’t eat, and in many instances would have a fit. None of the children realized how much work they were demanding their mother go through on their behalf each day…until they decide to each make their mother their favorite dish as a birthday gift.
Ramon loved to draw. However, his confidence in his ability to create anything of value is shattered after one careless comment by his older brother. Ramon is about to give up on his art forever because. Thankfully Ramon has a wise and adoring little sister who convinces him not to give up his art after she helps him to see how beautiful his gift is.
Dot is another amazing book by Peter Reynolds that tells the story of Vashti who sadly believes she has no talent until her art teacher encourages her to, “Just make a mark and see where it goes.”
I Love this fun and imaginative book of a Siamese cat that thinks its a bandit fighting Chihuahua named El Skippito. With sprinkling of Spanish or (or spanglish) this book is a fun way to introduce your kids to another language and culture.
Like many, I was first introduced to this book via Reading Rainbow when it was read on air by LeVar Burton. This books is a classic cause and effect book of what happens when Jimmy innocently takes his pet boa with him on a class field trip to a farm. “Everything was fine until the cow started crying…”
This is such a fun book to introduce the alphabet to your children… The illustrations are amazing and your kids will find hours of fun trying to find all the hidden items that start with each letter as well as the boy hidden within each page.
This is a fun and wildly colorful story of a little boy can’t help spreading his goopy colorful pain everywhere (especially himself) it is to the tune of “it Ain’t gonna rain no more” and though it might give your child a idea or two that you will have to quickly nip in the bud it is soooo fun that you wont mind.
I love this beautiful tale of Punchinello a small wooden person (or Wemmick) who learns that his value isnt determined by how many Star stickers or Dot stickers he is given by the other little wooden people. Rather his worth comes from Eli the woodcarver (His Creator) who loves him.
This is probably one of my favorite Dr. Seuss book. Here you have two kids of Sneetches. One with stars and one without. because of this distinction the group who had stars thought they were better than the ones without. Tired of being how they were being treated, the starless Sneetches were the perfect prey for a starveling salesman with a special machine that would change the status quo…
This is a story of a little boy with a Wild imagination. (Please don’t just this book based off of that horrible movie by the same name.) This is a book about innocence and childhood imagination.
Reading aloud to your children while they are young has many benefits. Just to name a few is the binding between parent and child, the increased attention span (and correspondingly their increased ability to sit still for long periods of time), increases imagination and creativity, and sets up a pattern for a love of learning.
Do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? Please share what it is and why!