Reading is probably one of the top activities for pre-schoolers, children between the age of 3 and 5. So it’s especially nice to find books that will hold their attention, create lasting memories and encourage discussion.
Here are a few of those books.
Adventure in Exercise
Joey the Kangaroo and Spunkey the Monkey are characters from the Adventure In Exercise book series that get young children to exercise. Because kids are spending more and more time in front of the computer and television instead of engaging in physical activities the goal of the books are to not only make reading fun, but exercise too . For ages 3-7. $9
Adventures with Junior
Personal money management expert Dave Ramsey developed a series of children’s books called Adventures with Junior. The series teaches kids the basics of money in a fun way. The main character, Junior, teaches children how to handle money NOW, before they leave home. From working and saving to giving and spending, these wonderful stories teach real life lessons. There are six books in the Adventurs with Junior collection: The Super Red Racer, Careless at the Carnival, Junior My Fantastic Fieldtrip, The Big Birthday Surprise, A Special Thank You, and Battle of the Chores. Each book is $9.99.
Archibald’s Swiss Cheese Mountain
It’s the inspirational story of a little mouse with a big heart who teaches children how to overcome obstacles and fears to reach for their big dreams (like being king of Swiss Cheese Mountain). A portion of the proceeds is donated to Feed The Children and Variety: The Children’s Charity. 48 pages. For ages 3-5. $16.
The magical world of Blooming Buddies is all about gardens, the flowers that live there, their charming characteristics that make them each so special, the fun and goods times they have, and their blossoming friendships. It’s beautifully illustrated and written in poetic verses that are easy for young readers to follow.
This book makes love bloom, and is the perfect read-aloud for book. $16.95.
Brandy and Val
Warning: Children who love dogs will fall in love with Brandy and Val, two rescue dogs who share their stories in three books: Brandy and Val, Real Dogs with Real Tales; Brandy and Val’s Favorite Things, and Brandy and Val’s Special Story. These rugged board books are designed with both the toddler and pre-schooler in mind. Tabbed pages make it easy for little fingers to turn the pages, and the books’ compact size, 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ with rings in the binder make them easy to tote around. Colorful pages are packed with real photographs of Brandy and Val. A portion of the sales from the books is donated to animal rescue organizations throughout the United States. Each book is $11.95. Visit www.brandyandval.com.
Sam’s Weird Afternoon
Sam’s Weird Afternoon is a picture book about a little boy named Sam who finds himself in a room full of shoes until something magical happens. Children will enjoy this modern-day Dr. Seuss type story. It’s rhythmic and lyrical story is as enchanting as the 32 colorful pages themselves. For ages 3-8. $10.99.
Sid the Squid
Can a giant squid with 10 arms find a job he loves? Sid swims ashore and a girl named Alice helps him on his quest. Their humorous journey will resonate with children, who are encouraged to follow their dreams, and parents, who yearn for personal fulfillment. Ultimately Sid realizes the “right fit” is important: he must find a job he can put his heart into. Ages 4-8. $15.95
The Way I Feel
Many children have a hard time expressing their emotions. This 32-page book helps children describe and understand their feelings – from silly and sad, to happy and mad. What exactly is mad? Is it when I’m told it’s time to go to bed but I don’t want to? What is happy? Is it when I get to go outside and play? A Spanish edition of the 32-page original is also available. For ages 2-8. $16.95.
Trouble in Troublesome Creek
Like other children, James and his friends love swimming. But when they find their swimming hole full of dead fish they immediately go on to pursue the polluted mystery behind them. Will they solve the mystery to save the fish in their swimming hole? This book is a great way to discuss the importance of being environmentally responsible while engaging in a gripping tale. 32 pages. Ages 4-8. $19.95