My children are grown now but reading to them and with them created many wonderful, warm memories. Some of the books they enjoyed most are still popular books my grandson can now enjoy reading.
The earliest books my children had were probably Richard Scarry books. Some of them have lots of drawings with just a few identifying words under the photographs.
So first on my list of favorite children’s books to read would be “Richard Scarry’s Best First Book Ever”. Parents, these books are great books with which to start your child’s library. “Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things that Go” and “Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day” give children a fun look at the world in which they live.
Second, would be “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?” It is written by Bill Martin, Jr. and is easy for children to follow along. You won’t be sure if your child is actually reading this beginner book or if they have it memorized. Preschoolers through first or second grade really enjoy this book.
Third on my list of favorite children’s books would be “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina. It is about a peddler who has to try to outwit some very mischievous monkeys. It is a funny story that will keep you and your preschool children laughing.
Fourth choice is “The Very, Hungry Caterpillar” which introduces preschool children to the wondrous process of a caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly. Eric Carle wrote this favorite children’s book and many others.
Fifth book for parents to read to their children would have to be “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. Even children have bad days so they understand and enjoy this entertaining book. This favorite children’s book was written by Judith Viorst and is for preschoolers through first and second grade. Alexander wakes up with gum in his hair and his day goes down hill from there.
Sixth on the list would be Dr. Seuss books. I love the flow of the poetry and kids love the funny characters and silly words. If I were to pick one, it would probably be “Green Eggs and Ham”. Dr. Seuss books can help a beginning reader sound out words.
Seventh on my list of books parents should read to your preschool children would be “Are You My Mother”. It is fun to read this book and put yourself in the place of the baby bird who fell from the tree and is looking for his Mother.
Eighth pick would be “Corduroy” by Don Freeman. “Corduroy” is a story for all of us to read and remember. One precious, little girl pours her love on a bear named Corduroy who has a missing button and considers flawed. This book can be loved by preschool through grade school.
Little Golden Books have got to have a place on my list so number 9 will be “The Little Engine Who Could”. This little favorite book teaches a child about not giving up and thinking positively. If we tell the truth, how many of us as adults sometimes silently say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”.
Finally, I leave you with No. 10 on my list of favorite children’s books. Margaret Wise Brown wrote it a long time ago and it is called “Goodnight, Moon”. There is a lot of detail found in this book as a little bunny says goodnight to everything in the room.
Most of the above books are for preschoolers but some of them are also great for beginning readers. Reading is a special time between parent and child. All of these titles are books we enjoyed reading over and over and hope you do, too.