Reading together is such an important part of building kids vocabulary and early literacy skills. It’s widely suggested that you should read with your children at least twenty minutes a day for kindergartners, and that number goes up as the child grows. It’s also important to still read picture books aloud together, even if kids are reading on their own.
We have books piled up everywhere you look, in the bedrooms, in the playroom, in our car, in my purse! Although my boys read at school and have books in the car to look at during carpool, our main book routine takes place at night before bedtime. We love to snuggle up and read books together. Depending on how much time we have (it’s baseball season, so we’re getting to bed later than usual), we typically read three books together before bed. I let each boy choose a book and I choose the third. I then let them read on their own for about fifteen minutes (or so) before we turn off the lights. My six year old has declared that he simply can not fall asleep unless he reads for a while! I can’t argue with that, and I think it’s a pretty good habit to slow the brain and drift off to sleep peacefully.
We read our favorites over and over again, and we’re always adding new books to the rotation. My older son is learning how to use the library at school and gets to choose two books to check out a week, and there’s often a book flyer sent home from school. Books are one thing I can’t say “no” to – and they make a wonderful non-toy gift, so I tend to stock up on our favorites to add to our gift closet. Here are a few of the children’s books in heavy rotation in our home.
The Day the Crayons Came Home
If you liked The Day the Crayons Quit, you will love this one. More fun and silliness ensues!
The Book With No Pictures
Expect hysterical laughing, from you and your kids. And yes, it really does NOT have pictures.
You’ll be humming Bob Marley for days. Full of beautiful and happy illustrations.
Funky, cool illustrations combined with legit animal facts. Disgusting creatures need love, too!
AND I have a very special book to share with you to put on your radar: From J to Z – The Shawn Carter Story. I just had the pleasure of reviewing the test copy yesterday! I may be partial since my bestie Megan is the author, but this may be the best children’s book to be released all year. It’s clever, sweet, fun to read, and has the best message. The illustrations are incredible and done by a talented young local Houston artist. I truly can’t WAIT for it to hit the shelves.
What are you current favorites? Share in the comments!
Author: Candace Thomas
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