Sunday, February 1, 2015

Some Favorite Picture Books

To get kids excited about reading, it helps to have books they love. Here's a list of some favorites around our house.

Anything by Mo Willems. If you don't know who Knuffle Bunny is, if you're not friends with Elephant and Piggie, and if you've never had to stop the Pigeon from driving the bus, you're missing out. We love everything by Mo Willems. We always stop at his spot on the library shelf to see if there's anything new by him--or old favorites. A less known Mo Willems that my girls love is Leonardo the Terrible Monster.

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently is a charming story about a boy who fights off dragons with his brother and friend. One of my girls has chosen this book every single night since we got it from the library.

Press Here by Herve Tullet was another favorite library find. Press the button and fun things happen with the dots on the page. I was surprised at how much my five year old loved reading and playing with this book. In an age where she's familiar with tablets and things really do change with the touch of a button, she had fun imagining along with this book.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. This book is best read by daddy with lots of enthusiasm. When she was only two, my daughter could recite this book along with him.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is my favorite picture book ever. My boy will be Max for Halloween some year.

Other books my kids love:

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Snowy Day by Ezra Zack Keats
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
No, David! by David Shannon
Robert Munsch books
Look and Find books

What are some of your family's favorite picture books?

1 comment:

  1. Loved both reading posts! I have never been great about reading. I used to think I hated reading, but then I discovered that I actually really love it. I think I hated it in high school because someone was telling me to do it. Now that I can choose on my own, I really love it. My problem is making the time. The funny thing is that when I do get into a book, I want to do nothing but read. I'll read while I eat, use the bathroom, and even do housework. Anyway, one of my goals this year is to read 5 books (Emily laughed when I said that because she reads that many a WEEK!). But it is a feasible goal for me right now. I'd love to read more than that and there are many, many books I'd love to read. But I also have a million other interests and things to do! So I started with a classic I've never read: The Scarlet Letter. I've really enjoyed it so far.

    As far as children's books, one of our favorite authors of all time is Bill Peet. Do you read any of his books? I absolutely love them! We also just got the cutest book for Isaac for Christmas called A Sick Day for Amos McGee. I love it and so does he! We also love the Bear Hunt book. I like the books by Jan Brett, too. There are some others, but those are the ones I can think of. I'm always looking for different books to get at the library! I've tried really hard to take my kids to the library often. Sometimes we do better than others. My kids love to read, especially Zach. He'll read and read and read and read. Luke doesn't read like Zach, but he still likes it and is a good reader. Lauren isn't reading yet, but she does like to read with me and so does Isaac. I have read the first 2 books in the Chronicles of Narnia series to my kids. We got out of the habit of doing that and it's something I'd like to start up again. Hope you're doing well! I love keeping up with you through your blog! It's one of the only ones I ever read!