My favorite time of the day is when my daughters snuggle up next to me as we read a book. This is when all the stress just melts away and we can relax while taking in some quality family time.
I have three little girls that range in age from 3 to 7 years old, and these girls are fickle, they can change their mind anywhere from 10-12 times a day. This would lead you to believe that they would want a different book every night, but these 10 books have been their steady favorites for as long as I can remember.
1.Good Night Moon
Ages infant to 4
Author Margaret Wise Brown
This classic has been read so many times at our house that it’s held together by tape holding onto more tape. The repetitive wording about ‘The great green room’ is great for beginning readers while younger children love to find the mouse on each page, and infants love the colors found inside. My daughters love the part “Good Night Nobody” and giggle every time we read it. My 7 year old calls it a baby book but she still listens and laughs whenever we read it.
2.Green Eggs and Ham
The Dr. rules in this house and although we have tons of his books this is THE favorite. We read this before dinner if I am planning to try something new so if one of the divas throws a hissy fit and refuses to take a bite of something I remind her about the character in Green Eggs and Ham. That always results in laughter and helps ease over what could have been a disaster in the making.
3.Where The Wild Things Are
Author Maurice Sendak
This is a great book that shows us what we can do just by using our imagination. My girls love it and they get a kick out of the fact that the little boy is sneaking off while he is supposed to be on a time out. Not only does he transform his room into a new land but he is made King, what could be cooler than that? I love the lesson that even though you have been punished you are still loved by your family.
4.Strega Nona’s Harvest
Author Tomie dePaola
My daughters love this book because my husband’s family speaks Italian and they love showing their Nono the new Italian words that they have learned. It’s a wonderful book that demonstrates how hard work and determination pay off . The beautiful illustrations make it interesting and encourage kids to look at it independently.
5.Fancy Nancy Bonjour Butterfly
Author Jane O’Connor
This book is a favorite because I have 3 very frilly girls who think that everything should be dressed up, including words. Dressing up is a major part of play in our house and to see Nancy doing the same things with words makes it more likely that they will not only listen but learn the meaning behind the new vocabulary words.
6.Making Van Gogh’s Bed
Authors Amy Guglielmo and Julie Appel
Not only does this book expose my children to beautiful works of art, the wording makes the pictures easier for them to understand. My little one like the fact that she can touch the different textures and material on each page while the older two are fascinated with the beautiful artwork.
7.Where The Sidewalk Ends
Author Shel Silverstein
This is one of my oldest daughter’s favorite books. She loves to read the different poems and then tell us what she thinks the meaning of the poem is. Her favorite is Sick, about little Peggy Ann McKay, and we have heard many well though out interpretations of that poem. The silly wording even has my 3 year old bursting into giggles while at the same time introducing her to new words.
Author Ludwig Bemelmans
My girls have always loved Madeline from the first time we read the book to this very day. Madeline is such a great character and the rhythmic wording make it easy to memorize. I can still remember this book from when I was in elementary school. I loved hearing ‘In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines’. The text flows from one page to the next which makes it easy to remember. This is the book my 5 year old reads to her sisters when they play school.
9.Love You Forever
Author Robert N. Munsch
I don’t know who loves this book more, me or them. I have never once been able to read this book without crying at some point. This is a book about the unconditional love that a mother has for her child. My daughters love it because they think it’s silly that the mother is crawling on the floor to rock a grown adult and they love the song that the mother sings to her son. The girls ask for this book to be read at least twice a week.
10.The Rainbow Magic Series
Author Daisy Meadows
These books are geared more toward my two older girl who love anything involving fairies. They love hearing about Kirsty and Rachel’s adventures in Fairyland as they go up against the evil Jack Frost and his army of goblins. These chapter books can be read in one night or broken up over several days depending on how much time you have.
So the next time you are perusing through your local bookstore consider some of these great books, then round up the troops and enjoy your time together.