Reading is one of my favorite activities. Getting lost in a story is the best way to relax on vacation or unwind after a long day. Most parenting books and blogs espouse the importance of reading to children to assist with their overall knowledge and specifically their vocabulary. Instilling children with a love for reading and associating books with joy is a cause I can get behind. Perhaps I am only listening to the opinions of other bibliophiles due to my own bias toward reading, but who cares?
The hardest thing for us as a family is to find stories we can enjoy reading over and over again. The quality of great books like Dr. Suess's ABC's or Seasame Street's The Monster at the End of This Book are hard to attain. But reading the same thing night after night can turn a well meaning parent into a repetitious and sullen zombie. I am lucky to have amazing siblings who are aware of and share my love for books. One of whom, who happens to live in England, has gifted some of our favorite titles to us over the past 6 years and I am excited to share them with you. Scroll through and see if there are any you would like to add to your little one's library!
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
When Sophie and her mom host an unexpected guest for tea they learn how ferocious the appetite of a tiger can be and the importance of always having a fully-stocked pantry. A book with a silly premise but lasting lesson about hospitality and water conservation.
The Runaway Dinner
Allan Ahlberg & Bruce Ingman
What happens when a sausage is startled and departs the supper table prior to being eaten? You chase it of course! A hilarious, and true, story about the day Melvin escaped and led his table-mates to freedom is sure to make you smile.
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
A masterpiece of rhyme and meter, the Gruffalo is easy to recite in the dark and perfect for children who like to memorize stories. Brains truly overtake brawn in this animal themed woodland adventure.
The Gruffalo's Child
Julia Donaldson with pictures by Axel Scheffler
Back to the woods again, this time a cautionary tale surrounding the lessons taught and not headed by the gruffalo's off-spring. The Gruffalo's Child is a great sequel and has an entertaining quality to match the original.
Lemony Snicket with illustrations by Jon Klassen
Have a little one who is less than excited about being in the dark? Perhaps they do not know how useful dark can be. This book has a seriously creepy vibe but serves a real purpose for all of us who have struggled to keep night lights at hand to calm our irrational children.
Small Knight and George
Ronda Armitage & Arthur Robins
Small knight sets out on his first quest, to find and slay a dragon, alone. As he follows the trail of destruction left in the wake of dragon attacks he grows weary of his task until he finds a new friend who causes a real stir back at the castle.
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Mac Barnett with Illustrations by Jon Klassen
It is monday, they have shovels, so now Sam and Dave are off to dig a hole. Determined to find something spectacular, they dig left, right, up, down, diagonal, and all in between; good thing they have animal biscuits and chocolate milk. Just watch out for holes in the yard once your little one is inspired to search for their own treasure!
Super Daisy and the Peril of Planet Pea
Kes Gray & Nick Sharratt
Earth is under attack and has only one hope. Can Super Daisy rescue humankind from the dreaded planet pea? She can fly, she can punch, she has an awesome outfit and a positive attitude! Great illustrations with classic comic style fight scenes are sure you amuse you and your kiddo.
006 and a Bit
Kes Gray & Nick Sharratt
Daisy is at it again as a secret agent seeking a new partner to complete her next mission. Soon your children will let you know when "the ostriches will be swimming in the tomato sauce" and creating spy gadgets unrecognizable to anyone who is not a real spy.
A is for Activist
A is for Activist is a fun alphabet book for social justice minded parents. The pages are less rhythmic than most abc's but manage to introduce great vocabulary not found in the average kids book. P is for Pea-Pea-Peace march!
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