As parents, we know it is good to read aloud to our children. From infancy through their developmental years, reading is something that children love to do with their caregivers. Once they learn to read, it is still good to read aloud to children as they can often understand much more than they can read on their own. Below are 10 books I have enjoyed reading to my children, and I hope you find a few new titles for you to enjoy with your child.
Infants and Toddlers
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss–This is a silly classic that my children absolutely loved! The cadence and sing-song quality of the poetry matches the colorful drawings perfectly.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton–No childhood would be complete without the story of Mike Mulligan and his refusal to be put out of work by technology.
The House Across the Street by Jules Pfeiffer–This is a cute and imaginative take on the old adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”
Pre-School and Early Readers
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst–Another classic that children can still identify with today. When your child has had a rough day, this is a great way to end it on a positive note.
Kissing Coyotes by Marcia Vaughan and Kenneth J. Spengler–A loud-mouthed rabbit gets himself into trouble with too much boasting. If you like doing voices, this is written in a vernacular style that is fun to read aloud.
The Puppy who Wanted a Boy by Jane Thayer and Lisa McCue–This sweet holiday story teaches about love and companionship.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig–This lesser-known book by the author of Shrek belongs on every child’s bookshelf. Steig’s humor shines through this simple tale of parental love.
Shibumi and the Kitemaker by Mercer Mayer–This gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of a girl who runs away because of the poverty in her father’s kingdom. What and how she makes her escape and return is the subject of this wonderful book.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein–With its advanced vocabulary and complex characters, The Hobbit is often difficult for children to read by themselves. It is wonderful to read aloud, though, and gives everyone something to look forward to as you work through this wonderful fantasy novel.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss–We end as we began, with Dr. Seuss. The Grinch is great for all ages, but the message really begins to sink in with older children.