I’m a huge fan, HUGE, of reading to kids. Any kids. All kids.
Studies have shown that reading aloud to children has a gigantically positive affect on them. Having parents (and other adults) who read aloud to them increases a child’s vocabulary and school readiness. Reading aloud to a child helps with their brain development.
And, kids enjoy it! It’s quality time with the adults in their lives. Check out this cool infographic from Scholastic that says 83% of kids six to 17 enjoy being read to.
So, as the resident bookworm in my family and friend circles, I’ve taken it upon myself to make sure every kid gets at least a few good books.
When someone announces to me that they’re pregnant, I usually run out and buy a few board books – they are durable, and easy for pudgy baby fingers to grip.
I’ve focused my favourites list here to books that are cute and fun for kids, and entertaining for the parents reading them. These books are all wonderful for reading aloud, funny voices and sounds and all.
There are a few standard books that I think every child’s library should include:
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram. A friend gave this book to me once, and I fell in love. It is appropriate for both parents and kids, and friends. Cue the warm fuzzies.
My more recent, and lesser known, favourites are:
Toot by Leslie Patricelli. It’s adorable. Freaking adorable. I just bought four copies.
Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett, illustrated by Kevan J. Atteberry is pretty darn cute too. And fun. I’m always a sucker for tickles. Guaranteed giggles from the littles on this one.
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell is so sweet. I’m a hugger, so I love it. Not so huggy people, maybe not.
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak is hilarious. It is a read aloud book perfect for elementary-age kids. And yes, B.J. was a writer, actor, director, and producer on The Office.