We are a reading house. We loooooovvvveee to read. In our house we believe that readers are better positioned for success at school and in life. We think that reading is a way to boost our children’s imagination (and we’re all about imagination around here) so we read a lot.
We’ve read to our kids since they were babies and even though Gomer, 7, can read on his own now, he still loves to have me read to him and his sister at night before they go to bed. We’ve moved on from Goodnight Moon and The Napping House (two favorites) and we need some new books. So I did an informal poll with my friends and I came up with a great list of 20 books that you should read out loud to your kids this week:
- The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss – Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss? This book is one of my favorites, because it covers a very intense topic in a way that kids (and grownups) can easily understand.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
- Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle & Glenn Murray – Any book with the word “farting” in the title needs to be read out loud in my house just so we can laugh hysterically.
- Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner – I love to read this one out loud because “Chihuahua” just rolls off the tongue so easily.
- Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
- How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen – This whole series is great for any dino lovers.
- Everybody Poops by Taro Gomi – This is a perfect companion book to Walter. “Farting” and “pooping”?! Start reading early so there’s plenty of time for everyone to settle down after laughing so much.
- Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman – Once upon a time this was Gomer’s favorite book. I think it will always be in the bedtime rotation.
- The Paperbag Princess by Robert N. Munsch
- If Dogs Ruled the World by Faith McNulty – This is one that Adolpha loves. She’s crazy about dogs and this book imagines a world where we are the dogs’ pets. Her dream come true!
- Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin – Dear Farmer Brown, this is a cute book with a funny twist at the end that kids love.
- Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein – I grew up reading Shel Silverstein and whether it’s silly poems or heartfelt stories, he’s always perfect.
- Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
- How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
- The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems – The Pigeon series is a wonderful series to read to your kids. So are the Knufflebunny books. Mo Willems can take such a simple idea and turn it into brilliance that kids want to hear again and again.
- The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann
- Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
- Too Many Toys by David Shannon – We can all relate to the mom in this book who just wants to clean out some of her son’s toys. My kids love to look at the pictures and see their favorite toys depicted in the illustrations.
Find the entire list of recommended children’s books here and feel free to add your favorites in the comments. Be sure to read my daily rants at People I Want to Punch in the Throat where you’re sure to laugh and/or might be offended (it’s where you can find my R-rated rants).
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