READING TO OUR CHILDREN | BOOK SUGGESTIONS THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE

Hi there friends. I get asked fairly often on Instagram about our favorite books and book suggestions. Today I’ve rounded up our book baskets and I’m sharing some of our favorites that we have in our home library. I believe cultivating a love of reading in our children begins with Mom and Dad. Seeing Mom and Dad reading and enjoying it will naturally encourage children to want to do the same. I’ve been reading aloud to my boys since they were born and some of my favorite memories of time spent with them is curled up with a good book. Reading has a wealth of benefits, including memory improvement, vocabulary expansion, improved focus and concentration + it’s relaxing and FUN. Today I’m sharing mostly picture books, but I’ve included some chapter books as well and these are books that are not only loved by my boys, but I love them too.

HAPPY CHIMNEY CORNER DAYS | ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Summer fading, winter comes –
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children’s eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.

We may see how all things are,
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies’ looks,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books

Here’s a list for the littlest ones in your family | Board Books

  • PEEK-A-WHO
  • BEAR SNORES ON – AND THE OTHER BEAR BOOKS IN THIS SERIES
  • DEAR ZOO
  • THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
  • BROWN BEAR BROWN BEAR WHAT DO YOU SEE
  • A IS FOR APPLE
  • LITTLE BLUE TRUCK
  • ALL BOOKS BY BEATRIX POTTER

Here’s a list for early elementary age

  • BRAMBLY HEDGE COLLECTION
  • MY FIRST LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
  • CURIOUS GEORGE
  • CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
  • LITTLE BEAR BOOKS
  • FROG AND TOAD COLLECTION
  • THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE
  • SLEEP TIGHT FARM
  • UP AND DOWN IN THE DIRT
  • OVER AND UNDER THE POND
  • THE LITTLE WHITE HOUSE READER
  • MADELINE
  • SARAH PLAIN AND TALL
  • MR PUTTER BOOKS
  • A CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES
  • IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE – SERIES
  • CAT IN THE HAT BOOKS [ FOX IN SOCKS, ARE YOU MY MOTHER, GREEN EGGS AND HAM, APPLES APPLE UP ON TOP, ETC]
  • COUNTING WITH BAREFOOT CRITTERS

Chapter books for read aloud or independent reading

  • PADDINGTON BOOKS
  • CHARLOTTE’S WEB
  • SECRET OF THE HIDDEN SCROLLS
  • CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
  • THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
  • MR POPPER’S PENGUINS
  • THE GREEN EMBER – on our to read list, we haven’t read this yet
  • STUART LITTLE
  • THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE
  • HOMER PRICE – on our to read list, we haven’t read this yet
  • HENRY HUGGINS – on our to read list, we haven’t read this yet
  • BOOKS BY LAURA INGALLS WILDER
  • HEIDI
  • LITTLE WOMEN – JO’S BOYS – An all time favorite
  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES – Another all time favorite
  • THE LITTLE PRINCESS – I read this as girl, I haven’t re-read with my boys yet
  • THE SECRET GARDEN – I read this as girl, I haven’t re-read with my boys yet
  • WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS
  • BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE -I read as a girl, haven’t re-read with my boys yet.
  • THE SECRET IN THE MAPLE TREE AND SONG OF THE BROOK

Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope you enjoyed todays post and happy reading!

Bree

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