Reading to your child is one of the best ways to inspire a life long love of reading, and experts agree that children who are read to learn to read more easily. As an added bonus, there’s no better way to pass a chilly winter evening than reading together in front of a warm fire.
Here are my ten favorite books to read to read to my children.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. This enduring children’s classic tells the tale of a newly hatched caterpillar who eats his way through the book to become a butterfly. (Ages: Infant to 4)
“King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub” by Audrey Wood. King Bidgood refuses to leave the bathtub amidst protests from his court. This book features beautiful illustrations by Don Wood. (All ages)
“Bark, George” by Jules Feiffer. George is a young puppy who can’t learn how to bark. Instead, he quacks, meows, or oinks. This book is a perfect way to engage your child in reading as you imitate the sounds George makes together. (Age: 18 months+)
“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch. Munsch tells a touching story of a mother who sings her son a song about how much she loves him every night as he goes to sleep. As his mother ages and he begins to care for her, he sings her the same song. (Age: 3+)
“The Butter Battle Book” by Dr. Seuss. Most adult readers of this Seuss tale quickly pick up on the reference to the Cold War. My kids hadn’t learned about the Cold War yet when I first read it to them, and I appreciate its lesson of understanding people who are different from you. (Age: 5+)
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. The success of Baum’s book led him to write 13 additional installments. The flying monkeys in Baum’s book aren’t nearly as frightening as those in the film. (Age: 5+)
“Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert O’Brien. Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse, seeks the help of the mysterious rats living under a neighboring rosebush to save her son. (Age: 5+)
“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. The story of Milo, a boy who is bored by everything, will spark your child’s imagination as you read about his quest to restore Princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom of Wisdom. (Age: 5+)
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket. This 13 book series starting with The Bad Beginning tells the story of the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans. Although the books are fantastic, I recommend skipping the movie. (Age: 8+)
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by JK Rowling. No list would be complete without this modern day classic. Keep in mind that as the series progresses, the themes in the books become more mature. (Age: 8+)