We read every night with our kids and have been since they were babies. It’s part of our bedtime routine and something the kids look forward to every day. We have our favorite books (and not-so-favorites that I hide on the top shelf or the back of the row) that Hanna and Oliver love, but even better that we love reading to them too. Those, in my opinion are the best kind. Anyway, I wanted to share some of our current favorites with you!
Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
Technically Bats at the Beach is geared towards ages 4 and up but we started reading it when Oliver just turned 2, and he loved this book! This book is a favorite all around; from toddlers to gradeschoolers, and even parents love this one. Brian Lies is such a talented author and illustrator. The story is filled with words that flow off your tongue as well as detailed and captive pictures. The story follows the surf-side adventures of bats as they spend their evening enjoying each other’s company, games, food, stories and songs. Even without the amazing illustrations Brian’s descriptive words get your imagination moving. We found this book while we were looking for one of Brian Lies’ other books, Bats at the Library, another favorite!
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
We’ve been reading the Fancy Nancy series of books for a few years now but they are all still popular with Hanna. They are for the girly-girl who loves to learn. As a parent I like that Fancy Nancy is not only imaginative but increases my daughter’s vocabulary in a fun and creative way. I’m so happy that the author and illustrator have both continued creating new Fancy Nancy books but have even grown the character with their audience. Fancy Nancy has appeal for preschoolers on up. We’ve grown from the classic Fancy Nancy series into reading the Fancy Nancy “I Can Read!” First Readers. The duo has continued the fabulous fun and learning again by begining a chapter book series with Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth. I love that this character has grown up with my daughter!
Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton
One silly hippo, who is all alone, decides to have a party with all of his hippo friends! Hippos Go Berserk counts up to nine and back down again while seeing just who arrives at the party and then which way they all go home. This book is definitely a toddler book but Hanna (8) still gets a kick out of it and loves reading it to her little brothers. Really, any board book by Sandra Boynton is a huge hit in our house.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Little Llama is such a cute character, that is until he starts having a bedtime meltdown wondering where his mama went. Llama Llama Red Pajama is a story a lot of small children can probably relate to. In the end, he learns that his mama is always close by no matter what. My kids both have fun listening to me read this book and I like the simple lesson in the end. Anna Dewdney has a few other Llama Llama books that we like as well, but this one is the most popular in our house.
I would love to hear what some of your favorite children’s books are!
(Or the ones you hide on the top shelf or the back of the stack too.)