Reading to young children not only helps build their vocabulary and speech comprehension, it also gives you and your child a chance to bond over your favorite books and what are likely to become their favorite books.
If you’ve been reading to your child, you know they like repetition. Not only within the book, but also of the book. So, it helps to have books that you like to read over and over and over again. The books below are both fun for the child and for the adult. I’ve read each at least 40 times now with no end in sight, and I still look forward to doing so. Hopefully you enjoy them too!
Here are a few books we just can’t get enough of in the last few months:
Mark Braught provided the beautiful imagery while Brad Herzog wrote fun rhymes to read aloud. Plus, each page comes with side bars full of more information about each letter (and additional words for each letter) for the advanced reader.
At first I wasn’t thrilled about receiving a book based on football because, let’s face it, I stay out of the basement on college football Saturdays. But, now that I’ve read it (and subsequently memorized the rhymes), I find it interesting and I want to learn more. And, Mark Braught did such a stunning job at illustrating each page that it’s worth it just for the artwork.
This Scanimation book is short and quick with action sounds and repetitive words in bright colors. Each animal has their own verb and a fun sound to read aloud. Giddyup-a-loo!
Keep your child’s imagination growing with this touch, flap, pull tab, squeaky hide-and-seek book. What’s under this flap? A furry bison. Or perhaps holographic butterflies. Each page is engaging and enjoyable. This book was the key to helping distract my daughter when I was weaning from daytime feeds. For that reason alone it will remain in my favorites forever.
Classic Dr. Seuss. Bright, colorful pages with rhythmic prose. Fun to read and fun to explore each page.