When I think of childhood and reading, my dad is the first image that comes to mind. I can’t help but smile. I was never an avid reading, but I always enjoyed climbing into my parent’s giant bed and listening to my father read. He would change voices for every character and evoke the right emotions with his tone. The way my dad read was magical; unlike when I read to myself. I was always so focused on reading the words that I couldn’t make the emotions or characters come alive in my head. I could not visualize the scenes or become engrossed in the dialogue. They were just words. Due to this, I loved when others read to me instead of reading to myself when I was younger.
I don’t know if my girls will become avid readers like their father or simply enjoy us reading to them. No matter what, I hope to create wonderful memories. I hope I can make reading magical, just like my father.
My mission recently has been to find good books, books that evoke creativity, emotions, and imagination. I want to find books that both my children and I enjoy reading. I also like finding books that help me teach life lessons to my children. Below are some of our favorite reads this month.
Picture Story Books for Ages 3-8
The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
My oldest was starting to make comments about perfection. She gets upset if she can’t write her name correctly or do something perfect the first time. As a teacher, I want her to strive for greatness, but I don’t want her to obsess over perfection. When I saw this book, I thought it would help her understand perfection isn’t as great as it may seem. She loved this book and requested to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches inside out. The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes teaches kids that it is okay, and sometimes fun, to make mistakes.
by David Ezra Stein.
My littlest loves funny stories. This story is all about the delivery, so don’t read this story in a monotone voice with no inflection or it won’t come across in the same way. The more fun you have reading it, the more your kids will love it. The story reminds me of my own children’s behavior when I read to them at night.
Polar Bear’s Underwear
By Tupera Tupera
I highly recommend this book. It is about a polar bear who can’t find his underwear. His friend Mouse helps him look for his underwear. It is simple, fun, and cute. I always know when a book is a keeper because my kids don’t want to return it to the library. If your little one likes fun stories, turning pages and brightly colored images they will love this book.
Mustache Baby Meets His Match
by Bridget Heos
Have you read Mustache Baby? If so, you will love the sequel. The stories are silly and well-illustrated. I think I enjoy reading this book just as much as my kids. Mustache Baby Meets His Match would be a great read for little boys.
The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes To School
by Laurie Halse Anderson
My oldest has very long hair. When I saw this book, it reminded me of her. The illustrations make the story come alive. My girls love reading about all the things Zoe Fleefenbacher’s hair can do. They often comment how they want hair like that too. If you have a little girl with long hair, or who wants long hair I would encourage you to check out this book.
A pig, a fox, and a box
by Jonathan Fenske
This book is a delight to read. The story is about the relationship between a fox and a pig. It reminds me of the classic roadrunner and the coyote stories but a bit different. My girls enjoy reading this book over and over. They liked it so much they want to read the other books pictured on the last page. I plan to explore more Jonathan Fenske books with my children.
The Empty Pot
This book teaches lessons on patience, trying your best and not being afraid to tell the truth. The story is about a little boy who is known for growing beautiful flowers and trees. Everything he touches blooms and flourishes. One day an Emperor hands all the kids seeds to grow. This is the first time the little boy can’t grow a seed. My children enjoy reading this book and looking at the flowers. I don’t think they realize the wonderful message behind the book, they simply enjoy the story.
Other Favorite Books
- The carrot seed. by Krauss, Ruth.
- One word from Sophia by Averbeck, Jim
- Caps for sale : a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business by Slobodkina, Esphyr,
- The Runaway Wok: A Chinese New Year Tale by Ying Chang Compestine
- Blown away by Rob Biddulph