Saturday, April 5, 2008

Reading with Children

I love a good library. The rows and rows of books, the quiet atmosphere...ahhh. And even if you don't necessarily like to read, you know that it is important to read to your children (for reasons such as recognizing letters and words, increasing imagination, snuggle time, etc.). So I want this post to be a list that you can print out and take to the library to choose books that your children will love to read! I don't want books that the lists tell us we "should" read. I want books that your kids make you read 20 times a day; books that you AND your child have memorized; books that you enjoy almost as much as your child does; books that are new and perennial favorites. Let's get a good long list going!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Day the Dog Said, "Cock a Doodle Doo!" by David McPhail
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
What was I Scared of? By Dr. Seuss
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton (for younger kids)
"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!" , by Patricia Thomas
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen or Harriet Ziefert
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
All the "No David!" books, by David Shannon
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
10 Minutes 'til Bedtime! by Peggy Rathman
A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse by Judy Schachner
Tiger Can't Sleep by S.J. Force
Brave Little Monster by Ken Baker
The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino
Who's Hiding? by Satoru Onishi
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw
Parts by Tedd Arnold
More Parts by Tedd Arnold
Snowmen at Night by Carolyn & Mark Buehner
Put Me in the Zoo by Dr. Seuss

Please add to this list!


Kiki said...

"Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze!": , by Patricia Thomas, is my sons all time favorite book. It practically begs you to do "voices" and the pictures are tons of fun!

Jamie said...

I have to add my kids' favorites: the following are by Virginia Lee Burton: Katy and the Big Snow, & Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. We also like the Ugly Duckling story. But we cannot go to bed without reading Katy and Mike Mulligan. (I had to laminate Katy, it was read so much, it was falling apart.)

Adrienne said...

My kids are loving Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Judi Barrett) The Barnyard Dance (Sandra Boynton) and I ALWAYS love The Napping House or The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Don and Audrey Wood)

Darcy said...

These books would be for 3 - 7 year-olds.
All the "No David!" books. The kids relate to getting in trouble, and it's also a good opportunity to talk about why certain behaviors are hurtful, destructive, dangerous, rude, etc...
"Goodnight Gorilla" (Peggy Rathman)
"10 Minutes 'til Bedtime!" (same author as above)
"A Frog in the Bog" (Karma Wilson)
"I Ain't Gonna Paint No More" (Karen Beaumont)
And lately, EVERY night Daylin requests one of the Skippyjon Jones books. Our favorite is "Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse."

rachelle said...

the bear snores on. is your mama a llama. who's hiding. sheep in a jeep. goodnight gorilla.

teachingtinytots said...

i love reading books nad doing activities based on the books i think it really helps kids! book it sunday is one of my fave blog post i type weekly!

Brooke said...

My kids are loving Parts, and also More Parts by Tedd Arnold. We also love Snowmen at Night.

Justin and Jessi said...

Jarrett's favorite book right now is Put Me In The Zoo by Dr. Suess. He loves it and when I'm done reading it, he goes through and reads it to me :)