Thursday, April 19, 2012

Our Top 10 Reading List

In honor of National Library Week last week, I wanted to share some of the boys' favorite books, but I just didn't get around to it. Fortunately, it's always a good time to introduce your kids to some new books, or return to some classic favorites.  

Here is our Top 10 List of Must-Read Books:

The Baby Books

1. Goodnight Moon - Each of my boys has had an obsession with this book at one time or another. Baby E now toddles over to his basket of books to pull it out every night before bed.

2. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - This is another household favorite that lends itself to reviewing colors, animals, and animal sounds. We've actually gone through 3 board books of this one so far.


The Tear-Jerkers:

3. Love You Forever - A sweet book about a mother who loves her son unconditionally repeating "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living, My baby you'll be." until she's too old to rock him and the roles reverse. This one gets me every time!

4. Someday - Another book about a mother watching her daughter grow up, leave home, and one day doing the same things with her own daughter.

5. Guess How Much I Love You - A great Father/Son book where they compare how much they love each other, until the little bunny tells his Dad that he loves him all the way to the moon and falls asleep. Then, his father replies "I love you to the moon and back".


The Boys' Favorite Series

6. All of the If You Give a ________ a ___________ books. - These include the "If You Give a Dog a Doughnut", "If You Give a Pig a Party", "If You Give a Moose a Muffin", etc. books. My kids love the circular repetition and the visual humor in these books.

7. Anything by Dr. Seuss.

8. The entire Berenstain Bears collection - My kids love the stories in these books. I love the morals that they teach.

9. The Curious George books - Who doesn't love an adventurous monkey that sneaks in math and science?!

10. The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems- These are easy to read books about two friends. They are hilarious and all of my daycare kids love them. They even sneak in some lessons about sharing and friendship. Plus, they're simple enough that even my 3-year-old is "reading" them.
There were definitely more, but if I shared all of the books and series that we love, I'd never finish this up :) What books would you add to the list?? We're always looking for some great new reads!!




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