One of my favorite parenting joys has always been reading to my children. Not only did it teach them to love to read, but each book carries with it warm memories. In honor of that, here are the top 10 favorite children’s books for our family. Some are funny and some have taught us special lessons. The age recommendations are based on when my children loved these stories the most.
1. I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo. LeSieg – My daughter is almost 18 years old and when I asked her for her favorite children’s book, she immediately put this one at the top of her list. I know I can still recite the first several pages in a sing song voice. (Ages – 2 to 5)
2. Sam and the Firefly by P.D. Eastman -This was one of the first books my son ever “helped” me to read. He was responsible for every occurrence of Sam and Gus. This taught him print concepts like left to right, and he really thought he was reading. (Ages – 2 to 5)
3. I’d Choose You! By John Trent, Ph.D. – This is a touching story about a little elephant who thinks no one likes him. The mother proves to him that that is just not true. (Ages 4 to 8)
4. Even More Body Parts by Ted Arnold – Hilarious book about idioms. I actually used it with my middle school students, and they loved it. (Ages 8 and up)
5. Oh My Baby Little One by Kathi Appelt – Oh, this book will help any little one that is dealing with separation anxiety. It may even help Mom. (Ages 3 to 6)
6. The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett – This is an Eskimo twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The artwork alone is well worth the read. (Ages 4 to 8)
7. A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester – This poor porcupine really struggles with an identity crises and does his best to become fluffy. It’s funny, and teaches a wonderful lesson about accepting oneself. (Ages 5 to 10)
8. Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble by Judy Schachner – When my third grade son brought this book home from school, we spent the afternoon giggling at the antics of a Siamese cat who pretends to be a Mexican Chihuahua. (Ages 6 to 10)
9. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch — It doesn’t get any sweeter than this, especially when your own son starts singing the song to you. (Age 4 to 7)
10. A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon – This colorful book illustrates that it is okay to be different. (Age 6 to 10)
So what are your family’s favorite children’s books? Go grab one and spend some time snuggling with your child and a good book. It will be a memory you will treasure forever.